Request for Information

On June 16, Governor Scott approved Senate Bill 1030, the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014. This legislation allows the use of low-THC cannabis, popularly known as “Charlotte’s Web,” to treat certain specified medical conditions such as epilepsy and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). This bill legalizes a very specific strain of cannabis to be cultivated…

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Assistance to High Energy Cost Rural Communities

Available amount: $50,000 to $3,000,000. The purpose of this United States Department of Agriculture grant is to acquire, construct, extend, upgrade or otherwise improve energy generation, transmission or distribution facilities serving eligible communities. Nonprofit and for profit organizations, government agencies, and Indian Tribes and Tribal entities are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is…

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Hellos and Goodbyes

by Lynn Tipton, Executive Director We reported in last week’s Manager that our profession lost a true friend, Ken Hammons, city manager of Panama City.  Throughout Ken’s career he was known for his commitment to ethics, his generosity to colleagues and his warm regard for the elected officials he served.   I’m so pleased that we…

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100th ICMA Conference in Charlotte

by Ken Parker, ICMA Senior Advisor The 100th ICMA Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina is less than two months away.  This is a time of celebration and reflection as well as a time to look to the future of local government management.  For the past 100 years ICMA has stood for professional local government management. …

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Form of Government Campaigns

ICMA works directly with citizens’ groups that promote the adoption/retention of the council-manager form of government or the creation of positions of professional local government management during form of government challenges.  Following results of these ballot measures, ICMA publishes a From the Ballot Box article in the newsletter.  The article describes each campaign, provides election…

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Municipal Parking Meters on State Right-of-Ways Request for Information

During the 2014 Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law HB 7175, a transportation bill. HB 7175 provides that on or before August 31, 2014, each municipality and county that receives revenue from any parking meters or other parking time-limit devices that regulate designated parking spaces located within or along…

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Alliance for Innovation Update: July 8, 2014

The Alliance for Innovation along with the City of Clearwater are happy to announce the upcoming Rebecca Ryan workshop: Manage Like a Futurist, which will be held at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, December 3, 2014. As Rebecca asks, “If you knew your community’s future, what would you do? You would know and anticipate…

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2014 FCCMA Dinner at the ICMA Conference

FCCMA will hold its annual dinner at the ICMA Annual Conference in Charlotte at Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub, 201 East 5th Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 on Monday, September 15.  Dinner is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Dinner will include salad, choice of four entrées and a choice of two desserts. Soda, tea and water are included in…

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Resolutions for ICMA’s 100th Anniversary

Has your city or county issued a resolution recognizing ICMA’s 100th anniversary and the contributions of the professional local government managers with your community? Once your resolution has been signed, send a copy to mfrisby@icma.org so that ICMA can include it as a sample for other local governments. The FCCMA Board of Directors issued a…

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Changes to the ICMA Credentialing Program

Reprinted from Leadership Matters, ICMA Member Edition, June 24, 2014, Volume 95, Issue 25. In June 2012 and in concert with the 10-year anniversary of the Voluntary Credentialing Program, ICMA initiated a conversation about the future of the program with credentialed managers and candidates and those not yet eligible. The purpose of the discussion with…

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Michael Cernech, City Manager, Tamarac

Michael Cernech is an At-Large Director on the FCCMA Board of Directors. How long have you been a FCCMA member? I’ve been an FCCMA member since moving to Florida from Texas in 2001. Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long? I joined ICMA in 1994, this will be my 20th year in…

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