2019 CityStats Survey: Every City’s Data Matters!

The 2019 FLC CityStats survey is now underway. Please make sure your city takes part in this vital survey. Data collected is used to produce annual analysis reports, support the League’s legislative advocacy efforts and provide answers for member city data inquiries. Much of the CityStats data is not available anywhere else. The 2019 survey…

Clermont City Manager Receives UCF Alumni Award

Clermont City Manager Darren Gray received a prestigious award from his alma matter this week. The University of Central Florida (UCF) honored Gray with the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award in Public Administration on May 7 at UCF’s Morgridge International Reading Center. The ceremony was held during Public Service Recognition Week. “Darren has demonstrated incredible success…

May 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. Andrew Butterfield, District VII, Affiliate Member; William Curvin, District VII, Management Analyst, Town of Kenneth City, Affiliate Member; Ken Frink, District VII, City Manager,…

2019 District VII Networking Event

Date: 6/18/19 Time: 5-6:30 pm, followed by Gulfport City Council recognition at 7 p.m. Location: Habana Café, upstairs – 5402 Gulfport Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707 The Florida City and County Management Association is a community of city and county managers, and others aspiring to hold these positions. With more than 600 members, FCCMA provides…

April 2019 President’s Message

Fellow FCCMA Members: Do not forget it’s time to register for the FCCMA annual conference! It’s important to register early, please make the commitment. Your President-Elect, Shannon Lewis (CM-Melbourne) and the Conference Planning Committee have been working really hard to put together another great conference. The President-Elect’s main job is to plan the annual conference…

District Training in DeLand

On Friday April 26, District II held a training event at the Sanborn Center in DeLand.  The topic was “Current Trends and Best Practices for Employment Labor Law and Labor Negotiations.” Attorneys Jeff Mandel and Benton Woods both with the firm Fisher and Phillips, updated attendees on current trends and practices in this evolving law…

PInellas County Red Tied Abatement

By Addie Javed, PE, Public Works Director, ajaved@pinellascounty.org and Tony Fabrizio, Public Information Specialist, Marketing & Communications, tfabrizio@pinellascounty.org Address: 22211 US Highway 19N, Building 1. Clearwater, FL 33765 Red tide is a naturally occurring microscopic algae, Karenia Brevis (K.brevis) that has been documented along Florida’s Gulf Coast since the 1840’s. It produces brevetoxins that affect…

In Memoriam of W.D. Higginbotham

W. D. Higginbotham, a 25+-year FCCMA member, recently passed away. Mr. Higginbotham’s distinguished public sector career of over 30 years has included serving as chief executive officer and chief financial officer of cities in Florida and California. He served as City Manager of Gainesville, Melbourne Beach, Surfside, and Madeira Beach. After being recruited by the…

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. Christia Alou, District V, Village Manager, Village of El Portal, Full Member; Andy Brooks, District III, Administrative Services Director, City of Casselberry, Affiliate Member;…

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…

Cape Coral Voters Approve $60 Million Parks Bond

by John Szerlag, City Manager, City of Cape Coral Major parks and recreation improvements to be made citywide Cape Coral voters approved a $60 million expansion of the city’s parks and recreation amenities. A general obligation bond referendum was on the General Election ballot. The measure passed with 54 percent of the vote. The “yes”…

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 Chair John Titkanich, Vice Chair Jamie Titcomb, Executive Director, Casey Cook, and I have undertaken an initiative to develop a template letter (link below) that can be utilized by FCCMA members to congratulate newly elected or re-elected…

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; Joanna Cunningham, District IV, Assistant to Village Manager, Village of…

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…