U.S. General Speaks to Haines City about Disaster Response

by Jonathan Evans, City Manager, Haines City United States Lt. General Russel Honoré (Ret.), spoke to first responders from Haines City and neighboring municipalities in Polk County last Friday about creating a culture of preparedness. General Honoré is best known for taking swift charge of military relief efforts during Hurricane Katrina and his no nonsense…

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Looking Ahead to 2016

By Lynn Tipton, FCCMA Executive Director Another 12 months have speedily passed – WOW.  Your association joins you in wondering where the days went!  As we look at the year’s accomplishments and look ahead to the goals for the new year, there are reasons for gratitude and for anticipation.  Your officers and board of directors…

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December 2015 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. Matthew DiFiore, District VII, Management Analyst I, City of Largo, Affiliate Member; Saeed Kazemi, District VI, Interim City Manager, City of Fort Myers, Full…

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Leon Works: Partnering to Meet Local Workforce Needs

By Andy Johnson, Special Projects Coordinator – Leon County This year, one of FCCMA’s priority focus areas is preparing the next generation of local government professionals. But what about the next generation of the broader workforce in our communities? There are some interesting trends in this arena that parallel some of the recent discussions we’ve…

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Andy Johnson, Special Projects Coordinator, Leon County

How long have you been a FCCMA member? I joined FCCMA in 2011. Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? Not currently. Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. Master’s degrees in Public Administration and Urban & Regional Planning (2011). I also earned certificates in Florida City and County Management (through Bob…

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December Webinar – “Understanding Your Financial Reports From Pre-Audit to CAFR”

“Government Fund accounting is confusing to many government employees, including those responsible for administration of program budgets and finances. The numerous requirements that local governments must follow in terms of financial formats, reporting, and controls adds to the confusion because most employees are not involved with these details; albeit understanding how this works is a…

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It’s a Good Thing: Form of Government Recognition

By Lynn Tipton, FCCMA Executive Director What do Estero, Hillsboro Beach, Kenneth City, Live Oak, and Sumter County have in common?  It isn’t geography, population, scope of services, or tax base…it is the recent adoption or recognition of their form of government as Council-Manager or Commission-Manager (C-M).  And, we are celebrating these cities and one…

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Managing Public Records Compliance: A 2015 Survey of FCCMA Member Agencies

Over recent years, local government agencies throughout the state of Florida have faced a number of emerging challenges with regard to the receipt and fulfillment of public records requests.  In several instances, excessive volume and mishandled requests have resulted in significant workflow disruptions and costly legal proceedings for local governments as well as their contracted…

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November 2015 Innovation Edge

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation Alliance Ambassadors are a life line to their organization and to the Alliance. It is their engagement and commitment to building a culture of innovation that keeps the collaboration in their organization and across the membership strong. As part of the Alliance’s mission to inspire…

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November 2015 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. Marie Elianor, District V, Subscriber Member; Nathan G. Ford, District I, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Gulf Breeze, Full Member; Phillip R. Holste,…

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ICMA 2015 Award Recipients

At its recent conference in Seattle, WA, the City of Tamarac received the Community Sustainability Award for populations of 50,000 and over for “Strategic Planning: Alignment and Engagement.” Congratulations Mike Cernech and Diane Phillips. ICMA, through the generosity of its strategic partner The Ferguson Group, offers a scholarship to a member to attend the Harvard…

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