ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Florida League of Cities


When local voices come together, great things happen. Our cities and issues may not be the same, but we're all united in making local choices. 

The FLC annual conference is an opportunity for municipal officials and senior staff to enhance leadership skills, learn from municipal experts, share ideas with peers, discuss strategies for Florida’s future and hear about the latest in products and services for municipal governments. 

The 2022 annual conference will be held August 11-13, at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Fla. A tentative agenda is listed below.
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Booths are sold out for the exhibit hall at the 2022 Annual Conference. Sponsorships are available. Contact Heidi Hogarth at hhogarth@flcities.com with any questions. 

2022 Annual Conference Agenda*


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Research Symposium
Additional registration required through the League’s Center for Municipal Research; contact Wade Burkley at wburkley@flcities.com.

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Florida League of Mayors Forum
Additional registration required through the Florida League of Mayors; contact Rachel Embleton at rembleton@flcities.com.


Thursday, August 11, 2022

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Registration Desk Open

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Continuing Education in Ethics: Have You Completed Your Hours?
Florida’s municipal elected officers are required to take four hours of specific continuing education in ethics per year. If you haven’t completed your hours yet, this is your opportunity! The four-hour session includes two hours on the Florida Ethics Law (Chapter 112, Florida Statutes), one hour of public meetings (Chapter 286, Florida Statutes) and one hour of public records (Chapter 119, Florida Statutes). If your hours are completed, this class is a good refresher.

NOTE: Registration is limited to the first 175 people and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Florida League of Mayors Nominating Committee Meeting

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Florida League of Mayors Business Meeting
For more information, contact Rachel Embleton at rembleton@flcities.com.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Florida League of Mayors Board of Directors Meeting

12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Legislative Policy Committee Meetings
Finance, Taxation and Personnel
Land Use and Economic Development
Municipal Administration
Transportation and Intergovernmental Relations
Utilities, Natural Resources and Public Works

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
“Cities 101” Workshop
If you are newly elected or newly appointed, this “crash course” is designed for you. Details about Florida municipalities, the services they provide and governing challenges will be discussed. This course is a prequel to the popular Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO) but is not a substitute for the three-day IEMO class.

3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Workshops

4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Resolutions Committee Meeting

5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
First-Time Attendees’ Orientation
If this is your first FLC Conference, welcome! This workshop will acquaint you with the League, the conference program (with tips for the best use of your time), how to get involved in your local or regional league, FLC legislative policy committees and other municipal services.

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
President’s Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall


Friday, August 12, 2022

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
FREE Sunrise Yoga on the Beach
Join us on the beach for a sunrise yoga class. Flow with grace in a variety of postures designed to open up your mind, body and heart. This relaxing class will be led by a certified personal trainer and is great for individuals at all levels of fitness. You don’t need to bring a yoga mat, but be sure to wear comfortable clothing. There is no charge for the event, but preregistration is required and the class is limited to the first 50 participants.

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Breakfast
Additional registration is required through the Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials; contact Nykierama Cooper at ncooper@flcities.com.

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

7:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Registration Desk Open

8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Federal Action Strike Team Meeting

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Workshops

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Opening General Session
Featuring the presentation of the E. Harris Drew Award and a keynote presentation by Ben Nemtin.

Ben Nemtin is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of “What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?” and a star of MTV’s highest-rated show on iTunes and Amazon called “The Buried Life.” As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Nemtin’s message of radical possibility has been featured on the “Today” show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” CNN, FOX and NBC News. President Barack Obama called Nemtin and The Buried Life “inspiration for a new generation,” and Winfrey declared their mission “truly inspiring.”

In his first year of college, Nemtin was unexpectedly hit with a depression that forced him to drop out. To feel more alive, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three best friends. They borrowed a rickety, old recreational vehicle, crisscrossed North America and achieved the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a stranger cross something off their bucket list. From playing basketball with Obama to having a beer with Prince Harry, from reuniting a father and son after 17 years to surprising a young girl with a much-needed bionic arm, Nemtin’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to thrive personally and professionally.

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Sidewalk Café in Municipal Marketplace (Cash Sales)

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Workshops

2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Workshops

4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Workshops

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Membership Networking Event

Evening Open


Saturday, August 13, 2022

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Various Local/Regional League Breakfast Meetings. Contact your local league for more information.

7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration Desk Open

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Youth Council Program
Additional registration required; contact Eryn Russell at erussell@flcities.com.

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Annual Business Meeting

10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Second General Session
Featuring recognition of the Years of Service awards and a keynote address by Mickey Smith Jr.

Educa-tainer Mickey Smith Jr. is a Grammy Music Educator Award recipient who hails from a forgotten community in Louisiana and now stands on phenomenal stages encouraging people to “See the Sound and Keep On Going.”

Smith is an acclaimed international speaker, saxophonist, author, master development coach and self-management strategist. He is committed to encouraging and equipping people with the tools to “Discover Their Sound” of significance and “Keep On Going” with resilience. Smith specializes in engaging, educating and elevating every audience member to excellence. Smith believes that everyone has a “sound” (a significance) that has the power to resonate with others and create a shift in thoughts and perspectives.

Smith’s motivational mixture of music and message teaches how to reach people with consistency, intention and strategy.

12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Past Presidents’ Luncheon and Installation of New President

2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Workshops

6:15 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
100th Anniversary Gala
Pack your suits, tuxes and fancy dresses because we’re celebrating the League’s 100th anniversary with an evening that’s sure to be memorable. Following a sit-down dinner, you’ll be amazed by the magical talents of Justin Willman. After the show, enjoy dessert and dancing late into the night.

Magician/comedian and recent Critics’ Choice Awards nominee Justin Willman has cemented himself as one of today’s most prolific entertainers.

In 2018, Willman premiered his six-episode magic series on Netflix titled “Magic for Humans.” In the series, Willman brings his skills as a magician to America’s strange and misunderstood subcultures while incorporating his disarming demeanor into street magic and social experiments that will boggle the mind. IndieWire called Willman the “perfect magician/hybrid prototype with incredible comedic timing,” and Rotten Tomatoes has the show listed at an 85% audience approval. The Los Angeles Times exclaimed that Willman is “a new breed of magician who’s making magic cool again for grown-ups.”

Before “Magic for Humans,” Willman was known for his multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show,” “The Ellen Degeneres Show” and “Conan.” He also performed live at the White House for the Obama family. His debut comedy/magic special “Sleight of Mouth with Justin Willman” premiered on Comedy Central in 2015 to rave reviews.

*Schedule and speakers subject to change.

Future Conference Dates + Locations

  • August 10-12, 2023 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
  • August 15-17, 2024 at the Diplomat Beach Resort - Hollywood

2021 Workshop Presentations


The 2021 conference was held August 12-14 at the World Center Marriott in Orlando. Workshop presentations and a selection of recorded sessions are available below. Click here to view the conference minutes. 

Please Note: Some workshops did not have presentations and some speakers may choose not to share their presentations. 


Research Symposiums


The Center for Municipal Research hosts a research symposium in conjunction with the League's annual conference in August. Supplemental symposiums may be held 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.

The 2021 Research Symposium, Grants for Florida’s Cities: Assistance, Availability and Accountability, held on Wednesday, August 11 at the World Center Marriott in Orlando, explored the grants process with guidance from the League’s grants assistance partner eCivis and representatives from state agencies, including the Department of Environmental Protection and the Division of Emergency Management.

Presentations are available below. 

  • FLC Grants Assistance Program with eCivis
    Speakers: Chris Holley II, Manager, Research and Innovation, Florida League of Cities and Corey Coll, Sr. Enterprise Account Executive, eCivis
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection – Resilience, Management, and Restoration
    Speakers: Whitney Gray, Administrator, Florida Resilient Coastlines Program, Holly Edmond, Program Administrator, Florida Coastal Management Program, and Nathan Jagoda, Environmental Specialist III, Division of Water Restoration Assistance
  • Florida Division of Emergency Management – Mitigation and Recovery
    Speakers: Laura Dhuwe, Deputy Bureau Chief of Mitigation and Melissa Shirah, Bureau Chief, Bureau of Recovery
  • Navigating Grants in the Age of CARES and ARPA 
    Speaker: Maria Howeth, Interim Director of Customer Success, eCivis
  • Presentation Recordings

Click here to access presentations from previous symposiums.


2020 Conference Information


With the health and safety of our membership and staff our top priority, the August 2020 FLC Annual Business Meeting/Nominating Committee Meetings and FLC Board Meetings were held on a fully virtual basis. Conference minutes are available here. Click here to view the resolutions approved during the business meeting on Friday, August 14. 

Given the recent strain on municipal budgets, as well as the uncertainty surrounding gathering sizes and the potential future health impacts of COVID-19, the League felt a virtual event would both help protect our membership and allow more municipal officials to participate. 

The League remains committed to providing opportunities for all virtual attendees to engage, interact and collaborate on the future of the organization.


2019 Conference Information


The 93rd Annual Conference of the Florida League of Cities was held August 15-17, 2019, at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

Click here to view the resolutions approved during the business session on Saturday, August 17. Conference minutes are available here. Presentations from the 2019 Conference are available here

(Please Note: Not all sessions/workshops had presentation materials and some presenters may choose not to share their presentations online.)