Florida Caucus Meeting
July 15, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.A Zoom meeting has been scheduled for the NACo Florida membership to caucus in advance of the virtual NACo Annual Business Meeting which will be held on Monday, July 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm, ET. Click here to attend via Zoom.
5G, Public Safety & Cybersecurity
July 8, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.Please join an informative deep dive webinar into all things Verizon including: network, public safety, cyber security and 5G technology. This presentation will discuss the transformative impact of technology. And, most importantly, Verizon understands that they only transform the industry if they also offer a 5G ecosystem made up of innovative partners and customers who drive the industry together. The way a network is built can determine a lot about the benefits it can provide. Click here to register.
Senior Real Estate ManagerClick here to read my bio!
Manager Solutions ArchitectClick here to read my bio!
Sen. Manager Gov. Bus. SalesClick here to read my bio!
Bus. Development ManagerClick here to read my bio!
Troy M. Dunning
ManagerClick here to read my bio!
Is your virtual BOCC meeting secure?
July 1, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, counties and businesses have been operating in a virtual world. But the business of government must be transparent, secure, and accessible. Join FAC's new Business Solution Partner, Inspired Technologies as they walk you through the capabilities and security of virtual meeting platforms like MS Teams and Zoom. Click here to register.
Pictured right: Zack Dunlap, Vice President of Business Development, Inspired Technologies
What Now? Clean Waterways Act - New Requirements on Florida Counties
June 30, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.The unanimous passage of the Clean Waterways Act in Senate Bill 712 is the culmination of several years of focus on statewide protection and improvement of our water resources. While we all support these protections and the goals of the Act, many sections of the bill will have an ongoing fiscal impact on local government and require operational changes to your utilities. This webinar provides a high-level overview of the provisions, requirements, and timelines outlined in the bill and some of the potential financial and political implications resulting from its passage. Click here to register.
Susan Harbin Alford
Deputy Director, Public Policy
FACClick here to read my bio!
Senior Vice President
Jones EdmundsClick here to read my bio!
Jones EdmundsClick here to read my bio!
Maximizing Federal Assistance: Seeking, Obtaining, and Using CARES Act & Federal Assistance Funds
June 26, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.As counties begin to develop a more comprehensive picture of their funding needs related to COVID-19, accessing federal assistance programs for potential reimbursement will be key. Join the Florida Association of Counties and experts from Witt O'Brien's for Part II of the Maximizing Federal Assistance webinar series.Now that the State of Florida has issued guidelines for the Treasury Funding under the CARES Act, Witt O’Brien’s experts will expand on Treasury Funding Guidelines, outline the steps you should take in anticipation of utilizing funds, and share key insights on other sources of funding to pursue to ensure your county is maximizing cost recovery opportunities. Click here to watch the webinar.
Demographics and Destiny: How Demographic Trends are Reshaping Florida and the United States
June 24, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.As the third largest state in the nation, Florida faces numerous challenges in meeting the demands of its residents. The state’s population is forecast to increase on average annually by more than 305,000 between 2020 and 2025 and by more than 255,000 between 2025 and 2030. Of significance is the how the state’s demographics are expected to change during this period, with 1 in 4 Floridians expected to be listed as elderly. Of equal significance is the anticipated change in household size and composition, where forecasters project an increased number of households with no children. These and other changes in the state’s demographics will create new challenges for counties as it relates to housing, infrastructure, healthcare, and the environment. How Florida balances these issues in the future will depend in larger part how counties prepare themselves for the next generation. Dr. Chapin, Dean of Social Sciences at Florida State University, is a leading expert on these issues and will offer insights on what counties can anticipate with the 2020 US census count underway.
Dr. Tim Chapin
Dean & Professor at Florida State University
Dr. Tim Chapin is Dean in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy and a professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University. Prior to stepping into the interim dean’s role, Chapin served a six-year term as chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and two years as Associate Dean for Development for the college.
Since joining FSU in 1999, Chapin has undertaken research on the effectiveness of Florida’s growth management system and the role of sports facilities in the promotion of urban redevelopment. He is a noted expert on land use and comprehensive planning, growth management, and urban redevelopment. Chapin’s current research interests revolve around how Florida’s demographic trends influence urban patterns and transportation systems in the state.
Making the Most of Libraries During COVID-19
June 17, 2020Community leaders have a tremendous opportunity. At a time when it is critical to reduce cost, it is also possible to enhance community service and optimize return on investment. How? By leveraging one of the most valuable community resources - the public library. While not always top-of-mind, public libraries are a major contributor to economic development and community health. Join this webinar to see how an innovative approach to library service can yield excellent community service and strong return on investment while reducing cost. Click here to watch the webinar.
Debbie Joy, MLS
Marketing Directors at Library Systems & Services (LS&S)
Debbie is a library professional with experience in public library strategy, development and marketing. At Library Systems & Services, Debbie collaborates with community leaders and library staff on strategic planning and library assessments.
Previously, Debbie’s work at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore included design, planning and funding of literacy programs for children, teens and adults. Debbie has designed outcomes measurement of library programs to help secure grant funding, and brings a strategic, results-driven approach. Debbie brings deep dedication to the mission of the public library and its significant impact on communities.
Debbie earned a Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas.
CARES Act Webinar: Distribution of CARES Act Monies
June 17, 2020Last week, Governor DeSantis announced the State of Florida's plan to disburse up to $1.275 billion in CARES Act funds to the remaining small and mid-sized counties. Counties whose population exceeds 500,000 previously received over $2.472 billion in funding directly from the United States Treasury.
This money is crucial to Florida's communities but getting it into the hands of Floridians comes with it's challenges. Counties will need to follow the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) distribution process and reporting requirements all while adhering to the U.S. Treasury's guidelines on spending and sticking to their tight timeline.
Join FAC on Wednesday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) as we discuss the next steps including how to receive the funding, what you can spend it on, and counties' other responsibilities. Click here to watch the webinar.
Virtual Town Hall With Florida's Agriculture Commissioner
June 4, 2020Join Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried for a virtual Town Hall meeting. Commissioner Fried will address agricultural priorities, food issues, and COVID-19 reopening during the Town Hall. Click here to watch the webinar.
Planning & Working with Utilities during the Pandemic and Hurricane Season
June 3, 2020The past few months have shown us that there is no such thing as being too prepared. While counties prepare for a possible hurricane during a pandemic, Florida's utilities are doing the same. Join FAC as we discuss how electric utilities are preparing to ensure they keep the lights on in Florida's communities. Just like our county emergency managers, Florida's utilities regularly train and drill for unplanned events and crises. Presenting sponsor, the Florida Power & Light Company, will also be sharing insight on how the company prepares year round for storm season, as well as special measures being taken to ensure the safety of their employees and the community in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to watch the webinar.
Pamela M. Rauch
Vice President of External Affairs and Economic Development at Florida Power & Light (FPL)
Pamela Rauch is the vice president of external affairs and economic development for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), one of the nation’s leading electric utilities. Ms. Rauch is responsible for local government relations, community engagement and economic development. She has held this position since January 2008.
From 2011-2015, Ms. Rauch’s responsibilities also included project development, where she spearheaded development of all new power generation for FPL, including the addition of a natural gas pipeline to serve the state and growing the company’s solar generation by installing the first three cost-effective, universal scale solar projects that went online in 2016.
Prior to 2008, she served as an associate general counsel for FPL, overseeing the real estate, land use and environmental matters focusing on local government permitting and licensing issues for FPL and development of its unregulated subsidiary’s wind portfolio.
Prior to joining FPL in 1999, Ms. Rauch served as assistant and then deputy city attorney for the City of West Palm Beach, where she played a significant role in downtown redevelopment activities in the mid-1990s, including the development of City Place. Prior to her role with the City, she was in private practice with Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs and Gunster in West Palm Beach with a concentration on local government and real estate law.
Ms. Rauch is Past Chair of Leadership Florida and a member of its Cornerstone Class XXVII, Chair of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, a member of the Orange Bowl Committee, a member of the American Heart Association’s Founder’s Circle, Past Chair of the Florida Chamber Foundation, Past Chair of Palm Beach County’s 2016 Go Red for Women campaign and Past Chair of the Palm Beach Zoo. Ms. Rauch graduated from Florida State University College of Law with honors and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a varsity athlete and captain of the women’s tennis team.
White House COVID-19 Call for Florida's Counties
June 2, 2020The White House will be hosting a call for Florida's county commissioners and staff regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and Florida. Federal agency leaders, such as FEMA, will present on some of the key issues for Florida, followed by a short Q&A session.
Preparing for Hurricane Season During COVID-19
May 27, 2020Monday, June 1 marks the start of the 2020 hurricane season. While that official date is quickly approaching, the tropics have already been active with the first named tropical storm (TS Arthur) having formed off the coast of Florida on May 17. According to storm forecasters, the 2020 hurricane season is likely to be very active, with the possibility of having six to nine named storms. As one of the most storm-vulnerable states in the nation, how Florida prepares and responds to a major storm is critical. By statute, Florida counties - and the commissioners that lead them - have a broad range of authorities and responsibilities to deal with disasters. Please join us for this webinar where Joe Myers, the former Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, will provide an overview of the state’s emergency management system, the authorities granted to counties, and the role of the county commission. Click here to watch the webinar.
Joseph F. Myers
CEO at Disasters, Strategies & Ideas Group (DSI)
Joseph F. Myers, CEO of Disasters, Strategies & Ideas Group (DSI) served as the Director of the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management for nine years, and the Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) for over eight years. He has been involved in emergency management in city, county and state government for more than 30 years. As the Director of FDEM, Mr. Myers was responsible for the State’s Emergency Response Plan after Hurricane Andrew and ensuring coordination among cities, counties and the State in preparation for natural disasters and in response to them. He also designed and implemented the Florida Emergency Management System, which is the foundation in use to this day.
Mr. Myers came to his position in Florida from North Carolina after serving in that State’s Division of Emergency Management for approximately twenty years. While serving as Director in North Carolina, Mr. Myers developed the Model Systems Project, which was designed to assist FEMA with the transformation from the cold war to all hazard emergency management.
Mr. Myers was twice elected President of the National Emergency Management Association, and has received numerous awards, including, The Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award, The Neil Frank Award, The Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina National Guard and the Florida Fire Chief’s, the Bob Sheet’s Award and The Governor’s Award for the State of Florida, and has served on Governor Jeb Bush’s Florida Terrorism Advisory Board. As a State Director, Mr. Myers served as a State Coordinating Officer for numerous disasters, including Hurricanes Gloria, Hugo, Andrew, Opal, Floyd and in addition managed Gulf War Repatriation, Cuban Mass Migration, and the 1998 Florida Fires. Mr. Myers also served on the NEMA Mitigation Committee for two years and played a key leadership role in the development and implementation of national and state mitigation strategies and programs—including those found in the current Stafford Act.
Making the Most of Your County Cash Flow During COVID-19
May 20, 2020Public entities are trying to determine how to provide services to their communities amidst economic uncertainty. In the wake of impeding revenue decreases, counties will face funding challenges and must find new ways to stretch reduced tax receipts.
FAC Corporate Partner, Three + One, will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 20th at 1:00 PM ET to show counties how to use liquidity analyses and data to maximize the value on current tax dollars and any CARES Act funding received. New opportunities exist to increase the value on public funds during a time it’s needed most, this webinar will highlight ways to look under every stone for taxpayer benefit. Click here to watch the webinar. Click here to view the PowerPoint.
Vice President at Three+One
Garrett has been partnering with public officials to generate measurable and sustained public value through increased interest earnings and savings since joining three+one® in 2015. He has worked cooperatively with governing bodies, public finance officials, and financial institutions to help bring strategic initiatives to the public sector that lowers internal costs and tax levies.
Prior to joining three+one®, he traveled widely, both domestically and internationally, bringing efficiency resource management to non-profits in places as far-flung as Singapore, Indonesia, and Great Britain. Garrett attended St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Corporate Finance. He went on to earn his MBA there with high distinction. While at Fisher, he received recognition for his scholastic accomplishments and community service. Garrett was also invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma, the highest honor a business scholar can receive from an AACSB-accredited institution.
He was a research contributor to and co-author of a textbook and academic publication that concentrated on financial instruments and corporate sustainability. Through the Association of Finance Professionals, Garrett earned his Certified Treasury Professional® designation. More recently, he earned a certificate in “Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy” from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Florida Economy
May 6, 2020As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout Florida and the rest of the world, governments have been forced to implement proven public health measures, such as social distancing, in order to weaken the strain on the healthcare system and disrupt the contagion. However, in doing so, its severed the flow of goods and services, stalling the economy and potentially delivering a global recession. Join Dr. Jerry D. Parrish, the Chief Economist and the Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation, as he provides data on how COVID-19 has impacted our state and some key trends and variables that will determine how our economy fairs moving forward. Click here to watch the webinar.
Dr. Jerry Parrish
Chief Economist and Director of Research at the Florida Chamber Foundation
Dr. Jerry D. Parrish is the Chief Economist and the Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation. In that role, he is responsible for conducting in-depth analyses on the Florida economy and on solutions to help secure Florida’s future.
Dr. Parrish previously was the Chief Economist and Director of the Center for Competitive Florida at Florida TaxWatch. Prior to that position, he served as the Associate Director of the Center for Economic Forecasting & Analysis (CEFA) at Florida State University, and has many years of experience in the private sector in management roles at international manufacturing companies.
Dr. Parrish is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Masters in Applied Economics Program at Florida State University. He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Business and Economics from Auburn University, an M.B.A. from Bellarmine University, an M.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University. He regularly publishes research reports and articles on the Florida economy and Florida’s competitiveness.
COVID-19: Getting the Highest Reimbursement Dollars
April 29, 2020As counties begin to assess their spending in response to COVID-19, reimbursement from the federal government is going to be key. Will reimbursement come from FEMA, Treasury or Congress? On Wednesday, April 29, the Florida Association of Counties and experts from Witt O'Brien's for a webinar that will walk counties through the CARES Act and its impact on FEMA reimbursements. Understanding actions recently taken by the Federal Government will be key to ensuring that your county is reimbursed the maximum allowable amount but also is protected during future audits. Click here to watch the webinar.
Unprecedented Leadership: How to Lead During COVID-19
April 15, 2020 (Commissioners) & May 13, 2020 (County Staff)The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the structure of how we live, work and lead. For local governments, keeping communities safe goes beyond closures and safer-at-home orders, keeping communities safe means continuing to provide essential services and infrastructure upkeep while keeping employees safe as well. Dr. Matthew Sowcik, Associate Professor at the University of Florida IFAS Extension, will explain how to effectively lead your employees during these unprecedented times. Click here to watch the webinar for county staff. Click here to download his PowerPoint presentation.
Dr. Matthew Sowcik
Assistant Professor & CLD Specialization Coordinator at University of Florida
Dr. Matthew Sowcik is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication (AEC), and serves as the coordinator for the department's undergraduate communication and leadership development specialization. Additionally, Sowcik serves as a faculty member of the Challenge 2050 Project, a program aimed at developing human capacity to meet the needs associated of a population projected to exceed 9.6 billion by the year 2050.
Sowcik focuses his research on humility and the creation of organizational leadership programs. He also he teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses concentrated on interpersonal leadership development, organizational leadership and advanced leadership theory, while similarly teaching some of the courses offered through the Challenge 2050 Project.
Outside of his research and teaching, Sowcik serves as a consultant to The New York Times. There, he focuses on the newspaper’s educational programming for faculty and students within leadership studies.
Dr. Sowcik co-authored two articles on how to best lead and work remotely. Click here to read the article on leading remotely and click here to read the article on working remotely.
The Science of COVID-19: Today & In The Future
April 2, 2020On Thursday, April 2, the Institute for County Government (ICG), UF/IFAS Extension, and UF Health hosted a webinar which allowed Florida's leaders to speak directly with the leading epidemiologists and researchers on the science of COVID-19. Click here to watch the webinar. For a summary of the webinar including the responses from the Q&A, please click here.
The Future of COVID-19: Research, Vaccines, & How to Move Forward
April 23, 2020The Institute for County Government and the University of Florida IFAS Extension hosted a panel of experts from UF Health to provide an update on testing, research and vaccines as well as discuss steps on moving forward. This webinar is a follow up to the above mentioned webinar. For a summary of the webinar including the responses from the Q&A, please click here. Click here to watch the webinar.
Organizers: Dr. David Nelson (Senior Vice President - UF Health), Ginger Delegal (Executive Director - FAC), Dr. Nick Place (Dean & Director - UF/IFAS Extension)