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Dept of Defense Speaker at June 15th Luncheon SoFL Chapter Names Public Administrator of the Year 2005 Local Government Close-up on Student Curriculum 2005 Florida ASPA Conference
U.S. Department of Defense Senior Official for Reserve Affairs to Speak at Chapter Luncheon in Miami on June 15th Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Craig W. Duehring cordially accepted an invitation from Past Chapter President Ramon “Ray” Arrigunaga to address the ongoing War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan on June 15, 2005 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm at Casa Juancho Restaurant, 2436 SW 8th Street in Miami. The cost is $20 per person. Please RSVP Susan Landers at (305) 7557994 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Duehring’s biographical information can be found at the following internet link, http://www.defenselink.mil/ra/bios/duehring.html.
South Florida Chapter Names Public Administrator of the Year for 2005 The South Florida Chapter of ASPA presented Roger T. Hernstadt with the Public Administrator of the Year award for 2005 on May 25th at a luncheon in his honor. Over 100 chapter members and guests attended this event. Mr. Hernstadt has served the citizens of Miami-Dade County for the past twenty-eight years. As Miami-Dade's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Coordinator he obtained $700 million in disaster recovery funding for public infrastructure restoration after several storms hit the south Florida area, Hurricane Irene in 1999 and the No Name Storm in 2000. Mr. Hernstadt has also served six years as the capital improvements coordinator and was responsible for the effective implementation of the Quality Neighborhood Improvement Program (QNIP), Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Program (SNP), Stormwater Utility and Road Impact Fees programs.
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One of Mr. Hernstadt’s most ambitious accomplishments in his public service career was the development and implementation of the “Capital Improvements Information System,” Miami-Dade County’s first standardized system for recording and tracking uniform variables concerning capital improvements, acquisition of professional services, construction contracting, change orders and generating reports. In January 2005, Mr. Hernstadt was appointed the Director of the Office of Capital Improvements to oversee the Building Better Communities Bond Program. The $2.9 billion bond program includes more than 300 capital projects to be completed over a 15 year period. This program is one of the most ambitious capital construction programs in the County's history. Also at this luncheon, the Carol Glassman Donaldson Award for outstanding service as a chapter member was presented to John Collins for his assistance with the South Florida Chapter Program Committee. The Chapter presented a $500 student scholarship check to Sarah Ruen, a student in the MPA program at the University of Miami as the winner of our essay contest.
Local Government Close-Up Incorporated into Students’ Curriculum The South Florida Chapter held its annual Local Government Close-Up event on Friday, May 6, 2005. This year’s Close-Up event was a three month project with the Miami Senior High School Legal and Public Affairs Magnet Program. The ninth and eleventh grade students went through the incorporation process to create a new city; this involved creating a Municipal Area Committee (MAC) and a Budget Committee, and going through the steps communities must follow to become a new municipality. The project culminated on May 6th, when the students went to the Board of County Commissioners Chambers to present their case for incorporation to the “Commissioners” (South Florida Chapter members Ines Beecher and Claire Mostel; Robert Santos-Alborna, Regional Coordinator, Team Metro; and Diane O’Quinn Williams, Director of Miami-Dade County Planning & Zoning). Several Miami-Dade County departments participated in the project, making the same service/budget presentations they make to communities that attempt to incorporate. The students collected data and information, prepared a budget and, and conducted their presentations at a mock commission hearing. The students that were not part of the MAC or Budget Committee acted as residents that were either pro or against incorporating their community. The twenty-two students that attended the May 6th event were very well prepared and made excellent presentations. However, the “County Commissioners” felt that the MAC and Budget Committee needed to revisit their budget and service demands, therefore the “Commissioners” voted to defer a ruling for 120 days.
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2005 Florida ASPA Conference Practitioners, academics and students from Florida’s different ASPA chapters, as well as a few outside the state, congregated at the Clearwater Main Library for the 2005 Florida ASPA Conference on April 29, 2005. The conference was initiated with a uniquely titled but inspiring plenary speech, Leadership for the Soul: Thank God It’s Monday by Anthony J. Schembri, Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Session topics ranged from incorporation, civil service reform and technological aspects of homeland security to the development of an ethics training course for the City of Jacksonville. Construction of the Clearwater Main Library was completed in January 2004, providing a mesmerizing architectural achievement overlooking the bay with an abundance of natural light filtered through tinted walls of glass. Attendees were delighted by the spectacular weather and congenial staff greeting us at the library’s historic downtown location. We anticipate the opportunity to return to Clearwater in 2006 for another Florida ASPA Conference. For more information, please contact former ASPA National Committee Representative Claire Mostel of the South Florida Chapter at email@example.com.
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