Now Accepting Applications for the Municipal Achievement Awards
Source: Sharon Berrian
The Florida League of Cities is accepting nominations for the Sixth Annual Municipal Achievement Awards program, which has three categories: “City Spirit,” “Environmental Stewardship” and “Citizenship." The program is open to city, town or village governments that are members of the League. The nomination deadline is May 23. Winners will be announced in July and there will be special recognition and media announcements in each recipient’s hometown and statewide. Click here to download the application packet. MORE>
Call for Entries: Third Annual Municipal Youth Council Video Contest
Source: Sharon Berrian
The Florida League of Cities is pleased to announce the Third Annual Municipal Youth Council Video Competition. The goal of the program is to provide a way for Florida’s youth councils to showcase their ideas, creativity and commitment to their community. This year’s video competition asks youth councils to look at their own community and think about key issues affecting young citizens. Entries will be evaluated on a number of criteria, including the presentation and evaluation of the competition’s theme, an effective/creative action plan and video, and adherence to the competition’s criteria. The deadline for entries in June 30. Click here to download the application packet. MORE>
Advocacy Tip: What Can College Basketball Teach Us About Advocacy?
Source: Holly McPhail
If you had the opportunity to watch the men’s NCAA basketball tournament, you witnessed teams striving to be number one. After months of practice and preparation, victories and defeats, a champion has emerged. Congratulations to the University of Connecticut Huskies. So what can this team’s achievements teach us about advocacy and how we can compete until “the final buzzer” (aka sine die)? Click here to find out! MORE>
Ten Technologies That Will Impact Your City – April 24, 25 and May 1
Source: Jan Piland
Because technology is moving at a rapid pace and has such a profound impact on cities and their residents, Florida League of Cities President P.C. Wu has selected technology as his initiative for this year. Join the League’s Chief Information Officer Frank Hagy and Associate Director of Technology Planning and Development Mike Taylor for a look at where technology is moving and what it will look like in the future. Choose from dates and locations around the state: April 24 – Sarasota, April 25 – Wilton Manors and May 1 – Winter Park. This free training for League members is part of FLC University’s Regional Summit Series. Visit the FLC Calendar of Events to register online for the session of your choice. Contact Jan Piland at (850) 701-3622 for more information. MORE>
Advanced IEMO – May 2-3 in Altamonte Springs
Source: Melanie Howe
Online registration is open for the next session of the Advanced Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO), which will be held on May 1-2 in Altamonte Springs. The Advanced IEMO 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 view the complete schedule and register online. MORE>
Save the Date: FLC 2014 Annual Conference – August 14-16 in Hollywood
Source: Melanie Howe
Mark your calendars for the 2014 Florida League of Cities Annual Conference! This year’s event will be held at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood on August 14-16. Complete registration information will be available in late spring. MORE>
FMIvT Announces Addition of Core Plus Fixed Income Fund
Source: FMIvT
The Florida Municipal Investment Trust (FMIvT) is pleased to announce the addition of the Core Plus Fixed Income Fund. Launched on April 1, 2014, the fund was added at the recommendation of the investment consultant, Asset Consulting Group, to further diversify the fixed income allocation of the Florida Municipal Pension Trust Fund. The fund will be managed equally by two investment managers, Franklin Templeton and Pioneer Investments, and will provide broad exposure to the global fixed income markets. This fund is designed primarily for investors such as pension plans that seeking a broadly diversified portfolio of fixed income securities in order to maximize total investment return through a combination of interest income, capital appreciation and currency gains. For more information about the new fund, please contact Investment and Retirement Services Manager Jeff Blomeley at (850) 701-3614. MORE>
FLC Financial Services Releases Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports for 2013 Fiscal Year
Source: FLC Financial Services
The Florida Municipal Investment Trust (FMIvT), the Florida Municipal Pension Trust Fund (FMPTF) and the Florida Municipal Loan Council (FMLC) are pleased to present their Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR) for FY 2013. Click the links above to view each report. The FY 2013 CAFRs have been presented to the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. This will be the fifth submission for the FMIvT and the third submission for the FMPTF and FMLC. All three trusts have received the award with each submission. MORE>
Fixed Rate Loan Pool Accepting Applications for Next Series
Source: Molly Hall
The Florida Municipal Loan Council (FMLC) is a League-administered pooled bond program. It is open to all local governments seeking the benefits of issuing bonds while affording the possibility of spreading the costs among several participants in each bond deal. The League has put together a team of professionals who work to ensure the maximum benefit to participating members and anticipates closing the next issue of the FMLC in summer 2014. If you are interested in participating, submit an application today! The League would be glad to prepare sample numbers for your review at no cost or obligation to your city. For more information or to request an application, contact Molly Hall at (850) 701-3681. Participation in the program is contingent upon final credit approval. MORE>
FCCMA 2014 Annual Conference – May 28-31 in Orlando
Source: Carol Russell
Registration is now open for the Florida City and County Management Association’s (FCCMA) 2014 annual conference, which will be held on May 28-31 at the Hilton Orlando. The theme of this year’s conference is “Building Trust and Confidence in Local Government.” Click here to learn more and register online. MORE>
FGFOA 2014 Annual Conference - May 31 - June 4 in Orlando
Source: Penny Mitchell
Registration is now open for the 2014 Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA) Annual Conference! The theme, “Financial Rollercoaster - Staying on Track,” depicts the ongoing challenges currently faced by finance professionals. Take advantage of the opportunity to receive more than 20 hours of CPE, as well as the required four hours Governmental Ethics Course. In addition, choose from two pre-conference seminars on Saturday, May 31: Investment to cover the eight hours of investment training, or Budget, Economics and Financial Planning for eight hours of TB. Click here to learn more and register today. MORE>
Save the Date: FLGISA 2014 Annual Conference – July 22-25 in Boca Raton
Source: Becky Brennan
The Florida Local Government Information Systems Association (FLGISA) will hold its 2014 annual conference on July 22-25 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. Additional details will be available later in April. MORE>
Save the Date: FRA 2014 Annual Conference – October 8-10 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. MORE>
U.S. Communities Announces New Contracts
Source: Molly Hall
League partner U.S. Communities has announced two new contracts for equipment rental and elevator and escalator maintenance and services. Hertz Equipment Rental and KONE competed against several nationally recognized suppliers and were awarded new contracts with additional features and benefits. In addition, a new contract for offender monitoring solutions launched on March 25. This exclusive contract was awarded to BI Incorporated, a company that offers location monitoring equipment and services, full-service electronic monitoring offices, installer programs, offender re-entry programs and offender-pay programs to support agency staff. Webinars will be conducted for each new contract. The recorded versions are posted on the U.S. Communities webinars page. Click here to learn more. MORE>
Upcoming Webinar: Economic & Business Development in Fast Changing Times - April 16
Source: Marcia Elder
The world is changing faster than ever. Strategies for bolstering and sustaining local economies are quickly evolving in the process. A diverse mix of related topics will be addressed in this free webinar featuring leading state and national experts. The event is part of the 2014 Rural Florida Economic & Business Development Webinar Series hosted by Jefferson County, Florida, and funded by the State of Florida. Click here to reserve your seat. MORE>
Florida Solar Energy Center Hosting Energy-Efficient Retrofits Teleconference - April 17
Source: Lynn Tipton
Are you involved with remodeling, renovation or home performance? The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) researchers are looking for partners to "test drive" best practices under a recently launched initiative - the Retrofit Challenge. Join officials from the City of Fort Myers and City of Melbourne who have already gotten the scoop on cost-effective, energy-savings practices and take the Retrofit Challenge Pledge! To learn more, attend the introductory teleconference April 17 from 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. by calling 1-(866) 228-9900 (pass code: 341749). Access the teleconference presentation, as well as the research and case studies backing up the Retrofit Challenge, at or contact Janet McIlvaine directly at (321) 638-1434 or (please include "Retrofit Challenge" in your subject line.) MORE>
April 21 Deadline Approaching for SBA Working Capital Disaster Loans
Source: Carol Westmoreland
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that April 21 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Florida as a result of the excessive rain and flooding between June 4 - August 1, 2013. Loans are available in the following Florida counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Lafayette, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Nassau, Okaloosa, Putnam, St. Johns, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Walton and Washington in Florida. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website. Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than April 21, 2014. MORE>
Waterfronts Florida: Upcoming Mitigation Workshop – April 24
Source: Carol Westmoreland
Florida Sea Grant and University of Florida IFAS are hosting a workshop on the National Flood Insurance Program, Community Rating System (CRS) Program, and mitigation activities on April 24 at the UF/IFAS Extension in Okaloosa County. The workshop will also include FEMA and ISO specialists, as well as a leading researcher on CRS and mitigation. The workshop is intended for local elected officials concerned about flood insurance change, emergency managers, local government staff (especially flood plain managers and planners) and public works departments. The cost of registration is $25.  MORE>
Florida Housing Coalition’s Florida Fair Housing Summit – April 29 in Orlando
Source: Florida Housing Coalition
The 2014 Florida Fair Housing Summit will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando on April 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The theme of this year’s summit is “One Community For All: Creating Inclusive Communities for Diverse Abilities and Cultures.” The conference will celebrate the passage of the Federal Fair Housing Act in 1968 and promote quality education and awareness of fair housing for all Floridians. Click here to learn more and register. MORE>
North Florida Economic Development Academy – May 1-2 and May 15-16 in Palatka
Source: Lynn Tipton
The North Florida Economic Development Academy is designed to provide a basic understanding of the concepts and methods of economic development, and to help local communities build stronger community sales teams who are better able to recognize, prepare for, and respond to opportunities. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the rules and roles that guide the development process, ethical considerations and critical best practices. The academy is a four-day program beginning at 8:00 a.m. on May 1. The registration fee is $285, scholarships are available. Click here to learn more and download the registration form. MORE>
Grant Writing USA Workshop – May 5-6 in Tallahassee
Source: Grant Writing USA
Tallahassee Fire Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Tallahassee on May 5-6. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attendees will learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies, as well as nonprofits, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend. Tuition is $425, multi-enrollment discounts and discounts for Grant Writing USA returning alumni are available. Complete event details including learning objectives, class location, graduate testimonials and online registration are available here. MORE>
Funding Opportunity: Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant Program – Closes April 28
Source: Allison Payne
The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. Department of Transportation to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. Applicants must submit final applications through by April 28, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The “Apply” function opened on April 3, 2014. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications in advance of the deadline. Click here to visit the DOT TIGER website.  MORE>
Funding Opportunity: Nonpoint Source Management Program Grants – Closes May 23
Source: Scott Dudley
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Nonpoint Source Management Section (NPSM) is now accepting applications for the FY 2015 Section 319 grant funds for nonpoint source management projects. Grant funds become available approximately one and a half years after project selection. Click here for descriptions of previously funded projects, proposal ranking information, and the new FY 2015 application form. MORE>
Funding Opportunity: Community Planning Technical Assistance Grants – Closes June 6
Source: Carol Westmoreland
Funding has been requested, contingent upon legislative approval, to assist local governments to meet the requirements of the Comprehensive Planning Act, to address critical local planning issues, and to promote innovative planning solutions. The Florida Department of Economics Opportunity’s Bureau of Community Planning is soliciting grant requests for this anticipated funding, beginning now through June 6, 2014, with awards beginning July 1, 2014. Projects will need to be completed by May 31, 2015, for this funding cycle. Contact Nia Clark at (850) 717-8492 for additional information. MORE>
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April 15, 2014 | Vol. 4, No. 8 - A Florida League of Cities Publication
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