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Registration Open for 2015 FLC Legislative Action Day – March 17-18 in Tallahassee
Registration is open for the 2015 Florida League of Cities Legislative Action Day on 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 view the agenda and download the registration form. MORE>
FLC Information Request: Social Media Questions
In 2015, the League will be developing additional social media resources for members. To ensure we’re focusing on the issues that are most relevant to Florida’s municipalities, we would like to know what questions you have about social media. Please click here to submit your top questions about social media. We appreciate your assistance! MORE>
FMIT Special Investigation Unit Update
On January 26, a former bus monitor with the School District of Lake County entered a plea of no contest to the charges of Workers’ Compensation Fraud, False and Fraudulent Insurance Claim, Perjury and Organized Fraud. Adjudication of guilt was withheld. She was sentenced to five years concurrent probation on the charges, and agreed to a restitution obligation in the amount of $40,184.01.
 
The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) was created in 1999 to investigate suspected fraud to help reduce the cost and amount of fraud for Florida Municipal Insurance Trust (FMIT) members. If you are aware of fraudulent activity involving a Florida League of Cities or FMIT claim, you can report that activity by calling the SIU hotline at 1- (888) 447-5877 or clicking here.
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Legislative Affairs – Get Connected
Your engagement during the legislative process is critical to the League’s success in protecting home rule authority and preventing unfunded mandates. Stay connected by checking out the newest resource – policy committee webpages! Each of the five policy committees now have a dedicated web space that includes issues briefs, talking points, committee contacts, links to news articles and additional resources. Check them out today! Want even more information? Starting March 2, the FLC Legislative Affairs team will begin hosting Monday morning call-ins at 9:00 a.m. EST to provide local officials with key information about bills being heard in the upcoming week, as well as any action that may be needed from our membership. Contact Holly McPhail for call-in details. MORE>
Call for Entries: Florida Municipal Achievement Awards & Municipal Youth Council Video Competition
The Florida League of Cities is now accepting entries for the seventh annual Florida Municipal Achievement Awards Program and the Fourth Annual Municipal Youth Council Video Competition. The goal of the Florida Municipal Achievement Awards program is to recognize innovations and excellence in municipal government in three categories: City Spirit Award, Florida Citizenship Award, and Environmental Stewardship Award. This program is open to city, town or village governments that are members of the Florida League of Cities. The deadline for entries is May 1.Contact Sharon Berrian at (850) 701-3660 or sberrian@flcities.com with any questions.
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FLC Continuing Education in Ethics Workshops – Dates in Feb-June
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 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>
FLC University Summit Series: Risk Management & Liability, Flood Insurance, Economic Development, Best Budget Practices
Registration is open for upcoming FLC University Regional Summit Series. Risk Management & Liability: February 19 - Temple Terrace, February 20 - Winter Park, February 27 - North Miami Flood Insurance: February 26 - Wilton Manors Tools That Work for Economic Development: February 23 - Jacksonville Beach, April 7 - Tallahassee, June 26 - Sarasota, August 11 - Winter Park Best Budget Practices: Municipal Revenue Sources - March 5 - Live Oak, March 12 - Pinellas Park, March 13 - Winter Park, March 20 - Boyton Beach, March 27 - Fort Myers, April 2 - Crestview Each workshop will feature an expert guest speaker and 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. MORE>
FLC Webinar: Legislative Session Preview: What’s in Store for 2015? – February 24
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
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>
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 in late spring. MORE>
February Advocacy Tip
The 2015 legislative session starts on March 3. Remember, preparation is key. You can have a successful meeting, even when your legislator's time is very limited. Click here for this month’s Advocacy Tip. MORE>
Sign Up for Legislative Text Alerts!
Do you receive tons of emails each day and are worried you may miss an important legislative alert? To help you stay better informed and weed through your inbox, the FLC Legislative Affairs team has a text alert program. Click here to learn more and sign up today. MORE>
NLC Congressional City Conference – March 7-11 in Washington, D.C.
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>
Save the Date: FLGISA 2015 Annual Conference - July 21-24 in Naples
The Florida Government Information Systems Association (FLGISA) will host its Annual Conference on July 21-24 at the Naples Grand Beach Resort. The special room rate is $139/night. Additional details will be available in April. MORE>
Take Advantage of our Partnership with U.S. Communities!
The Florida League of Cities is proud to sponsor the U.S. Communities™ Government Purchasing Alliance. U.S. Communities is the leading national government purchasing cooperative that reduces the cost of goods and services by aggregating the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide. U.S. Communities provides participants with access to a broad line of competitively solicited contracts with national suppliers that have committed to providing their lowest overall public agency pricing. Each month more than 500 new public agencies register to participate. This continuing rapid growth is fueled by the program’s proven track record of providing public agencies unparalleled value and the best government pricing available. MORE>
Funding Opportunity and Webinar: Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act
In 2014, Florida had the highest rate of drowning among children ages 0-14 in the nation. To help combat this tragedy, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) authored the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, which includes grants to state and local governments to implement enforcement and education programs aimed at preventing drowning and drain entrapments of children in pools and spas. On Thursday, February 19, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST, the Consumer Product Safety Commission will host a webinar on this grant and how your municipality can apply. Click here to register for the webinar. Click here to view a short video from the congresswoman to Florida’s municipalities. MORE>
Funding Opportunity: Volunteer Florida’s Operation AmeriCorps
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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February 16, 2015 | Vol. 5, No. 4 - A Florida League of Cities Publication
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