Celebrate Florida City Government Week – October 19-25
Source: Sharon Berrian
Florida City Government Week is coming up on October 19-25, and the Florida League of Cities encourages every city to take an active part in promoting their city through civic education activities. Florida City Government Week is part of an ongoing effort sponsored by the League to raise public awareness about the services that cities perform and to educate the public on how city government works. Cities are encouraged to involve their local schools, businesses, media and civic clubs in their Florida City Government Week activities. Contact Sharon Berrian at or (850) 222-9684. MORE>
FLC University Summit Series: Living Leadership – October 17, 24 and 31
Source: Jan Piland
Being an effective leader in city government is more than knowing about leadership. It instead depends significantly on your actions, decisions and ability to model the characteristics of a leader. This highly interactive summit will include a look at the skills you need, whether serving as an elected leader, a department head or the staff lead on a project. Choose from dates and locations around the state: October 17 – Wilton Manors, October 24 – Tampa and October 31 – Winter Park. The summits are free to FLC members. Visit the FLC Events Calendar to register for the session closest to you. MORE>
Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials – October 24-25 in Altamonte Springs
Source: Melanie Howe
Registration is still open for the upcoming Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO) in Altamonte Springs. This program is reserved for participants and graduates of the IEMO, or those elected city officials who have completed one or more terms in office. Participants will be asked through the registration process which criteria they meet. This intensive two-day program, held on a Friday and Saturday, features four classes and two workshop-style lunches. Click here to learn more and register for the event. MORE>
Florida League of Cities Legislative Conference – November 13-14 in Orlando
Source: Melanie Howe
Online registration is available for the League’s 2014 Legislative Conference, which will be held on November 13-14 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport. During this event, the League’s Legislative Action Agenda is approved by the membership. The Action Agenda, which is the work product of the League’s five legislative policy committees, directs the League’s lobbying efforts for the upcoming Florida legislative session. Keynote speakers are also on hand to provide their perspective on the key municipal issues and the state’s political climate. The special room rate is $169/night and the hotel cut-off date is Tuesday, October 21. Click here to register online or download a registration form. MORE>
FLC University: Institute for Elected Municipal Officials III
Source: Lynn Tipton
The next class for IEMO III, the Leadership Challenge, will be held in 2015. We were not able to secure a location and conduct the attendees’ individualized assessment prior to year-end 2014. All eligible city officials (graduates of IEMO and the Advanced Institute) will be notified of the date and location as soon as it is set. If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Tipton at or (850) 701-3637. MORE>
National League of Cities Committees and Councils for 2015
Source: Allison Payne
The process for National League of Cities (NLC) leadership and membership appointments to the seven steering committees and NLC councils is now officially under way. Applications for membership to the NLC steering committees and councils are due November 24 (click here for membership application). To serve on a steering committee, municipal officials must be from an NLC direct member city. More information on NLC committees and councils can be found at The NLC also has seven policy committees that are available to municipal officials. Those appointments will be made in January 2015. Contact Allison Payne at for more information. MORE>
Call for Votes: APA People’s Choice Award Program for Great Places in Florida – October 22 Deadline
Source: Lynn Tipton
The Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Florida) has selected five finalists for the People’s Choice Award as part of its Great Places in Florida program: Downtown Venice, Clematis Street (Downtown West Palm Beach), Downtown Winter Park, Riverside Arts Market (Jacksonville) and Downtown Mount Dora. Online voting is open through October 22, and the winner will be announced on October 24. Click here to learn more about the finalists and cast your vote. MORE>
First Amendment Foundation Sunshine Seminar - October 22 in Tampa
Source: Tampa Bay Online
Open meetings, public records and Florida’s Sunshine Law will be discussion topics at a First Amendment Foundation Sunshine Law Seminar sponsored by The Tampa Tribune. This seminar will feature First Amendment Foundation President Barbara Petersen discussing open meetings and public records laws in Florida. Local media law expert Jim Lake is also expected to speak. The event is open to the public and costs $30. Members of the Society of Professional Journalists and the League of Women Voters pay $20, and students with a valid ID can register for $10. The seminar is expected to run from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at The Tampa Tribune office located at 202 S. Parker St. MORE>
2014 Florida Rural Economic Development Summit – November 4-5 in St. Augustine
Source: Lynn Tipton
The North Florida Economic Development Partnership is hosting the 2014 Florida Rural Economic Development Summit on November 4-5 at The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village in St. Augustine. The summit will provide a diverse range of high-quality, practical professional development sessions presented by state, regional and local economic development professionals, national site location consultants and marketing firms, private utility service providers, and project financial experts, among others. Click here to register online. MORE>
Growth & Infrastructure Consortium 2014 Annual Conference – November 12-14 in Bradenton
Source: Lynn Tipton
The Growth & Infrastructure Consortium will host its 2014 Annual Conference on November 12-14 in Bradenton. The title of this year’s conference is “Bringing It All Together.” The goal is to bring together discussion of all the various topics (infrastructure planning, land use planning, finance and law) relating to the development of fiscally sustainable communities. Online registration is now available. Attendees will be able to earn up to 11.25 credit hours for AICP certification maintenance. MORE>
America Recycles Day is November 15 - Register Your Local Event
Source: Beth Dolan
Online event registration is now open for America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), which takes place annually on and around November 15. This year’s America Recycles Day theme, “I Want To Be Recycled,” helps to educate people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being and helps to motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers. Online registration is now open at for local organizers to schedule events in their communities and gain access to valuable resources to plan, promote and host an event. Best practices guides for hosting events, activity ideas, downloadable posters and banners, media outreach tools, sample proclamations and many more resources are available online. Events can be scheduled any time during the fall, but should be held as close to November 15 as possible. MORE>
Florida Association of Code Enforcement Fall 2014 Certification Training
Source: Holly McPhail
The Florida Institute of Government at the University of Central Florida has announced the schedule of Florida Association of Code Enforcement (FACE) certification courses for fall 2014. Administrative Aspects of Code Enforcement will be offered on November 17-21. This course targets managers and supervisors, or those who are interested in moving up in their organizations. Click here to register. MORE>
Annual Homeland Security Professionals Conference and Expo – November 4-6 in Orlando
Source: Scott Dudley
Security Solutions International Inc. is hosting the 9th Annual Homeland Security Professionals Conference and Expo on November 4-6 in Orlando at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center. Workshops and presentations will be offered on Human Trafficking the Terror Nexus, Personal and Professional Resilience, Future Threats to Homeland Security and more. Click here to view the complete agenda and register online. MORE>
FGFOA School of Governmental Finance – November 17-21 in Sandestin
Source: Penny Mitchell
Registration is now open for the Florida Government Finance Officers Association’s 2014 School of Finance on November 17-21 at the Hilton Sandestin. The school offers educational sessions for the entire week, including a Basic/Intermediate track and an Intermediate/Advanced track. The hotel reservation cut-off date is October 17 and the room rate is $125/night. Click here to learn more and register online. MORE>
NLC 2014 Congress of Cities and Exposition – November 18-22 in Austin
Source: National League of Cities
Join mayors, councilmembers and other elected leaders and municipal staff from across the country for the National League of Cities (NLC) 2014 Congress of Cities and Exposition in Austin, Texas, on November 18-22. Build your technical and leadership skills at one of NLC University’s special seminars, and choose from 30 other workshops on topics like economic development, transportation and sustainability. Click here to learn more and register online. MORE>
Smart Growth America’s 2015 Free Technical Assistance Workshops
Source: Jenna Titcomb
Smart Growth America is now accepting applications for its free 2015 technical assistance workshops. Communities interested in learning about smart growth strategies are encouraged to submit an application for one of 12 technical assistance tools. Smart Growth America’s technical assistance program helps facilitate local solutions to local development issues so that participating communities are able to grow in ways that benefit residents and businesses while protecting the environment and preserving a sense of place. Click here to download full application guidelines and apply online. MORE>
Call for Submissions: Healthy Weight Community Championship – November 14 Deadline
Source: Florida Department of Health
Florida’s county and municipal governments play an important role in decreasing the prevalence of unhealthy weight in their jurisdictions. Local governments can implement a variety of policies that have been shown to increase physical activity levels and improve nutrition. These “best practice” policies are reflected in the Healthy Weight Community Champion Submission Form. Florida’s 410 municipalities and 67 counties are eligible to submit best practices. Submissions must be made by a municipal or county official, accompanied by a resolution or proclamation. The submission window closes on November 14. Click here to learn more and download the submission form. MORE>
Funding Opportunity: TMDL Grant Program – November 3 Deadline
Source: Ryan Matthews
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is now accepting applications for the TMDL Grant program. This program awards funding for projects designed to improve urban storm water systems and reduce polluted runoff to impaired waters. Local governments and water management districts are eligible to apply. The deadline for application submittal for the November TMDL Grant review is close of business (5:00 p.m. EST) November 3, 2014. This funding is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as the TMDL Water Quality Restoration Grant, which is set out by rule in Chapter 62-305, F.A.C. and authorized by Section 403.890(2), F.S. Click here to learn more and download an application. MORE>
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October 15, 2014 | Vol. 4, No. 20 - A Florida League of Cities Publication
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