FCCMA Webinars

FCCMA offers webinars to both members and non-members through the Center for Florida Local Government Excellence and the Professional Training and Development Committee.

All webinars will be held on the first Thursday from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Eastern Time. Topics and speakers will be posted as soon as they are confirmed. All webinars are free.

The schedule for the remaining webinars in Program Year 2015-2016 is posted below.

“Planning in Florida 101: A Two Webinar Series”

Coaching Webinar

Thursday, May 5, 2016 – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Eastern Time)

ICMA Practice Areas: 1, 2, 5, 9 and 12

For the first time in FCCMA’s webinar series, a two-part (April and May) webinar will focus on Florida Planning. There is probably no other subject/service in local government as complicated and legalistic as local government planning. The special terminology and processes in this discipline necessitates knowledgeable sources of reference for City and County Managers throughout the state, including those who, themselves, have backgrounds in planning, either as Department Directors or other key planning staff positions in their careers.

Planning is an ever evolving discipline that is often the focus of expensive litigation and political contention as it pertains to growth verses no growth ideologies, development modifications, and compliance with state mandates and self-imposed local initiatives. Attorney Susan Trevarthen and Growth Management Director Merle Bishop have developed a two-part webinar series that will cover the history of planning in Florida, the key definitions used in Florida planning, the notable processes and procedures required in Florida planning, and the legal aspects of Florida planning, along with real examples to provide webinar attendees with the information to best understand this service in an abbreviated format. This is a must attend session for anyone interested in understanding Florida planning in 2016.


Susan Trevarthen, Attorney with Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman

Merle Bishop, Growth Management Director with the City of Winter Haven

Login Instructions:

  1. Go to http://florida.adobeconnect.com/coaching
  1. Log in as a guest with your First and Last name.
  1. Request entry into the webinar.
  1. Once you are logged into the webinar, please type in your phone number to have the system automatically call you; this will ensure you are listed in our records as dialed into the training session.

(Note: If you have difficulty with the system automatically calling you, you may dial in at  1-877-685-5350; Passcode: 461944.)

Access Information:

Webinar:  http://florida.adobeconnect.com/coaching

Select the radio button next to the “Enter as a Guest”.

Dial-In: 1-877-685-5350

Passcode: 461944

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The 2015 FCCMA Coaching Phone Panel Discussions are presented through the partnership of

Center for Florida Local Governmanet Excellence
Strategic Government Resources
Government Services Group