Celebrate Florida City Government Week – October 19-25
Source: Sharon Berrian
Florida City Government Week is October 19-25, 2014, and the Florida League of Cities encourages every city to take an active part in promoting their city through civic education activities. Florida City Government Week is part of an ongoing effort sponsored by the Florida League of Cities to raise public awareness about the services that cities perform and to educate the public on how city government works. Cities are encouraged to involve their local schools, businesses, media and civic clubs in planning Florida City Government Week activities. Contact Sharon Berrian at or (850) 222-9684 for more information and to order your Florida City Government Week buttons and bumper stickers. Be sure to include the amount you need (they come in sets of 25 each). MORE>
FLC University Summit Series: Living Leadership – Dates in September and October
Source: Jan Piland
Being an effective leader in city government is more than knowing about leadership. It instead depends significantly on your actions, decisions and ability to model the characteristics of a leader. This highly interactive summit will include a look at the skills you need whether serving as an elected leader, a department head or the staff lead on a project. Choose from five dates and locations around the state: September 19 – Destin, September 26 – Alachua, October 17 – Wilton Manors, October 24 – Tampa and October 31 – Winter Park. The summits are free to FLC members. Visit the FLC Events Calendar to register for the session closest to you. MORE>
2014-2015 Legislative Policy Committee Appointments Announced
Source: Holly McPhail
The Florida League of Cities has announced appointments for the 2014-2015 legislative policy committees. Municipals officials are the driving force behind the League's legislative success. In addition to setting the legislative priorities, the League’s policy committee members help to provide League staff with a better understanding of the real-world implications of proposed legislation and serve as advocates for home rule during the legislative session. Each policy committee focuses on a specific area of interest to Florida's cities. The chairs and vice-chairs of each committee are listed here. To learn more about the FLC policy development process, contact Holly McPhail or visit our website. MORE>
Institute for Elected Municipal Officials – October 10-12 in Fort Myers
Source: Melanie Howe
Online registration is available for the upcoming Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO) in October. This 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. The IEMO is offered at different locations throughout the state. Click here to learn more and register for the event. MORE>
Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials – October 24-25 in Altamonte Springs
Source: Melanie Howe
Registration is now open for the upcoming Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO) in Altamonte Springs. This program is reserved for participants and graduates of the IEMO, or those elected city officials who have completed one or more terms in office. Participants will be asked through the registration process which criteria they meet. This intensive two-day program, held on a Friday and Saturday, features four classes and two workshop-style lunches. Click here to learn more and register for the event. MORE>
Florida League of Cities Legislative Conference – November 13-14 in Orlando
Source: Melanie Howe
The League’s 2014 Legislative Conference will be held on November 13-14 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. During this event, the League’s Legislative Action Agenda is approved by the membership. The Action Agenda, which is the work product of the League’s five legislative policy committees, directs the League’s lobbying efforts for the upcoming Florida legislative session. Keynote speakers are also on hand to provide their perspective on the key municipal issues and the state’s political climate. Additional information will be available soon. MORE>
Mark Your Calendar: FLC University Summit Series 2015 Topics Announced
Source: Jan Piland
In addition to the “Living Leadership” series that will begin this month, FLC University has announced the following topics for its 2015 Summit Series: Human Resources – February, Municipal Revenue and Budgeting – March, Make Your City’s Meetings Successful – April and May, Communications Best Practices – September and October. Additional information will be available in the coming months. MORE>
Florida Local Government Coalition Local Works Day – October 3
Source: Jenna Titcomb
The Florida League of Cities is a member of the Florida Local Government Coalition, which exists to connect local government associations across the state. For the second year, the coalition will promote its “Local Works” campaign as a way to help Floridians understand, appreciate and support local government and the services and value these governments bring to millions of lives each day. Click here to learn more. To support the League’s “Local Works Day” initiatives, the coalition created a brief viral video that communicates the value of local services. On October 3, please help us spread the word by sharing this video on your website(s), social media platforms and distribute it to your friends, families and colleagues!  MORE>
Registration Deadline Approaching for FRA Developer Dinner and Annual Conference – October 7-10 in Miami
Source: Carol Westmoreland
The Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) will hold its 2014 annual conference on October 8-10 in downtown Miami. Registration material is available on the FRA website. The registration deadline is September 22. On October 7, the FRA will host a “Dinner with Developers” at the Miami Hilton Downtown, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. If you have a parcel (or two) of land in an urban area that is in need of redevelopment, this event is for you. It is open to elected officials, developers and redevelopment officials seeking projects in their communities. The cost is $99 for the reception and dinner. For more information or to register online, visit the FRA website or contact Carol Westmoreland at or (850) 701-3608. MORE>
FACC Fall Academy – October 13-16 in Lake Mary
Source: SarahVi Pate
This year’s Florida Association of City Clerks’ Fall Academy will be held on October 13-16 at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. The early registration deadline is Wednesday, September 24. Mailed registration forms must be postmarked on or before September 19 to be eligible for the early registration fee. The hotel rate is $121/night. Click here to learn more and register online. MORE>
Save the Date: FLGISA Winter Conference – January 27-29, 2015 in Altamonte Springs
Source: Becky Brennan
The Florida Local Government Information Systems Association’s (FLGISA) 2015 Winter Conference will be held at the Embassy Suites in Altamonte Springs on January 27-29. The hotel room rate will be $115/night. Additional details will be available in November. MORE>
Upcoming Webinar: Preparing for the Annual CRS Recertification – September 16
Source: Holly McPhail
The Community Rating System (CRS) offers webinars and workshops to help communities with their CRS requirements. The CRS Webinar Series provides training opportunities to staff in communities that are not yet participating in the CRS, local government staff that are new to the CRS, and to local government staff experienced with the CRS. A webinar titled “Preparing for the Annual CRS Recertification” will be held on September 16. Registration is free, but required, as space is limited. Click here to learn more. MORE>
America Recycles Day is November 15 - Register Your Local Event
Source: Beth Dolan
Online event registration is now open for America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), which takes place annually on and around November 15. This year’s America Recycles Day theme, “I Want To Be Recycled,” helps to educate people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being and helps to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers. Online registration is now open at for local organizers to schedule events in their communities and gain access to valuable resources to plan, promote and host an event. Best practices guides for hosting events, activity ideas, downloadable posters and banners, media outreach tools, sample proclamations and many more resources are available online. Events can be scheduled any time during the fall, but should be held as close to November 15 as possible. MORE>
Florida Ethics Conference and Attorney General’s Sunshine Summit – September 24-25 in Orlando
Source: Jan Piland
The 2014 Florida Ethics Conference and Attorney General’s Sunshine Summit will take place on September 24-25 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando. This conference is a must for anyone in public service. Staff members from the Attorney General’s Office and the Florida Commission on Ethics will explain what is in the new legislation and what is expected of those in public service at the state and local levels, including standards, reporting and enforcement procedures. Click here to learn more. Online registration is now open. MORE>
Sharing Water Conference – October 2-4 in Monticello
Source: Ryan Matthews
The Sharing Water Conference, sponsored by Main Street Monticello Florida, is one in a series of annual conferences held in Monticello addressing critical contemporary issues. This conference is free to the public and will address the question of water supply for the growing world population, using the Floridan Aquifer as an example. Click here to learn more and register. MORE>
Florida Association of Code Enforcement Fall 2014 Certification Training
Source: Holly McPhail
The Florida Institute of Government at the University of Central Florida has announced the schedule of Florida Association of Code Enforcement (FACE) Certification courses for fall 2014. Fundamentals of Code Enforcement, which is an officer's introduction to most of his or her daily activities, will be offered on October 13-17. Click here to register. Administrative Aspects of Code Enforcement will be offered on November 17-21. This course targets managers/supervisors or those who are interested in moving up in their organizations. Click here to register. MORE>
Florida City Leaders Forum on College Access and Success – October 15 in Tampa
Source: Lynn Tipton
Municipal elected and appointed officials are invited to join the National League of Cities, the Florida College Access Network and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn for a luncheon and afternoon forum about how cities can join forces with community stakeholders to increase education attainment and build a robust talent pool. City officials are also invited to an evening reception after the forum and the 3rd Annual Florida College Access and Success Summit on October 16. To register and for more information, click here. MORE>
Share the Road Celebration of Cycling Weekend – October 24-25 in Gainesville
Source: Ryan Matthews
Bike Florida and Florida Bicycle Association will co-host this year’s Share the Road Celebration of Cycling events, which are scheduled on October 24-25 to coincide with the Gainesville Cycling Club's popular Santa Fe Century and Horse Farm Hundred rides that attract hundreds of cyclists from around the state. Celebration of Cycling's line-up of informational and public safety programs, a Friday night "cycling social," and Saturday night annual banquet is designed to appeal to cycling enthusiasts, public policy makers, business people and others who want to learn more about the utility, economics and fun of cycling. Registration and other information can be found at and MORE>
FGFOA School of Governmental Finance – November 17-21 in Sandestin
Source: Penny Mitchell
The Florida Government Finance Officers Association will hold its 2014 School of Finance on November 17-21 at the Hilton Sandestin. Additional details will be available soon. MORE>
NLC 2014 Congress of Cities and Exposition – November 18-22 in Austin
Source: National League of Cities
Join mayors, councilmembers and other elected leaders and municipal staff from across the country for the National League of Cities (NLC) 2014 Congress of Cities and Exposition in Austin, Texas, on November 18-22. Build your technical and leadership skills at one of NLC University’s special seminars, and choose from 30 other workshops on topics like economic development, transportation and sustainability. Click here to learn more and register online. MORE>
Call for Submissions: Healthy Weight Community Championship – November 14 Deadline
Source: Florida Department of Health
Florida’s county and municipal governments play an important role in decreasing the prevalence of unhealthy weight in their jurisdictions. Local governments can implement a variety of policies that have been shown to increase physical activity levels and improve nutrition. These “best practice” policies are reflected in the Healthy Weight Community Champion Submission Form. Florida’s 410 municipalities and 67 counties are eligible to submit best practices. Submissions must be made by a municipal or county official, accompanied by a resolution or proclamation. The submission window closes on November 14. Click here to learn more and download the submission form. MORE>
Funding Opportunity: Agricultural Education Facilities – October 1 Deadline
Source: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting applications for funding projects in local communities for the construction and/or renovation of agricultural education facilities. Applications for certification as an agriculture and promotion facility must be received by certified or registered mail, or any other delivery service that will require a signature, no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 1, 2014. Applicants must be a unit of local government as defined in Section 218.369, Florida Statutes, or a fair association as defined in Section 616.001(9), Florida Statutes, and must also be responsible for the planning, design, permitting, construction, renovation, management and operation of the agriculture education and promotion facility; or hold title to the property on which such facility is to be developed and located. MORE>
Funding Opportunity: TMDL Grant Program – November 3 Deadline
Source: Ryan Matthews
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now accepting applications for the TMDL Grant program. This program awards funding for projects designed to improve urban stormwater systems and reduce polluted runoff to impaired waters. Local governments and water management districts (WMD) are eligible to apply. The deadline for application submittal for the November TMDL Grant review is close of business (5:00 p.m. EST) November 3, 2014. This funding is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as the TMDL Water Quality Restoration Grant, which is set out by rule in Chapter 62-305, F.A.C. and authorized by Section 403.890(2), F.S. Click here to learn more and download an application. MORE>
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September 15, 2014 | Vol. 4, No. 18 - A Florida League of Cities Publication
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