July 2020 President’s Message

In June, the ICMA Executive Board approved a statement and provided six initial action steps to address systemic racism. That topic, along with other systematic challenges related to diversity and inclusion, will be discussed at the upcoming FCCMA board meeting. The goal of these discussions is for the board to provide a set of action…

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Digital Inclusion and ADA Compliance

What is digital accessibility and ADA compliance?  How do you identify the digital barriers your organization may have? What must governments do to comply under Section 508 and WCAG?  How do you provide equal access to all the digital information your constituents need through your website or social media outlets? In an effort to provide guidance on these important questions,…

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Navigating the Changing Workplace

Leading in the pandemic is challenging government employees to manage their work in a “new normal”, leverage discoveries and processes that arose from rapidly shifting priorities, and chart a new path forward. Focusing on a return to what was is not a viable option because doing so would keep organizations stuck in the past, overlooking…

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EMPLOYEE MORALE DURING COVID-19

By Bob Francis, ICMA-CM, City Manager, City of Belle Isle, Florida I manage the City of Belle Isle, Florida. It’s a small city with a small staff.  Belle Isle is mostly surrounded by Orlando, so we see big city issues spilling over in our community.   This pandemic has certainly taken its toll on our lives.  For my…

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2020 FLC CityStats Survey: Your Data Matters!

The annual FLC CityStats survey launched on Monday, June 29. The 2020 survey is being conducted online via survey links that were emailed to each city’s designated key contact. Your survey link is unique to your city. If the link was not received, please contact FLC Research Analyst Liane Giroux. CityStats is a vital source…

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FCCMA Student Council Spotlight

By Gina Peebles, Assistant County Manager, Alachua County and Brandon Henry, Community Planner/GIS Analyst, Safety Harbor As Andy Stanley once said, “try to do for the next generation of leaders what the previous generation of leaders has not done for you.”  FCCMA is doing just that through our Student Council, which exposes the next generation…

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Meet Howard Brown, Village Manager, Indiantown

How long have you been a FCCMA member and why did you join? It was January 2019 as a full member. Are you an ICMA member, why did you join, and how long have you been a member? Yes, I joined ICMA because I wanted to be part of the changing face of local government.…

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Help Modernize the Model City Charter

Recent events have challenged local governments, with debates over public health, racial equity and policing raise important issues, including questions about the distribution of power and decision-making responsibility. The National Civic League is looking for volunteers to assist in efforts to review, revise and update the Model City Charter to ensure that the document best…

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July 2020 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. Austen Colon, District IV, Master of Public Administration, Florida Gulf Coast University, Student Member; Kevin Crowder, District V, President, BusinessFlare Academy, Affiliate Member; Florida…

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Rebuild Florida

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced $150 million is now available to local governments through the Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program. The Rebuild Florida Mitigation General Infrastructure Program is designed to provide funding opportunities for local governments and state agencies to develop large-scale mitigation activities that allow Florida communities to be more…

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AFI – TLG 2020 Experience Online

Don’t miss out on Alliance for Innovation’s TLG 2020 Virtual Conference (starting July 28!) The Alliance for Innovation’s annual TLG conference is just around the corner (July 28-30)!! Check out the sampling of TLG Experience sessions that will address how Local Government has pivoted in response to COVID-19 www.transformgov.org/tlg2020/covid-19 When registering, don’t forget to enter…

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In Memoriam: Ralph “Bud” Bentley

Ralph “Bud” Bentley passed away at home on June 10, 2020 after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Bud was an ICMA and FCCMA member until his retirement in 2019, and had served in several cities in Florida including West Palm Beach and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. In light of the pandemic, the family does not want to…

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