The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County will host an informative lunch event on Wednesday, Jan.18, 2023, at 11 a.m. featuring Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker.
The start of 2023 is the perfect time to get an update on “the State of the County” — and no one is more directly involved in all relevant concerns and controversies than Baker, the county administrator since 2015. She oversees 6,800 positions and balances a $6 billion annual budget in Florida’s third-largest county.
Since becoming county administrator, Baker was the leader in a voter-approved 2016 infrastructure sales tax initiative that will generate $2.7 billion for new and renovated schools, roads and facilities over a 10-year period; led initiatives such as the Mandatory Inclusionary Workforce Housing Program, Community Land Trust, re-implemented the small/minority/women business enterprise program in 2019, and the recently created Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Baker also managed the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The luncheon will take place at Mel’s Way Bistro at 3536 Via Poinciana in suburban Lake Worth. The fee is $35. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with a choice of regular or vegetarian lunch. The presentation begins at noon. Registrations, lunch choice and payments must be made in advance online at www.lwvpbc.org/event/jan-hot-topic-state-of-the-county.