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Florida Sterling Council

Founded in 1992, the Florida Sterling Council is a not-for-profit 501c(3) orgnaization whose mission is to to promote Florida's competitive edge and quality fo life by promoting, assessing, and recognizing excellence in organizational performance. Supported by the Office of the Governor, its vision is for Florida to be a State of Excellence.

A 50-member Board of Directors, drawn from public and private organizations across Florida, is responsible for governing and overseeing the Council's activities. The Council's major initiatives are focused on maximizing organizational excellence through the use of three distinct means of management assessment: the Navigator survey tool, which provides data and feedback for self-evaluation; the Sterling Challenge for Performance Excellence, which gives an in-depth examination of an institution's operation; and the Governor's Sterling Award, a detailed and comprehensive review of an organization's all-around performance.

Other activities include the Annual Sterling Conference, Training and Development Sessions, and Regional Team Showcases, all of which assist in furthering the Council's mission statement.

In 2002, the Miami-Dade County Health Department (now the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County) was the first county health department in the state to receive the Governor's Sterling Award, in recognition of being a role model in performance excellence. It is one of only 71 organizations in the state to have earned this prestigious award. The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County was the recipient of the Governor's Sterling Award again in 2006 and 2012, and achieved additional recognition for performance excellence with the Sterling Sustained Excellence Award in 2014.

For more information about the Sterling Council and how your organization can benefit, please visit their website at:

2012 Governor's Sterling Award Application