Civics & Governance

10 Things Every Florida City Official Should Know
Instructor: Lynn Tipton
Description: one hour
This session will be a quick discussion of the fundamentals of municipal government and governance in the Sunshine State. It is ideal a for luncheon, dinner or “lighter” settings, when knowledge – not an intense presentation – is desired.
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Annexation
Instructors: Lynn Tipton, TBA
Description: minimum of one hour; can be tailored to fit needs
What do Florida laws permit municipalities to do with regard to expanding one’s boundaries, and what is not permitted? This session is an overview of the law, processes, options and a few best practices regarding the annexation     
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Cities and Counties in Florida
Instructor: Lynn Tipton, or other FLC U staff
Description: minimum of one hour; can be expanded
General purpose local governments have unique, specific and varied roles and responsibilities in Florida. If your governmental knowledge was built in another state, this refresher course is for you. The class is also ideal if you have new staff or new officials who have not had a Florida-based civics course.
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Cities in the Classroom: Teaching K-12 Civic Education that Includes Local Government
Instructors: Sharon Berrian, Lynn Tipton
Description: minimum of one hour 
Florida teaching standards include local government civics in the seventh-grade curricula. The Florida League of Cities participated in the creation of “Cities in the Classroom” to help civics teachers make local government relatable to students, and the League also has K-6th grade exercises that complement the curricula. This workshop helps teachers and those interested in getting local civics into schools with the best methods for explaining municipalities in Florida, including how they govern and their services.
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City and Party
Instructor: Scott Paine
Description: one to two hours
We like to say that “there’s no Republican or Democratic way to pick up the trash.” In an era of both heightened public partisanship and significant party involvement in municipal politics, this familiar adage merits some careful reflection. We’ll examine party interests in municipal politics, the critical differences between governing at the municipal, state and national level, and ways of managing partisan sentiments (our own as well as those of others) that can preserve municipalities’ reputations for meeting public expectations without partisan rancor.
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Civility in Local Government
Instructors: Lynn Tipton, Scott Paine
Description: minimum of one hour; can be expanded
Is decorum lacking during your public meetings? Does your council/commission have a set of guidelines to use for its own interactions as well as with the public? This workshop covers basic tools, as well as best practices for setting the framework in which civility should occur. The class includes leadership roles, role-modeling and references to public meeting tools such as a civility pledge, sergeant-at-arms and others.
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Community Redevelopment Agencies: Creation and Governance
Instructor: Carol Westmoreland
Description: minimum of two hours
The process for establishing a community redevelopment agency (CRA) will vary between municipalities in chartered and non-chartered counties, so this workshop is timely for those municipalities considering such action. It covers the statutory and local steps, as well as best practices, for getting one started and setting it on the road to flourishing.
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Community Redevelopment Agency Toolkit: Best Practices for Districts
Instructor: Carol Westmoreland
Description: minimum of one hour; can be expanded
This workshop was created to help cities with community redevelopment agencies avoid some of the most common mistakes, missteps and challenges. It is built upon best practices from successful redevelopment situations across the state over nearly 40 years. This session can be combined with other CRA-related workshops for a half-day or full-day session.
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Council-Manager Cities: Implementing the Form
Instructors: Lynn Tipton (an ICMA representative can be added if desired)
Description: minimum of one hour
Each municipality in Florida selects the form of government that best suits its needs; for some, it is the council-manager form. This workshop will answer questions that city officials or city staff have regarding the process and implementation. Material from the International City/County Management Association will be featured.
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Home Rule Powers in Florida
Instructors: Scott Paine, Lynn Tipton, Carol Westmoreland
Description: minimum of one hour
Municipalities in Florida have constitutionally granted Home Rule powers, which are explained in this workshop. Examples of unfunded mandates, erosion issues related to Home Rule, and the preservation of Home Rule are discussed.
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Incorporating a City in Florida
Instructor: Lynn Tipton
Description: minimum of one hour; can be extended
Municipal incorporation may not occur every day, but there is an involved, detailed and multi-layered process needed for incorporation to happen. This workshop walks through the process and best practices.
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Inter-local Agreements
Instructors: FLC staff (TBA)
Description: minimum of one hour 
When two or more cities, or cities and counties, want to share services or share programs, they often use an inter-local agreement to state the issues, and then use it for the implementation and enforcement of the agreement. The foundation for this process is Chapter 163, Florida Statutes, the Intergovernmental Coordination Act. This workshop walks officials and staff through the legal and administrative steps and practices, as well as the pitfalls that can occur.
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Layers of Florida Government: Florida Parfait
Instructor: Lynn Tipton
Description: minimum of two hours; three hours is often used
State, county, municipal and other . . . which layer of government does what? Where does each level gets it authority and how does it deliver services? This workshop is ideal for officials and staff to get to know government and governance in the Sunshine State.
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Local Governments in Florida
Instructors: Lynn Tipton, Carol Westmoreland, other FLC staff
Description: minimum of 90 minutes
Whether you want to work with special districts, school districts, counties or municipalities, you have to first know what Florida’s local governments are in terms of establishment, power, structure and funding. This workshop examines each of these and provides valuable resources for understanding each type.
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Municipal Charters
Instructor: Lynn Tipton
Description: one hour preferred; can be 45 minutes
In Florida, each municipality has this governing document similar to a constitution. This workshop covers why charters are necessary, the basic components of charters within Florida and some statistical compilations for comparison purposes.
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Successful Citizen Advisory Boards and Committees
Instructor: TBA 
Description: 3.5 hours
This course covers best practices and the do's and don'ts of effective advisory board administration. Strategies for resolving conflicts and building relationships with board and committee members will be discussed. Participants learn how to channel conflict into constructive cooperation, solve problems, save city dollars, build support and utilize citizen volunteers productively. Elected officials, advisory board members, administrators, board liaisons and other leaders are encouraged to attend.
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Structure and Function of Cities in Florida
Instructors: Lynn Tipton, Scott Paine
Description: two hours
This workshop details the forms of government, legislative body composition and role, administrative functionality, and services of municipal governments in Florida. Details are given on budget elements, constitutional and state legal parameters, and service delivery challenges. The workshops ends with a review of trends and issues currently facing cities.
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