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For Immediate Release:
May 07, 2012

Media Contact:
Suzy Trutie

County Assistant Director appointed chair of Florida Benchmarking Consortium Board of Directors

Ray A. Scher, Assistant Director of Miami-Dade County’s Office of Management and Budget, has been appointed Chair of the Florida Benchmarking Consortium (FBC) Board of Directors.  The Florida Benchmarking Consortium (FBC) is an intra-state collaboration of Florida local governments seeking to improve the delivery of local government services through the use of performance measurement data and proven benchmarking tools and techniques.  Started in 2004 by a handful of like-minded performance and budgeting professionals representing local governments from around the state, the FBC has grown from being a collaborative vision of what could be accomplished in a regional performance measurement and benchmarking initiative to becoming a model for other regional consortiums of its kind around the United States.     

“I’d like to congratulate Ray for being selected to chair such an important organization. His selection is an indication of the talented employees working at Miami-Dade County, whose expertise is sought after in and outside of government.  Ray’s knowledge of the intricacies of government budgets and processes make him the ideal person to lead the Florida Benchmarking Consortium’s board,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.  

Ray A. Scher
Ray A. Scher is the Assistant Director of Miami-Dade County’s Office of Management and Budget, which oversees management planning and performance analysis initiatives.  Since 1998, he has been involved in the development and refinement of the County’s internationally recognized management systems including strategic planning; business planning; performance measurement, analysis, and reporting; and integration of management systems with the County’s resource allocation process.  His previous leadership roles in the County include management positions in the Department of Solid Waste Management and the Miami-Dade Police Department.  He also worked for four years in the private sector as an industrial engineer for a printing company.  Scher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.

Florida Benchmarking Consortium
The Florida Benchmarking Consortium (FBC), is the largest intra-state local government benchmarking consortium within the United States.  Currently, there are 62 member local governments in the FBC.  Each member local government participates across 18 local government performance management-focused service areas, potentially using a combined total of over 670 performance measures that have been dynamically crafted, tweaked, managed and improved over time by service area experts from the many industries of Florida's local governments


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