FLC Annual Conference

FLC 50th home rule anniversary logo verticalThe Florida League of Cities annual conference is held each August in various locations throughout the state. The annual conference is an opportunity for municipal officials and senior staff to enhance leadership skills, share ideas with peers, discuss strategies for Florida’s future, and learn the latest in products and services designed for municipal governments. 
The 2018 Annual Conference will be held August 16-18 at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Fla. On-site registration is available. 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Constitutional Home Rule. Florida voters ratified this authority in the 1968 Florida Constitution, giving cities the right to perform municipal functions and deliver services without express permission from the state, except as otherwise provided by law.

During the Florida League of Cities Annual Conference we will celebrate 50 years of Home Rule. Modeled after the national political rallies, the Home Rule Rally will be held Friday afternoon to celebrate “Local Self-government: The Keystone of American Democracy.”

This demonstration will recognize the historic vote in 1968 that gave Florida cities their Home Rule power. More than 900 city officials will come together decked out in their rally swag – T-shirts, hats, buttons, noisemakers and signs – that will be provided to registered attendees. Local and regional leagues also will be providing accessories for the rally.

Municipal officials won’t want to miss this historic celebration as we stand together, united, in the
fight for Home Rule for generations to come! 

Click here to view the conference program.

Hotel & Registration Info

Hotel Information
The room rate is $189/night + 11%. The cutoff date for reservations at the Diplomat is July 19, 2018. 
NOTE: Reservations can only be made via the FLC-provided group rate code distributed with your registration confirmation. Please do not contact the venue to make reservations until you receive this code.

Registration Rates
On-site registration is available. Your name badge and other information can be picked up at the conference registration desk.

NOTE: Fees will increase for late and onsite registrations.

Fifty years of Home Rule is Worth Commemorating! 

We're calling on Florida’s cities, towns and villages to pass a resolution celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Home Rule. Watch the video to the right for tips on how your city can be a part of the celebration! 

Download Resolution Template | Learn More

Tentative Conference Program

Following is a tentative schedule of conference events. Be sure to check back for updates!   

Wednesday, August 15 (Pre-Conference Events)

8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Research Symposium – Disruptive Technology: Impacts on Local Government
Additional registration required. Click here for more information.

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Florida League of Mayors Candidates Forum 
Additional registration required; contact Rachel Embleton at rembleton@flcities.com to register.

Thursday, August 16                                              

City Shirt Day 
All attendees are encouraged to wear their city, town or village shirt.

7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Registration Desk Open

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Continuing Education in Ethics
Registration was limited to the first 150 people. Check the registration desk to see if any seats have opened up.

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Florida League of Mayors Nominating Committee Meeting

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Florida League of Mayors Business Meeting

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Florida League of Mayors Board of Directors Meeting

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Local/Regional League Directors and Officers Meeting

12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Municipal Marketplace Open
Click here for a list of exhibitors and sponsors.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
“Cities 101” Workshop
If you are newly elected or newly appointed, this “crash course” is designed for you. Details about Florida municipalities, services and governing challenges will be discussed. This course is a prequel to the popular Institute for Elected Municipal Officials, but is not a substitute for the three-day IEMO class.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Legislative Policy Committee Meetings

  • Finance, Taxation and Personnel
  • Land Use and Economic Development
  • Municipal Administration
  • Transportation and Intergovernmental Relations
  • Utilities, Natural Resources and Public Works

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops

  • Preemption or Redemption: What’s going to happen next session with Vacation Rentals?
  • Florida Utilities Forecast: Everything You Need to Know About Everything

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Resolutions Committee Meeting

5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
First-Time Attendees’ Orientation

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
President’s Welcome Reception in the Municipal Marketplace

Friday, August 17                                          

7:00 a.m. - 7:50 a.m.
FREE Sunrise Yoga on the Beach
Pre-registration required.

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast in Municipal Marketplace

7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Municipal Marketplace Open

Friday, August 17  (Continued)                                       

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Registration Desk Open

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Let Cities Work Advocacy Strategy Workshop

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Concurrent Workshops

  • Small Cells/Big Changes: What Cities Need to Know About Telecommunications
  • Leadership Workshop: You Have No Idea How Important You Are

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Workshop: The History of Home Rule

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Nominating Committee Meeting

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sidewalk Café in the Municipal Marketplace (Cash Sales)

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Home Rule Rally
Put on your Rally Swag as we come together to celebrate the historic vote in 1968 that gave Florida cities their Home Rule power. You’ll hear high energy and motivational presentations from National League of Cities President Mark Stodola, United States Conference of Mayors President Stephen K. Benjamin, and many others who will inspire us to continue the fight to protect Home Rule now and for future generations.

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Florida League of Cities Board of Directors Meeting

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Membership Networking Event

Saturday, August 18

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Various Local/Regional League Breakfast Meetings
Contact your local league for more information.

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration Desk Open

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Voting Delegate Registration Open

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Youth Council Program

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Annual Business Meeting

10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
General Session
This session will recognize the recipients of the E. Harris Drew Municipal Official Lifetime Achievement Award and the Defenders of Home Rule awards. Steve Vancore, Vancore Jones Communications and Ryan Houck, Consensus Communications, will present a keynote discussion of Amendment 1, which will be on the 2018 general election ballot. If approved by the voters, Amendment 1 will expand the homestead exemption and shift the burden to other taxpayers. During this session, you will the learn more about the potential impacts of Amendment 1, along with messaging tools you can use to effectively educate citizens on those impacts.

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Past Presidents’ Luncheon and Installation of New President
Join us as we celebrate our past presidents and hear a special presentation from Mayor Christine Hunschofsky of Parkland.

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Workshop: Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act -- What every elected official needs to know about SB 7026 and School Resource Officers

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Inaugural Celebration – City Nights

2017 Conference Information

Presentations from the 2017 Conference, held August 17-19 at the World Center Marriott in Orlando, are available online. Click here to view. (Please Note: Not all sessions/workshops had presentation materials and some presenters may choose not to share their presentations online.)  An order form to purchase audio recordings of most workshops is available here. Click here to view minutes from the 2017 conference. 

2017 Conference Photo Gallery

  • 2nd Gen Session
  • E Harris
  • Biz session
  • Cities 101
  • Chief
  • Ethics
  • Ft Myers
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  • Haynie opioid
  • Home Rule Chip Speaking
  • Homestead exemption
  • Homestead QA
  • Karbala
  • Lauderdale by the sea
  • Linda receives service plaque from Board
  • Melbourne
  • Nelson
  • Oldsmar
  • Opening general
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