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FLC Publishes Future of Technology Book
Source: Mike Taylor
When Pensacola Councilman P.C. Wu was sworn in as League president last year, he selected technology as his platform, specifically what the future of technology will hold and what it will mean to cities. Wu’s vision toward the future led to several technology-related initiatives, culminating with the publication, The Future of Technology. The book was distrubuted to attendees at the League’s annual conference and a copy will be mailed to each Florida city. It identifies 17 technologies and provides two perspectives on each topic – one from an expert in a particular field and one from a Techonolgy Leadership Subcommittee member who addresses the technology’s effect on cities. If you didn’t make it to annual conference this year, be sure to check out the book when it arrives in your city! MORE>
Has Your City Completed the 2014 CityStats Survey?
Source: Liane Schrader
Begun in 2011, the annual CityStats survey is a vital source of information for League members, staff and research institutes across the nation. The 2014 survey was launched via email on June 17. The survey will close on August 28. A unique survey link was sent to the designated key official in each city. Please take the time to complete this year's survey as it provides information essential to League staff and serves as a valuable source of information on municipal government not available elsewhere.Surveys can be saved and completed over several days by multiple city staff members. A list of the 2014 questions is available for download. If you need to reference your 2013 survey responses, they are available on the center's website. Contact Liane Schrader with questions. MORE>
Annual Financial Disclosure Deadline Approaching – September 2
Source: Mike Sittig
It’s financial disclosure season! Annual financial disclosures must be filed or postmarked no later than September 2, 2014 to avoid automatic fines of $25 per day. If you are a person who files a disclosure, please—make sure it’s filed or postmarked by September 2. If you supervise people or serve as an adviser to others who are required to file, please check their filing status and remind them to file on time. Whether you file with the supervisor of elections or the Commission on Ethics, you can check the commission’s website at www.ethics.state.fl.us to see whether a form has been received. MORE>
Action Needed: Bill Related to Parking Meters – Deadline August 31
Source: Holly McPhail
A comprehensive transportation package, HB 7175, was passed by the Legislature. The bill requires municipalities to take an inventory of the location of all parking meters or other parking time-limit devices installed prior to July 1, 2014, that are located on state rights of way and the total revenue collected from these meters during the last three fiscal years. This inventory is to be submitted to the Florida Transportation Commission (FTC) by August 31, 2014. The bill also prohibits local governments from installing any new parking meters or other parking time-limit devices on state rights of way from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.  MORE>
Today is the Last Day to Join a Legislative Policy Committee!
Source: Holly McPhail
Tuesday, August 19 is the last day for city officials to sign up for a policy committee and be part of the League’s legislative policy process for 2014–2015. The policy committees develop the League’s legislative priorities and help League staff understand the real-world implications of proposed legislation. In an effort to get more cities involved, the League is requesting that each city be represented on one or more of the League’s legislative policy committees. For more information, click here or contact Holly McPhail at hmcphail@flcities.com or (850) 701-3604. MORE>
2014 Legislative Final Report Now Available Online
Source: Holly McPhail
The final report providing analysis of all the major bills that passed and failed during the 2014 legislative session is now available to download on the FLC website. Hard copies of the final report were distributed at the League’s annual conference. If you were not able to attend this year's conference but would like to receive a printed copy of the final report, please click here. MORE>
Upcoming FLC Webinar: Best Management Practices for Hiring a Contract Lobbyist – August 28
Source: Jan Piland
The Florida League of Cities is hosting a webinar on August 28 focusing on best management practices for municipalities when hiring a contract lobbyist. This webinar will focus on various topics including, but not limited to, examples of what makes a good or a bad Request for Proposal (RFP), making your contract lobbyist work for you and in turn getting the most out of your contract lobbyist, and identifying your need for a contract lobbyist. Space is limited. Click here to learn more and register online. 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! Please note: Local Works Day is a separate initiative from the League’s Florida City Government Week. MORE>
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 now available on the FRA website. 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 International Council of Shopping Centers is co-sponsoring the event with the FRA and several Florida development companies. The cost is $99 for the reception and dinner, and $500 for sponsorship. Sponsorship includes dinner for two company representatives, signage and a speaking opportunity.  MORE>
Upcoming Webinars: Preparing for the Annual CRS Recertification – August 19, 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 August 19 and September 16. Registration is free, but required, as space is limited. Click here to learn more. MORE>
Upcoming Webinar: Ask Your Asset Management Questions – August 27
Source: Environmental Finance Center Network
The Environmental Finance Center Network is hosting a free webinar on August 27 titled “Ask the Expert: A Unique Opportunity to Ask Your Asset Management Questions or Seek Advice on How to Begin.” This webinar will provide a unique opportunity to ask questions regarding asset management or implementing asset management. Click here to learn more and register online. 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>
Florida Association of Code Enforcement Fall 2014 Certification Training
Source: Lynn Tipton
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 www.bikeflorida.org and www.gccfla.org. 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, TX
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 Nominations: APA Florida Great Places Award Program – September 15 Deadline
Source: Lynn Tipton
The Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA FL) is launching the inaugural Great Places in Florida Competition. This initiative celebrates Great Places, and the communities that sustain them. Finalists will be chosen by a panel of multidisciplinary experts, and the Great Places Florida winner will be chosen in the People’s Choice voting round. Nominations will be accepted until September 15, at 5:00 p.m. People’s Choice voting will be open from October 1-28, and the winner will be announced on October 31 as the capstone to National Planning month activities. Click here to learn more and submit a nomination. MORE>
Funding Opportunity: Agricultural Education Facilities – October 1 Deadline
Source: FDACS
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now accepting applications for funding of 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>
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August 19, 2014 | Vol. 4, No. 16 - A Florida League of Cities Publication
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