Broward County Vice Mayor Beam Furr spoke at a recent meeting in South Florida. He told the audience that the Broward County Commission has welcomed new members and seen the exit of former members. “We are having some healthy debates on the commission and this is good,” he said.

Furr said that some good things are happening in Broward County. “We are the number one county in the United States in job creation. The County bond rates are up and unemployment is down,” Furr said.

He also said that hotel occupancy rates are down slightly. Furr said that a substantial amount of money has been invested in the airport and the port.

Furr said that he would like to see more effort made to train the area’s workforce. “We need a talented workforce. When companies consider locating in Broward County, they want to see a skilled and talented workforce. Our high schools need to train young people to pursue careers in trades,” he said. “We recently held a job fair at South Broward High School for students who are about to graduate and need a job. Some of the students received job offers.”

Furr said there is a strong need for people trained to work in the marine industry, and to work as plumbers and electricians. There is also a need for people to work in the aviation industry. “For years, the schools have devalued trades and insisted that everyone go to college. We need to train young people who may not be interested in college for hands on jobs,” he said.

He also believes it  is important that people caring for young children receive training and certification. “Many children are being brought up in child care centers and I want to make sure the people working with these children are certified,” he said.

Furr also said that the coral reefs of the coast are in crisis and efforts need to be made to restore them. Scientists are not sure what his causing the reefs to be in poor shape.

The breakfast offered business and community leaders a chance to network and enjoy a pleasant social event together. Some members of the Hollywood Commission were present. New members to the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce were introduced.