FLC Annual Conference


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The 93rd Annual Conference of the Florida League of Cities will be held August 15-17, 2019, at the Orlando World Center Marriott.
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The conference is an opportunity for municipal officials and senior staff to enhance leadership skills, learn from municipal experts, share ideas with peers, discuss strategies for Florida’s future and hear about the latest in products and services for municipal governments. Interested in exhibiting in our Municipal Marketplace? Click here to learn more.

This year’s conference will include breakout sessions, committee meetings, keynote presentations, awards and more. (Click here to view the proposed resolutions that will be considered by the Resolutions Committee.) Plus, we will be discussing and adopting the FLC 2020 Legislative Action Agenda to guide advocacy efforts at the state Capitol. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, network and share. View Announcement

Paid registration is required to receive housing information, so sign up early!

Hotel Registration Deadline: July 24, 2019  │ Conference Registration Deadline: August 2, 2019 

Tentative Agenda

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

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Research Symposium
Additional registration required through the League’s Center for Municipal Research and Innovation; contact Liane Giroux.

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Florida League of Mayors Roundtable
Additional registration required through the Florida League of Mayors; contact Rachel Embleton.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

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

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Continuing Education in Ethics: Have You Completed Your Hours?
Florida’s municipal elected officers are required to take four specific hours of continuing education in ethics per year. If you haven’t completed your hours yet, this is your opportunity! The four hours include two hours on the Florida Ethics Law (Chapter 112, F.S.), one hour of public meetings (Chapter 286, F.S.) and one hour of public records (Chapter 119, F.S.). If your hours are completed, this is a good refresher class.
NOTE: You must be registered for the full conference to attend this session, and pre-registration is required. Registration is limited to the first 150 people. See the registration form for details.

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
For more information, contact Rachel Embleton.

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

12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Municipal Marketplace Open

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 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. - 5:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Federal Action Strike Team Meeting

5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
First-Time Attendees’ Orientation
If this is your first FLC Conference, welcome! This workshop will acquaint you with the League, the conference program (with tips for the best use of your time), how to get involved in
your local or regional league, FLC legislative policy committees and other municipal services.

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

Friday, August 16, 2019

6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
5K Fun Run

7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Breakfast
To be eligible to attend, a membership application and paid dues must be submitted. Membership applications can be obtained at fbcleo.org. For more information regarding FBC-LEO, visit their website.

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

7:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Municipal Marketplace Open 

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

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Resolutions and Legislative Committee Meetings

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Opening General Session
Featuring the presentation of the E. Harris Drew Award and a keynote presentation by Mark McQueen.

Major General (Retired) Mark T. McQueen
McQueen-Headshot-USEWhen Mark McQueen started his job as city manager of Panama City, little did he know that two weeks later a massive Category 5 hurricane would directly hit, resulting in catastrophic damage to most of the city. The recently retired two-star general has served multiple deployments in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Baghdad. He used his 30 years of experience and knowledge to respond to the disaster zone left from Hurricane Michael. You won’t want to miss McQueen share his ongoing story of recovery and resilience.

McQueen was an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate at Auburn University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in finance. He was commissioned in the Army as an Adjutant General’s Corps officer and later transferred into the Civil Affairs Corps, which was then a part of the Army’s Special Operations Command. 

McQueen has served in every level of command and staff, from company command to general officer. He has served in multiple deployments, including Operation Joint Endeavor in Bosnia, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad, Iraq.

His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (with two oak leaf clusters), Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster and Combat Action Badge.

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Grants Expo
Need Information on available grants and technical assistance? Don’t miss this opportunity to talk with representatives from various federal, state and nonprofit organizations about their grant programs, ranging from housing and historic preservation to emergency management and economic development. 

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Sidewalk Café in Municipal Marketplace (Cash Sales)

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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

Evening Open

Saturday, August 17, 2019

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. - 12:15 p.m.
Second General Session
Featuring recognition of the Years of Service awards and a keynote address by Josh Linkner.

Josh Linkner
linkner-headshot-2x2Josh Linkner, who started his career as a jazz guitarist, has been the founder and CEO of five tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million.

His is also a deeply experienced business leader, venture capitalist, top-rated keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author and a professional jazz guitarist. He is a world-renowned expert on innovation, disruption and hyper-growth leadership.

12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Past Presidents’ Luncheon and Installation of New President

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Childcare Provided
Pre-registration required.

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Inaugural Celebration
Join us for a delicious buffet dinner and strolling entertainment, then dance the night away to the sounds of the Miami Power Band, accompanied by guest artist Eric Perez on congas and percussion.

Schedule and speakers subject to change.

2018 Annual Conference Information

The 2018 Annual Conference was held August 16-18 at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Fla. 2018 marked 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 celebrated 50 years of Home Rule. Modeled after the national political rallies, the Home Rule Rally was held Friday afternoon to celebrate “Local Self-government: The Keystone of American Democracy.”  Municipal officials from across the state participated this historic celebration as we stand together, united, in the fight for Home Rule for generations to come! Click here to learn more about how the League and Florida's cities celebrated 50 years of Home Rule.
Presentations from the 2018 Conference 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.) Click here to view minutes from the 2018 Annual Conference. 

2018 Conference Photo Gallery

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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.