FCCMA Dues Statements and FCCMA Directory

The FCCMA dues statements will be mailed to members on October 1 for the FY 2015. When paying your dues, please sign the statement stating that you agree to abide by and will be governed by the Association’s charter, Bylaws and ICMA Code of Ethics. This year you can go to the FCCMA website at…

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ICMA Academic Award in Memory of Stephen B. Sweeney

This award is presented to an academic leader or academic institution that has made a significant contribution to the formal education of students pursuing careers in local government. The award was established in the name of the longtime director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. John L. Daly, Director of the School…

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Refreshing the Range Rider Program in its 40th Year

By Bob O’Neill, ICMA Executive Director In April 2013, I appointed a Range Rider 2014 Advisory Committee to celebrate 40 years of the Range Rider Program and to enhance its value to ICMA members and to state associations in the second century of ICMA.  The Range Rider Program, now in 22 states, has been a…

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So, you want to start an ICMA student chapter. What’s the deal?

By Rob Carty, ICMA, Director of Career Services and Next Generation Initiatives and Randy Reid, ICMA, Southeast Regional Director As part of our Next Generation initiatives, ICMA began a student chapter program in 2010 to introduce more students to local government and the management profession and familiarize them with ICMA members, resources, and the Code…

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FCCMA Webinar: Back to the Basics of Performance Measures

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ICMA Practice Area 5: Performance Measurement/Management and Quality Assurance There are numerous methods that local governments use to measure service level performance; some methods are more formal than others based on their human resources and community expectations. This FCCMA training session will feature experienced managers who work…

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From Fishing Pond to World-Class Rowing Venue

The Story of Nathan Benderson Park By Tracy Miller, Strategic Management Adviser, Sarasota County The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity. The development of Nathan Benderson Park as a world-class rowing venue is a story of opportunity that inspired Sarasota County’s vision to tie a large-scale, mixed-use development…

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Local Works Day – Why We Celebrate

by Lynn Tipton Four years ago, the Florida Local Government Coalition was ‘born’ out of a great idea to bring all of the local government professional associations together.  Carl Harness, then-president, knew that there were many plusses to joining these associations, and their members, into something that could bring focus and energy to the respective…

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Florida Local Government Coalition Local Works Day – October 3

For the second year, the Florida Local Government Coalition will promote its “Local Works” campaign as a way to help Floridians understand, appreciate and support local government and the services and value these governments bring to millions of lives each day. Click here to learn more. To support the “Local Works Day” initiatives, the coalition…

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FCCMA October 2014 Onsite Training Sessions

FCCMA will hold two onsite training sessions in October. The first training session will be held at the Florida State Hospital Arsenal in Chattahoochee on October 10 from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm. Danette Scudder, Members Services Manager from the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association will speak about “Connecting with Employees from Different Generations.” The…

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The Importance of Civic Education and Engagement in our Communities

By Andy Johnson, Flagler County Special Projects Coordinator Do citizens in your community, as a whole, understand the functions and mechanisms of your local government? They should – but I think most of us would agree that they don’t, at least not to the extent needed to promote positive public discourse on important community topics.…

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How is your City or County Celebrating Local Works Day on October 3, 2014?

The FCCMA was asked to supply a “public servant with a heart” story by the Florida Local Government Coalition; they asked each member association to submit one heartwarming example.  Fred Murry, assistant city manager of Gainesville, was selected.  Here is his pdf story: Public Servant with a Story. A video vignette about Fred’s public service will…

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