FLC Continuing Education in Ethics - State Ethics Requirement Begins January 1
For all elected municipal officers, a state requirement for four hours of specific ethics training will go into effect January 1, 2015. This requirement includes two hours of training on Chapter 112, Florida Statutes, (ethics); one hour on Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, (open records); and one hour on Chapter 286, Florida Statutes, (open meetings).
The FLC University is developing training and materials to help its members meet these requirements and will soon notify city officials of both online and in-person offerings. Any training taken prior to January 1 will not count toward the requirement.
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 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>
FLC Webinar: What Are Cities Doing to Deal with Problematic Vacation Rentals? – December 16
Source: Jan Piland
In 2011, cities were preempted from regulating short-term vacation rentals. Legislation was filed during the 2014 legislative session aimed at removing this problematic preemption. The final version of the bill did not completely remove the language, but was altered to give cities more flexibility in dealing with short-term vacation rentals. During this free webinar, attendees will learn what these changes mean for their city and ways to regulate problematic properties going forward. Click here to register online. MORE>
Institute for Elected Municipal Officials – January 23-25 in Jacksonville
Source: Melanie Howe
Registration is open for the upcoming Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO), which will be held on January 23-25 in Jacksonville. This 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 program offers a comprehensive overview of Florida municipal government, presented by a faculty of top professionals in the field. Click here to view the complete agenda and register online. MORE>
FLC University Summit Series: Risk Management & Liability – Dates in February
Source: Jan Piland
What can an elected official do to ask the right questions or make sure questions are asked? Our speaker, Scott Blaser, director of risk control for the Florida League of Cities, is an experienced HR generalist specializing in risk management and safety for public entities. He will share lessons learned from past elected officials’ experiences – both good and bad – and what measures you can take to make sure all your experiences are on the good side. This workshop will also give participants an opportunity to network among themselves for best practices and innovations. Choose from dates and locations around the state: February 5 – Lake City, February 6 – DeFuniak Springs, February 12 – Fort Myers, February 19 – Temple Terrace, February 20 – Winter Park or February 27 – North Miami.  MORE>
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 FLC 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 FLC 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>
FLGISA 2015 Winter Conference - January 27-29 in Altamonte Springs
Source: Becky Brennan
The Florida Local Government Information Systems Association (FLGISA) is accepting registrations for its 2015 Winter Conference on January 27-29 in Altamonte Springs. FLGISA members can register for the winter conference online or by filling out the conference registration form. All member participants are encouraged to register in advance to avoid any delays at the conference registration desk. The special room rate at the Embassy Suites hotel is $115/night. Click here to make your reservation online. MORE>
Save the Date: 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>
2014 Local Government Financial Information Handbook
Source: Beth Dolan
The Florida Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) has published the 2014 Local Government Financial Information Handbook. The handbook is a reference for many of the revenue sources available to local governments and contains items useful for local government budgeting purposes, including a descriptions of revenue sources; county and municipal government estimates for many state revenue-sharing and local option tax sources for the 2014-15 fiscal year; adjusted 2013 county and municipal population estimates used in the state revenue-sharing calculations; 2015 local option fuel, sales, and tourist tax rates by county; and FY 2014-15 countywide estimates of realized and unrealized local option fuel, sales, and tourist tax revenues. The 2014 edition, as well as prior annual editions, are available on the EDR’s website. MORE>
Upcoming Training Events: Small Water Systems – December 2014-January 2015
Source: Environmental Finance Center Network
Each month, the Environmental Finance Center Network offers a variety of webinars and workshops relating to small water systems. All workshops and webinars are free of charge under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Continuing education hours may be available. Click here or contact Khris Dodson at to learn more. 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: 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 Opportunities: Florida Energy Systems Consortium Website
Source: Liane Schrader
The Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC) office tracks the energy-related funding opportunities and facilitates the submission of multi-faculty, multi-SUS university competitive proposals in response to solicitations for major research programs. For a complete list, please visit the Funding Opportunities page on the FESC website. MORE>
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December 15, 2014 | Vol. 4, No. 24 - A Florida League of Cities Publication
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