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Published on June 12, 2024
Broward County Shines with 33 National Achievement Awards, Fort Lauderdale Airport's Lost & Found Helps Animals in NeedSource: Google Street View

In a proud moment for Broward County, the local government has racked up an impressive 33 National Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), with a special nod to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) for its unique approach to reusing lost & found items. FLL's program involves donating unclaimed goods to Animal Care, providing comfort to animals in need, while also addressing the County's sustainability efforts. This initiative not only champions environmental responsibility but also speaks volumes about the creativity inherent in the County's approach to repurposing and recycling.

The accolades garnered this year are a testament to the broad spectrum of innovative services offered across the County—including those related to environmental resiliency, access to up-to-date technology and information, education and career advancement, cultural diversity, mobility, and public safety, among others. As the second largest county in Florida and ranking 17th nationwide, the sheer number of awards—almost double than those received last year—highlights Broward County's commitment to enhancing the living standards of its residents.

Other County agencies celebrated for their strides in service delivery included the Urban Planning Division GIS Section, which snatched four awards for creating efficient online tools for service summaries, demographic analysis, election enhancements, and beach inspections. According to the official news release, the Broward County Library was also lauded for its three initiatives designed to remove barriers to library access, encourage learning, and promote Black history.

The Mobility Advancement Program and the Resilient Environment Department garnered recognition for a collaborative project involving a 3D animated video about the use of sales surtax funds. Notably, these departments also won awards for creating educational programs and for enhancing the Broward County Citizen Data Portal, offering residents streamlined access to crucial data. Meanwhile, The Natural Resources and Consumer Protection Divisions were honored for streamlining renovation approvals and fostering a culture of inclusivity.

Furthermore, the Office of Economic & Small Business Development, and Enterprise Technology Services earned accolades for their efforts in developing online certification applications and transitioning to advanced technology solutions that safeguard access and mitigate risk. Not to be overlooked, the Human Services' Family Success Administration Division received recognition for their inventive approaches to eviction mediation and financial literacy through the R.I.S.E. program.