September 6, 2019
Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, ENV SP, LEED AP
President, Chen Moore and Associates
Last Week: While South Floridians have been complaining about the state of their water and sewer infrastructure, I think it is important to note “how good we have it”. Last week, I was in Jackson, Mississippi for a conference. I was impressed with the history and hospitality in this State Capital. After a short time, I realized the negative trend the city was actually on. With a shrinking tax base and degrading infrastructure, businesses are leaving in droves. A local brewery was forced to shut because the City couldn’t supply consistent water. We need to get better, but it could be worse.
Looking ahead: Next week, I’ll be heading to Tallahassee to attend the TaxWatch Productivity Awards. Since 1989, the Awards program has publicly recognized and rewarded state employees and work units whose work significantly and measurably increases productivity and promotes innovation to improve the delivery of state services and save money for Florida taxpayers and businesses. Over the 30-year program, more than 16,000 nominations have been received, and awards have been given to state employees for saving or maximizing state dollars to the tune of approximately $10 billion.