Register for an FLC University Communications Workshop – December 7 & 8
The fall course schedule for the FLC University Training Center in Orlando focuses on a variety of city-centric topics. The first week of December is Communications Week. Choose from “Modes and Methods of Public Communication” on December 7 or 8 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or “Public Speaking as a Public Servant” on December 8 from 1:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Online registration is available for these free workshops. MORE>
Legislative Session Preview Webinar: What's in Store for 2016? – December 15
The 2016 legislative session convenes on Tuesday, January 12. Many issues impacting cities will be considered in the upcoming session. In this webinar, you will hear from the League’s lobbying team as they discuss the current status of FLC legislative priorities as well as learn about other issues being considered and how each will impact cities. Click here to register online. MORE>
Registration Open for First 2016 IEMO – January 29-31 in Jacksonville
The League is now accepting registrations for the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO) in Jacksonville on January 29-31, 2016. The IEMO educational program is specially designed for newly elected officials and those with less than one term in office. The primary objective of the IEMO is to provide elected municipal officials with an intensive academic program that will assist them in effectively meeting the requirements of their elected role. The IEMO is a three-day program structured in a Friday through Sunday format. Click here to learn more and register online. Dates have also been announced for Advanced IEMO and IEMO III. Check the Events and Training Calendar for specific dates and locations. MORE>
Is Your City Hungry for Training? Try FLC University To Go!
FLC University To Go is ready to serve you. In addition to regional summits and workshops held at the League’s training center in Orlando, educational courses can now be prepared and delivered to your doorstep through FLC University To Go. FLC University To Go offers half-day, whole-day and multi-day programs developed specifically for your city’s elected officials and/or staff, or training programs can be developed for you and your neighboring cities. A few examples include governance, advocacy, communications, service delivery and media relations. Have we whetted your appetite for customizable training? Call FLC University at (407) 367-4024 or email for more information. MORE>
U.S. Communities Offering Home Depot Rebate Program
The Home Depot contract with U.S. Communities allows member cities to earn a rebate on their annual spend for online and in-store purchases. If your city has purchased from The Home Depot during the year and are not currently using the U.S. Communities contract, creating a Pro Xtra account now would provide a rebate that your city is not currently signed up to receive. The Home Depot is providing cities that are not currently enrolled in their Pro Xtra program an opportunity to save. Register your city in The Home Depot Pro Xtra program and receive credit for any Home Depot transactions associated with registered payment types retroactive to January 1, 2015. The cut-off for rebate calculations is December 31. Now is the time to register with Pro Xtra so you can earn a rebate for your 2015 spend! For details on the rebate program or to register, visit MORE>
2016 Healthiest Weight Community Champion Application Deadline Extended Until December 4
Healthiest Weight Florida has extended the deadline for the 2016 Healthiest Weight Community Champion (HWCC) applications and proclamations/resolutions deadline until Friday December 4, 2015. Submissions must be made by a municipal or county official, accompanied by a resolution or proclamation. Local governments can implement a variety of policies that have been shown to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. These “best practice” policies are reflected in the Healthy Weight Community Champion submission criteria. By implementing best practices within their jurisdictions, local governments can create environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice. Municipalities must apply every year to receive the recognition. Click here to download the 2016 HWCC submission form. A sample resolution is available here. Last year over 65 governments received the recognition. For more information, please visit MORE>
DEP Environmental Resource Permit Rulemaking Update – Effective November 19
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Division of Water Resource Management, has announced that the General Environmental Resource Permit to establish Public Mooring Fields will be effective November 19 and is available from the Department of State website. The Mooring Field Management Plan – Basic Example and Mooring Field Management Plan – Full Example are also available from the division's rule webpage. If you have any questions, contact your local DEP office or or (850)245-8483. MORE>
Local Government Internship Program at the University of Florida
The University of Florida, Florida Blue Key and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service are sponsoring the Local Government Internship Program (LGIP) at the University of Florida for the Class of 2016. Now in its third year, the LGIP will place local government interns in a wide array of disciplines starting in May 2016. If your city has positions in departments such as budget and finance, planning, engineering, recreation, public works, etc., contact Craig Hunter at (727) 698-4341 or or Randy Reid at (941) 445-3567 or with contact information for your HR director and the particular department in which the intern would serve. This year’s goal is to place 15 to 20 interns across the state and five to 10 interns in the Gainesville area. MORE>
Apply to be Recognized as a 2016 All-American City
Since 1949, the National Civic League has designated 10 communities each year as All-America Cities for their outstanding civic accomplishments. All-America Cities are collaborative innovators that are willing to put in the hard work to tackle today’s most crucial local issues. To win, each community identifies three local efforts targeting pressing community challenges. Together, these projects should demonstrate innovation, impact, inclusiveness, civic engagement and cross-sector collaboration. The 2016 award will spotlight programs that ensure all children are healthy and supported to succeed in school and life. Click here for more information on the award and how to apply. MORE>
NLC Technical Assistance and Funding Program – December 4 Deadline
The National League of Cities (NLC) is launching a new two-year project to assist cities in developing comprehensive financial inclusion strategies to help low-income families improve their financial health. Cities can apply to participate in the Cities Building Systems to Promote Financial Inclusion project by responding to the request for proposals (RFP). Technical assistance during the two-year project will include one-on-one guidance, site visits, monthly webinars and other peer-sharing opportunities, as well as access to resources and national experts.The project will also include a Mayors’ Institute on Financial Inclusion, in which mayors from selected cities will spend two days together sharing ideas and brainstorming ways to solve challenges and take advantage of opportunities to help residents gain a solid financial foothold.  MORE>
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Urban Waters Small Grants Program
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for projects that will advance EPA’s water quality and environmental justice goals. Proposed projects will address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities. Note that proposed project activities must take place entirely within one of the Eligible Geographic Areas, as illustrated on the interactive map provided on the Urban Waters Small Grants mapping website. It is anticipated that each EPA Regional Office will award approximately two to three cooperative agreements. Funding is contingent upon agency funding levels, the quality of proposals received and other applicable considerations.  MORE>
U.S. SBA Offering Low-Interest Disaster Loans – June 29 Economic Injury Deadline
Florida businesses and residents affected by severe storms and flooding from July 25 through August 9, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA disaster declaration covers Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Hardee, Hernando, Manatee, Polk and Sumter counties. Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA, to make improvements that help prevent the risk of future property damage caused by a similar disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is November 30, 2015.The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 29, 2016. MORE>
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December 1, 2015 | Vol. 5, No. 23 - A Florida League of Cities Publication
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