Succession Planning & Knowledge Transfer

The ICMA Coaching Program will hold a free webinar on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., ET on “Succession Planning & Knowledge Transfer.”   Advance registration required for this no-charge webinar. Webinar topics: What challenges do local governments face in succession planning? What are effective strategies to attract, prepare, and retain…

November 2016 Message from the Executive Director

Does having a professional city or county manager in charge make a difference?  Are Florida’s cities and counties in better shape because professionals are steering the ship?  If you answered “yes”, you agree having a professional leading the way does make the difference. Running a city or county is difficult because cities do so much. …

October 2016 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.  Gerald Bryan, District V, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Full Member; William Corbett, District VI, Masters of Public Administration, Florida Gulf Coast University,…

ICMA 2016 Service Awards

Congratulations to the 2016 ICMA Local Government Service Award Recipients 40 Years of Service Robert R. Baldwin Christopher W. Chinault George D. Forbes Jim Hanson May Royle Gerald J. Seeber Stephen E. Sorrell Ralph E. Stone Michael D. Wanchick 35 Years of Service Thomas W. Barwin Robert L. Kellogg Maria A. Menendez Carl L. Schwing…

Understanding Green Building Programs, Compliance Requirements and Government Regulations in South Florida

Discovery Channel’s “Project Earth” technical advisor and star Dr. Jennifer Languell will conduct an intensive workshop on “Complying with Local Government Green Building Requirements” on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 in Hollywood, Fla. Local governments are increasingly mandating that new construction is certified by a national or state recognized green building program. Whether it is concern over climate change and…

Strategic Government Resources Leadership Conference 2017

The SGR Leadership Conference will be held January 26th and 27th, 2017 at the Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine, TX. The SGR Leadership Conference focuses on servant leadership, employee development, and innovation in training and recruitment. The goal of the conference is to assist local government organizations in becoming part of the Top 16%. Join SGR in learning from successful,…

Skip the Trip: Charlotte County Implements Online Permitting

Charlotte County, Florida is embracing the sustainable and technologically advanced community of Babcock Ranch, being developed by Kitson & Partners. To allow contractors to skip the 90-minute roundtrip to the county’s building department, we have created an online permitting system. The spirit of Babcock Ranch is sustainability, innovation and technology. One of Florida’s largest solar…

September 2016 Innovation Edge

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation Engaging the Community in Public Safety: Examples of Community Policing Concepts by Jason Rollins, Communications Director, Alliance for Innovation The issue of policing in the United States has once again emerged to the top of public discourse. As tragic image after tragic image fills our…

Survival Skills for Managers

The ICMA Coaching Program will hold a free webinar on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., ET on “Survival Skills for Managers.” While managing in local government has many rewards, it also has many challenges. Learn key insights and skills to survive and thrive. Advance registration required for this no-charge webinar.…

Interns for Local Government

Here is your chance to give back!  The LGIP is beginning its fourth year. Last year we placed 13 interns in local governments from the Keys to North Florida and from Volusia to Pinellas. The premier leadership fraternity at the University of Florida, Florida Blue Key and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service are…

Congratulations Lee Feldman

FCCMA congratulates Lee Feldman for becoming ICMA President at the 2016 Conference in Kansas City. He is the second FCCMA member to serve as President of ICMA. He is also a past president of FCCMA. Lee is the city manager of Fort Lauderdale and has also served as city manager in the cities of Palm Bay…

ICMA Virtual Conference

If you cannot join us in Kansas City, consider joining us online through the Virtual Annual Conference. Although the ICMA Virtual Conference is not a substitute for the “on-the-ground” skill-building, networking, and social opportunities that ICMA’s Annual Conference offers, you and your staff can still experience some of the highlights through the virtual conference. Broadcasting…

September 2016 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.  Samantha D. Abell, District I, Deputy City Manager, City of Gulf Breeze, Full Member; W. Ajibola Balogun, District V, City Manager, City of West…

August 2016 Message from the Executive Director

As I write this, preliminary election results are starting to trickle in.  I don’t know about you, but I need a break from the deluge of political advertisements that we’ve seen in the last two months, whether it’s mail pieces, social media posts, or, my personal favorite, television commercials.  It’s a good thing that I…

August 2016 Innovation Edge

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation Have you heard about Workforce Wednesdays? Read on. In the Fall of 2015, the Local Government Research Collaborative (LGRC) released a report and subsequent webinar, Red Tape to Green Tape, that looked at why grievance policies are important and the impact they can have on all levels of…

Clermont’s Master Plan Wins State Award

The City of Clermont and GAI’s Community Solutions Group in Orlando have been recognized by the Florida Redevelopment Association (FRA) for outstanding redevelopment achievements for the visionary master plan developed for the city’s downtown-waterfront district. The FRA presents awards annually to projects that exhibit the best practices in Florida development during the past year. The…

Annual Financial Disclosure

Every year, many state and local public officers and employees receive automatic fines because they file their annual financial disclosure forms late or not at all. The Commission wants to help people avoid getting fined—compliance with the filing requirement is the goal. Here’s what you need to know: Annual Financial Disclosure must be filed or…

Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) Overtime Regulations

Last year, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime regulations. The proposal generated significant interest with over 290,000 comment letters being filed in the proceeding. Because the proposed changes were expected to have an impact on local governments, the National League of Cities (NLC) and other local…

Pokemon: Friend or Foe

Launched July 6 – just six short weeks ago – PokemonGo has made more than $200 million and has more than 20 million users – likely a LOT more.  Some counties are taking advantage and exposing players to government services while for other counties it just increasing the burden. So what is PokemonGO exactly? The…

A Call to Action Update: Engaging Elected Officials

Elected officials can play a critical role in drawing young people in to the public sector. FCCMA presented a session at the FLC Conference in Hollywood focusing on “What Can Elected Officials do to Attract Young People to Public Service?” In addition to FCCMA President Bobby Green and At-Large Director Ryan Levengood, the panel included the mayors…

Flagler County Crisis Triage and Transport Unit (CTTU)

By Craig Coffey, Flagler County Administrator In April 2014, Flagler County implemented CTTU: Crisis Triage and Transport Unit, a program designed to improve services for adults in mental health crisis who require screening and transport to a Baker Act Receiving Facility, and simultaneously improve utilization of law enforcement resources. CTTU is funded by a grant…

FLC Info Request: Transportation Facility Designations MiniSurvey

Deadline Wednesday, September 21 The FLC Center for Municipal Research & Innovation is seeking information from all 412 Florida cities. The House of Representatives Transportation and Ports Subcommittee has requested information regarding municipalities’ policies on honorary transportation facility designations. The survey is less than five questions and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Even…

August 2016 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.  Dan Carpenter, District VII, Finance Director, City of Indian Rocks Beach, Affiliate Member; Laura Gambino, District V, Citywide Fundraiser, City of Fort Lauderdale, Affiliate…

July 2016 Message from the Executive Director

By Casey Cook, FCCMA Executive Director We’ve almost closed the book on July and boy has it been a hot one! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for the cooler weather that October and November bring. In the association world, summertime means lots of travel, either to conferences or to see members, and hopefully…

Ethics and the Media: Navigating the News in the New Normal

Join award-winning journalist Al Tompkins Monday, August 8th from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm for an engaging,interactive session exploring the changes, challenges and choices of a media revolution that is transforming the foundations of traditional journalism and its ethics. Learn four key questions that will help you “think critically” about the information you  consume online, in the…

A Call to Action Update: Engaging ICMA Student Chapters

Members of the ICMA Student Chapters from both the University of South Florida and University of Central Florida joined the FCCMA Officers on July 22nd to collaborate on issues to help MPA students interested in pursing management careers in local government. The meeting was held at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland during the FCCMA Executive…

July 2016 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.  Kristen Kerr, District I, Management Analyst, City of Tallahassee, Affiliate Member; Noah Powers, District IV, Town Manager, Town of Orchid, Full Member; and Katie Taylor,…

Message from the Executive Director, June 2016

by Casey Cook, FCCMA Executive Director The 2016 FCCMA Annual Conference is in the books!  For those that couldn’t make this year’s conference, the theme was “Growing the Next Generation” and based on the feedback we’ve received, it was one of our best conferences yet!  Please join me in thanking the conference planning committee for…

2016 Newly Credentialed Managers

The following Floridans were recognized at the FCCMA Annual Conference at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista for becoming a newly credentialed manager: Sharon M. Anselmo, City Manager, City of Maitland Bradley S. Arnold, County Administrator, Sumter County Ana M. Garcia, City Manager, City of North Miami Beach Daniel Rosemond, City Manager, Hallandale Beach FCCMA…

2016 Years of Service to FCCMA Awards

5 Years Tory Bombard • Alan J. Cohen • Marie Elianor • James Gleason • Andrew Johnson • Edward Koconis • Ocea Lattimore • John Lege • Raymond Liggins • Rosalyn R. Monroe • Steve Morris • Vernita Nelson • Lee A. Niblock • Jennene Norman-Vacha • James O’Reilly • Troy Parkinson • Sharon P. Ragoonan…

Program Year 2016 – 2017 Board of Directors

At the 2016 annual conference at the Lake Buena Vista Hilton this week, the business meeting and elections resulted in the following new board of directors: President:                           Robert (Bobby) Green, city manager, Auburndale (Polk County) President-elect:                James (Jim) Hanson, ICMA-CM town manager, Orange Park (Clay County) Secretary-Treasurer:      Michael (Mike) Cernech, ICMA-CM, city manager, Tamarac (Broward…

FCCMA Announces 2016 Award Recipients

At the association’s annual conference at the Lake Buena Vista Hilton in Orlando, the Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA) presented its 2016 awards to the following individuals: President’s Award (Given by the president in appreciation for someone who has unswervingly supported the profession of city and county management) Kurt Bressner, ICMA-CM, statewide coordinator,…

2016 Exhibitors and Sponsors at the Annual Conference

The Florida City and County Management Association would like to thank the following exhibitors and sponsors for their participation in the 2016 Annual Conference at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. The Association appreciates the many years of support and your part in making it a good experience for all of the members. 5i Solutions,…

2016 CityStats Survey Responses Needed

The annual CityStats survey is the cornerstone of most research and analysis done at the Florida League of Cities. The 2016 survey is now being conducted online via survey links that were emailed to each city’s designated key official on Monday, May 9. Your survey link is unique to your city. If the link was…

June 2016 Innovation Edge

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation Blueprint Chesterfield: Building a Better Community At the TLG Conference that was held this month in St. Paul, Minnesota, Chesterfield County, Virginia, staff from did a follow-up presentation to the study they presented last year. Presenter Natalie Spillman, budget and management analyst for the county, said,…

Congratulations to FCCMA Member Jane Shang

Jane Shang, city manager of Deltona was selected by the Volusia League of Cities to receive the 2016 City Manager of the Year Award. The Volusia League of Cities determines the recipient based upon outstanding leadership that makes their city and Volusia County a better place to live. In her first year as city manager,…

Global Executive Online Masters of Public Administration

The School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University-Newark has developed the first completely online, international, executive-level graduate degree in the field. The Global Executive Online Master’s of Public Administration (GEOMPA) program consists of 30 credits of coursework over two years, with all 10 courses offered online to executive-level student groups around the…

Florida Business Watch Affiliate Spotlight

florida business watch logo FINALFlorida Business Watch (FBW) and FCCMA together create a strong government/business network, able to speak with one unified voice on issues affecting Florida’s cities and counties. FBW is a non-profit trade association designed to assist cities and counties in Tallahassee and help local government and its corporate partners work together through training and education.

June 2016 New Members

The following membership applications have been received. If no current member comes forth with a reason why these applicant should not be approved as members, he/she will be invoiced for dues.  William Alonso, District V, City Manager, City of Miami Springs, Full Member; John Alvarez, District V, Procurement Manager, City of Doral, Affiliate Member; Zeriah K.…

Town of South Palm Beach

By Maylee De Jesus, Town Clerk/Assistant to the Town Manager There are 663 miles of beaches around the State of Florida, and 5/8 of a mile belongs to the Town of South Palm Beach. Property values are affected by the condition of the beach, which affects the monies due to municipalities from property taxes that…

Why Kansas City? Kansas City Royals

The ICMA Host Committee invites you to visit the Greater Kansas City Region, for the 102nd Annual Conference, September 25-28, 2016.  Why Kansas City?  Because Kansas City is home to the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals!!! The Kansas City Royals, founded in 1969, compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the American League…

Florida Association Prioritizes the Next Generation

Reprinted with permission from the May 2016 issue of Public Management (PM) magazine published and copyrighted by ICMA (International City/County Management Association), Washington, D.C. By Ratna Okhai As baby boomer managers continue to retire, there are fewer Generation X professionals (those born between 1964 and 1977) prepared to fill their positions. Research suggests that millennials…

2016 CityStats Survey Now Underway

The annual CityStats survey is the cornerstone of most research and analysis done at the Florida League of Cities. Now in its sixth year, the CityStats survey has allowed for analysis of municipal government policies and programs by both League staff and university research institutes. The 2016 survey is now being conducted online via survey…

Survey on Recruiting and Retaining Well-Qualified Finance Directors and Financial Administration Professionals

Government Services Group is asking your help on completing the survey with the link below. “A number of local governments throughout Florida have experienced difficulty recruiting and retaining well qualified Finance Directors and financial administration professionals.  This is particularly true of smaller governments who may only require part time support and be challenged to meet…

Transitions

By Lynn Tipton, FCCMA Executive Director Just over 20 years ago I attended my first FCCMA board meeting as the new executive director.  It was both a welcoming and intimidating weekend at the same time – but it feels like it was just a few short years ago.  How did the span of a generation…

Drones in Your City: Navigating State and Federal Law

Join the Florida League of Cities us for a FREE webinar on June 16, 2016 at 2:00 PM EDT. Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6477217875397903362 It has never been easier for governments, companies, and citizens to obtain small unmanned aircraft systems, or “drones,” that are easy to fly. The potential for these devices to assist in government operations…

Congratulations Ken!

Ken Small is retiring from the Florida League of Cities after 31 years.  Many of you know Ken and have had the pleasure of working with and learning from him over the years.  Ken is a former city manager, a past Executive Director of the Association, and an honorary member of FCCMA, but more importantly,…

ICMA Code of Ethics: Tenet 3

ICMA began a review of the ICMA Code of Ethics and Guidelines in 2013.  This year, Tenet 3 is being reviewed.  ICMA is asking members to submit their comments.  Below is Tenet 3 and the Guidelines for the Tenet. Tenet 3.  Be dedicated to the highest ideals of honor and integrity in all public and…

Celebrating 50 Years!

By Lynn Lovallo, FCCMA former Executive Assistant With a voice that one ever tires of hearing, great stories have been told to me and others by Earl (Bud) Parmer.  Bud is celebrating 50 years of membership with FCCMA; and those of us lucky enough to know him, have enjoyed hearing his stories of the early…

Congratulations to Betty Baker!

The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) bestowed the organization’s highest honor upon FCCMA member, Betty Baker, during its national convention held April 13-17 2016 in Portland Oregon. The NFBPA is an organization of more than 2,600 members representing 350-plus local, state and federal jurisdictions. Its mission is to strengthen the position of African…

May 2016 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.  Bud Bentley, District V, Town Manager, Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Full Member; John Paul Bodner, Special Projects Manager, Horry County, SC, Affiliate Member; Jack A. Butler,…

Flagler County 2016 Onsite Training Session

The Florida City and County Management Association is holding an onsite training session at the Flagler County Emergency Services, 1769 E. Moody Boulevard, Building #3 in Bunnell on Friday, April 29th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. “A dynamic regional training program (the last one before the FCCMA Conference) has been prepared for FCCMA members…

Norm Hickey, FCCMA 60-Year Member

By Ken Parker, ICMA Liaison For sixty years, Norman Hickey has been a member of FCCMA.  He joined FCCMA when he came to Florida in 1956 to be the Assistant City Manager in Fort Lauderdale.  Norm’s public service career allowed him to serve in cities and counties from Florida to California and to work internationally…

Better Sure Than Sorry: What’s On Your Wall?

By Lynn Tipton, FCCMA Executive Director There have been a few headlines lately related to actions taken by local government managers across the state that might seem to land in an ethically gray area.  Despite the specific narrative within each of the ICMA Code of Ethics tenets (which is also the FCCMA Code of Ethics),…

University of Central Florida Internship Program Overview

Learning Objectives The course is designed to introduce, teach, or reinforce one or more of the adapted National Association of Schools of Public Administration (NASPAA) universal required competencies: The ability to lead and manage in public and nonprofit governance The ability to participate in and contribute to the policy process The ability to analyze, synthesize,…

What Makes Charlotte County Special

By Kelly Shoemaker, Deputy County Administrator, Charlotte County When I read the article Eleven Signs a City Will Succeed my brain went in a number of different directions. James Fallows’ article in the March 2016 issue of The Atlantic summarized his 54,000-mile journey around America in a single-engine plane. In his experience you can tell…

Ethics in Action

Need FCCMA ethics training hours? Plan to join in on Thursday May 19, for the next webinar in the ICMA Coaching Program Series: ETHICS IN ACTION Date: Thursday May 19, 2016 Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM, ET (1:00 – 2:30 PM, PT) Registration is free! Pre-registration is required. Learn More and Register at icma.org/coachingwebinars. Can’t…

Special Tuition Award for Florida City and County Management Association Members

Nova Southeastern University’s Huizenga College of Business is pleased to announce a special award for FCCMA members that is worth up to $6,200 off the published tuition rate when they enroll in an undergraduate or graduate business degree program (depending on courses format). The $6,200 tuition award is applied over the duration of the degree program. Award eligibility verification…

Gene Strickland, FCCMA 50-Year Member

Congratulations to Gene Strickland for 50 years of membership in FCCMA! His story began in a barber’s chair in 1964.  His barber, Smitty, was a City Commissioner City of Daytona Beach. He had graduated from FSU and completed his Army Reserve active duty obligation.  He was working an indoor finance job for General Electric but…

April 2016 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.  Tracey T. Barlow, District II, City Manager, City of Edgewater, Full Member; Lenox Bramble, District VI, Assistant City Manager, City of Venice, Full Member; Latrina…

Seminole County Government Provides a Grant to Leadership Seminole to establish a Seminole County Task Force on Homelessness

By Valmarie Turner, Director, Department of Community Services, Seminole County In November 2014, Leadership Seminole hosted Seminole Vision V – a platform that creates the environment in which community leaders come together to address challenges and capitalize on opportunities in Seminole County.  Over 100 Community Leaders unanimously decided that reducing homeless was a top community…

Kansas City Barbecue is Smokin’!!!

The ICMA Host Committee invites you to visit the Greater Kansas City Region, for the 102nd Annual Conference, September 25-28, 2016.  Why Kansas City?  Because Kansas City Barbecue is Smokin’!!! Legend has it that Kansas City barbecue began in the early 1900s in an old trolley barn at 19th and Highland.  A fellow named Henry…

70 Years: Grateful for Leaders and Members

By Lynn Tipton, FCCMA Executive Director We often say in the association world that members are the lifeblood.  Can’t really have an association without them!  Your association is celebrating 70 years this year, having been founded in 1946.  (Interesting note:  we found minutes from some type of meeting in 1942, but it appears to have…

Innovations in American Government Award

Applications are now being accepted for the $100,000 Innovations in American Government Awards. Offered by Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Innovations Award is the nation’s premier award for the public sector. It recognizes programs that demonstrate creative and effective government at its best. All units of government — federal,…

Florida Benchmarking Consortium Spring 2016 Conference

The Florida Benchmarking Consortium’s Annual Spring Conference will be held in the City of Oviedo, April 20-22, 2016.  The theme is From Data in Action to “Data IN Action” and will provide attendees with information on how data collected is related to performance measures tracked, and how they are using data to improve internal processes, mine best practices…

The Value of a National Comparative Performance Database

By Randall H. Reid, Southeast Regional Director/Director of Performance Analytics, ICMA “Originally published in Government Finance Review, February 2016, www.gfoa.org.” In this article, ICMA Director of Performance Initiatives Randall Reid reinforces the importance of partnership between local government chief administrators and chief financial officers to lead a renewed, systematic focus on organizational performance. Comparison and…

Kenneth City Re-Birth Well Underway

By Matthew Campbell, Town Manager, Town of Kenneth City Over the past two years, the Town of Kenneth City has experienced tremendous revitalization and re-birth as a desirable, thriving community in the Tampa Bay area.  Following the passage of a 2013 charter modification from a strong mayor to a council-manager form of government, the Town hired…

March 2016 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.  Dale Arrington, District II, City Manager, City of Orange City, Full Member; Zuleyka Castro, District VII, Masters of Public Administration, Student Member; Gaylen Charles, District VII,…

March 2016 Onsite Training Sessions

There will be two onsite training session opportunities in March. The first training will be held March 4th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Palm Beach Gardens EEOC Training Facility. The second training will be held March 18th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Log Cabin in Biscayne Park. The training…

Karla Llanos, FCCMA Student Member

How long have you been a FCCMA member? I have been a FCCMA member since December 2014. Robert E. Lee, not the Commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from 1862, but Dr. Lee from Florida Gulf Coast University is the person responsible for persuading me to join the…

FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY (FGCU) HELPING THE CITY OF BONITA SPRINGS UPDATE THEIR COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

By Karla Llanos, FCCMA Student Member What is a Comprehensive Plan? The Comprehensive Plan is probably one of the most important documents in a city or county. “Comprehensive planning is a process that determines community goals and aspirations in terms of community development” (APA, 2015).  The Comprehensive plan is typically a long range plan that…

Kansas City is the Heartland of America

The ICMA Host Committee invites you to visit the Greater Kansas City Region, for the 102nd Annual Conference, September 25-28, 2016.  Why Kansas City?  Because Kansas City is the heartland of America and a perfect locale to gather local government professionals. The Greater Kansas City Region is a fourteen-county metropolitan area located at the junction…

February 2016 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. Deborah Wells Faust, District VIII, Organization & Employee Development Manager, Polk County, Affiliate Member; Roger Hernstadt, District VI, City Manager, City of Marco Island, Full…

FCCMA Website Update

FCCMA is in the process of redesigning our website. We’ll be upgrading to a software that is more mobile-friendly while also making it easier on you, the member, to find what you’re looking for. In order to make our website as functional as possible, we need your feedback.  Our site is filled with lots of…

“Waters of the US” Rules have Significant Impacts

By Kurt Spitzer, Executive Director, Florida Stormwater Association On August 28, 2015, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers published final rules revising the definitions of Waters of the United States or “WOTUS.”  If implemented as adopted, the new regulations will result in very significant impacts on Florida’s city and county governments, and…

January 2016 Innovation Edge

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation What do an onion, fire pumpers and public records have in common for the city of Phoenix?   These are just a few of the topics that have been deeply discussed and examined for the past year as part of Phoenix’s “CORE” – Comprehensive Organizational Review…

Center for Florida Local Governmanet Excellence

March 2016 Webinar – “Millennials: Notable Practitioners Offer a ‘Different Perspective'”

FCCMA will hold its next webinar March 3rd, 2016 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm on “Millennials: Notable Practitioners Offer a ‘Different Perspective’.” Our new millennium has already experienced more technology changes than the world has seen in the 20 centuries preceding it, and the number of different generations in the workplace has never been greater.…

February Onsite Training in Auburndale

FCCMA will hold an onsite training session in Auburndale on February 25th, 2016 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Eastern Time, at the Auburndale Community Center, 405 Bennett Street. Recently, FCCMA held a webinar on fire assessment fees that was considered by many as one of the more substantive training sessions provided in FCCMA’s webinar series. The…

FCCMA and Strategic Government Resources (SGR) announce new partnership for Florida Manager’s in Transition (MIT)

By Doug Thomas, SGR Regional Manager, and former City Manager of Lakeland, Florida The Florida City/County Management Association (FCCMA) and Strategic Government Resources (SGR) are pleased to announce a new collaborative partnership to assist FCCMA members who are Managers in Transition (MIT) following Board approval on November 6, 2015.  Working with the Association’s MIT Committee,…

Harvard University Innovations in American Government Awards Program Information

Applications are now being accepted for the $100,000 Innovations in American Government Awards. Offered by Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, the Innovations Award is the nation’s premier award for the public sector. It recognizes programs that demonstrate creative and effective government at its best. This year, the Ash Center is…