Important Reminder: Annual Financial Disclosures Due Today
Annual Financial Disclosure must be filed or postmarked no later than September 1, to avoid automatic fines of $25 per day. If you are a person who files disclosure, please make sure it’s filed or postmarked by September 1, 2015. Whether you file with the supervisor of elections or the Commission on Ethics, you can check the commission’s website at to see whether a form has been received. MORE>
FLC Center for Municipal Research and Innovation Launches MuniMod Partnership Program
MuniMod, municipal modernization in the 21st century, is a new program that will tap into the ingenuity and entrepreneurialism of the millennial generation and other entrepreneurs interested in municipal governance. Through the Center for Municipal Research and Innovation, the FLC has created a dynamic program centered around innovative technology focused on municipal governance and service delivery. MuniMod is building collaborative approaches to the development of new technology in partnership with Florida State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Tallahassee Community College. The key component of this program will be competitive university-level internships. Click here to learn more. MORE>
Special Rate for League Members Now Available! NLC University Leadership Summit – September 16-19 in Orlando
NLC University is offering Florida cities a special discount of more than $300 off the member registration price for its Leadership Summit, Leading through Tough Times. The 2015 Leadership Summit will take place on September 16-19 at the Loews Portofino Hotel in Orlando. This event will feature a keynote address from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, special presentations by members of NLC's new REAL (Race, Equity, and Leadership) initiative, a leadership workshop on building trust and resilience led by Roy W. Reid, executive director of communications for the University of Central Florida College of Business, and two special receptions hosted in conjunction with the City of Orlando. Click here to register online and take advantage of this special discount! MORE>
Registration Open for Basic and Advanced IEMO – Dates in October
The League is now 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. The IEMO 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. Click here to learn more and download the registration form. 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.  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.  MORE>
There’s Still Time to Sign Up for the FAST Fly-in to Washington D.C. on October 7-8
The Federal Action Strike Team (FAST) fly-in to Washington D.C., will be held October 7-8, and there’s still time to sign up! The League is looking forward to another successful delegation trip where important issues will be discussed with the Florida congressional delegation. All city officials are welcome to attend. If you have not already done so, please let Allison Payne know if you are planning to attend so we can schedule a meeting with your member(s) of Congress. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Phoenix Park Hotel. The room block will expire September 8, so be sure to make your reservations soon. Click here to learn more. Contact Allison at (850) 701-3602 with any questions. MORE>
FRA Webinar: End of the Year Compliance for CRAs – September 10
The Florida Redevelopment Association is hosting a free webinar on September 10 at 2:00 p.m. This webinar will cover the general requirements that CRA administrators need to do by September 30 of each year. Budget adoption, online postings and end of year accounting will be addressed and attendees will receive examples of best practices for each. Click here to register online. MORE>
Webinar: Supreme Court Compliance for Local Governments – September 2
The Supreme Court issued a plethora of decisions, big and small, that require local governments to make changes to stay in compliance with the law. A sign code case requires virtually all local governments to rewrite their sign ordinances. The court’s same-sex marriage case also impacts local governments, as does a hotel registry ordinance case, a cell phone tower case, a fair housing case, a number of jail cases and many others. Join Lisa Soronen of the State and Local Legal Center to learn what you need to know about these cases and what you need to do to comply with them. Click here to register online. MORE>
Grant Management Workshop – September 10-11 in Tampa
Grant Writing USA and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are hosting a Grant Management Workshop in Tampa on September 11-12. This class will review key concepts associated with accepting and managing grant awards including reporting and record keeping, audit requirements and program evaluation. Various CEUs and university credit are available. Click here to learn more and register online. MORE>
First Amendment Foundation Fall Sunshine Seminar – September 17 in Orlando
The Orlando Sentinel Media Group will host the First Amendment Foundation's fall Sunshine Seminar on Thursday, September 17. The one-day seminar gives an overview of Florida public records and public meeting requirements, as well as a legislative update and discussion of media law issues. The seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Orlando Sentinel office, 633 N Orange Ave. in Orlando. The seminar is one of several across the state. For more information and to register, visit the foundation's website at MORE>
NLC 2015 Congress of Cities – November 4-7 in Nashville
The 2015 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>
Florida Highway Beautification Council Grants – October 1 Deadline
The Florida Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for Florida Highway Beautification Council Grants. The deadline to apply is Thursday, October 1, 2015. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Grants must be submitted to the appropriate FDOT District Office. Per Section 339.2405, Florida Statutes, state highway beautification grants may be requested only for projects to beautify through landscaping roads on the State Highway System.  MORE>
Agricultural Education Facilities – October 1 Deadline
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting applications for funding of projects in local communities for construction and/or renovation of agricultural education facilities. Applications must be received via certified or registered mail (or any other delivery service that requires a signature) no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 1, 2015. Local governments that have previously submitted an application that was not funded must resubmit their entire package for reconsideration. Contact Danny Raulerson at with any questions or to obtain an application. 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>
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. MORE>
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September 1, 2015 | Vol. 5, No. 17 - A Florida League of Cities Publication
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