Funding Opportunity: Transportation investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant Program

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant program, provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. Department of Transportation to invest in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve critical national objectives. Applicants must submit final applications through Grants.gov by April 28, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The Grants.gov “Apply”…

FCCMA 2014 Annual Conference

Don’t miss the Florida City and County Management Association’s annual conference at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando. The theme of this year’s conference is Building Trust and Confidence in Local Government. Kirk Lippold, Commanding Officer of the USS Cole from 1999 to 2001, believes that real leaders aren’t just the people at the top; they…

North Miami Beach Onsite Training Session

Don’t miss the onsite training session that will be held in North Miami Beach on March 14 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Marjory and William McDonald Center, 17051 NE 19th Avenue. The session will review trends in technology and help participants consider steps to “stay ahead of the curve.”   How do we…

MARCH 2014 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. Jason Bowles, District V, Senior Management Fellow, City of Fort Lauderdale, Student Member; Evelyn Calderon, District VI, Master’s of Public Administration, Florida Gulf Coast University,…

Onsite Training Sessions

Register now for an onsite training session. There are two trainings in February and one in March. The first training will be held February 27 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm in Auburndale. The topic is “Water Resources for the Future.” The second training will be held February 28 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm…

Raymond C. Sittig Scholarship

The Raymond C. Sittig Scholarship is an academic scholarship is in honor and memory of Raymond C. Sittig, long-time executive director of the Florida League of Cities and champion of Home Rule powers. Ray came to Florida to become a city manager but instead of working for one city he was a champion for all…

Gettysburg Leadership Institute

The Gettysburg Leadership Institute is a three-day program (April 23-25, 2014) designed for senior managers to study the leadership lessons of Gettysburg. The program will convene 30 senior local government managers to study the leadership lessons of Gettysburg and join in an exploration of personal leadership, organizational effectiveness, disaster management and the lessons of history.…

To Be (a Credentialed Manager) or Not to Be…

by Lynn Tipton, Executive Director I have had a couple of emails and phone calls this month about Florida’s status nationally with the ICMA Credentialed Manager program and what we use as a nickname: “credentialing.”  The April 1 deadline is looming (no April Fools’ day jokes,  I know!) for this quarter’s review period, and you…

ICMA University Workshop at the FCCMA Annual Conference

Leaders today are immersed in moments of disruptive change. We have entered a “New Order of Things”.  Leaders and the organizations they lead are constantly placed in difficult, awkward and conflict-laden situations.  What are the leadership fundamentals that we need to work on to thrive in “The New Order of Things”? This session will explore in depth…

February Onsite Training Sessions

Two onsite training sessions will be held in February. The first training will be held February 27 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm in Auburndale. The topic is “Water Resources for the Future.” The second training will be held February 28 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm in Palm Springs. The topic is “Get Ready,…

FCCMA Academic Scholarships

FCCMA is offering two scholarships to students toward their education in the public administration field.  The B. Harold Farmer Scholarship and the Raymond C. Sittig Scholarship are $2,500 scholarships awarded to students pursuing a public administration or related degree at a Florida-based university. The students must be enrolled in the program during the summer or…

George Brown, New District IV Board Member

Upon the resignation of Rich Reade, District IV Director, the decision was made to accelerate the election process to fill the seat rather than have a board appointment to fill the seat. District IV was scheduled to elect a new director to the office in May. George Brown, Boca Raton Deputy City Manager, was elected…

FCCMA Scholarships

FCCMA is offering scholarships to students toward their education and/or their professional development. FCCMA is offering two academic scholarships and one conference scholarship. The B. Harold Farmer Scholarship and the Raymond C. Sittig Scholarship are $2,500 scholarships awarded to students pursuing a public administration or related degree at a Florida-based university. The students must be…

2014 Legislative Session

The FCCMA Legislative Committee adopted the Florida League of Cities’ (FLC) and the Florida Association of Counties’ (FAC) priorities and policy statements for 2014. Tune into the FLC and FAC legislative webinars. The Florida League of Cities’ webinar will be held on February 20 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Here is the link to…

In Memoriam of Rod Kendig

Rod Kendig, former FCCMA member and past president, passed away on Friday, January 31 after a two-year battle with cancer. He joined the Association in 1978 while serving as Escambia County Administrator. He served as county administrator for 16 years until 1985. In 1985 after serving sixteen years as county administrator, he served the City…

Congratulations to Randy Reid!

Randy Reid has been chosen by the Control Growth Now as its citizen of the year. The group will honor Randy at its 25th anniversary annual meeting and luncheon on March 15 in Sarasota. The public is welcome to attend. The event will begin at 11:30 am in the upstairs meeting room at Marina Jack’s…

FCCMA 2014 Annual Conference

You don’t want to miss the FCCMA 2014 Annual Conference. Below are two of the sessions that will be held at the conference. Khalid Resheidat, P.E., Assistant City Manager, New Smyrna Beach will speak about the “Successful Use of Citizen Task Force.” The New Smyrna Beach Task Force is a program that brings citizens together…

Water Resources for the Future

Don’t miss this onsite training session that will be held February 27, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Auburndale Community Center on 405 Bennett Street. This FCCMA training session will be an abbreviated summit that will provide a forum for discussion and sharing of information on regional water issues. City, County, and…

B. Harold Farmer Scholarship

Are you a student who will be enrolled during the summer or fall of 2014 and pursuing a public administration or related degree at a Florida-based university? Then you may be eligible to receive the B. Harold Farmer Scholarship (BHF). The BHF is a $2,500 academic scholarship which will be awarded to a recipient who…

January/February PM Magazine

Are you an ICMA member? Have you read your January/February issue of PM Magazine? Two FCCMA members had articles published in the January/February issue. Vince Long, Leon County Administrator, published an article entitled “Turning the Local Government Ship Starboard: Six Keys to Activating Organizational Change.” Steven Spina, Visiting Instructor for the Department of Public Administration…

February 2014 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. Ad-Vance Talent Solutions, District VI, Contact: Brian Sunseri, Owner/President, Corporate Member; Daniel P. Clark , PE, District IV, Town Administrator, Town of Lake Clarke Shores,…

Emerging Leaders Conference Scholarship

Are you a public administration student or an entry-level city or county management professional? Are you interested in attending the FCCMA Annual Conference? Then this scholarship may be for you. The FCCMA Annual Conference Emerging Leaders Scholarship is designed to allow public administration students and entry-level city and county management professionals interested in continuing their…

Webinar – Rising Flood Insurance Rates Sinking Property Owners: What Can Cities do to Minimize the Impact?

The Florida League of Cities (FLC) will hold this webinar on January 23, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. David Miller, who serves as FEMA’s Associate Administrator for the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), will be presenting information regarding flood insurance rate hikes from a national perspective, as well as hosting a Q&A…

New Year’s Musings

by Lynn Tipton, FCCMA Executive Director As a young professional, some years ago, one of the things I looked forward to each December was getting the calendar ready for the new year.  I had the day-at-a-glance style on the two-pronged stand; not glamorous, but functional.  Over time I switched to the day planner and carried…

Jill Scroggs Silverboard – Thinker of the Month

Jill Silverboard was feastured as the January “Thinker of the Month” on January 2 at Thinkspot: http://thinkspot.co. Jill Scroggs Silverboard thinks local governments can innovate and she’s leading by example. Serving as assistant city manager in Clearwater, Florida, Jill has oversight of the city’s primary operations departments, including public utilities, solid waste, planning & development,…

Osceola Onsite Training Session

Register today for the Florida City and County Management Association’s Osceola County Onsite Training Session which will be held January 24, 2014 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Eastern at Osceola Board of County Commission Chambers, 1 Courthouse Square, Suite 4700 in Kissimmee. The title of the training is: “Service Outsourcing and Consolidation Initiatives: Lessons…

FCCMA Awards

Each year at the FCCMA Annual Conference, FCCMA recognizes an outstanding individual who has fostered representative democracy, who has made a significant contribution to the development of new talent and an assistant who has made significant contributions toward excellence in leadership while serving as an assistant or department head. These awards are: Award for Career…

FCCMA Annual Conference

Registration will open soon for the FCCMA Annual Conference. The conference announcement will be emailed the first week of February. The conference will be held May 28-31, 2014 at the Hilton Orlando. The theme is: “Building Trust and Confidence in Local Government.” The keynote speakers include: Commander Kirk Lippold, who was the commander of the…

January 2014 Onsite Training Sessions

There are two onsite training sessions scheduled to be held in January. The first session will be held January 10, 2014 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Road, Suite 1, Largo, Florida. In this session, ICMA’s Director of Ethics and Advocacy, Martha Perego, has agreed to facilitate…

2014 Elections

This is a reminder that canvassing has begun in order to fill positions on the Board of Directors.  Letters were sent to eligible full members on November 22. There are two at-large director positions and the secretary/treasurer position opening in May.   All nominations must be self-nominations.  To nominate oneself, a letter expressing interest should be…

10 Points of Change During Transition; or, Can Someone Throw Me a Rope In This Quicksand?

By Michael Roberto Reprinted with permission from the Public Management (PM) magazine, copyrighted and published by ICMA (International City/County Management Association), Washington, D.C. Michael Roberto, FCCMA past president, passed away in August 2006. All managers go through transition in some way. How does the phrase go: Nothing changes like change itself? Whether in our personal…

January 2014 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. Christine J. Brady, District VI, Director, Human Resources/Public Resources, Lee County, Affiliate Member; Betsy Clayton, District VI, Communications Director, Lee County, Affiliate Member; Doug Meurer, District VI,…

ICMA 2014 Annual Conference

ICMA has opened its call for ideas for the 2014 Annual Conference in Charlotte/Mecklenburg County, September 14-17. Ideas are invited that address the six Theme tracks and the fours Career tracks of the conference. The tracks include: Theme Tracks Collaborative Service Delivery From Vinegar to Honey: Civility Today ICMA 100th Anniversary Local Government Infrastructure Management…

Public Records Management Course

The Florida Institute of Government is pleaed to provide a two-day course, Public Records Management program. This workshop will be facilitated by Steve M. Lewis with over 35 years of experience managing records in Florida. The four modules address new technologies and management systems in the field of records manaement. This course will be held…

Using Data to Build a Better Utility

Please join FBC/FWEA for a joint workshop on “Using Data to Build a Better Utility.” This workshop will provide a look into the corporate world of building a culture of customer service and performance excellence, along with presentations related to the FBC Annual Report and data collection, to member best practices and lessons learned. A…

December 2013 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. Laurette Jean, District V, Principal Management & Budget Analyst, Broward County, Affiliate Member; and Lawrence “Larry” Williams, District II, City Manager, City of Bunnell,…

In Memoriam of Jacqueline Burns

Jacqueline (Jackie) Burns, Indian Harbour Beach City Manager, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. She is survived by her sister, four children, five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and her companion Fred “Chief” Fernez. She began her work in Indian Harbour Beach in 1977 as secretary to City Manager Richard Edgeton. She joined FCCMA…

Project Management: Basics and Best Practices for Everyone

The John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government will hold a Project Management Webinar on December 13, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. The cost is $69 per person. For detailed registration and payment information, go to: http://iog.fsu.edu/events/project_mgmt.html?utm_source=Campaign+Created+2013%2F11%2F04%2C+7%3A52+PM&utm_campaign=Proj+Man+Webinar&utm_medium=email. This webinar will walk you through the basic steps of project management: Setting a project goal Creating…

Managing Change

by Lynn Tipton, FCCMA Executive Director I’ve always loved this saying: there are problems you manage and problems you solve; the trick is to know the difference.  I’m not attributing it to a famous person. There might be an author to acknowledge, I don’t know, but the saying is very true.  The example I usually…

Pre-Conference Sessions at Annual Conference

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014 you will have a choice of two pre-conference sessions to attend. The first choice is the ever popular “So You Want to be a City/County Manager?” This year’s theme is “Taking the Next Step.” Several FCCMA members will share stories about personal values, the next step, career change, professional development,…

Sessions at the FCCMA Annual Conference

Don’t miss the FCCMA Annual Conference which will be held May 28-31, 2014 at the Orlando Hilton. The Conference Planning Committee has been working hard to put together a great lineup of sessions from which to choose. Case studies were submitted in mid-August and the Committee has chosen several that fit the theme. Fort Lauderdale…

Sports Park in Rockledge Named after Jim McKnight’s Family

The City of Rockledge recently honored Jim McKnight’s (Rockledge City Manager) family by unveiling the McKnight Family Sports Complex. This recreation complex includes a baseball field, softball fields, a football field, a 1.2 mile nine-station jogging/exercise trail, 12 lighted tennis courts, two racquetball courts, soccer fields, playground and picnic pavilion. Jim McKnight’s father, Mac was…

First Onsite Training Session for 2014

FCCMA is pleased to announce that ICMA’s Director of Ethics and Advocacy, Martha Perego, has agreed to facilitate a discussion on today’s application of the ICMA Code of Ethics. Much has been debated about how best to apply certain ethical provisions to a manager’s daily life. Martha Perego is the noted expert on this topic…

November 2013 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. Alan Bullock, District VI, Director of Administrative Services, City of Venice, Full Member; Sarah Capps, District VII, Master’s of Public Administration, University of South Florida, Student…

Last Onsite Training Session for 2013

The last onsite training session for 2013 will be held in Flagler County on November 1 from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. The topic is: “The Sanford Experience in Responding to the Martin/Zimmerman Case.” Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte will provide details of the city’s challenges through the eyes of the person most responsible for…

FCCMA Honor to Ed Mitchell

The following speech was given at the West Palm Beach City Commission Meeting on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. Picture: left to right: Ray Liggins, Royal Palm Beach Village Manager, Rich Reade, Palm Springs Village Manager, Ed Mitchell, Peter Elwell, Palm Beach Town Manager and Richard Radcliffe, Palm Beach County League of Cities Executive Director. Good…

Stories and Story-telling: Your Help is Needed!

It was great to see so many members and colleagues in Boston for the ICMA Conference – and for those who weren’t there, you were missed!  A continuing theme within the profession, and it is a prime part of the “Life, Well Run” initiative, is our story-telling as professional local government managers.  I attended several…

Only Two More 2013 Onsite Training Sessions

An onsite training session will be held at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers on October 24 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. The topic is: “The Ethics of Public Administration in the Age of Social Media.” The speaker for this training session is Florida’s Chief Inspector General, Melinda Miguel. This session covers ICMA…

Awards at the ICMA 2013 Conference

At the ICMA 2013 Conference, several FCCMA members were recognized for their years of service to ICMA. 40 years Lester Baird, General Manager, Barron Water Control District Paul Berg, MIT Ken Hammons, City Manager, Panama City Rod Irwin, Assistant City Manager for Economic Development, Clearwater Anne Lyons 35 years Dennis Beach, City Manager, Pompano Beach…

Paul Sharon – Florida Range Rider

If you are a manager, assistant manager or someone new to local government in NE Florida, there is a good chance you had the opportunity to meet and talk with Range Rider Paul Sharon.  Paul has been a Range Rider since 2008 following a deployment to Iraq as a Senior Advisor to Iraqi Local Government…

ICMA 2013 Conference

Florida was well represented at the 2013 ICMA Annual Conference in Boston. Several FCCMA members spoke at the various sessions. FCCMA members who participated were: Amy Davis, Manager, Office of Management and Budget, Largo; Howard Tipton, Brevard County Manager; Colin Baenziger, Principal, Colin Baenziger & Associates; Faye Outlaw, St. Lucie County Administrator; Peter Elwell, Palm…

ICMA 2014 Conference

Pam Brangaccio, City Manager of New Smyrna Beach, will be representing FCCMA, on the ICMA 2014 Conference Planning Committee with planning efforts for the ICMA 2014 Conference. Now that you are all back from the 2013 ICMA Conference, see the below email soliciting ideas for the 2014 Conference to be held in Charlotte, NC in…

Jim McCroskey, City Manager, Holly Hill

How long have you been a FCCMA member? 3 years Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? 10 years Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. Masters in City Planning and BS in Urban Geography What got you interested in public service? A scholarship to University of Mississippi What is your current…

October 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. Tim Bennett, District II, City Manager, City of Madison, Full Member; Jhanelle Campbell, District V, Master’s of Public Administration, Florida International University, Student Member; Fred…

In Memoriam of John Lynch

FCCMA member John Lynch passed away Thursday, September 12, 2013 following an extended battle with cancer. He joined FCCMA when he returned to Florida as the city manager of Lady Lake. He left Lady Lake in the mid-1990s to become town manager of Indiatlantic. In September 1998 he became the city manager of Lynn Haven…

Ethics and the New World Order

The Palm Beach State College (PBSC) Center for Applied Ethics invites you to attend “Ethics and the New World Order: Culture, Compliance and the Bottom Line” on October 15, 2013 from 8:30 am – 10:30 am. Keith Darcy, Executive Director of Ethics and Compliance Officer Association and Chairman of the Better Business Bureau Foundation Board,…

Onsite Training Sessions

FCCMA, in conjunction with the Center for Florida Local Government Excellence, will hold four onsite training sessions this fall. The first onsite training session will be held in Chattahoochee on October 11 from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm, Eastern. The topic is: “Economic Opportunities in N.W. Florida.” The second onsite training session will be held…

Scott Morgan, City Manager, West Melbourne

How long have you been a FCCMA member? 4 years Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? Yes, 16 years Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. Bachelors of Science, Political Science University of California – Irvine Masters of Administration University of California – Irvine What is your current occupation? City Manager…

Upcoming Trainings

Records Management: Online Training Series held by the Florida Institute of Government will be held on the following dates from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. September 24 – The Basics of Records Management, October 1 – Disaster Preparedness and Vital Records, and October 8 – Electronic Records Management. For more information, contact the Florida Institute of Government at (850) 487-1870…

FCCMA Hospitality at ICMA Conference in Boston

Are you attending the ICMA conference in Boston?  Have you signed up for the dinner on Monday night at the Union Oyster House?  We have a large group coming together for the dinner, and we would love to have you join us.  Go to: http://fccma.org/2013/06/fccma-dinner-at-the-icma-annual-conference/ to register. As a cost-saving measure, FCCMA chose not to…

FCCMA Program Year 2013-2014 Training Calendar

The FCCMA Professional Development Committee in conjunction with the Center for Florida Local Government Excellence has developed the 2013-2014 training calendar for the webinars and onsite training sessions. The webinars will be held on the third Thursday from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Eastern Time. The webinars will be held each month except December. Topics…

Florida Local Government Coalition “Local Works Day” – September 6

The Florida Local Government Coalition was developed to advocate for local governments by educating residents and sharing resources among its members. Recently, the coalition launched a public awareness campaign to help Floridians understand, appreciate and support local governments and the services and values these governments bring to millions of lives each day. This public awareness…

FCCMA 2013 Symposium

Is there a better way to do something? Is the alternative just “change for the sake of change or will it really improve efficiency, effectiveness and service delivery? These are some of the questions that will be answered at the FCCMA 2013 Symposium. The 2013 Symposium will be held on November 14, 2013 from 8:30…

ICMA Code of Ethics Tenet 7

If you are an ICMA member, ICMA would like your comments on a proposal regarding Tenet 7 of the ICMA Code of Ethics. Earlier this year, the ICMA Committee on Professional Conduct launched a structured review of the ICMA Code of Ethics beginning with Tenet 7.  They received a wealth of feedback from members collected…

FCCMA President Swears in New Board Member

District VIII Director Ryan Leavengood was sworn in at the August 2013 Board Meeting. Ryan was appointed by the FCCMA Board to complete the term of Andy Stewart. Andy moved to a new position in another district and had to resign. Elections for 2014 will be held by the even-numbered districts this winter. Mr. Leavengood…

September 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. Thomas Jones Carlisle, District I, B.S. in Political Science, University of North Georgia, Student Member; and Lee Smith, District I, Master’s of Public Administration,…

Cheryl Atkins, MPA, Grants Coordinator, Deltona

How long have you been a FCCMA member? 10/2012-present. (I had a student membership during my Master’s program). Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? Yes, since 2011. (I had a student membership during my Master’s program). Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. I have a Masters of Public Administration (2006)…

Michael Beedie Receives FLC Home Rule Hero Award

FCCMA member Michael Beedie received a 2013 Home Rule Hero Award from the Florida League of Cities. This award was given to local government officials, elected or nonelected who advanced the League’s legislative agenda and helped protect the home rule powers of Florida’s cities during the 2013 legislative session. Michael is the city manager of…

Your Story is Needed!

By Lynn Tipton, Executive Director I’m appealing to our members for two different stories this week – please read: Most of you have been reading the updates to the ICMA Life, Well Run campaign, and I recently had a conference call with the ICMA staff working on it.  I was saddened to hear that few…

Al Minner, City Manager, Sebastian

Interviewed by: Amanda Millirons, Assistant Public Works Director, Palm Bay How long have you been a FCCMA member? Since 1999 Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? Yes, 19 years Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. Master of Public Administration (MPA) Shippensburg University Bachelor of Science (History & Political Science) Frostburg…

Webinar on the ADA Requirement to Provide Curb Ramps

Federal Highway Administration’s staff from the Offices of Chief Counsel, Infrastructure, and Civil Rights will be delivering an external webinar on August 20, 2013 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET to clarify the technical assistance and answer questions regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements to provide curb ramps. For more information regarding…

Ryan Leavengood, District VIII Director

Ryan Leavengood, Lake Alfred City Manager, has been appointed by the Board of Directors to serve as the District VIII Director to finish the unexpired term previously held by Andy Stewart.  Mr. Stewart moved out of the district to assume a new position. Ryan received the B. Harold Farmer Scholarship in 2007 and then joined…

Kassandra Blissett, Assistant City Manager, DeBary

How long have you been a FCCMA member? Since 2002 Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? Yes—- 1998 Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. BAS Supervision and Management What got you interested in public service? Directly out of high school, while attending community college, I was hired as an emergency…