Join Florida’s Cities to Celebrate Local Works Day – October 2
Each year, the Florida Local Government Coalition celebrates Local Works Day – a time to bring attention to the hard work that local government employees do for millions of Floridians each day. It’s about the public works that are easy to take for granted, but which knit our communities together. This year Local Works Day is Friday, October 2. To help communicate the message, the coalition produced this awesome video. We encourage you to share it on your platforms and with your networks. #LocalWorks #LocalWorksDay Visit to learn more. MORE>
FLC University Webinar: Learn More About the Florida Regional Compact Initiative – October 8
At the heart of President Matt Surrency's vision for the Florida League of Cities is a conviction that cities are stronger when we solve problems together, stronger when we share our resources, and stronger when we speak with one voice. On October 8, webinar participants will learn about what compacts are, how they have been and will continue to be successful, and what the critical first steps are. We will also discuss how the League will support this initiative through educational resources, outside facilitators and in-house staff. Click here to reserve your seat for this free webinar! MORE>
Florida City Government Week 2015 – October 18-24
Florida City Government Week 2015 is coming up on October 18-24, 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 League 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 their Florida City Government Week activities. Visit our website to download the 2015 Florida City Government Week Information Packet, which includes ideas for celebrating the week, a sample resolution, media and PR Tips, a sample press release and a sample letter to the editor for your use. MORE>
2016 Federal Action Agenda Now Available
The League’s 2016 Federal Action Agenda is now available on our website. This year’s federal legislative priorities include transportation reauthorization, the Marketplace Fairness Act/Remote Transactions Parity Act, FEMA deobligations/claw-backs, municipal financing and sober homes. These will be the top issues local officials will discuss with Florida’s congressional delegation at the upcoming FAST Fly-in to Washington, D.C., on October 7-8. Click here to download the complete agenda. Contact Allison Payne for additional information. MORE>
CMRI Fall Symposium: Homelessness and Affordable Housing in Florida – November 18 in Orlando
The FLC Center for Municipal Research and Innovation (CMRI) is hosting a free symposium on homelessness and affordable housing on November 18. The 4th annual fall research symposium’s invited speakers include the Florida Office on Homelessness, the United Way’s ALICE Project and the University of Florida’s Shimberg Center for Housing Studies. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The registration deadline is Wednesday, November 11. Registration forms are available on the center’s website. Return completed registration forms to Liane Schrader at or fax (850)-222-3806. MORE>
FMIT TurnKey Recovery: New Tiger Point County Club Fire Recovery
FMIT TurnKey Recovery recently completed a successful response and recovery for the City of Gulf Breeze’s Tiger Point Country Club, which was damaged by fire on July 14, 2015. In an effort to improve the mitigation process and significantly reduce the financial impact a loss can have on one’s ability to recover, FMIT TurnKey Recovery (managed by Synergy) is offered to members through the FMIT’s Department of Insurance and Financial Services. This program helps to minimize the financial exposure that property claims can have on members’ net cash-flow by eliminating the recovery cost burden and the reimbursement process. Watch this new video to learn how the FMIT Claim’s Team responded to support the City’s immediate needs. MORE>
FLC University Summit Series: Maximizing Moments of Leadership – Dates in October-November
We can be placed in a leadership position by election, appointment or promotion. But the actual call to lead can come at any time, under any circumstances, regardless of our formal position or power. This free summit series will focus on maximizing these moments, turning them into good experiences for our cities and our citizens, and the skills and approaches needed to help ensure the best outcomes. Choose from dates and locations around the state: October 8 - Tampa, October 15 - Boca Raton, October 16 - Altamonte Springs and November 5 - Sarasota. Visit the Events and Training Calendar to register for a summit near you. MORE>
Get Prepared for 2016 Session at Legislative Conference – November 19-20 in Orlando
The 55th Annual Legislative Conference will be held November 19-20, at a new location: the Embassy Suites Orlando - Lake Buena Vista South. The second of the League’s annual meetings, this important conference is packed full of educational opportunities to prepare municipal officials for the 2016 legislative session, which will begin in January. Over the course of the two-day meeting, attendees will hear from experts, participate in thought-provoking discussions, and attend policy and other League committee meetings. Click here to learn more and register online. MORE>
Registration Open for Basic and Advanced IEMO – October 9-11 (Basic) & October 30-31 (Advanced)
The League is accepting registrations for the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO) in Tampa on October 9-11, and the Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials in Altamonte Springs on October 30-31. MORE>
Registration Now Open for Fall FLC University Workshops – Dates in October - December
The course schedule for fall workshops at the FLC University Training Center in Orlando has been announced. Courses will focus on a variety of city-centric topics, including ethics, communications, social media, leadership and working with elected officials. Registration is open for workshops from October through December. Visit the FLC website for specific dates and times. MORE>
FMIT Risk Control/FLC University Professional Development Conference – October 13-14 in Key West
The Florida Municipal Insurance Trust Risk Control Department and the FLC University are teaming up to bring members a special Professional Development Conference in Key West on October 13-14. Among available workshops are the Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) Intermediate 16-Hour Course, the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Course, the DDC-4 - Defensive Driving Course, Sunshine 811 - Call Before You Dig, as well as local government training including Civics 101, Risk vs. Reward: Implementing Change in Human Resources, Why Do They Do The Things They Do: Inside the Head of an Elected Official, Alone at the Dias: Presenting to Council, Playground Safety Inspections and Introduction to Certified Playground Safety Inspector, and an Emergency Response Presentation by Synergy. Click here to learn more and download the registration form. MORE>
Save the Date: Legislative Session Preview Webinar: What's in Store for 2016? – December 15
The 2016 legislative session convenes on Tuesday, January 12. Several 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>
Apply to Serve on a NLC Federal Advocacy Committee – October 14 Deadline
Serving on one of NLC's federal advocacy committees is one of the most rewarding ways for you as a local leader to bring your expertise to the service of cities at the national level. By representing your city, town or village and contributing your voice, you have the opportunity to shape the efforts of the National League of Cities to proactively drive federal policy on issues that matter the most to cities. Want to learn more about the work of each committee? Click here to find out which committee is the best fit for you. Applications are available now to serve on the seven Federal Advocacy Committees. All applications are due October 14, 2015. MORE>
NLC 2015 Congress of Cities – November 4-7 in Nashville
The 2015 NLC Congress of Cities and Exposition will give attendees opportunities to learn with NLC University seminars to build technical and leadership skills, mobile workshops at locations around Nashville that showcase collaborative solutions to issues facing local government, and conference workshop sessions spanning the topics most relevant to local governments. Click here to learn more and register online. 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>
Help Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of WWII with the Victory Florida Campaign
The 2015 Victory Florida campaign commemorates the 70 year anniversary of WWII. To assist cities in recognizing this anniversary, the Department of State has developed some tools, which are available on the Viva Florida website. Sample proclamations and ideas for other activities in Florida’s cities will be available soon. The celebrations will culminate on Veteran’s Day – Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Contact Rachel Basan Porter at (850) 245-6360 or for additional information. MORE>
Florida Beverage Association Grant Program – October 15 Deadline
The new Florida Beverage Association (FBA) Grant Program will support Florida communities by providing grants to community organizations to promote nutrition, physical activity, and health and wellness initiatives, as well as environmental sustainability programs. To be considered for a grant, nominees must be a 501(c)(3) charitable organization or a state or local governmental entity and meet the requirements listed in the “Grant Program Criteria” found on the FBA website. FBA grants may be eligible for consideration for matching grants from the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America. Grant applications should be submitted by October 15, 2015. All applications will be reviewed by the FBA Grant Subcommittee. Grant recipients will be selected and notified by the FBA Board of Directors by December 31, 2015. MORE>
Volunteer Generation Fund Funding – October 16 Deadline
Volunteer Florida has announced funding for Florida organizations that seek to increase volunteer recruitment and retention. Volunteer Florida's Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) program will help organizations to more effectively recruit, manage, support and retain skills-based volunteers. Skills-based volunteering is a strategic type of volunteerism that expands the impact of community organizations by leveraging professionals’ skills. VGF is open to any community or faith-based organization that maintains 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, or a government entity in Florida. The applicant must be an organization that mobilizes people and resources to deliver creative solutions to community problems. Proposals must be submitted electronically, in one PDF file, via the online application system by October 16, 2015, by 5:00 p.m. EST.  MORE>
Florida Coastal Management Program – October 30 Deadline
The Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Management Program is accepting applications for the Coastal Partnership Initiative (CPI) grant program. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration makes these funds available on a competitive basis to eligible local governments. The CPI grant program promotes the protection and effective management of Florida's coastal resources at the local level. CPI grants provide support for innovative local coastal management projects in four program areas: Resilient Communities, Public Access, Working Waterfronts and Coastal Stewardship. Eligible entities may apply for grants for community projects for habitat restoration, park planning and improvements, waterfront revitalization and improving communities' resiliency to coastal hazards.  MORE>
TMDL Water Quality Restoration Grant – November 2 Deadline
Three times a year (March, July and November) funding is awarded for the implementation of best management practices (BMPs) designed to reduce pollutant loads to impaired waters from urban stormwater discharges. This funding is administered by the Department of Environmental Protection as the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Water Quality Restoration Grant, which is set out by rule in Chapter 62-305, Florida Administrative Code, and authorized by Section 403.890(2), Florida Statutes. More than one project application may be submitted at a time. Applications and their corresponding supplemental information pages can be submitted via email to by November 2, at 5:00 p.m. EST. 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>
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October 1, 2015 | Vol. 5, No. 19 - A Florida League of Cities Publication
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