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FLC Continuing Education in Ethics Workshop Dates Now Available
Source: Carol Westmoreland
Beginning this month, the FLC University and local/regional leagues are co-sponsoring Continuing Education in Ethics workshops for municipal officers 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 Chapter 112. 3142, Florida Statutes, effective January 1, 2015. In addition, the League will also offer this training at the annual conference and other statewide meetings. For information on when a course will be offered near you, contact the local league representative listed on the event date, or Carol Westmoreland at cwestmoreland@flcities.com or (850) 701-3608. MORE>
FLC Information Request: First African-American Elected City Officials
Source: Liane Schrader
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the League is conducting a special research project to honor the first African-Americans elected to municipal government in Florida. Please provide the names, if any, of the first African-American male and female elected to local offices in your city, along with their term of office. Please contact Liane Schrader at (850) 222-9684 or lschrader@flcities.com with questions or to submit officials’ names. The League greatly appreciates your participation in documenting a vital part of Florida’s municipal governance history. MORE>
January Advocacy Tip: Preparing for the 2015 Legislative Session
Source: Allison Payne
Now that interim committee weeks have begun and session is just weeks away, your legislators' schedules are getting busier every day. We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to meet with them when they are in their district; however, staying in touch with legislators and "keeping your face and issues" in the forefront of their minds when they are in Tallahassee is very important, as well. To help you have a successful trip, we've developed tips and techniques to use whether you are meeting with legislators or their staff face-to-face or are testifying before a committee. Click here to learn more. MORE>
FLC University Summit Series: Risk Management & Liability, Flood Insurance, Economic Development
Source: Jan Piland
Dates and locations have been announced for three upcoming FLC University Regional Summit Series.
  • Risk Management & Liability: February 5 - Lake City, February 6 - DeFuniak Springs, February 12 - Fort Myers, February 19 - Temple Terrace, February 20 - Winter Park, February 27 - North Miami
  • Flood Insurance: February 3 - Belleair, February 11 - Fort Myers, February 12 - Winter Park, February 17 - White Springs, February 18 - Panama City, February 26 - Wilton Manors 
  • Tools That Work for Economic Development: February 23 - Jacksonville Beach, April 7 - Tallahassee, June 26 - Sarasota, August 11 - Winter Park 
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FLC Webinar: Legislative Session Preview: What’s in Store for 2015? – February 24
Source: Jan Piland
The elections are over and Florida will convene the 2015 legislative session on Tuesday, March 3. With new leadership in the Florida Senate and House of Representatives, several issues impacting cities are expected to be considered in the upcoming session. In this webinar, attendees will hear from the League’s lobbying team as they discuss the Florida League of Cities legislative priorities and other issues to be considered, and how each will impact cities. Seating is limited for this free webinar. Click here to register online. MORE>
FLC Webinar: What to do When Session Begins – March 5
Source: Jan Piland
Do you want to be a part of the Florida League of Cities advocacy team but don’t know where to start? This webinar will review the tools that can be used to capitalize on relationships you’ve built with legislators and discuss how to effectively communicate your positions to get the results you want. You’ll discover the resources you need to stay focused and be a strong advocate for your city. Seating is limited for this free webinar. Click here to register online. MORE>
2015 FLC Legislative Action Day – March 17-18 in Tallahassee
Source: Holly McPhail
The 2015 Florida League of Cities Legislative Action Day event is scheduled for March 17-18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Tallahassee. This annual event is a unique opportunity for city officials from across the state to gather in Tallahassee to discuss the latest issues and developments affecting municipalities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with several legislators to provide a valuable municipal perspective. Click here to download the “Save the Date” flyer. Additional information will be available soon. MORE>
NLC Congressional City Conference – March 7-11 in Washington, D.C.
Source: National League of Cities
On March 7-11, join more than 1,000 officials from municipalities across the country to bring the voice of Florida’s cities to Washington. With a new session of Congress just getting under way, it will be more important than ever to tell your senators and representatives what issues matter most to you and your community. United with the nation’s city leaders, learn about National League Cities’ priorities for federal action in 2015 and advocate on behalf of cities for those priorities. Click here to learn more and register. MORE>
NLC Creates New Hashtag for MLK Day of Service on January 19
Source: National League of Cities
On January 19, cities across the nation will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by promoting service and civic engagement. The National League of Cities wants to know what your city has planned for this year’s MLK Day of Service. We invite you to share your volunteer plans for the holiday on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #CitiesServe. Along with the NLC, we will be sharing pictures and updates from participating communities on Facebook and Twitter. MORE>
Upcoming Workshop: Grants Management Training – January 22-23 in Miami
Source: Grant Writing USA
Grant Writing U.S.A. is hosting a Grant Management Workshop in partnership with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on January 22-23 in Miami. This session is designed to help hone grant administration skills and provide extensive knowledge of the compliance requirements that all grantees must meet when managing federal funds. Click here to learn more and register online. MORE>
Upcoming Workshop: How to Navigate Local Pension Reform – January 30 in Fort Lauderdale
Source: Holly McPhail
Don't miss your chance to get the most up-to-date Florida pension information at Florida TaxWatch's January summit, “How to Navigate Local Pension Reform.” This one-day pension reform summit will be held at the Sonesta Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. Attendees will learn Florida's pension reform framework, specific and tailored data-driven recommendations, and have access to resources such as actuarial and legal support for pension reform. Scholarships are available. Click here to learn more and register. MORE>
Upcoming Workshop: Integration of Renewable Energy into the Grid – February 2-3 in Orlando
Source: Liane Schrader
On February 2-3, the Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC) will host an instructional workshop at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Hotel in Orlando. Targeted toward newcomers to power systems, this event is designed to bring attendees up to speed on the issues related to the integration of renewable energy sources into the grid. Visit the FESC website to register for this workshop, obtain more information and view the agenda. MORE>
Funding Opportunity: 2015 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grants
Source: Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful (KAB) has announced the availability of 2015 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program Grants to help communities combat the most commonly littered item in America. The program has been expanded in 2015 to offer grant amounts totaling $275,000, with 15 grants of $10,000, 15 grants of $5,000, and 20 grants of $2,500. Local governments, business improvement districts, downtown associations, parks and recreation areas, and other organizations dedicated to eradicating litter and beautifying communities are encouraged to apply. The deadline for all applications is Friday, February 6, 2015. All interested communities and organizations should complete the online application available via KAB’s website. Grant winners will be announced by February 27, 2015. MORE>
Funding Opportunity: Volunteer Florida’s Operation AmeriCorps
Source: Sharon Berrian
Volunteer Florida’s Operation AmeriCorps has a special funding opportunity for Florida’s cities! This funding opportunity is designed to help cities identify a high-priority need and engage up to three types of AmeriCorps programs to help move the needle on a community challenge (AmeriCorps State, AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps NCCC). It is a two-step application process, with a letter of intent and concept form due for the first stage. Examples include projects that provide every high school senior a post high school career/college/service option, ensure that every third grader is on grade level, increase energy efficiency or end veteran homelessness. Transformative projects can address any of the following focus areas: economic opportunity, education, disaster services, veterans/military families, healthy futures or environmental stewardship.  MORE>
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January 15, 2015 | Vol. 5, No. 2 - A Florida League of Cities Publication
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