Register for an FLC University Webinar Today – Dates in April and May
Registration is open for FLC University webinars in April and May. Topics include: National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Your Community (April 22); Best Practices for Developing and Sharing Your Budget (April 28), and Next Century Cities – How Mayors and Local Governments are Supercharging Internet Access Locally (May 6). Visit our Events and Training Calendar to reserve your seat for these free webinars today! MORE>
FLC University Summit Series: Economic Development, 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: May 13 – Davie, June 26 – Sarasota, July 17 – Jacksonville Beach, August 11 – Winter Park
  • National Flood Insurance Program: May 8 – Tampa
  • CRA Basics & Beyond: April 24 – Sarasota, May 15 – Lake Butler, June 5 – Crestview
Each workshop will feature an expert guest speaker. 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. 
Call for Entries: Florida Municipal Achievement Awards – May 1 Deadline
The Florida League of Cities is accepting entries for the seventh annual Florida Municipal Achievement Awards program through May 1. 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. Click here to download the brochure and nomination form. Contact Sharon Berrian at (850) 701-3660 or with any questions. MORE>
Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO) – May 1-2 in Altamonte Springs
Registration is open and space is still available for the upcoming Advanced IEMO on May 1-2 in Altamonte Springs. The Advanced IEMO 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. Register online at the Florida Institute of Government. MORE>
FLC University Successful Citizen Advisory Boards and Committee Training – May 20
The City of Stuart will host a one-day advisory board and committee training on May 20. This training will cover the “Do’s and Don’ts” of advisory boards, and how to resolve conflicts and build relationships with advisory board members. Participants will learn to channel conflict into constructive cooperation, solve problems, save city dollars, build support and utilize citizen volunteer time productively. Elected officials, advisory board members, administrators, board liaisons and other leaders who want their citizen boards and committees to be more productive should also attend. Deadline for registration is May 15. Click here to register online. MORE>
FLC Continuing Education in Ethics Workshops – Dates in April-June
The FLC University and local/regional leagues are co-sponsoring Continuing Education in Ethics workshops for municipal officials 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 or (850) 701-3608. 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>
Save the Date: FAST Fly-in to Washington, D.C. – October 7-8
The FAST Fly-in is a federal advocacy trip to Washington, D.C., where attendees meet with members of Florida’s congressional delegation to discuss key federal issues that affect municipalities. The first scheduled event is a federal briefing at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 7, at the National League of Cities Office. The League staff will coordinate meetings with your member of Congress. Attendees may make hotel reservations at the Phoenix Park Hotel by calling (202) 638-6900 or 1-(877) 237-2082. Ask for the Florida League of Cities FAST rate (group code number: 19715) to receive a reduced rate of $279/night. The deadline to reserve a room at the Phoenix Park Hotel is September 8. Please contact Allison Payne at by September 9 if you would like to attend or need additional information. MORE>
FACC Webinar: Public Records Requests Do’s and Don’ts – April 23
This webinar offers practical hands-on information designed to help city 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 later this month. MORE>
Celebrate Earth Day in Your City – April 22
Each year, Earth Day brings communities and organizations together to advocate for a healthier environment and sustainable life. This year, in observance of its 45th anniversary, the Earth Day Network is using every resource to raise the stakes to stop climate change and subsequently, poverty. This year’s theme, “It’s Our Turn to Lead,” is an open invitation to diversify and expand the leadership of the environmental justice movement. Download the Leadership Guide for more information and ideas for activities and ways to get involved in your city. MORE>
Funding Opportunity: New Rural Business Development Grant Program
The 2014 Federal Farm Bill consolidated the Rural Development’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program and the Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) program into a new program called the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program. These programs support training, technical assistance, and planning activities for redevelopment, business development, relocation and expansion of existing businesses. The RBEG program also funds construction, acquisition, land development, equipment and capitalization of revolving loan funds to support business startups and working capital needs in rural areas. USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is in the process of drafting regulations to implement the consolidation of the two programs. Click here to learn more and download an application. 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 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. For grant funding questions or additional information, contact Andre Goins, FDOT rail operations and programs administrator, at (850) 414-4620 or MORE>
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April 15, 2015 | Vol. 5, No. 8 - A Florida League of Cities Publication
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