President Greg Ross in Sun Sentinel 100

Looking ahead: It’s not a matter of “if” but “when” your computer will be hit, cyber-attack experts warn us. There are routines each of us can follow to protect the safety of our computers. Never open an email unless it is from someone you trust and never click on a link. Back up your data regularly […]

President Greg Ross in Sun Sentinel 100

Looking ahead: Florida homeowners may be under the impression that they will save money if the 2018 proposed constitutional amendment to increase the homestead exemption passes. This is far from the truth. In the first year alone, the new exemption will result in a $73.7 million loss to Broward County and our 31 cities. Tough decisions […]

President Greg Ross in Sun Sentinel 100

Last week: At a recent Broward League of Cities workshop, elected officials discussed the benefits of public-private partnerships (P3s). P3s provide a procurement process where private investors finance and maintain public facilities or infrastructure, which they lease back to the government. At the end of the lease, the asset reverts back to government control. Interest in […]

President Greg Ross in Sun Sentinel 100

Last week: Four Broward County high school students were each awarded $1,000 from the Broward League of Cities’ Scholarship for Government Studies program. Sierra Molina, Pompano Beach High School; Zak Myers, South Broward High School; Rina Laklahlani, Nova High School; and Joany Vazquez, College Academy at Broward College fulfilled the requirements for the scholarship, which include […]

President Greg Ross in Sun Sentinel 100

Last week: “Safe Cities, Safe Florida” is an initiative of the Florida League of Cities president, Susan Haynie that provides governments with training and educational resources to better serve their residents in time of crisis. It shares best practices for building strong partnerships with agencies and organizations in the areas of incident management, health and safety, […]

President Greg Ross in Sun Sentinel 100

Looking ahead: In light of recent incidents, it is important that we recognize the commitment and dedication of our first responders. These highly trained law enforcement officers, firefighters, medical professionals and emergency management professionals are responsible for responding to crisis situations that are often horrific and emotionally and physically challenging. They are on the front lines […]

President Greg Ross in Sun Sentinel 100

Last week: Government and media share common goals. Both educate the public by distributing important and timely information, and both have to be responsive to the needs of their constituents: the people. Government plays an important role by communicating information through elected officials about issues that often require community input and impact the community. Similarly, media […]

President Greg Ross in Sun Sentinel 100

Looking ahead: Florida’s recently appointed Constitution Revision Commission will host a series of public hearings, focusing on issues that our growing state will face over the next 20 years. Local hearings will be held Thursday, April 6 in Miami Dade at FIU and on Friday, April 7 at FAU in Boca Raton. We face many challenges […]

President Greg Ross in Sun Sentinel 100

Looking ahead: The Broward League of Cities opposes SB-596 and HB-687 which threaten to overrule local government’s authority to control where telecom companies are allowed to locate their equipment. Each of our cities has clear ideas about how they want their communities to look. They currently have jurisdiction over the placement of communication facilities in public […]

President Greg Ross in Sun Sentinel 100

Looking ahead: As a partner with Broward College in the Village Square project, we seek to encourage civil conversation on important community issues. On March 21, Take Out Tuesday, a component of Village Square, will host a conversation titled “Do we need public hospitals?” I think we can all agree on the need for our safety […]