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2015 CityStats Survey Now Underway – June 1 Deadline
The annual CityStats survey is the cornerstone of most research and analysis done at the Florida League of Cities. Now in its fifth year, the CityStats survey has allowed for analysis of municipal government policies and programs by both League staff and university research institutes. The 2015 survey is now being conducted via online survey links that were emailed to each city. This year’s survey contains 23 questions on municipal budgets, services and employment, as well as nine municipal salary questions. Please take the time to complete the survey as it provides information essential to League staff and serves as a valuable source of information on municipal government not available elsewhere. The survey deadline is Monday, June 1. If you have questions regarding the CityStats Survey, please contact Liane Schrader, CAE, at lschrader@flcities.com or (850) 222-9684. MORE>
2015-2016 Legislative Policy Committee Sign-Up – May 22 Deadline
On behalf of FLC President Matthew Surrency, we are pleased to announce the start of the League's legislative policy process for 2015-2016. The policy committees develop the League’s legislative priorities and help League staff understand the real-world implications of proposed legislation. With the Florida Legislature convening the 2016 legislative session in January instead of March, the policy committee meetings will commence in June instead of September. This accelerated timeline means the proposed priorities adopted by each policy committee will be submitted to the Legislative Committee, and ultimately the FLC membership, for consideration and adoption at the FLC Annual Conference instead of the FLC Legislative Conference. These priorities will then become the League's Legislative Action Agenda.
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FLC Resolutions Committee to Meet at Annual Conference – July 8 Submission Deadline
The League's Resolutions Committee will be meeting in conjunction with the FLC Annual Conference, which will take place August 13-15, 2015. Any municipality interested in submitting resolutions for consideration must send them to the League no later than Wednesday, July 8, to ensure they will be included in the packet of proposed resolutions to the committee. Resolutions are limited to federal, constitutional or commemorative issues that are of statewide concern. Should you have any questions, or need additional information, contact Allison Payne at apayne@flcities.com or (850) 701-3602. MORE>
FLC University Webinars: Data-Driven Government, Modern Solutions for Service Demands, Post-Session Debrief, Employer Mandate Tracking & Reporting – Dates in May-July
Registration is now open for four new FLC University webinars on a variety of topics of importance to municipalities.  
  • Data-Driven Government: Explore the Four Pillars of Value – May 21
  • Modern Solutions for Today's Service Demands – May 26
  • Still Standing After Sine Die – Post-Session Debrief – June 8
  • Employer Mandate Tracking and Reporting – July 9
All webinars are scheduled for 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Visit our Events and Training Calendar to reserve your seat for these free webinars today!
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FLC University Summit Series: Economic Development, CRA Basics & Beyond – Dates in June-August
Have you registered for an upcoming FLC University Regional Summit Series workshop near you?  
  • Tools That Work for Economic Development: June 26 – Sarasota, July 17 – Jacksonville Beach, August 11 – Winter Park
  • CRA Basics & Beyond: 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. Click here to learn more and register for the summit closest to you.
 
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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. This training is designed for elected officials, advisory board members, administrators, board liaisons and other leaders who want their citizen boards and committees to be more productive. Click here to register online. MORE>
FLC Regional HR Luncheons – May 19 in Palm Beach Gardens, May 21 in Hallandale Beach
There’s still time to register for the final regional HR Luncheons coming up this week in South Florida. Topics will include: Health Screenings – Why They Are Important; Nine Things All Good Supervisors Need to Know; Giving Your Employees a Roadmap to Retirement; and Internal Investigations – Keeping it Legal. Continuing Education credits will be available. Click here for details. Contact Serena West for additional information. MORE>
FLC University Continuing Education in Ethics Workshops – Dates in May-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 cwestmoreland@flcities.com 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 soon. MORE>
Save the Date: FAST Fly-in to Washington, D.C. – October 7-8
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 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 apayne@flcities.com by September 9 if you would like to attend or need additional information. MORE>
FCCMA 2015 Annual Conference – May 27-30 in Orlando
The 2015 Florida City and County Managers Association (FCCMA) Annual Conference, “Getting Back to our Roots,” will be held at the Loews Royal Pacific in Orlando. Click here to view the event brochure. MORE>
FACC Summer Conference – June 20-24 in Orlando
The Florida City Clerks Association (FACC) will host its annual conference and academy on June 20-24, at the Caribe Royal Orlando. City clerks, deputy clerks, assistant clerks and other interested individuals are encouraged to participate in this educational event. Click here to learn more and register. MORE>
FMAA 34th Annual Seminar – July 9-11 in Palm Beach
The Florida Municipal Attorneys Association (FMAA) will host its 34th Annual Seminar on July 9-11, at The Breakers in Palm Beach. Seminar information and registration materials are now available on the FMAA website. MORE>
FLGISA 2015 Annual Conference – July 21-24 in Naples
Join more than 150 local government IT professionals at the Florida Government Information Systems Association (FLGISA) Annual Conference on July 21-24 at the Naples Grand Beach Resort. The conference is open to any local governments that want to learn more about emerging technologies. “Charting the Course through Innovation” is the theme this year and sessions will focus on leadership in today's ever-changing local government technology landscape. The conference registration fee is $300 and attendees receive a free membership! (A $200 savings) Please Note: This offer is not available to former members. Click here to learn more. MORE>
Department of Transportation FTP/SIS Regional Workshops – Dates in June
The Florida Department of Transportation is updating the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) and Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) Policy Plan by the end of 2015. The FTP defines Florida’s future transportation vision and identifies goals, objectives and strategies to guide Florida’s transportation decisions. The SIS comprises the state’s largest and most strategic transportation facilities, including major air, space, water, rail, transit and highway facilities. MORE>
DEO Connect and SIDES Workshop Town Hall Meetings – Dates in May-June
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will conduct workshops for all employers throughout the state to demonstrate and encourage electronic participation in responding to benefits claimed by former employees. As local governments are classified as reimbursable employers, they are responsible for any benefits paid to former employees if they do not respond timely, or fail to respond to fact-finding requests. These workshops are free and advanced registration is not required. MORE>
Funding Opportunity: State Grants for Community Development Now Available – June 17 Deadline
The Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Division of Community Development is accepting proposals from local governments for the FY15-16 Competitive Florida Partnership and the FY15-16 Community Planning Technical Assistance Grant Opportunity. Proposals for both opportunities are due on June 17, 2015.For more information on the Competitive Florida Partnership, visit the DEO website or contact John Reddick at (850) 717-8485 or John.Reddick@deo.myflorida.com. For more information on the Community Planning Technical Assistance Grant, contact Nia Clark at (850) 717-8492 or Nia.Clark@deo.myflorida.com. MORE>
Funding Opportunity: DEP Greenways and Trails Acquisition Program – August 12 Deadline
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Office of Greenways and Trails has announced availability of funds for the Greenways and Trails Acquisition Program. This submission cycle will take place between July 1, 2015, and August 12, 2015 and will focus on closing the gaps in the Florida Greenways and Trails Systems Plan. Applicants must apply for and receive a “Certificate of Eligibility” prior to submittal of an application. The Florida Greenways and Trails Program is funded through the sale of bonds authorized under the Florida Forever Act. Currently, there is approximately $2 million available for projects. There is a potential for more if additional funds are legislatively appropriated.  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 is drafting regulations to implement the consolidation of the two programs. The agency is planning to keep the two current programs (RBEG and RBOG) “active” until funds are appropriated under the consolidated RBDG program in FY 2015.  MORE>
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May 18, 2015 | Vol. 5, No. 10 - A Florida League of Cities Publication
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