CMRI Events & Symposiums


The Center for Municipal Research & Innovation holds two research symposiums per year, one in conjunction with the League's annual conference in August and one in conjunction with the legislative conference in November. These symposiums bring together public administrators, elected officials and the academic community. Each symposium focuses on specific local government issues, and how research, statistics and trends can be used in the local government setting.

Fall 2018 Research Symposium
Reassessing Recycling: Balancing Market Challenges and Citizen Expectations
Wednesday, November 14 │ 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. │ Orlando

In 2008, the Florida Legislature established a statewide recycling goal of 75 percent by 2020. As providers of municipal waste services, cities play a significant role in helping their counties meet this goal. Since 2016, multiple challenges have jeopardized that objective.

Join us for our Fall Research Symposium as we examine the impact of contamination rates and the price of trash in the global economy. We will also explore how city ordinances regulating single-use plastics affect the local business community and help or hurt recycling goals. Learn  about specific actions cities can take to reassess operations and policies to adapt and maintain viable municipal materials management systems from industry experts, business leaders and our research partners.


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Where Are We Now - 75% Goal and How It's Measured
Speaker: Dr. Tim Townsend, Hinkley Center, University of Florida

9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. | Break

9:40 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. | Local Government Service - Market Conditions
Panelists: Dawn McCormick, Director of Communications, Waste Management; Earl Gloster, Director, Solid Waste/General Services, City of Clearwater; and John Nico, Sustainability & Permitting Assistant, City of Winter Park

10:40 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. | Break

10:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. | Effects of Single-Use Plastics Ordinances on Businesses
Panelists: Dwaine Stevens, Media & Community Relations Manager, Publix Super Markets, Jacksonville Division; and Stu Glass, Deputy Mayor, Town of Indialantic

11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Break

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Luncheon and Keynote Address: How the 75% Goal Came To Be
Speaker: Seminole County Commissioner and Former Senator Lee Constantine

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This research symposium is designed for municipal policymakers, elected officials, managers, solid waste providers and research partners. The event is free for League members and research partners, but pre-registration is required. Click here to download the registration form. Contact FLC Research Analyst Liane Giroux with questions or to learn more.  

Presentations from previous symposiums are available to the right.



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