Hotel Deadline Approaching for FLC 2014 Annual Conference – August 14-16 in Hollywood
Source: Melanie Howe
The hotel registration deadline for the 2014 Florida League of Cities Annual Conference is coming up on July 18 – reserve your room today! This year’s event will be held at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood on August 14-16. Technology is the focus of the 2014 annual conference. How can technology be used to improve city services? How is technology affecting the way we conduct city business? What will the Florida city of the future look like? These topics and more will be explored through our informative line up of topical workshops and engaging speakers. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to network and share ideas with your colleagues from throughout the state.  MORE>
Join us for an ‘Appy Hour and Tweet Up at Annual Conference – August 14
Source: Jenna Titcomb
Get ready for the inaugural ‘Appy Hour and Tweet Up following the President’s Reception during the annual conference! This is your chance to meet other attendees who are active on social media. Not yet active? Join us to see what it’s all about. More details will be available soon. If interested in attending, please RSVP via email to Jenna Titcomb by August 4. MORE>
FLC Research Symposium: Building a Bridge from the Classroom to City Hall: Academic Research Brought to Life for the Public Administration Practitioner – August 13
Source: Liane Schrader
On the day before our annual conference (Wednesday, August 13), the Florida League of Cities Center for Municipal Research and Innovation is hosting a free half-day symposium at the Westin Diplomat featuring the League's municipal government research partners and the results of their studies on issues impacting cities today. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn about how classroom discoveries can improve and assist in your efforts at city hall. There is no cost for city officials and staff to attend, but registration is required. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The registration deadline is August 6. Space is limited, register today!  MORE>
Winners of 2014 Youth Council Video Competition Announced
Source: Sharon Berrian
The Florida League of Cities announced the following youth councils as winners of its 3rd annual municipal youth council video competition: First Place – Tampa’s Mayors Youth Corps, Second Place – St. Pete Beach’s Youth Council, and Third Place – Belle Glade’s Youth Empowerment Center. This year’s youth council video competition required councils to look at their own city and ask, “What is the most critical youth issue my city should consider in the upcoming year?” Click here to view all the winning videos. MORE>
Summer Advocacy Strategy Series - Part Two of Four
Source: Holly McPhail
Summer is one of the best times to engage in advocacy with legislators. One of the most successful strategies on how you can become a trusted friend and resource for your legislator(s) is by answering the four most important questions they have related to issues and legislation. Last month we addressed the first question, “Who in my district will be affected?” by providing strategies that help put a face on your community. The goal? To help legislators better understand who ultimately shoulders the burden of preemptions of home rule or unfunded mandates. So now that they know “who,” it’s time to address “how.” Click here to find out more. MORE>
2014 CityStats Survey Under Way
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 mid-August. 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.  MORE>
Legislative Policy Committee Sign-Up
Source: Holly McPhail
The Florida League of Cities continues to encourage city officials to be involved in 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 or (850)-701-3604. 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>
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>
Mark Your Calendar! Plan To Attend the FAST Fly‐in to Washington, D.C. – September 9-10
Source: Allison Payne
The Federal Action Strike Team (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 Tuesday, September 9 at the National League of Cities office in Washington. Please respond via email to Allison Payne at by August 6, to let us know if you can attend. League staff will coordinate meetings with your member of Congress. MORE>
Successful Citizen Advisory Boards and Committee Training – July 30 in Destin
Source: Jan Piland
The League will offer a one-day advisory board and committee training on Wednesday, July 30 in the City of Destin. Successful Citizen Advisory Boards and Committee Training covers 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 attend. The seminar will be held from 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Registration is free for League members. For registration information, visit our website or click here to register online.  MORE>
Save the Date: 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. Additional details will be available soon. 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.   MORE>
Save the Date: FGFOA School of Governmental Finance – November 17-21
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>
Upcoming NLC Legal Webinars – July 18 and July 23
Source: National League of Cities
The National League of Cities (NLC) is co-hosting two free legal webinars this month. On Friday, July 18, join industry experts for the Supreme Court Review webinar. This session will feature a discussion of the most significant cases decided this term affecting state and local government. CLE credit is available. Click here to learn more and register. On July 23, the Supreme Court Police Cases webinar will discuss Fourth Amendment search cases and qualified immunity cases involving police officers that the Supreme Court will decide this term. Click here to learn more and register. MORE>
2014 Grant Professional Association Southeast Regional Conference – July 25
Source: Susanna Laurenti
The South Florida Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association will hold its 6th Annual GPA Southeast Regional Conference on July 25, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The conference will be held on the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Broward County. The conference theme is “The Complete Grants Toolbox: Obtain, Maintain, and Sustain Your Funding.” Sessions will be offered for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Click here for more information. MORE>
National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System Course – December 8-11
Source: Holly McPhail
The City of Ormond Beach has been selected to host the four-day EMI equivalent Field Deployed L278 NFIP Community Rating System (CRS) course on December 8-11. The city is one of four host sites selected nationwide for the calendar year. The course is primarily for certified floodplain managers, or people who have completed the managing floodplain development through the NFIP course or are full-time floodplain managers with more than two years of experience as demonstrated through work in the fields of floodplain management, code enforcement or building codes. CEUs will be awarded. Space is limited and expected to fill up quickly. Click here for more details and how to register. MORE>
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July 17, 2014 | Vol. 4, No. 14 - A Florida League of Cities Publication
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