2014 Legislative Conference
The 54th Annual Legislative Conference will be held November 13-14, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. The second of the League’s annual meetings, this important conference sets our legislative policies and priorities for the upcoming session of the Legislature.
The Future Is Closer Than You Think: A Florida League of Cities Publication
When Pensacola Councilman P.C. Wu was sworn in as League
president in 2013, he selected technology as his platform. Wu’s vision
toward the future led to several technology-related initiatives, culminating
with the publication, The Future Is Closer than You Think: Cities Take on Technology
. Click here
to view or download the book online.
Florida City Government Week
Florida City Government Week is October 19-25, and the
Florida League of Cities encourages every city to take an active part
in promoting their city through civic education activities. This is a great
opportunity to speak to schools and civic groups, host an open house at city
hall, reach out to civic clubs and community organizations to explain city
structure and function, or help others learn by serving charitable
organizations within their communities.
Florida Municipal Achievement Award Winners
The Florida League of Cities today announced the following cities as winners of its 6th Annual Florida Municipal Achievement Awards: City Spirit Award - City of Parkland, Florida Citizenship Award - City of DeLand, Environmental Stewardship Award - City of Pembroke Pines. Click here to learn more about the award-winning entries.
Florida League of Cities Apparel Now Available
Visit the Florida League of Cities webstore for all of your League-themed apparel! Browse through a variety of items, including clothing, hats and bags, that are great for work, meetings, leisure, League conferences and other events. Click here
to visit the store.
Creating a City Youth Council
The Florida League of Cities is pleased to announce the winners of the Third Annual Municipal Youth Council Video Competition. The goal of the program was to provide a way for Florida’s youth councils to showcase their ideas, creativity and commitment to their community.The competition asks youth councils to look at their own community and think about key issues affecting young citizens. Click here to view the winning videos.
Growing from a small number of cities
and towns, our membership now represents more than 400 cities, towns and
villages in the Sunshine State. Click here
to learn more about Florida's
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for a list of positions open. Click
for instructions on posting your
city’s ad to the Florida League of Cities’
Reporting on Polls: Facts and Value
week, I wrote about the overabundance of polls tracking the progress of
various candidates in various races for public office here in Florida. I
acknowledged my own frustration as a homeowner (even though I am a former
pollster) over the constant barrage of phone calls, some soliciting support for
campaigns, some seeking to assess that support.
It’s enough to make one refuse to answer the phone.
But beyond the irritation lies a more important question.
Why so many polls?
ON TAP @ THE CAP - May 2, 2014
Source: Scott Dudley
Nineteenth century German Chancellor Otto von Bismark is credited with saying that lawmaking is like making sausage. Colorado State University professor John Straayer also offers several unique descriptions of the legislative process. The first is the legislature as an arena in which "a score of basketball games are progressing, all at one time, on the same floor, with games at different stages, with participants playing on several teams at once, switching at will, opposing each other in some instances and acting as teammates in others." Professor Straayer also compares the legislature to a casino, where there are lots of tables, lots of games, the stakes are high, there are winners and losers, but the outcome is only final until the next game commences and there is always another game planned for the future.
Thought about RMPE?
Source: Scott Blaser, CSP, Director, Risk Control
Thought about RMPE?
As I wrap up our first online meeting for the League’s Risk Management for Public Entities (RMPE) study group, I would be remiss if I did not let everyone know of this group, once again, and how it can help you obtain your RMPE certification.