Clermont City Manager Graduates from Leadership Orlando

Darren Gray, Clermont’s city manager, recently graduated from Leadership Orlando, the largest community leadership program in America. The eight-month program helps emerging and established leaders broaden their regional knowledge and experience. Gray, a former Lake County manager who has led the City of Clermont on a number of ground-breaking initiatives including the city’s rebranding as…

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Amendment 1

The Florida Legislature placed Amendment 1 on the 2018 general election ballot. If approved by the voters, it will expand the homestead exemption and shift the burden to other taxpayers. The impact of Amendment 1 is expected to cost $644.7 million per year—resulting in either service reductions or tax hikes. Most benefits will only go…

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Cape Coral Achieves Progress in Addressing Challenges

by John Szerlag, City Manager, City of Cape Coral Cape Coral is the 10th largest city in Florida, and Forbes.com has ranked the city No. 9 on the list of “Fastest Growing Cities in 2018.” As we continue to grow, we must work to overcome several challenges of being a pre-platted community, which produces development…

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2018 Plantation Onsite Training Session

Nearly 60 attendees gathered at the onsite training session in Plantation on April 4 to discuss social media use in city/county government. Presenters provided an overview of social media, practical city/county uses, how to encourage citizen engagement, best practices and organizational controls.

State of the Cities 2017 Report

What does a city in Florida look like? Is it a beachfront metropolis? A community of rolling fields and farms? A weathered and cozy fishing village? Is it a high-tech hub of research and innovation? A forested gem of nature trails and wildlife? A buzzing center of world travelers and students? Is it a downtown of…

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ICMA Coaching Program Webinar: “Creating a Culture for Cultivating Talent and Results

This has been rescheduled to June 20. 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT (1:00-2:30 p.m. ET), Thursday, May 10 Register now for this no-charge webinar: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fattendee.gotowebinar.com%2Fregister%2F7583614659167558658&data=01%7C01%7Ccrussell%40flcities.com%7Cad80773fadb84064b23308d599890cfc%7C2d642e08dfa4427d864657d423c7c43e%7C0&sdata=tDj4jIs039jOuL%2FFbm4lc0yKEs6KoQC4kRx8UI%2FkvuI%3D&reserved=0 Topics: How can you retool your organizational culture and design your workplace for better results? What are practical steps to make your agency better able to attract, grow, and…

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April 2018 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. Advanced Disposal, District II, Contact: Kelly Swisher, Municipal Marketing & Government Affairs Manager, Corporate Member; Cari A. Branco, District VI, Assistant City Manager, City of…

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March 2018 President’s Message

First, hearty congratulations goes out to Shaunna and Casey Cook on the birth of Collins Montgomery Cook. As first-time parents, they can look forward to all of the joys, lack of sleep and new adventures that come with babies. The FCCMA Nominating Committee met last Friday, March 23rd in Orlando to interview candidates and make…

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