December 2018 President’s Message

Greetings Fellow FCCMA Members, I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays and is ready to celebrate a new year! 2018 has been a great year for our organization and 2019 will be another great year for FCCMA. After being sworn in as President in June I must tell you the time has flown by. I…

FCCMA Communications Committee News

by Mark Ryan, City Manager, City of Indian Harbour Beach and Chairman, Legislative Subcommittee Under the leadership of John Titkanich,Chairman, Jamie Titcomb, Vice Chairman of the FCCMA Communications Committee, our Executive Director, Casey Cook, and me we have undertaken an initiative to develop a template letter (link below) that can be utilized by FCCMA members…

District III Training in Satellite Beach

On Friday December 7, we held our District III training event in Satellite Beach.  The topic was “Practical Approaches to Implementing Sustainability Initiatives” and our group of 20 shared thoughts and ideas regarding a variety of topics, including case law in Florida and nationally, building heights and coastal setbacks, creating sustainability boards and implementing sustainable/green…

December 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. Michael Carballa, District VII, Assistant County Administrator for Public Infrastructure, Pasco County, Full Member; Juan C. Jimenez “J.C.”, District V, Town Manager, Town of Bay…

Grand Challenges

The National Academy of Public Administration (https://www.napawash.org/) launched a new campaign to identify the Grand Challenges in Public Administration. The Grand Challenges are a once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop and drive an agenda for our government over the next decade.  They are looking to get input on two key questions: WHAT problems must federal, state and…

Florida Opportunity Zones Conference

CDFA is excited to announce a new partnership with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to bring together a special convening of local communities for a conference focused on Opportunity Zones. Please join them for the Florida Opportunity Zones Conference on December 18-19, 2018 in Orlando, FL. Space is limited – register early to secure…

Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award

Each year, the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award elevates city-led strategies that most successfully engage citizens to help create and implement solutions to pressing local problems. Cities of Service knows that many cities are involving citizens in creative and effective ways, including civic tech, data analysis, impact volunteering, and more. These cities are combining…

Cybersecurity and Local Government; Not If But When

by Mike Grebosz, Assistant City Manager, DeLand At the 2018 FCCMA Fall Symposium on November 8th at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, several dozen attendees learned about the reality of cybersecurity threats to local government. The FCCMA Professional Development Committee chose this topic for the Symposium after hearing from the membership after our…

Joint UCF/FCCMA District III Networking Event

On November 19, 2018 FCCMA District III members came together with students from three UCF Student Chapters: UCF ICMA, Emergency Management Student Association, and the Urban Knights.  This was the first event scheduled in District III that was focused solely on networking, both with existing members and students who are interested in serving in the…

November 2018 Innovation Edge

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation TLG Conference Registration is Open!! For the first time, we’re offering TLG Throwback Rates. Register before December 15 to get the member rate of $600. The Early Bird Rate then goes to $660. Get all of the info here. The Transforming Local Government Conference (TLG)…

Congratulations to Ambreen Bhatty

North Lauderdale City Manager Ambreen Bhatty was recognized by the Broward County Commission with a proclamation by Commissioner Michael Udine designating October 30, 2018 as “Ambreen Bhatty Day for her 25 years of service in local government. Sunrise City Manager Richard Salomon, Lauderdale Lakes City Manager Philip Alleyne, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Assistant Town Manager Sharon Ragoonan and…

November 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. Barry Burton, District VII, County Administrator, Pinellas County, Full Member; Sean T. Callahan, District VI, Executive Director – Corporate Business Operations, Collier County, Affiliate Member; Jeffrey…

ICMA Student Chapter at FIU Event

The International City/County Management Association at Florida International University (ICMA@FIU) would like to invite you to an evening celebrating public service. The purpose of the event is for FIU students to learn more about our local government officials and their roles in our community. It is also an opportunity to showcase your expertise and network with other local officials.…

“Gaining Project Support From Your Team, Elected Officials and the Public” — ICMA Coaching Program Webinar

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT (2:00-3:30 p.m. ET), Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Advance registration required for this webinar: Click here to register. Webinar Topics: What’s key to presenting your idea or project effectively? How can everyone play a role in leading and supporting productive change? What can we learn from case studies about how…

Strategic Innovation for Local Governments

By Jason Lawrence, Finance Manager, City of Lake Helen It’s the all the rage in local government management. It’s the newest buzzword thrown around in the City Commission Chamber. It’s the dead horse beaten in the City Manager’s suite. Department heads live or die by it. But what is Strategic Innovation, really? At its core,…

October 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. Maria T. Bassett, District V, Finance Director/Deputy Village Manager, Islamorada, Village of Islands, Full Member; Howard Brown, Former City Manager, City of Bell, CA, Affiliate…

September 2018 President’s Message

I am proud to be a part of an ethical profession. Have you fulfilled your four hour ethics requirement for FCCMA membership for the year ending September 30, 2018? If you have, I hope you have logged it on your profile page on the FCCMA website. If you have not logged your hours, please take…

Congratulations to the City of Tallahassee

The City of Tallahassee received the ICMA Community Partnership Award for the category of 50,000 and greater population for the Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy. This award is conferred on local governments for their innovative programs or processes. The Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy grew out of Tallahassee’s summer youth program in 2014 when Mayor Andrew Gillum…

I’m Sorry, Can You Repeat That?

By Brian R Moree, City Manager, City of Atlantis We’ve all been there.  Carefully crafted an email only to have it misinterpreted. A report our team spent hours preparing is relegated to the “Let me read this and get back to you” pile. Realized barely into a 25-slide presentation that the individuals you were most…

Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) 2018 Local Government Financial Information Handbook

The Florida Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) has published the 2018 edition of the Local Government Financial Information Handbook.  This report is produced annually by EDR to serve as a reference for many of the revenue sources available to local governments.  It contains items useful for local government budgeting purposes, including descriptions…

ELGL Pop Up Conference

Join fellow local government from around the State of Florida in a one-day event focused on innovation, leadership, and resiliency from experts from around the state. The Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) network will hold its pop-up conference on October 12, 2018 in Miami. The conference fee is $50 for ELGL members and $90 for…

Florida Redevelopment Association Holds Annual Conference

The 2018 conference will be held Wednesday, October 24, to Friday, October 26, 2018 at the Sanibel Marriott in Fort Myers.  Please visit www.redevelopment.net for registrations, program and sponsorship opportunities.  A tour of downtown Fort Myers’ Historic District and CRA will be held on Wednesday morning, and the opening plenary session features Gypsy Gillardo, CEO…

Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at UCF 13th Annual Public Administration Research Conference

Call for Proposals The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management (CPNM) at the University of Central Florida’s School of conference will be held March 1, 2019 at the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center on the UCF campus in Orlando, Florida. The theme, “Evidence-Based Policymaking: Using Big Data to Evaluate Public Sector Innovation and Improve Organizational Performance,” focuses on important…

September 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. Alpha Foundations Specialist Inc., District I, Contact: Eric Sharkey, Commercial Consultant, Corporate Member; Ashlie Clopein, District VI, Master of Public Administration, Florida Gulf Coast…

ICMA Student Chapter Updates

by Milo Zonka, Senior Director, Admin & Finance, Brevard County Two Florida university chapters have reported their 2017-18 results to ICMA in recent months. Active student chapters are required to submit annual reports on their activities. Florida International University chapter The chapter held several events over the past year: ICMA@FIU collaborated with the FIU Master…

UCF Coastal Road Tour: Jacksonville

Thursday, Sept. 20 | 6:30 p.m. Location: Gilbert’s Southern Kitchen and Bar 831 1st Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 Coastal communities (anyone living within 100 miles of a coastline) account for 40 percent of the nation’s population and generate more than $7.9 trillion in economic activity. UCF Coastal is leading a world-class effort to…

Florida Stormwater Association 2018 Winter Conference

The Florida Stormwater Association will hold its 2018 Winter Conference from December 5-7, 2018 at The B Resort, 1905 Hotel Boulevard in Lake Buena Vista. There will be two days of preeminent stormwater education presented by accomplished stormwater professionals throughout Florida. This year there will also be two Pre-Conference events – the biennial “DEP Day”…

Carl Smart, Assistant County Manager for Public Safety and Community Service, Alachua County

How long have you been a FCCMA member?  Approximately two years. Are you an ICMA member and if so, how long?  Five years. Please describe your areas of formal/advanced education. B.S.  Management; M.S. Sustainability/Economics. What got you interested in public service?  Opportunity to be of service and job stability. What is your current occupation?  Assistant…

Critical Issues in the Workplace Fall 2018 Webinar Series

The Florida State University Florida Institute of Government is launching a new webinar series on current workplace concerns and ways to improve employee productivity and promote a safe and balanced work environment. Top experts review state and federal laws, provide real-world examples and case studies, offer findings from current research, and share personal experiences to…

2018 Healthy Community Champions

The Florida Department of Health is proud to recognize 46 communities as 2018 Healthy Community Champions. Florida’s county and municipal governments play an important role in improving the health of all communities and people. Local governments have implemented a variety of policies that have been shown to increase physical activity and improve nutrition. Between February…

August 2018 Innovation Edge

By Sallie Ann Burnett, East Regional Director, Alliance for Innovation With the 25th anniversary of the Alliance’s Transforming Local Government conference coming up next April, we’re looking for the brightest and best municipal innovators to share their successes! Download the application to present your Showcase Innovation (formerly known as case studies) at TLG next year…

August 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. Andy Anderson, District III, Acting Deputy City Manager, City of Palm Bay, Full Member; Marcia Andresen, District VIII, Health and Human Services Division Director,…

Honest Services Act

The John Scott Dailey Institute of Government at Florida State University is offering a webinar on the Honest Services Act. This webinar will be held August 28th at 10:00 a.m. for $75. Ethics training is good, but it is not enough! In this one-hour webinar, leading county attorney Herb Thiele explains the Honest Services Act and…

Getting Involved in Legislative Advocacy

I was recently asked, “John, why did you get involved in legislative advocacy?” My background in public service, prior to becoming a city manager, was in economic development, community redevelopment, brownfields redevelopment and planning.  While I generally understood the legislative process and the difference between Dillon’s Rule and Home Rule, I didn’t become more involved…

July 2018 President’s Message

Greetings FCCMA members and let me wish all of you a great and hurricane free summer! Much is going on with FCCMA, our committees are in action, doing the business of our organization. Your Board of Directors is also busy, developing the training schedule for your districts preparing for our long slate of yearly activities…

Cooperating with USF

By Steve Spina, City Manager, Zephyrhills Internships, mentoring programs and classroom projects provide valuable learning experiences for students participating in them, but bring real and substantial benefits to the local governments investing in them and working with these students. The City of Zephyrhills has partnered with the University of South Florida Master of Administration (MPA)…

ICMA Women Leading Government Florida

Join your colleagues on August 17 at the Le Meridien in Tampa, Florida for a day-long professional development workshop on advancing women in the local government profession. The session will be held from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET. The speakers are: Joyce E. Bono – Joyce Bono is the W. A. McGriff III Professor…

Investing in Interns

By Gina Peebles, Assistant County Manager, Alachua County Does your local government invest in interns?  According to Forbes (Dec. 6, 2011), there are five reasons you should: New perspective on organizational issues Ease of use with technology It’s a trial period that could lead to something more Help with projects or tasks that you’re struggling…

July 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. Reese Goad, District I, Interim City Manager, City of Tallahassee, Full Member; Sane Haidara, District VII, Master of Public Administration, University of South Florida,…

FCCMA 2018 Sponsors and Exhibitors

The Florida City and County Management Association thanks the following sponsors and exhibitors. SIGNATURE Public Risk Insurance Agency DIAMOND Benecon Florida Municipal Insurance Trust Florida PACE Funding Government Services Group, Inc. ICMA Retirement Corporation Inframark Johnson Controls, Inc. Magellan Advisors, LLC Management Partners National Water Main Cleaning Company Real Estate Asset Disposition Corp. SeeClickFix VC3…

2017 – 2018 Newly-Credentialed Managers

Congratulations to the ICMA Newly-Credentialed Managers! Rafael Casals, Town Manager, Cutler Bay Charles Chapman, County Administrator, Hendry County Robbie Chartier, County Administrator, Okeechobee County Joseph Helfenberger, Saint Cloud Ramiro Inguanzo, Assistant Village Manager, Bal Harbour Juan Jimenez, Assistant Town Manager, Bay Harbor Islands Brad Johnson, Deputy City Manager, Lakeland Douglas Lewis, City Manager, Pinellas Park

FCCMA 2018 Awards and Scholarships Recipients

Richard (Dick) Simmons Lifetime Achievement Award A. William Moss, City Manager, Naples President’s Award Gene Strickland, Former City Manager, Lakeland If You Care, You Do! Mark Cunningham, Assistant County Administrator, Sarasota County Mark Ryan, City Manager, Indian Harbour Beach Michael J. Roberto Award for Career Development Carl Schwing, Former City Manager, Bonita Springs Award for…

FCCMA 2018 Years of Service Award Recipients

Five Years Heather Bacus Michele L. Baker Courtney Barker Michael D. Beedie Andrew D. Berns Bolton Partners, Inc. Lori S. Bonino Matthew Campbell Rafael G. Casals Mark A. Cunningham Lee Evett Charity Good Jeffrey Green Ryan Henderson Lisa Hendrickson Richard Johnson Kevin Keogh Richard J. Lemack Douglas A. Lewis Stefan Massol Maria A. Menendez Nick…

June 2018 President’s Message

It is both an honor and a privilege to serve as your 2018/2019 FCCMA President and lead the Board of Directors. Your FCCMA Executive Committee, District Directors and At-Large Directors have all committed to make the 2018/2019 board year FCCMA’s best ever. The bar has been set very high, year after year each President and…

FCCMA welcomes the Florida Municipal Communicators Association (FMCA)

A new association dedicated entirely to the communication efforts of Florida’s municipal governments officially launched this week. The Florida Municipal Communicators Association (FMCA) is a professional network of individuals providing communications leadership and support in Florida’s cities, towns and villages. The only association of its kind in Florida, the FMCA offers communications professionals opportunities to…

In Remembrance of Betty Baker

Betty Baker passed away at the age of 69 in Gainesville on June 24, 2018. She has been a FCCMA member since 2002. She served as administrative services director and deputy county manager before becoming manager in July 2013. She was the first African-American county manager to serve Alachua County. After retiring from Alachua County,…

June 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. Issac R. Brownman, District VI, Director, Public Works, Town of Longboat Key, Affiliate Member; Cheryl Kleen, District IV, Bachelor of Public Management, Florida Atlantic University,…

FCCMA Welcomes Emerging Leaders at First ICMA Student Chapter Summit

The following article was printed in the ICMA Newsletter, June 6, 2018. FCCMA organizes a student-only summit developed specifically to engage Florida MPA students. FCCMA scholarship winners from Florida Gulf Coast University (FCCMA, 2018) The ICMA Student Chapter Summit, a new initiative developed by the Florida City/County Management Association (FCCMA) specifically to engage Florida MPA students, took…

In Remembrance of Francis Thomas Kain

Francis Thomas Kain passed away at the age of 95 in Daytona Beach on May 31, 2018. He served in local governments throughout Florida and Georgia from 1951 – 1987. He served as deputy clerk in Miami-Dade County, assistant city manager in Vero Beach, assistant public works director, public works director and assistant city manager…

Public Records Management and Parliamentary Procedure

The Florida Institute of Government announces two new courses in its online learning community. Public Records Management Parliamentary Procedure are now available! These two vitally important courses are the first of many that will be launched in the coming months. All courses in the Institute’s Online Learning Community are available 24/7. Visit the IOG website for more…

May 2018 President’s Message

It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as your President over the last year. It has provided an opportunity to pay back so many others who have helped me during my 41-year career managing local governments. Many of those have passed, so the best way to give back is to “pay it…