Business Before Hours: State of the County
Date: January 18, 2017
Time: 7:15 AM - 9:00 AM
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Join the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce for our monthly breakfast on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott. This year's State of the County program will feature County Administrator Verdenia Baker, who will provide an update on accomplishments of the County over the past year as well as plans for the future of the County. County Commissioner Mack Bernard will also be in attendance providing an introduction of Ms. Baker.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
As County Administrator, Verdenia Baker, a Certified Financial Manager, is responsible for administration of the policies of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. She manages the daily operation of county government, which includes more than 6,000 employees and a budget of $4 billion. Palm Beach County is one of the few counties in the nation with AAA bond ratings and has a population of more than 1.3 million persons.
Verdenia began her career with Palm Beach County in 1987 as a Budget Analyst; she then was promoted to Impact Fee Coordinator and eventually became the division director of the County's Financial Management Department. Her experience as a financial manager was a prelude to her promotion to Assistant County Administrator and one year later to Deputy County Administrator. She served as the County's liaison and lead negotiator on the successful recruitment of The Scripps Research Institute resulting in a growing bio-technology industry in Palm Beach County. In addition, she is instrumental in the development and implementation of the Mandatory Inclusionary Workforce Housing Program, Community Land Trust of Palm Beach County and the Growth Tiered System for the County. She was responsible for Redistricting of County Commission Districts in 2000 and 2010.
Verdenia collaborates daily with representatives of other jurisdictions, developers, private industry, civic and community organizations on issues of interest pertaining to county business. She represents the county on regional initiatives involving private and public sector entities on special projects including, but not limited to, two (2) Super Bowls in 2001 and 2007 and the Third and Final Presidential Debate of 2012. Fiduciary responsibilities remain on the top of her agenda as she reviews and approves departmental and agency budgets before passing them to the Board of County Commissioners for approval.
Verdenia holds a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration, Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitative Services, both from Florida State University. She has affiliation with several professional and community organizations including but not limited to serving as the Immediate Past President of the Executive Board of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), Former President of American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Treasure Coast Chapter; Member of the Board of Directors of Black Chamber of Commerce; Member of the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches, Former Vice Chair and member of the Board of Directors of St. Mary's Hospital; Board Member of the Florida Association of Counties for County Administrators, Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Member of Deacon Ministry Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church; Mentor for the Women of Tomorrow Mentor Program and Former Member of the Board of Directors of the Business Loan Fund of the Palm Beaches; Former member of the Band Parent Association of Suncoast High School. She has received numerous local and national professional and civic awards.
Mack Bernard was elected in November 2016 to the Palm Beach County Commission, District 7. Mack ran for County Commission in order to put his experience to work for our community. He ran on a platform of creating more good paying jobs and job training opportunities; improving public safety and law enforcement relations; increasing small business, women and minority participation in county contracts; keeping taxes low; and advocating for more affordable and sustainable housing.
Mack Bernard has an extensive resume of public service. For nearly a decade, Mack Bernard has committed himself to working for the public.
In 2008 Mack served as a Delray Beach City Commissioner and Deputy Vice-Mayor. In this role Mack worked hard with the community to increase affordable housing options, improve public safety, and create jobs.
In 2009 Mack Bernard was elected to the Florida House of Representatives where he served on numerous committees and passed bills that created jobs, protected women and children, and supported public education. In the Legislature, Mack served as the President of the Palm Beach County Caucus of Black Elected Officials and was recognized for his work advocating for Florida's small businesses.
Currently, Mack Bernard is the Chairman for the Toussaint L'Ouverture High School for Arts & Social Justice and Board Member for the Color of Hope Foundation. Mack Bernard is a former member of the Florida Elections Commission, Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce and the CJ Foundation, a non-profit organization helping children in need.
Mack has lived in Palm Beach County for 30 years. He is a product of Palm Beach County's public school system, where he was a member of the JROTC and a high-school championship wrestler. He worked hard while attending college, graduating with honors from Florida State University; earning a Bachelors in Political Science and Criminal Justice, and also graduating with honors from the University of Florida's Levin College of Law.
Mack and his wife Shawn are raising their three daughters here and are very proud to be part of the Palm Beach County Family. As a real estate and tax attorney, Mack Bernard works to help others achieve the American Dream. Mack has put his life's work into giving back to our community and serving this great county.