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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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Your Access to ICMA Webinars and Training Tips

By Lynn Tipton, FCCMA Executive Director Your statewide association has partnered with the ICMA Coaching Program for six webinars per year.  As an FCCMA member you may attend each one for FREE, and can use the opportunity to bring in as many of your staff as an audience as you wish!  To maximize this benefit,…

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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…

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