Hoggetown Hack

Gainesville’s Innovation Academy Team hosted the city’s first Hoggetowne Hack at the Hippodrome State Theatre on February 22 to promote open government and transparency through the use of its recently launched Open Data Portal. Over 40 local computer science professionals competed in a six-hour app-development challenge, with 14 different ideas pitched to a panel of…

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Supervisor to Leader

In response to popular demand, the Florida Institute of Government is pleased to announce that another series of the From Supervisor to Leader online training program will be held April 1, 2 & 3, 2014. Normally a three-day long program taught in a seminar setting, the Institute has adapted the Supervisor to Leader curriculum to…

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Gainesville 2014 Onsite Training Session

Don’t miss the onsite training session that will be held on March 28, 2014 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Ironwood Golf Course Clubhouse, 2100 NE 39th Avenue, Gainesville. The topic for this session is “Outsourcing or Consolidating of Services.” The Great Recession is behind us…but the demand for services and the challenges to…

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FCCMA Communications Committee

This is the second article in a series of articles about the FCCMA committees. Be a part of the great work that FCCMA does through its committees by signing up for a committee that interests you. Most committee work is done via conference call. The Communications Committee is responsible for monitoring the website and advising the staff…

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Fiscal Transparency: A Local Government’s Solution

By T.J.Pletzke An excerpt from the Florida State Attorney Generals website states:… “Government must be accountable to the people. The Florida Constitution, which sets forth our rights as citizens of this great state, provides that the public has the right to know how government officials spend taxpayer dollars and make the decisions affecting their lives.…

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Association Committees: the Lifeblood of the Organization

by Lynn Tipton, Executive Director We have recently sent out notices for FCCMA committee sign-ups. You might have skipped over it, or figured you don’t have time to serve.  For professional associations, committees are the lifeblood, and as the old saying goes: you truly get out of the association whatever you put into it.  Each…

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In Memoriam of Ellen Posivach

With sadness, FCCMA must advise that Ellen Posivach, former city manager of Port Richey and Tarpon Springs passed away this past weekend. A link to her obituary is as follows: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sptimes/obituary.aspx?n=ellen-s-posivach&pid=170104161&fhid=2358 Following her receiving a MPA at Old Dominion University in 1978, Ellen embarked on a very successful city management career as follows: Assistant to…

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How Come I Didn’t Know This When I was a City Manager?

Continue the tradition by joining us for this year’s Career Development Luncheon. This event is back by popular demand and will showcase Mike Abels, Instructor at the University of Central Florida, who has ‘earned his stripes’ in the profession. Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear about his career as a city manager while networking…

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FCCMA Committees

Each week The Manager e-Newsletter will feature one of FCCMA’s committees describing the tasks and responsibilities for the featured committee. Be a part of the great work that FCCMA does through its committees by signing up for a committee that interests you. Most committee work is done via conference call . The Awards Committee is…

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Flood Insurance and Your Community

The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) will be offering a new course for county commissioners, staff and others for Spring 2014.  Course Title Protecting Your Community from Natural Disasters: A Guide to Flood Insurance & Flood Mitigation Programs In 2012, Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Florida Insurance Reform Act.  Key provisions of the legislation require the…

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ICMA Manager Evaluations Handbook

ICMA offers a complimentary handbook to highlight the value of a formal manager evaluation process and to assist local elected officials in the design of an effective evaluation tool. Local Government managers and administrators are encouraged to reference and review the handbook with an eye toward working with their elected bodies to develop formal, mutually-agreed…

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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”…

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