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Regional Leaders Invited to Discuss Pressing South Florida Issues: Insurance, Housing, Transportation and Taxes

           BOCA RATON, FL (May 9, 2007) – South Florida leaders and the general public are invited to the Fourth Annual Regional Leadership Forum to be held at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus on Wednesday, May 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m., at FAU’s Live Oak Pavilion, University Center.  This forum will focus on pressing issues, including homeowners insurance, affordable and workforce housing, transportation gridlock and the impacts of reducing property taxes on the provision of services. This forum has been designed to encourage discussion and debate among the panelists and participants, and to encourage attendees to help develop regional solutions and take personal action.

            “It is vital that community and business leaders be engaged at a regional level about the issues facing our region, if we want to remain globally competitive and meet our common goals,” said Anne Hotte, executive director of the Leadership Broward Foundation, Inc.

            The keynote speaker is Katy Sorenson, Miami-Dade County commissioner. The panel discussion on insurance will include Ellyn Bogdanoff and Jack Seiler, state representatives; Jim Drake, McKinley Financials; and Lisa Miller, former deputy, Insurance Commission. The housing panel will include Jim Carras, Carras Investments, and Suzanne Cabrera, ED Housing Leadership Council. The transportation panel will include Jim Cummings, JA Cummings Construction; Allen Harper, Esslinger, Wooten, Maxwell Realtors; Jeff Koons, Palm Beach County commissioner; and Joe Giulietti, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. The local expenditure (taxes) panel will include Stacey Ritter, Palm Beach County commissioner and Lori Parrish, Broward County property appraiser.

            This event is sponsored by the South Florida Leadership Council, a partnership organization dedicated to functioning as a catalyst for cooperation amongst leaders, creating synergy and vision for the benefit of the South Florida community. The Council includes representatives from Leadership Martin County, Leadership Palm Beach County, Leadership Broward and Leadership Miami. Additional partners include the South Florida Regional Resource Center, a partnership between Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions, the Collins Center for Public Policy, and the South Florida and Treasure Coast Regional Planning Councils; Rothberg Associates; the Urban Land Institute Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council.

            For more information on this forum, contact Anne Hotte Berry at Leadership Broward at anne@leadershipbroward.org or 954-767-8866 or MaryBeth Burton at Florida Atlantic University at mburton@fau.edu or 954-762-5261. For additional information on the event, visit http://www.sfrrc.net/leadership/2007summit.htm

-FAU-

           

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