Steven Alexander has over 30 years of leadership experience in a wide variety of areas with Florida government. His experience includes having provided services in a professional capacity to the State of Florida, two Public Florida State Universities, and Broward County. Mr. Alexander served as Assistant to the County Administrator in Broward County. Additionally he has been the first official City Manager for two municipalities in Florida. As the first Town Manager in Cutler Bay he was responsible for the planning and establishment of every aspect of the precedent setting Town, which has under his leadership risen to County-wide respect and admiration. His experience in managing broad general governmental issues is outstanding both in scope and complexity.
He has headed or been on strategic planning and negotiating teams for such projects as Blockbuster Park, the Panthers Hockey Arena, multimillion-dollar agreements including annexation between several local governments and private enterprises relating to Port Everglades, the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and other major endeavors. This included the very significant governmental transition of changing the governance of Port Everglades from an independent Authority, to being part of Broward County Government overseen by the Board of County Commissioners.
During his five years in the leadership of Broward County, he was an integral part of virtually every solution to major issues, where among other responsibilities, he was given the task of restructuring the management and organization of over 7,000 employees. He was responsible for the oversight and contract negotiation for the Broward resource recovery board including two waste-to-energy incinerators and two major landfills. He led a team to reorganize the emergency management service (EMS) or Fire Rescue delivery system for the entirety of Broward County. He also headed the Public Affairs Department, which handled all of the governmental relations, program marketing, and public information from Congress to local special districts.
Mr. Alexander has been trusted by a Governor and the Presidents of 2 Public Universities and many private companies including the $56 billion publicly-traded Clear Channel Communications and two municipalities to make the right decisions, hire the right people, raise enough money and build the right relationships to meet the various goals of these organizations. His efforts with community organizations from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Beacon Council to the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council, which grants over $13 million each year, are easily documented and show his belief that community participation is critical to a successful governmental structure. Success in making these decisions, obtaining the goals and being worthy of the trust, has resulted in great respect among his peers.
Steven Alexander was part of the leadership team that helped to create the governmental structure for Blockbuster Park, the first new privately held District with municipal powers similar to a municipality and a county since the creation of Disney Worlds Reedy Creek Improvement District. Steven Alexander was selected to draft the framework for this massive project designed by Wayne Huizenga during his tenure at Broward County. He also led the creation of the Green Corridor District in Miami Dade County which is an internationally ground breaking clean energy financing opportunity as recognized by former President of Costa Rica, José María Figueres, ?President of the Carbon War Room, an international non-governmental organization working on issues regarding market based solution to climate change founded by Sir Richard Branson.
As a legislative expert, Mr. Alexander has been widely noted as an individual who is innovative in his approach to complex issues. His creative vision has received the highest compliment from the EPA as it based its Federal underground storage tank (gasoline, propane and other hazardous substances) program on a policy and legislation created by Mr. Alexander for the State of Florida.
This experience provides him with the skills needed to understand the challenges cities face when tackling municipal issues. He has demonstrated the proficiency required to work effectively with budgets, parks, public works, zoning, intergovernmental relations and capital projects as well as many other issues faced by local governments.