District Training at Florida Gulf Coast University

On Friday April 12, District VI held a training event at Florida Gulf Coast University, co-sponsored by the FGCU ICMA Student Chapter.  The topic was “Professional Management: Ethical Challenges in 2019.” Student members from the FGCU ICMA Student Chapter moderated the event. A group of managers from the region shared their experiences with the attendees. …

2019 District IV Networking Event

by Lori LaVerriere, City Manager, City of Boynton Beach Our District IV Networking event was a success!   This event was sponsored by FCCMA, PBCCMA and FAU.  As you can see in the photos we had a great turnout.  We set up the event like a “speed dating” event…..different managers spoke on a variety of topics…

FCCMA Training in Plantation

FCCMA held a training on March 29th in Plantation on “Enhancing Education in Your Community: Using a Business Action Team.” Attendees were provided an overview of how the public education systems affected their communities and their ability to attract quality business. They learned how and why businesses, cities, counties and school boards need to work…

April 2019 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 will be invoiced for dues. Scott Burrows, District VII, Master of Public Administration, University of South Florida, Student Member; Kationx Corp., District VIII, Contact: Nina Mirhabibi, Director of Marketing,…

March 2019 President’s Message

I write to you this month with the realization my term as FCCMA President is coming to an end soon. It’s been a great experience for me in any number of ways and you’ve made it well worth the time required to serve. In March I had the pleasure of serving as the Chairperson of…

District V Training in Pinecrest

On Friday March 22, District V held a training event in PInecrest.  The topic was “Mindfulness.” The group learned techniques to help them put aside distractions, be present, focused and in-the-moment.  Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to network and meet others engaged in local government work.  Keep a look out for more great training programs like…

Strategic Community Engagement

By Russ Blackburn, City Manager and Kate Parmelee, Strategic Initiatives Director, City of Port St. Lucie The future of our cities and counties are shaped by those who live there today.  An ongoing challenge for local government leaders is finding ways to effectively engage residents so we can ensure our services and policies reflect their…

Growth Management Workshops in Duval County

May 9-10, 2019 Duval County UF/IFAS Extension Office, 1010 N. McDuff Avenue, Jacksonville On Thursday, May 9, there will be a growth management planning officials training and on Friday, May 10, there will be a planning administration best practices series. To register, click here. Gene Boyles, Senior Fellow of the Program for Resource Efficient Communities,…

Celebrating Public Service

Florida International University invites you to attend an event celebrating public service. The purpose of the event is for FIU students to learn more about local public servants and their roles in the community. It is also an opportunity to showcase the officials’ expertise and network with other local officials. Each of the officials will…

March 2019 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. Zoie Burgess, District IV, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Lake Clarke Shores, Full Member; Felicia Donnelly, District VII, Assistant City Manager, City of Oldsmar,…

February 2019 President’s Message

Let me begin by saying how much I enjoyed seeing so many of you at this year’s Winter Institute. This Winter Institute was our best attended program yet and I want to thank Micah Maxwell and his Winter Institute Committee for all their hard work making our time in Tampa so beneficial. Also, let’s not…

Taylor Brown, City Manager, City of Perry

How long have you been a FCCMA member and why did you join?  I was a City Planner prior to transitioning to City Manager. I had been active for many years in the American (and Florida) Planning Associations which had proven vital to my continued professional development.  I became a city manager in the spring…

Engagement Leads to High Performance

by Gina Peebles, Assistant County Manager, Alachua County This year’s Winter Institute took participants from the management style of the Industrial Revolution through the present.  Between 1870 and 1970, management was through strict supervision.  Tasks were small and repetitive.  Human capital was expendable. Post 1970, rapid change occurred, much of which was due to technological…

February 2019 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. Peggy Castano, District V, Special Assistant to City Manager, City of Lauderdale Lakes, Full Member; Keith Clinkscale, District IV, Director, Strategic Planning & Performance Management,…

January 2019 President’s Message

Fellow FCCMA Members it is hard for me to believe it’s already February! The Winter Institute is in Tampa in two weeks, the ICMA SouthEast Region meetings are at the end of the month and soon we will be back at the annual conference! Our committees are working at full throttle. If you are a…

Taking a Vital Step Toward Website Accessibility

By Woody Estep, Municode The Internet has dramatically changed the way local governments engage their residents. Many local government websites offer a quick and convenient way of paying bills, renewing licenses, signing up for programs, applying for permits, or performing a wide variety of other services. As a result, many residents can easily access this…

Growth Management Workshops in Charlotte County

March 7-8, 2019 Charlotte County, 25550 Harbor View Road #3, Port Charlotte On Thursday, March 7, there will be a growth management planning officials training and on Friday, March 8, there will be a planning administration best practices series. To register, click here. Gene Boyles, Senior Fellow of the Program for Resource Efficient Communities, University…

Florida Hurricane Recovery Survey

NACo and ICMA recognize how many of their Florida members have been impacted by recent disasters. In our effort to provide long term recovery support to Florida counties and cities they invite you to participate in a survey that will assist them in building post recovery resources, including content for ICMA-NACo Disaster Recovery Webinar and…

Survey Responses Needed for UCF Doctoral Student

The University of Central Florida is conducting research into strategic planning in Florida municipalities. Your city’s participation would be greatly appreciated and of great benefit. The survey has 12 questions and should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Download the survey here and return to FLC Research Analyst Liane Giroux. Any questions regarding this survey should…

January 2019 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. Rob Duncan, District VII, Municipality Account Executive, ABM, Affiliate Member; David Dyess, District IV, City Manager, City of Stuart, Full Member; Jefferson Geimer, District V,…

Local Government’s Role in Opportunity Zones

The Florida Housing Coalition is hosting a live webinar on local government’s role in Opportunity Zones (OZ) on February 20, 2019, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Sponsored by PNC, this webinar serves as a deep dive into key topics for local government staff, particularly those involved with planning and housing and economic development, as they…