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Florida ranks #1 in gap between wages & housing: Politifact article

Coordinating Council of Broward white paper on Housing

 Debbie Orshefsky bio

Greg West bio

Mitch Rosenstein bio

Carla Coleman bio

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Corporate Members:

ACR Electronics, Inc.
Ambit Advertising & Public

American National Bank
AvMed Health Plans

Baptist Health South Florida
Becker & Poliakoff, PA
Berger Singerman, Attys At Law
Broward Children’s Center
Broward County Medical Assn.
Broward County Council of
     Professional Firefighters
Broward Housing Solutions
Colodny, Fass, PA
Dunham Insurance Services
EBS Advisors, Inc.
First Bank Florida
First Green Bank
Florida Atlantic University
FPL(Fla Power & Light Co)
FOP, Ft Laud Lodge 31
Henderson Behavioral Health
Horkey & Associates, PA
Iberia Bank
Marcum LLP
Marine Industries Assn SFla
Meehan Finance Group of ……Wells Fargo Advisors
Memorial Healthcare System
Nova Southeastern University
Patricia Hartman CPA PA
Pompano Bch Chamb Commerce
Red Sea International
Seminole Tribe of Florida
SmartWater CSI, LLC
S Fla Regional Transp Authority

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VIDEO of 2/5/15 U.S.-Cuba Relations breakfast on C-Span

Sen. Bob Graham, Mike Gelin

Sen. Bob Graham, Mike Gelin

Sen. George LeMieux, Anthony Man

Sen. George LeMieux, Tony Man

Marilyn Oliva, Tony Fins, Charles Verner

Marilyn Oliva, Tony Fins, Charles Verner

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The Tower Forum is a private, non-profit, non-partisan business organization established in 1976.  The organization  consists of business executives from industries and professions in south Florida. The Tower Forum has become the “go-to” discussion venue in Broward, where these leaders identify critical issues facing our community, engage in public dialogue, and encourage positive change.


Our next breakfast is

Thurs., April 6, 2017

(To RSVP, please scroll down to RSVP blue button.)

Housing in Broward County: Challenges & Opportunities

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In a recent white paper of the Coordinating Council of Broward, findings reported that the Broward metro area is the worst in the country for severe cost burden for working households. Broward County’s housing affordability problem has widespread economic impact, and there is a growing recognition of the important link between an adequate affordable workforce housing supply and economic growth.
The number of cost-burdened owner and renter households in Broward County has continued to increase at the same rate as during the housing bubble. 49.7% of households in Broward County (330,624 households) are cost-burdened. There are 127,382 cost-burdened renter households in Broward County, of which, 52% are “extremely” cost-burdened, a 15.2% increase since 2009.
Industry advisers say consumers shouldn’t spend more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing.
Hear our panel of experts discuss solutions.


Greg West is President & Chief Development Officer of ZOM and is responsible for all of the company’s development activities nationally. Presently, ZOM has under construction 3,400 units in Florida, Texas and the Mid-Atlantic. Over the next twelve months, the company will start 2,600 additional units, bringing active development volume over $1.8 billion.

Carla Coleman was appointed (2004) the Urban Land Institute’s Executive Director for Southeast Florida & the Caribbean, and in 2014 as ULI’s Florida Director until her retirement last year.  She continues to work on specialty projects as Principal of Coleman & Associates Consulting, PA.

Mitch Rosenstein is a principal and co-founder of Green Mills Group, a full-service real estate development firm focused on affordable housing and community development. Since the company¹s founding in 2011, Green Mills has the highest competitive low-income housing tax credit application award rate of any developer in Florida. Mitch was appointed to the 2013-2014 Board of Directors for Neighborhood Lending Partners, a consortium bank focused on commercial development and workforce housing finance. He was also appointed to the Affordable Housing Advisory Committees for both Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale.

MODERATOR: Debbie Orshefsky is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Fort Lauderdale and D.C. offices. She practices in the areas of land development and environmental law with specific experience in planning, infrastructure planning and financing, zoning, subdivision controls and community redevelopment, as well as state, regional and local roles in land use decision-making.



BREAKFAST AT: Tower Club, 28th Floor, One Financial Plaza, 100 SE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale

WHEN: Thursday, 4/6/17; doors open at 6:45 a.m.; program begins at 7:30 a.m.; concludes around 9:15 a.m.; free parking until 9:30 a.m. COST: Breakfast and parking included for members of Tower Forum; non-members: $35 (note: no cost for working media); credit card online, or mail check, payable to Tower Forum, P.O. Box #15041, Plantation, FL 33318.

We encourage participants to join Tower Forum. While we invite you to attend 2 breakfasts at $35 each, you must join Tower Forum to attend thereafter. Membership is from date of joining through 9 consecutively scheduled breakfasts.

In order for us to provide sufficient breakfast and seating, RSVP’s and advance payments are required, and are non-refundable. Seating is limited.


RSVP’s received after 5:00 p.m., Friday, 3/31/17

cannot be assured a seat.

Please consider joining the most popular go-to venue in Broward for 9 breakfasts of meaningful, thought-provoking discussion.

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Become an active participant and network with community business leaders, professionals and public officials.  Be informed and stimulated by key players regarding hot, current topics which impact you and the community. Enjoy full buffet breakfasts in downtown Fort Lauderdale’s prestigious Tower Club. Your membership begins on payment and lasts one year from joining. Submit your information with a credit card on our convenient online Membership Application, or print out the form and postal mail it with your check.

Glad to have you join…

Click here for New or Renewal Membership Application


Bob Swindell
President of Tower Forum 2016-17
Pres./CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

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Our breakfast location is always downtown at the Tower Club, 28th floor of the Regions Bank Building, (One Financial Plaza) 100 SE Third Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33394. Doors open at 6:45 a.m.; program begins at 7:30 a.m.; it concludes around 9:15 a.m. Free parking until 9:30 A.M. at the One Financial Plaza garage, by obtaining receptionist’s stamp on ticket when exiting the breakfast.  The dates of the programs are the first Thursday of every month from Oct., 2016 through June, 2017:  10/6/16, 11/3/16, 12/1/16, 1/5/17, 2/2/17, 3/2/17, 4/6/17, 5/4/17, 6/1/17. The programs are formulated by the Program Planning Committee, chaired by Tony Abbate (954.236.1285) .



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Robert Barron, Jane Carrié, Bianca Moreiras

Doug Lyons, Burnadette Norris-Weeks

Doug Lyons, Burnadette Norris-Weeks

Steve Einhorn, Kathy Koch, Marty Kurtz

Steve Einhorn, Kathy Koch, Marty Kurtz

Lee Feldman, Charles Caulkins, Linda Cooke, Calvin Glidewell

Lee Feldman, Charles Caulkins, Linda Cooke, Calvin Glidewell


Bob Swindell, Jean McIntyre, Dr. J.Preston Jones