CMRI Events & Symposiums


The Center for Municipal Research & Innovation holds two research symposiums per year, one in conjunction with the League's annual conference in August and one in conjunction with the legislative conference in November. These symposiums bring together public administrators, elected officials and the academic community. Each symposium focuses on specific local government issues, and how research, statistics and trends can be used in the local government setting.
Below are dates for upcoming research symposiums. Specific workshop details, locations and registration information are posted approximately six weeks prior to each event. Presentations from previous symposiums are available to the right.

6th Annual FLC Center for Municipal Research & Innovation Fall Research Symposium

Center Fall Research Symposium Ready and Resilient 2017

Ready & Resilient: Combating Water Hazards in an Era of Extreme Weather
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista South

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Recent events have reminded us of the power extreme weather has on lives, property and communities. The potential of water to transform our thriving cities into struggling recovery zones demands municipal governments take action now to reduce and prevent vulnerabilities in the future. 

During this free half-day event, we will discuss the impacts water disasters have on our coastal and inland communities; explore the connection between land-use planning, economic development and storm water management; and share tools to assist in long-range planning and smart infrastructure investments.
City managers, planners, water utility directors and elected leaders are encouraged to join us on Wednesday, December 6, as we forge a path into a water-resilient future.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Water Disaster Impacts
Speakers: Alec Bogdanoff, Ph.D., President and Co-Founder, Brizaga, Inc.
Whether coastal or inland, most Florida cities risk some kind of water disaster. We’ll examine the range of effects such events have on local economies, property values, quality of life, and municipal budgets.

9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. | Break

9:40 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. | The Role of Land Use Planning
Speakers: Erin Deady, Esq., Erin L. Deady, P.A.; Courtney Barker, City Manager, City of Satellite Beach; and Haris Alibašić, Assistant Professor, Public Administration Program, University of West Florida

Weather vulnerabilities are inextricably tied to land use decisions.  The degree of risk exposure associated with allowable land uses, densities and intensities impacts property insurance costs, governments’ exposure to liability, effectiveness of emergency response and the speed of disaster recovery.  But we don’t operate in a vacuum in making land use planning decisions. We’ll learn about the obstacles and the opportunities land use policy making presents for reducing flood risk and vulnerabilities to extreme weather.

10:40 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. | Break

10:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. | A Future of Resilient Infrastructure
Speakers: Stevie Freeman-Montes, Sustainability Manager, City of Sarasota; Jerry Murphy, Florida Resilient Communities Initiative, University of Florida

Strategic planning and smart infrastructure investments can reduce vulnerability, improve efficiency, and save on long-term operational costs. We’ll discuss proven methods for making our municipal infrastructure more resilient in the face of threats from flooding, storm surge and rising water.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Luncheon and Keynote Address
Speaker: CJ Reynolds, Executive Director, International Ocean Institute – USA and Research Associate, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida

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