Congratulations to Ambreen Bhatty

North Lauderdale City Manager Ambreen Bhatty was recognized by the Broward County Commission with a proclamation by Commissioner Michael Udine designating October 30, 2018 as “Ambreen Bhatty Day for her 25 years of service in local government. Sunrise City Manager Richard Salomon, Lauderdale Lakes City Manager Philip Alleyne, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Assistant Town Manager Sharon Ragoonan and…

November 2018 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Jeffrey R. Cole, District VIII, County Manager, Lake County, Full Member; Michael Goodrum, District V, City Manager, City of Coral Springs, Full Member; Zoe Jenkins,…

ICMA Student Chapter at FIU Event

The International City/County Management Association at Florida International University (ICMA@FIU) would like to invite you to an evening celebrating public service. The purpose of the event is for FIU students to learn more about our local government officials and their roles in our community. It is also an opportunity to showcase your expertise and network with other local officials.…

“Gaining Project Support From Your Team, Elected Officials and the Public” — ICMA Coaching Program Webinar

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT (2:00-3:30 p.m. ET), Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Advance registration required for this webinar: Click here to register. Webinar Topics: What’s key to presenting your idea or project effectively? How can everyone play a role in leading and supporting productive change? What can we learn from case studies about how…

Strategic Innovation for Local Governments

By Jason Lawrence, Finance Manager, City of Lake Helen It’s the all the rage in local government management. It’s the newest buzzword thrown around in the City Commission Chamber. It’s the dead horse beaten in the City Manager’s suite. Department heads live or die by it. But what is Strategic Innovation, really? At its core,…

October 2018 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Maria T. Bassett, District V, Finance Director/Deputy Village Manager, Islamorada, Village of Islands, Full Member; Howard Brown, Former City Manager, City of Bell, CA, Affiliate…

September 2018 President’s Message

I am proud to be a part of an ethical profession. Have you fulfilled your four hour ethics requirement for FCCMA membership for the year ending September 30, 2018? If you have, I hope you have logged it on your profile page on the FCCMA website. If you have not logged your hours, please take…

Congratulations to the City of Tallahassee

The City of Tallahassee received the ICMA Community Partnership Award for the category of 50,000 and greater population for the Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy. This award is conferred on local governments for their innovative programs or processes. The Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy grew out of Tallahassee’s summer youth program in 2014 when Mayor Andrew Gillum…

I’m Sorry, Can You Repeat That?

By Brian R Moree, City Manager, City of Atlantis We’ve all been there.  Carefully crafted an email only to have it misinterpreted. A report our team spent hours preparing is relegated to the “Let me read this and get back to you” pile. Realized barely into a 25-slide presentation that the individuals you were most…

Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) 2018 Local Government Financial Information Handbook

The Florida Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) has published the 2018 edition of the Local Government Financial Information Handbook.  This report is produced annually by EDR to serve as a reference for many of the revenue sources available to local governments.  It contains items useful for local government budgeting purposes, including descriptions…

ELGL Pop Up Conference

Join fellow local government from around the State of Florida in a one-day event focused on innovation, leadership, and resiliency from experts from around the state. The Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) network will hold its pop-up conference on October 12, 2018 in Miami. The conference fee is $50 for ELGL members and $90 for…

Florida Redevelopment Association Holds Annual Conference

The 2018 conference will be held Wednesday, October 24, to Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Sanibel Marriott in Fort Myers.  Please visit www.redevelopment.net for registrations, program and sponsorship opportunities.  A tour of downtown Fort Myers’ Historic District and CRA will be held on Wednesday morning, and the opening plenary session features Gypsy Gillardo, CEO…

Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at UCF 13th Annual Public Administration Research Conference

Call for Proposals The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management (CPNM) at the University of Central Florida’s School of conference will be held March 1, 2019 at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center on the UCF campus in Orlando, Florida. The theme, “Evidence-Based Policymaking: Using Big Data to Evaluate Public Sector Innovation and Improve Organizational Performance,” focuses on important…

September 2018 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Alpha Foundations Specialist Inc., District I, Contact: Eric Sharkey, Commercial Consultant, Corporate Member; Ashlie Clopein, District VI, Master of Public Administration, Florida Gulf Coast…

ICMA Student Chapter Updates

by Milo Zonka, Senior Director, Admin & Finance, Brevard County Two Florida university chapters have reported their 2017-18 results to ICMA in recent months. Active student chapters are required to submit annual reports on their activities. Florida International University chapter The chapter held several events over the past year: ICMA@FIU collaborated with the FIU Master…

UCF Coastal Road Tour: Jacksonville

Thursday, Sept. 20 | 6:30 p.m. Location: Gilbert’s Southern Kitchen and Bar 831 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 Coastal communities (anyone living within 100 miles of a coastline) account for 40 percent of the nation’s population and generate more than $7.9 trillion in economic activity. UCF Coastal is leading a world-class effort to…

Florida Stormwater Association 2018 Winter Conference

The Florida Stormwater Association will hold its 2018 Winter Conference from December 5-7, 2018 at The B Resort, 1905 Hotel Boulevard in Lake Buena Vista. There will be two days of preeminent stormwater education presented by accomplished stormwater professionals throughout Florida. This year there will also be two Pre-Conference events – the biennial “DEP Day”…

Carl Smart, Assistant County Manager for Public Safety and Community Service, Alachua County

How long have you been a FCCMA member?  Approximately two years. Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long?  Five years. Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. B.S.  Management; M.S. Sustainability/Economics. What got you interested in public service?  Opportunity to be of service and job stability. What is your current occupation?  Assistant…

Critical Issues in the Workplace Fall 2018 Webinar Series

The Florida State University Florida Institute of Government is launching a new webinar series on current workplace concerns and ways to improve employee productivity and promote a safe and balanced work environment. Top experts review state and federal laws, provide real-world examples and case studies, offer findings from current research, and share personal experiences to…

2018 Healthy Community Champions

The Florida Department of Health is proud to recognize 46 communities as 2018 Healthy Community Champions. Florida’s county and municipal governments play an important role in improving the health of all communities and people. Local governments have implemented a variety of policies that have been shown to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. Between February…

August 2018 Innovation Edge

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation With the 25th anniversary of the Alliance’s Transforming Local Government conference coming up next April, we’re looking for the brightest and best municipal innovators to share their successes! Download the application to present your Showcase Innovation (formerly known as case studies) at TLG next year…

August 2018 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Andy Anderson, District III, Acting Deputy City Manager, City of Palm Bay, Full Member; Marcia Andresen, District VIII, Health and Human Services Division Director,…

Honest Services Act

The John Scott Dailey Institute of Government at Florida State University is offering a webinar on the Honest Services Act. This webinar will be held August 28th at 10:00 a.m. for $75. Ethics training is good, but it is not enough! In this one-hour webinar, leading county attorney Herb Thiele explains the Honest Services Act and…

Getting Involved in Legislative Advocacy

I was recently asked, “John, why did you get involved in legislative advocacy?” My background in public service, prior to becoming a city manager, was in economic development, community redevelopment, brownfields redevelopment and planning.  While I generally understood the legislative process and the difference between Dillon’s Rule and Home Rule, I didn’t become more involved…

July 2018 President’s Message

Greetings FCCMA members and let me wish all of you a great and hurricane free summer! Much is going on with FCCMA, our committees are in action, doing the business of our organization. Your Board of Directors is also busy, developing the training schedule for your districts preparing for our long slate of yearly activities…

Cooperating with USF

By Steve Spina, City Manager, Zephyrhills Internships, mentoring programs and classroom projects provide valuable learning experiences for students participating in them, but bring real and substantial benefits to the local governments investing in them and working with these students. The City of Zephyrhills has partnered with the University of South Florida Master of Administration (MPA)…

ICMA Women Leading Government Florida

Join your colleagues on August 17 at the Le Meridien in Tampa, Florida for a day-long professional development workshop on advancing women in the local government profession. The session will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET. The speakers are: Joyce E. Bono – Joyce Bono is the W. A. McGriff III Professor…

Investing in Interns

By Gina Peebles, Assistant County Manager, Alachua County Does your local government invest in interns?  According to Forbes (Dec. 6, 2011), there are five reasons you should: New perspective on organizational issues Ease of use with technology It’s a trial period that could lead to something more Help with projects or tasks that you’re struggling…

July 2018 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Reese Goad, District I, Interim City Manager, City of Tallahassee, Full Member; Sane Haidara, District VII, Master of Public Administration, University of South Florida,…

FCCMA 2018 Sponsors and Exhibitors

The Florida City and County Management Association thanks the following sponsors and exhibitors. SIGNATURE Public Risk Insurance Agency DIAMOND Benecon Florida Municipal Insurance Trust Florida PACE Funding Government Services Group, Inc. ICMA Retirement Corporation Inframark Johnson Controls, Inc. Magellan Advisors, LLC Management Partners National Water Main Cleaning Company Real Estate Asset Disposition Corp. SeeClickFix VC3…

2017 – 2018 Newly-Credentialed Managers

Congratulations to the ICMA Newly-Credentialed Managers! Rafael Casals, Town Manager, Cutler Bay Charles Chapman, County Administrator, Hendry County Robbie Chartier, County Administrator, Okeechobee County Joseph Helfenberger, Saint Cloud Ramiro Inguanzo, Assistant Village Manager, Bal Harbour Juan Jimenez, Assistant Town Manager, Bay Harbor Islands Brad Johnson, Deputy City Manager, Lakeland Douglas Lewis, City Manager, Pinellas Park

FCCMA 2018 Awards and Scholarships Recipients

Richard (Dick) Simmons Lifetime Achievement Award A. William Moss, City Manager, Naples President’s Award Gene Strickland, Former City Manager, Lakeland If You Care, You Do! Mark Cunningham, Assistant County Administrator, Sarasota County Mark Ryan, City Manager, Indian Harbour Beach Michael J. Roberto Award for Career Development Carl Schwing, Former City Manager, Bonita Springs Award for…

FCCMA 2018 Years of Service Award Recipients

Five Years Heather Bacus Michele L. Baker Courtney Barker Michael D. Beedie Andrew D. Berns Bolton Partners, Inc. Lori S. Bonino Matthew Campbell Rafael G. Casals Mark A. Cunningham Lee Evett Charity Good Jeffrey Green Ryan Henderson Lisa Hendrickson Richard Johnson Kevin Keogh Richard J. Lemack Douglas A. Lewis Stefan Massol Maria A. Menendez Nick…

June 2018 President’s Message

It is both an honor and a privilege to serve as your 2018/2019 FCCMA President and lead the Board of Directors. Your FCCMA Executive Committee, District Directors and At-Large Directors have all committed to make the 2018/2019 board year FCCMA’s best ever. The bar has been set very high, year after year each President and…

FCCMA welcomes the Florida Municipal Communicators Association (FMCA)

A new association dedicated entirely to the communication efforts of Florida’s municipal governments officially launched this week. The Florida Municipal Communicators Association (FMCA) is a professional network of individuals providing communications leadership and support in Florida’s cities, towns and villages. The only association of its kind in Florida, the FMCA offers communications professionals opportunities to…

In Remembrance of Betty Baker

Betty Baker passed away at the age of 69 in Gainesville on June 24, 2018. She has been a FCCMA member since 2002. She served as administrative services director and deputy county manager before becoming manager in July 2013. She was the first African-American county manager to serve Alachua County. After retiring from Alachua County,…

June 2018 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. Issac R. Brownman, District VI, Director, Public Works, Town of Longboat Key, Affiliate Member; Cheryl Kleen, District IV, Bachelor of Public Management, Florida Atlantic University,…

FCCMA Welcomes Emerging Leaders at First ICMA Student Chapter Summit

The following article was printed in the ICMA Newsletter, June 6, 2018. FCCMA organizes a student-only summit developed specifically to engage Florida MPA students. FCCMA scholarship winners from Florida Gulf Coast University (FCCMA, 2018) The ICMA Student Chapter Summit, a new initiative developed by the Florida City/County Management Association (FCCMA) specifically to engage Florida MPA students, took…

In Remembrance of Francis Thomas Kain

Francis Thomas Kain passed away at the age of 95 in Daytona Beach on May 31, 2018. He served in local governments throughout Florida and Georgia from 1951 – 1987. He served as deputy clerk in Miami-Dade County, assistant city manager in Vero Beach, assistant public works director, public works director and assistant city manager…

Public Records Management and Parliamentary Procedure

The Florida Institute of Government announces two new courses in its online learning community. Public Records Management Parliamentary Procedure are now available! These two vitally important courses are the first of many that will be launched in the coming months. All courses in the Institute’s Online Learning Community are available 24/7. Visit the IOG website for more…

May 2018 President’s Message

It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as your President over the last year. It has provided an opportunity to pay back so many others who have helped me during my 41-year career managing local governments. Many of those have passed, so the best way to give back is to “pay it…

ICMA 2018 Southeast Regional Summit

FCCMA distributed copies of the Ethics Matter posters at the recent ICMA Southeast Regional Summit. These posters were a joint project of the Gainesville Sun and FCCMA. Florida leads the way in its commitment to ethics! Pictured are FCCMA President Jim Hanson, ICMA President David Johnstone and ICMA SE Regional Director Randy Reid.

Leading Resilient Communities

Please join the Riley Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston and the Government Finance Officers Association for a two-day conference with other local government leaders from around the country to learn more about building and leading resilient communities and the GFOA’s new Financial Sustainability Framework. The conference will take place June 28-29, 2018 in Charleston, SC.…

Tuition Awards from Nova Southeastern University

Interested in receiving a Master of Public Administration? Nova Southeastern University offers an MPA in State and Local Administration. This program can be completed in as little as 21 months and requires 42 credit hours to graduate. It begins four times annually in January, March, August or October. Nova’s MPA program offers Saturday classes, and…

May 2018 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicants should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues. David Bridle, District III, Masters of Public Administration, University of Central Florida, Student Member; J.D. Cox, District III, City Manager, City of Longwood, Full Member;  James…

April 2018 President’s Message

The ICMA Southeast Regional Conference was held in Mountain Brook, AL last week. The annual vote was held by representatives of the eleven southeast states for one of the three ICMA Southeast Board members. I was surprised to find that there were only two applicants from the Southeast Region. We have several rules about who…

2018 Palm Coast Onsite Training Session

Attendees gathered at the onsite training session in Palm Coast on April 20 to learn how the City of Palm Coast has improved its perception of public service. The city believes that changing the perception of local government needs to be a grassroots effort through real experiences with the next generation. Attendees learned how the…

April 2018 Innovation Edge

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation About 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65 every day over the next 19 years!! Even at retirement, they are looking to retain meaning and purpose in their lives. Is your community ready for this wave of talent? Are your nonprofits ready with meaningful volunteer opportunities?  Attend the…