2015 Florida League of Cities Legislative Priorities Announced
The Florida League of Cities has released its 2015 Legislative Action Agenda including its stance on municipal police officer and fire pension plans. All ten priority statements and background information are available to download
Institute for Elected Municipal Officials
Registration is open for the upcoming Institute for Elected Municipal
Officials (IEMO) on January 23-25 in Jacksonville. This
program is specially designed for newly elected officials and those with less
than one term in office and offers a comprehensive overview of Florida municipal government,
presented by a faculty of top professionals in the field.
Seventh Annual Florida Municipal Achievement Awards Program
The nomination form
for the Seventh Annual Florida Municipal Achievement Awards Program is now available. The goal of this program is to recognize innovations and excellence
in municipal government.
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 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.
Municipal Youth Councils
The nomination form
for the Fourth Annual Municipal Youth Council Video Competition is now available. The goal of the program is to provide a way for Florida’s youth councils to showcase their ideas, creativity and commitment to their community. This year’s youth council video competition asks youth councils to look at their own community and think about key issues affecting young citizens.
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
– Click here
for a list of positions open. Click
for instructions on posting your
city’s ad to the Florida League of Cities’
The Imbalanced Game of Work at Amazon
I don’t remember when I first learned to play tic-tac-toe. I
have memories of playing it as a preschooler. It was such a simple game that
even my parents understood the rules. There were a variety of moves and outcomes,
and one could play it with nothing more than a crayon and a scrap of paper.
But somewhere in elementary school, I figured out that the
game was “broken.” If you understood the game, you could ensure that you would
win or play to a draw every time.
As soon as my friends figured that out, too, the game lost
all its luster. I even stopped playing it with my parents (who never did catch
on . . .).
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.