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 needs 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. J.D. Cox, District III, City Manager, City of Longwood, Full Member; James L. Gillis, Jr., District II, Deputy City Manager/Public Works Director, City of South Daytona,…

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…

Clermont City Manager Graduates from Leadership Orlando

Darren Gray, Clermont’s city manager, recently graduated from Leadership Orlando, the largest community leadership program in America. The eight-month program helps emerging and established leaders broaden their regional knowledge and experience. Gray, a former Lake County manager who has led the City of Clermont on a number of ground-breaking initiatives including the city’s rebranding as…

Amendment 1

The Florida Legislature placed Amendment 1 on the 2018 general election ballot. If approved by the voters, it will expand the homestead exemption and shift the burden to other taxpayers. The impact of Amendment 1 is expected to cost $644.7 million per year—resulting in either service reductions or tax hikes. Most benefits will only go…

2018 Plantation Onsite Training Session

Nearly 60 attendees gathered at the onsite training session in Plantation on April 4 to discuss social media use in city/county government. Presenters provided an overview of social media, practical city/county uses, how to encourage citizen engagement, best practices and organizational controls.

State of the Cities 2017 Report

What does a city in Florida look like? Is it a beachfront metropolis? A community of rolling fields and farms? A weathered and cozy fishing village? Is it a high-tech hub of research and innovation? A forested gem of nature trails and wildlife? A buzzing center of world travelers and students? Is it a downtown of…

ICMA Coaching Program Webinar: “Creating a Culture for Cultivating Talent and Results

This has been rescheduled to June 20. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT (1:00-2:30 p.m. ET), Thursday, May 10 Register now for this no-charge webinar: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fattendee.gotowebinar.com%2Fregister%2F7583614659167558658&data=01%7C01%7Ccrussell%40flcities.com%7Cad80773fadb84064b23308d599890cfc%7C2d642e08dfa4427d864657d423c7c43e%7C0&sdata=tDj4jIs039jOuL%2FFbm4lc0yKEs6KoQC4kRx8UI%2FkvuI%3D&reserved=0 Topics: How can you retool your organizational culture and design your workplace for better results? What are practical steps to make your agency better able to attract, grow, and…

April 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. Advanced Disposal, District II, Contact: Kelly Swisher, Municipal Marketing & Government Affairs Manager, Corporate Member; Cari A. Branco, District VI, Assistant City Manager, City of…

March 2018 President’s Message

First, hearty congratulations goes out to Shaunna and Casey Cook on the birth of Collins Montgomery Cook. As first-time parents, they can look forward to all of the joys, lack of sleep and new adventures that come with babies. The FCCMA Nominating Committee met last Friday, March 23rd in Orlando to interview candidates and make…

FCCMA’s 2018 Spring Symposium

By Kristina King, FCCMA Student Member FCCMA’s 2018 Spring Symposium “Ad Valorem Taxes and Alternative Revenue Sources,” was held at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Cohen Center on March 16th. This event, co-sponsored by the FGCU ICMA Student Chapter, focused on recent legislative actions and their potential impacts for local governments, identifying and utilizing alternative revenue…

March 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. Douglas Baber, District IV, Human Resources Manager, St. Lucie County, Affiliate Member; Laura Karpaviciute, District V, Management Analyst, City of Tamarac, Affiliate Member; Tonya Elliott Moore,…

February 2018 President’s Message

In these times of political controversy at all levels of government, the great work of so many hard working, dedicated and professional public servants often goes unnoticed. However, you have two opportunities coming up that you can use to refocus some of the public’s attention to the good things that are being done. These include…

Looking to Hiring Someone?

The Student Council Sub-Committee has recently attended job fairs at the University of North Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University. This gave FCCMA the chance to share not only opportunities in local government through internships, part-time and/or full-time employment, but also the importance of local government management, FCCMA as an organization, and how to access…

Growth Management Workshops

Growth Management Workshops will be held in March in Broward County. On Thursday, March 22, there will be a planning administration best practices series. On Friday, March 23, there will be a growth management planning officials symposium. Gene Boyles, Senior Fellow of the Program for Resource Efficient Communities, University of Florida, will be the presenter.…

In Memoriam of Thomas Moffses, Sr.

Mr. Thomas Moffses passed away on February 5, in Madison, FL. He was a former city manager in Madison and a past FCCMA member. He served as the District II Director from 2000 – 2004. Funeral Services were held on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church with Father…

2017 Local Government Financial Information Handbook

The Florida Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) has published the December 2017 edition of the Local Government Financial Information Handbook.  This year marks the third time that the publication will only be available online. Note: The slightly later release date has allowed EDR to incorporate more up-to-date information than usual. The Local…

February 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, they will be invoiced for dues. Sarah M. Anderson, District II, City Manager, City of Madison, Full Member; Jeff Bremer, District IV, Deputy County Administrator, St. Lucie County, Full Member; Kelly…

Attack on Home Rule

By Terry Stewart, City Administrator, City of Arcadia Hello. The City of Arcadia and I trust the month of January has been a great start to 2018. There is much happening in the city, but this month, your city council believes it’s important to inform you of a political dynamic at the state level that…

FCCMA Student Council Participates at UNF Career Fair

On Friday, January 26th the FCCMA Student Council Sub-Committee attended the Osprey Career Fair held at the University of North Florida with participation from (Left to Right) Auburndale Assistant City Manager Jeff Tillman, Orange Park Town Manager Sarah Campbell, FCCMA President Jim Hanson, Green Cove Springs Assistant City Manager Mike Null. The Student Council Sub-Committee…

January 2018 INNOVATION EDGE

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation Make the Most of your TLG Conference Experience, Presented by nextERA Virtual Free Event | Feb. 6, 1-2 PM Attending the 2018 Transforming Local Government Conference (April 3-6 in Tacoma, WA) for the first time? We’ve got you covered in a virtual session just for…

January 2018 President’s Message

Planning for upcoming training has come together and there will be more events in the next two months than any other time of year. Thanks are due to so many of you that have worked hard to make them happen. Next up will be the Winter Institute on February 15-16. Registration is already sold out…

Building Communities of Inclusion

Join FAU, FIU and NSU for an engaging and intellectual networking session to learn more about initiatives, projects and programs focused on building communities of inclusion. This event will be held March 1, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the FAU Davie Campus, 3200 College Avenue, Liberal Arts Building in Davie. This is a free…

FCCMA Pioneers Student Chapter Engagement Effort at Upcoming Conference

FCCMA’s new Student Chapter Summit will feature special sessions for MPA students enrolled at Florida universities. Posted on BLOG POST | Jan 4, 2018 by Kea’erra Wilson, assistant program manager, Next Generation Initiatives, ICMA The Florida City/County Management Association’s (FCCMA) 2018 Annual Conference will feature special free programming for ICMA Student Chapter members enrolled at Florida…

ICMA – Local Government Management Fellowship

The Local Government Management Fellowship (LGMF) application has closed and finalists will soon be available for host governments to interview! Mentor programs like the LGMF and other management fellowships help build the talent pool for the entire profession, so help build a legacy! For more information, please visit icma.org/lgmf. If you are interested in bringing on…

January 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, they will be invoiced for dues. Charlotte Bingham, District VI, Masters in Public Administration, Florida Gulf Coast University, Student Member; Jessica Bleser, District VII, Fiscal Services Director, Pasco County, Affiliate Member; Elise…

December 2017 President’s Message

The FCCMA had a great year in 2017 and we are looking forward to an even better 2018. One of the top priorities you identified in the annual survey over a year ago was training. In recent months, the number of training opportunities was not only increased, but also the range of topics, locations and…

2018 Urban Forestry Institute: Natural Disaster Preparation and Response Conference

The 2018 Urban Forestry Institute: Natural Disaster Preparation and Response Conference will be held February 5-7, at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, Wimauma, FL 33598. Natural disasters ranging from hurricane storm surges to drought-induced wildfires have ravaged urban forests across the United States this past year. While it is uncertain when…

December 2017 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, they will be invoiced for dues. Alexander Badall, District II, BS in Public Administration/Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida, Student Member; Garrison “Garry” Brumback, District VII, City Manager, City of Treasure…

City of Palm Coast Internship Program

In the summer of 2016, the City of Palm Coast hired two interns to design a formalized internship program for city departments. This included the implementation and marketing process for recruiting college students to work within our local government. A key component of the recruitment process was our partnership with Flagler Schools. This partnership with…

Downtown Fort Walton Beach Master Plan

By Michael Beedie, City Manager, City of Fort Walton Beach The Downtown FWB Challenge Downtown Fort Walton Beach is at a crossroad. Over the last 15 years, the Okaloosa-Santa Rosa County region has experienced significant population growth due to an influx of military families from Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field as well as…

November 2017 President’s Message

Are you a credentialed manager? If not, you may want to consider becoming one. Credentialing is a way for managers to create an individually tailored plan for lifelong learning and professional development. By taking an Applied Knowledge Assessment, you determine which skills you excel at and where you could use further study. Subjects are broken…

Officials share lessons from Irma with students

By Keith Gibson It was a city and county management “fantasy camp” of sorts at Florida Gulf Coast University Nov. 3 when an all-star panel of Southwest Florida government administrators gathered on campus for a special training program. The forum was organized and hosted by Dr. Robert E. Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Political…

2020 Census LUCA Technical Training Sessions Have Been Scheduled in Your Area

These free programs will be presented by the U.S. Census Bureau Atlanta Regional Office Geography Department.  You may find the schedule and register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020LUCATECHNICAL PURPOSE The purpose of the Local Update of Census Address (LUCA) trainings are to provide the technical details for participation, including map and address list updating, geocoding, and other details.…

November 2017 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, they will be invoiced for dues. Paula Baracaldo, District VII, Assistant to the County Administrator, Pasco County, Affiliate Member; Al Braithwaite, District VII, City Manager, City of Oldsmar, Full Member; Lisa…

Internships: A Hidden Asset in Your Community

By Jamie Titcomb, Town Manager Ocean Ridge During my 20-plus years in public service positions, I’ve always been a passionate advocate for utilizing our best hidden asset we have right in our communities: our bright, motivated, earnest and energetic youth! They are all around us, in our high schools, colleges and vocational/technical programs. How many…

October 2017 President’s Message

One of FCCMA’s priorities this year is to increase the amount and type of training offered. The Professional Development Committee has prepared training on a variety of subjects in different venues with a focus on low-cost and high value. This is particularly important for those of us from smaller cities with limited travel budgets and…

ICMA Coaching Program Topics

The ICMA Coaching Program develops webinar topics through the ICMA State Association and Outreach Coaching Partners and their affiliates. ICMA begins with suggestions received and then invites the Partners to use an online survey in November to prioritize them, advise about scheduling issues, and recommend presenters. ICMA looks for a diversity of topics and presenters…

2017 Lake City Onsite Training Session

FCCMA held an onsite training session in Lake City on Friday, October 6th. The topic was “Infrastructure Financing for Utilities.” Pictured from left to right: Greg Lang, Mittauer & Associates; Dave Mecusker, Lake Butler; Joanne Luther, Live Oak; John-Paul Ledford, Starke; Sara Owen, Lake Butler; Bob Milner, Starke; Eddie Quinn, FATHOM; Jason Shefler, Mittauer &…

Certified Public Manager Program

Dates The Level 1 class is scheduled for Tuesday-Friday, Nov 28-Dec 1, 2017. Schedule The class will run from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. There will be morning and afternoon breaks, plus an hour and 15 minutes for lunch. Location The class will be held at the Rohde Building, 401 N.W. 2 Avenue, Miami, FL…

October 2017 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, they will be invoiced for dues. Jennifer Bramley, District VII, City Manager, City of Dunedin, Full Member; Joe N. Halman, Jr., District VIII, Deputy County Manager, Polk County, Full Member; Boniswa Joseph, District…

September 2017 President’s Message

Hurricane Irma is now past and, while the cleanup and rebuilding will continue for weeks or months, we should take a minute to reflect on all that we have been through. As managers, some of our biggest challenges are in responding to natural disasters. If you have worked in Florida for very long, it’s likely…

In Memoriam of Hugh Williams

Hugh David Williams, 83, of Merritt Island, passed away on September 20, 2017 at A&M Assisted Living Facility in West Melbourne. He was a member of FCCMA for 38 years and an honorary member since 2004. He spent his lifetime devoted to city/town management beginning his career in the 1960’s in his native Pennsylvania. During…

Parliamentary Procedure Webinar

Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (EDT) Course fee: $95 Are your meetings out of control, lengthy, confusing? Parliamentary procedure is a useful tool for conducting meetings, assuring fairness, and completing business in an orderly manner. People who are knowledgeable about Robert’s Rules of Order can improve the quality of meetings and frequently affect…

Congratulations to Bruce Haddock on His Retirement

FCCMA District VII Director Matthew Campbell, Kenneth City Town Manager, presented a resolution to Bruce Haddock, Oldsmar City Manager, at the September 19th Council meeting. The resolution recognized Bruce for his public service upon the occasion of his retirement from the City of Oldsmar. A RESOLUTION OF THE FLORIDA CITY AND COUNTY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (FCCMA)…

ICMA Webinar: Tools to Resolve Tough Issues in Your Community

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, November 9, 2017 Register now for this no-charge webinar open to all persons interested in local government: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6993253872327827714            Topics: What are challenging, controversial issues that local governments face? What are best practices that local government professionals can apply to help their communities resolve them? What are effective…

September 2017 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, they will be invoiced for dues. Marcus Roman, District V, Masters of Public Administration, Florida International University Student Member; and Jacob Schrader, District I, Masters of Public Administration, Troy University, Student…

2017 Interns for Local Government

Here is your chance to give back!  The LGIP is beginning its fifth year. Last year we placed 13 interns in local governments from Fort Lauderdale to North Florida and from New Smyrna Beach to Clearwater. The premier leadership fraternity at the University of Florida, Florida Blue Key and the Bob Graham Center for Public…

Charlotte County Wins NACIO Best in Class Award

By Brian Gleason, Communications Manager, Administration – Public Information Office, Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners Charlotte County’s CC-TV earned the National Association of County Information Officers’ Best in Class Award in the Audio/Visual category for its video featuring singer Justin Timberlake’s hit song, “Can’t Stop The Feeling.” CC-TV Television Production Specialist Todd Dunn and…

Florida Supreme Court May Decide Fate of Liens Recorded After Foreclosure Judgments

James Ober v. Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Fourth District Court of Appeals, Case No. 4D14-4597 (Broward County Circuit Court, Case Number CACE 14-006782 (05)). Real estate investors, municipalities, and community associations may gain some clarity about post-judgment liens if the Florida Supreme Court decides to hear Ober v. Town of Lauderdale By-the-Sea, Case No.: 4D14-4597 (Fla.…

August 2017 INNOVATION EDGE

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation All Up in Your Face Technology can help train employees and foster organizational development, but virtual experiences like webinars and online networks cannot replace the community cohesion that occurs when workers learn together in person. Communities of practice, or learning networks, gather employees in the…