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“If I Were Elected Mayor” Essay Contest Winners Announced
The Florida League of Cities and Florida League of Mayors have announced the winners of the “If I Were Elected Mayor” statewide essay contest for seventh-graders. The winners are: First Place – David Day, Fletcher Middle School (Jacksonville Beach), Second Place – Anabelle Robichaud, Jackson Middle School (Titusville) and Third Place – Mia Widdius, Lyons Creek Middle School (Coconut Creek). The contest encouraged students across the state to get involved in the life of their communities by engaging in discussions about public service and imagining what they would do if they were in charge of their cities. Each student who submitted an essay will receive a certificate of participation, and the winners will receive gift cards and a joint resolution from the Florida League of Cities and Florida League of Mayors. For more information about the contest, visit www.floridamayors.org. MORE>
Call for Entries: Florida Municipal Achievement Awards & Municipal Youth Council Video Competition
The Florida League of Cities is accepting entries for the seventh annual Florida Municipal Achievement Awards Program and the fourth annual Municipal Youth Council Video Competition. The goal of the Florida Municipal Achievement Awards program is to recognize innovations and excellence in municipal government in three categories: City Spirit Award, Florida Citizenship Award, and Environmental Stewardship Award. This program is open to city, town or village governments that are members of the Florida League of Cities. The deadline for entries is May 1. Click here to download the brochure and nomination form. The goal of the Municipal Youth Council Video Competition program is to provide a way for Florida’s youth councils to showcase their ideas, creativity and commitment to their community.  MORE>
FLC Continuing Education in Ethics Workshops – Dates in March-June
The FLC University and local/regional leagues are co-sponsoring Continuing Education in Ethics workshops for municipal officers at locations around the state. Click here to view the dates and locations currently scheduled. These workshops will be standardized in presentation and taught by city attorneys. The four-hour course is designed to comply with the requirement for elected officials to receive four hours of ethics-specific training annually under Section 112.3142, Florida Statutes, effective January 1, 2015. In addition, the League will offer this training at the annual conference and other statewide meetings. For information on the time and location of a course near you, contact the local league representative listed on the event date, or Carol Westmoreland at cwestmoreland@flcities.com or (850) 701-3608. MORE>
FLC University Summit Series: Economic Development, Best Budget Practices, Flood Insurance, CRA Basics & Beyond
Have you registered for an upcoming FLC University Regional Summit Series workshop near you? ·Tools That Work for Economic Development: April 7 - Tallahassee, June 26 - Sarasota, August 11 - Winter Park ·Best Budget Practices: Municipal Revenue Sources - March 20 - Boynton Beach, March 27 - Fort Myers, April 2 - Crestview ·Flood Insurance: May 8 - Tampa ·CRA Basics & Beyond: April 10 - Lake Mary, April 24 - Sarasota, May 15 - Lake Butler Each workshop will feature an expert guest speaker and attendees will have an opportunity to network among themselves and share best practices and innovations. These workshops are free to FLC member city officials and staff. Click here to learn more and register for the summit closest to you. MORE>
Save the Date: FLC Annual Conference – August 13-15 in Orlando
Mark your calendar for the League’s 2015 Annual Conference, which will take place August 13-15 at the World Center Marriott in Orlando. Registration materials will be available in late spring. MORE>
Florida League of Mayors to Participate in Day of Recognition for National Service
The Corporation for National & Community Service has slated April 7 as the third annual Mayors’ Day of Recognition for National Service. The Mayors’ Day of Recognition for National Service initiative is a great opportunity for mayors to show their public support for national service programs and thank the individuals who serve. Mayors across the country will hold public events, engage with national service members and volunteers, issue proclamations and use both traditional and social media to highlight the value of national service to the nation’s cities. 
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Call for Nominations: FACC Clerk of the Year & Robert N. Clark Memorial Award – March 31 Deadline
The Florida Association of City Clerks (FACC) is accepting nominations for its City Clerk of the Year and Robert N. Clark Memorial Awards. Click here to learn more and download the nomination forms. Completed applications should be returned no later than March 31, 2015, to: City of Holmes Beach, Awards & Scholarship Committee Chair, Stacey Johnston, MMC, City Clerk, 5801 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, FL, 34217 or cityclerk@holmesbeachfl.org. Contact Stacey Johnston at (941) 708-5800, ext. 226 with any questions. MORE>
FACC Webinar: Public Records Requests Do’s and Don’ts – April 23
This webinar offers practical hands-on information designed to help clerks deal with the public records issues they face on a daily basis. Topics will include fees, time for response, tips for avoiding litigation, redaction, and when and who to ask for assistance and guidance. Click here to register online. MORE>
Save the Date: FLGISA 2015 Annual Conference – July 21-24 in Naples
The Florida Government Information Systems Association (FLGISA) will host its Annual Conference on July 21-24 at the Naples Grand Beach Resort. The special room rate is $139/night. Additional details will be available in April. MORE>
Call for Nominations: 2015 FACERS Awards – May 15 Deadline
Every year the Florida Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents (FACERS) honors a Public Works Employee, Small Agency or Rural Engineer, Large Agency or Urban Engineer, Team, and State/Local Collaboration for projects completed in the previous year (2014). Awards are open to all individuals in public works, transportation, and engineering in Florida's counties and cities. There is no requirement to be a FACERS member. Nominees receive a congratulatory letter. Winners receive statewide recognition at the annual FACERS conference in June and are featured in the Florida Technology Transfer Quarterly Newsletter. Visit www.facers.org/awards to submit a nomination. Email questions@facers.org with any questions. MORE>
Funding Opportunity: Park Recycling Grant Program – March 20 Deadline
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) has renewed its partnership with Keep America Beautiful (KAB) with a $300,000 commitment that continues efforts to provide recycling opportunities to consumers. The DPS/KAB Park Recycling Grant Program funds the placement of recycling bins within city, regional and state public parks across the nation. State and local government agencies, and other community organizations involved with recycling activities in local, regional and state parks, are eligible to apply. The program is accepting applications for recycling bin grants on its website through March 20, 2015. Click here to learn more and complete the online application. MORE>
Funding Opportunity: Volunteer Florida AmeriCorps State Programs – April 9 Deadline
Volunteer Florida has announced availability of 2014-2015 AmeriCorps Formula funding cycle for AmeriCorps State programs. Proposal Grant Applications are available on the Volunteer Florida Available Grants webpage. Proposals are due April 9. AmeriCorps State programs engage AmeriCorps members in direct service to provide solutions to critical community needs in the focus areas of Education, Environmental Stewardship, Economic Opportunity, Healthy Futures, Veterans and Military Families. Click here to learn more. MORE>
Funding Opportunity: FDOT Quiet Zones Grant Program for Phase II – April 30 Deadline
In accordance with legislative action, approximately $4,000,000 of residual funds from General Appropriation HB-5001, Line 1890, ($10,000,000) is provided for Quiet Zone improvements in response to the use of locomotive horns at highway-rail grade crossings. Phase II of the grant program for quiet zones, as requested by local agencies, will provide funding of up to 50 percent of the nonfederal and non-private share of the total costs of any qualifying quiet zone capital improvement project. The grant is open statewide to local municipalities for assistance with rail crossing quiet zones. Local agencies may apply for grant funds after its quiet zone plan is approved by federal regulatory authorities. The deadline for grant request submittals is April 30, 2015.  MORE>
Funding Opportunity: Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act
In 2014, Florida had the highest rate of drowning among children ages 0-14 in the nation. To help combat this tragedy, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) authored the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, which includes grants to state and local governments to implement enforcement and education programs aimed at preventing drowning and drain entrapments of children in pools and spas. Click here to view a short video from the congresswoman to Florida’s municipalities. MORE>
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March 16, 2015 | Vol. 5, No. 6 - A Florida League of Cities Publication
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