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Supporting Economic Development in Florida

June 2, 2021

The webinar is designed to illustrate how Florida’s counties can work with the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and Florida’s Regional Planning Councils (RPCs) serving as the EDA-designated Economic Development Districts to help them build the capacity for economic development based on local conditions and needs. Learn how EDA’s grant investments in planning, technical assistance and infrastructure construction are designed to leverage regional assets to support the implementation of economic development strategies that make it easier for businesses to start and grow. Economic resiliency, EDA’s grant process and current grant funding opportunities including the American Rescue Plan will be discussed within the context of locally driven, community-supported approaches to create the foundation for high-quality job growth and private sector investment.

Who’s on First? Navigating, Understanding, & Complying with Federal COVID Funding

May 26, 2021

This webinar will provide an overview Federal funding related to COVID and Recovery, including CARES Act, ARPA, and FEMA, the unique requirements for each fund, and the different sets of compliance applicable to each fund. It will examine the interplay among the funds, how to avoid duplication of benefits, and appropriate funding uses. Finally, the session provide insight on the Federal audit and oversight process, discuss common audit findings, and how to maximize funding while reducing risk of clawbacks and deobligations.

Disaster Response Bootcamp for County Commissioners - The County's Role in Emergency Management

May 14, 2021

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was like no other. Not only did it produce 30 named storms, but the United States suffered 12 direct hits. Forecasters had to turn to the rarely used Greek alphabet for only the second time in history to name tropical systems. While NOAA will issue its outlook for the 2021 hurricane season in late May, forecasters at Colorado State University are projecting 17 named storms, including 8 hurricanes. In view of this, Florida’s counties will once again be on the front line and its emergency management systems will be put to the test.
You won't want to miss this webinar which featured Joe Myers, President, Disaster Strategies and Ideas (DSI), and Former Director of Florida Division of Emergency Management, who discussed "The County's Role in Emergency Management."

Innovating County Government: How Miami-Dade County Modernizes Services

May 12, 2021

Governments across the country are continuously taking steps to innovate services for their communities. However, these innovation efforts can often be difficult to get off the ground - where do you start? Join Miami-Dade county and Qualtrics in a discussion about how Miami-Dade is innovating their programs in a variety of different ways, including listening to resident feedback, automating service delivery, and streamlining internal workflows.

Disaster Response Bootcamp for County Commissioners - The State’s Role in Emergency Management

May 7, 2021

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season was like no other. Not only did it produce 30 named storms, but the United States suffered 12 direct hits. Forecasters had to turn to the rarely used Greek alphabet for only the second time in history to name tropical systems. While NOAA will issue its outlook for the 2021 hurricane season in late May, forecasters at Colorado State University are projecting 17 named storms, including 8 hurricanes. In view of this, Florida’s counties will once again be on the front line and its emergency management systems will be put to the test. To prepare for the upcoming season, FAC’s Institute for County Government (ICG) has organized an informal learning program for county commissioners during the month of May.

Be sure to watch this informative webinar featuring Kevin Guthrie, Deputy Director, Florida Division of Emergency Management discussing "The State’s Role in Emergency Management."

Looking to the Future: Counties & Emergency Management

March 31, 2021

The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) plays a well-known role across the state, working day-and-night to ensure that Florida is prepared to respond to emergencies, recover from them, and mitigate impacts. In the age of COVID-19, counties collaboration with FDEM provides a vital life-line for our communities more than ever.

Jared Moskowitz is stepping down as the Director of FDEM and will be succeeded by current Deputy Director and Former Pasco County Assistant Administrator, Kevin Guthrie. Bid your farewell to Director Jared Moskowitz and welcome Deputy Director Kevin Guthrie this Wednesday, March 31! In addition to this conversation of transition, Kevin Guthrie will provide details on his plan for his upcoming role and communicate with county leadership in order to further solidify our ongoing partnership - you don't want to miss it!

Rural Broadband Solutions webinar

March 24, 2021

Founded in 2002, Inspired Technologies is an industry leader in technology support. Inspired specializes in IT support and consulting for county government/city/law enforcement, wireless technologies, 4GLTE/5G installations and support for T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon, microwave installation, fiber construction, inside and outside plant engineering for internet service providers, and infrastructure cabling for Cat5/Cat6 cabling. Zack Dunlap is the Vice President of Business Development for Inspired Technologies Inc. and manages the Florida Association of Counties Managed IT Services Program on behalf of Inspired Technologies.

Planning for the $1.9T American Rescue Plan and Emergency Rental Assistance Program Implementation Strategies

March 9, 2021

Witt O’Brien’s and Unqork will present information on the $1.9T American Rescue Plan and explain various approaches to Emergency Rental Assistance Program implementation.

Redistricting County Commissions in 2021

February 25, 2021

The Florida Constitution and Statutes require the Board of County Commissioners to divide the county into districts that are nearly equal in population after each decennial census. 2020 census data will be available later this year. The webinar will review the redistricting requirements and offer insights into best practices so that the process may be implemented in an efficient and effective manner. For more information, please go to

Best Practices - Polk County: Helping HANDS

February 24, 2021

Challenged with mentally ill inmates cycling through jail, Polk County developed Helping HANDS. The program uses the Assess, Plan, Identify and Coordinate(APIC) jail transition model unconventionally, staffing Community Paramedics alongside Recovery Peer Specialists to engage inmates and assist them with community reentry. The program ensures participants engage in treatment, receive medications and connect with social services resulting in reduced arrests, crisis admissions, and inappropriate use of EMS. Breaking down barriers, partnerships include Polk County Sheriffs’ Office, Fire Rescue, Health and Human Services, jail healthcare providers and behavioral health providers who share information and data. Early results show improvements in fewer arrests, EMS calls and emergency room visits.

Aetna - Covid-19 Vaccine Update

February 23, 2021

The surge of COVID-19 has severely impacted the United States both medically and financially; however, the creation of not one but multiple vaccines signifies that help is on the way. The swift and efficient development of the COVID-19 vaccines is an unprecedented scientific revelation, yet hurdles remain. Dr. E. Lee Washington—Senior Medical Director of the Department of Plan Sponsor Insights in Aetna National Accounts—tackles the latest vaccine news, breaking down the clinical efficacy of the various vaccine candidates and what the population can expect from pharmacy distribution, the vaccination experience, and community efforts to alleviate vaccine hesitancy. Register today to receive crucial updates on all things vaccine-related!

Best Practices - Flagler County: Fire Leadership Academy

February 17, 2021

Flagler County Fire Rescue in cooperation with the Flagler County School Board created a classroom-to-career curriculum with all approvals needed to open its doors in January 2017 and hiring their first graduates in 2019. In the end, Flagler County created a program with a built in hiring pool and the potential of a long-term employee that will contribute to the local economy. This program has been lauded as the first of its kind in the nation because it goes further than just preparing a student for entering the fire academy upon graduation; it prepares students to enter the workplace.

Best Practices - Volusia County: Youth Services in a Pandemic - From Obstacles to Innovation

February 10, 2021

When library branches closed and library programs ceased, library youth staff immediately began adapting the traditional face-to-face library programming to continue providing meaningful learning experiences for our community. Out of new restrictions emerged not only virtual programs that have expanded staff’s technical knowledge, but the award-winning Lit Kits to Go! Service, Facebook Live Volusia Reads Stories, YouTube videos that include Education Station, Bilingual programs, S.T.R.E.A.M, and Kindergarten Readiness.

COVID and Counties: It’s Not Just A Horrible Disease - It Could Be Your Next Employee Lawsuit by Bryant Miller Olive

January 13, 2021

COVID-19 is a horrific disease with tragic consequences for millions of people. We’re all vulnerable - family, friends, residents, and our valued employees - and we’re all sharing the burdens of dealing with the medical and the economic impact. One of those burdens are lawsuits and other legal action arising from the pandemic and how we deal with it. Can the county require employees to be vaccinated? Can the county discipline employees who engage in unsafe off-duty conduct? Can the county be sued if an employee is infected with COVID-19 on the job? Employment law attorneys David C. Miller and Ranjiv Sondhi of the law firm of Bryant Miller Olive will address these and other issues and answer your questions in this upcoming presentation.

COVID-19 Rental Assistance: A Playbook for Immediate Deadlines and Program Implementation

January 12, 2021

Join the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) and experts from Witt O'Brien's for the first installment of our COVID-19 Rental Assistance webinar series. In response to the new $900 billion COVID-19 relief package, Witt O’Brien’s experts will outline the immediate steps you should take when evaluating if you should opt in to receive your reserved allocation, strategies for immediate actions ahead of receiving funds, and the framework for designing a successful program.

2021 Fiscal Outlook featuring Joe Rulison, CEO/Founder, three+one

January 5, 2021

"The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) is excited to offer a 2021 Fiscal Outlook featuring Joe Rulison, CEO of three+one®, a FAC partner. In our 20 minute conversation, Joe will highlight a couple of trends he expects will impact counties in 2021. Over the last several years, Joe has published a yearly outlook which has been found to be very informative and actionable.

three+one is a fintech company that focuses on liquidity analysis and data for public entities through their cashVest® and rfpPrep® platforms. In 2019, three+one entered into an official partnership with the National Association of Counties (NACo), followed by a formal partnership with the FAC in 2020.

Since 2014, three+one, has generated over $350,000,000 in new income and savings for public entities and the communities they serve. More information may be found on their website:

Modernizing on a Dime: How St. Petersburg, FL moved quickly to save small businesses by rethinking how they work

Thursday, December 17

December 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. (EST) St. Pete set out to provide relief to small businesses impacted by local COVID-19 orders through its Fighting Chance Fund. While the City moved quickly to stem the losses to businesses and individuals, they rewired workflows across departments and adopted technology solutions that enabled them to collaborate, automate, and share data in near-real-time.

The Future of Public Meetings By OnBoard

Wednesday, December 16

As communities across the nation continue to deal with challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, government bodies have had to find new ways to conduct business, provide constituent services, and create opportunities for citizen oversight and feedback. After all, in times of crisis and uncertainty, open communication is even more vital as citizens look to public sector leaders to provide information and necessary support.

CARES Act: The End is Nigh! Webinar by Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, P.A.

Tuesday, December 15

CARES Act: The End is Nigh! Webinar by Nabors, Giblin & Nickerson, P.A. .
Although this year feels like it has lasted a decade, the close of 2020 is finally upon us and with it the end of the CARES Act. However, it’s not time, just yet, to chill the champagne, there is a lot of work yet to take place. This presentation will provide a general summary of the CARES Act, best practices for close out, what Commissioners can do now to prepare their counties for audits in the future, and how to prepare for what may be on the horizon in 2021 for additional stimulus related to COVID-19. The end is nigh!

IEM Webinar - A Holistic Approach to COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Wednesday, December 9

IEM, a company dedicated to assisting state and local governments through their most difficult challenges for the last three and half decades, will provide an update on federal and national COVID-19 efforts, reflecting on their work in Florida and around the country. The team will review their AI-based COVID-19 Modeling for Florida, including current case projections and provide an update on Coronavirus Vaccine development. Finally, IEM will offer an overview of federal funding (e.g., CARES, FEMA & CDBG-DR), including what they are seeing in their work across the country in the pace of reimbursements, issues/concerns, and best practices.

FDOT: Update on MCORES

Wednesday, November 18

Join FAC on Wednesday, November 18th at 3:00 pm for an update on the FDOT M-CORES Program. The Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) program is intended to revitalize rural communities, encourage job creation and provide regional connectivity while leveraging technology, enhancing the quality of life and public safety, and protecting the environment and natural resources.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is assigned with assembling task forces to study three specific corridors:

• The Suncoast Connector, extending from Citrus County to Jefferson County

• The Northern Turnpike Connector, extending from the northern terminus of Florida’s Turnpike northwest to the Suncoast Parkway

• The Southwest-Central Florida Connector, extending from Collier County to Polk County

The Florida Legislature charged each Task Force with providing recommendations and evaluations in a final report by November 15, 2020, which will guide the Florida Department of Transportation in its subsequent study phases through the implementation of high-level needs, guiding principles, and instructions.

Results 2020 - Overview of County Elections

Wednesday, November 4

On Wednesday, while the nation recovers from another wild election cycle, join FAC staff for a run-down of what happened in Florida's county races. We will discuss results, introduce some new commissioners and review a few local ballot initiatives. This year, there have been a lot of tight races, more than a few of our long serving commissioners have retired and at least three seats are up in most counties resulting in a large class of new commissioners.

A Look at the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) Update

Wednesday, October 28

The Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) is the state’s long-range plan guiding Florida’s transportation future. The FTP is a plan for all of Florida – and affects every resident, business, and visitor. It is important because it not only sets a long-range vision for the future, but it guides transportation decisions today.

The FTP considers how Florida will:
• Attain a goal of zero fatalities on Florida’s transportation system
• Provide a more efficient and mobile transportation system
• Meet the needs of a growing and changing population
• Make our economy more competitive
• Enhance the quality of life and environment of Florida’s communities
• Address emerging issues such as the rapid changes in technology

To learn more about what FDOT and its partners are doing to plan for tomorrow’s growth, particularly as it relates to rural areas, please join us for this informative webinar sponsored by FAC’s Rural Affairs Caucus.

Use CARES Act Funds to Improve Mental Health In Your County

Wednesday, October 21

With the CARES Act “use it or lose it” expiration date fast approaching, we’ll share practical and efficient strategies for using your funding to broadly expand mental and behavioral health outreach in accordance with the criteria.
Specifically discussed:

● How it is essential for behavioral health to work in conjunction with public health to improve overall mental well-being within our communities.
● Why this need for collaboration is even more essential in the face of COVID 19 and the associated emotional distress; civil and social unrest; and health disparities experienced by socially disadvantaged populations.
● How empowering communities with self-help prevention and intervention resources can alleviate mental health issues “upstream” before they escalate into co-morbid acute care episodes. Join Bryan Desloge, Leon County Commissioner and past president of both the National Association of Counties and the Florida Association of Counties, and Deryk Van Brunt, PhD, CredibleMind CEO and clinical professor at the US, Berkeley’s School of Public Health for this timely webinar.

Media in a Virtual World

Wednesday, October 14
Many local governments have a communications plan in place to deal with emergencies and natural disasters, but these strategies often involve gathering key staff and the media in one small “war room” – an environment not safe during a global health pandemic. However, the unprecedented environment does not change the public and the media’s need for increased transparency and speed when communicating with their local leaders. Instead, it forces local governments and their leaders to get creative and adapt their approaches to suit a virtual world. Hear from Ryan Houck, a media consultant and communications strategist, as he explains this new media landscape, ways to engage with the media remotely, and how to relay non-pandemic news to the media and the public that won't be overshadowed. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a huge disrupter to everything we know and understand in the world today. As a disrupter to our sense of “normal,” organizations must concede that business conducted pre-pandemic will continue to evolve in the new environment. Our conversation will engage you in thinking about how COVID-19 impacts organizational actions with regards to the behavioral health aspects of your employees.

COVID-19 & Mental Health in the Workplace

Thursday, October 8
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a huge disrupter to everything we know and understand in the world today. As a disrupter to our sense of “normal,” organizations must concede that business conducted pre-pandemic will continue to evolve in the new environment. Our conversation will engage you in thinking about how COVID-19 impacts organizational actions with regards to the behavioral health aspects of your employees.

Community Policing in Florida

Wednesday, September 30
FAC Urban Caucus Chair and Vice-Chair, Commissioner Janet Long and Mayor Jerry Demings, will lead a discussion regarding community-oriented policing techniques with sheriffs from across the state and members of the Florida Sheriffs Association (FSA).

Town Hall with CFO Jimmy Patronis

Wednesday, September 23
The office of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Florida is perhaps one of the most important yet least known offices of state government. Leading this Department is CFO Jimmy Patronis, a Florida native, businessman, and former member of the Florida House of Representatives. CFO Patronis has been an outspoken advocate for Florida consumers, particularly in the aftermath of major disasters, like Hurricane Michael and more recent disruptive events like COVID-19. Please join us for this town hall meeting with CFO Patronis to hear all that his office is doing on financial transparency, disaster recovery, consumer protection and much more.

Solutions to COVID-19 Budget Challenges

Wednesday, September 16
Ged Lawyers has successfully recovered over $50M for local municipalities and medical providers under Florida's Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. Join us as the team at Ged Lawyers pulls back the curtain and educates us on how this can be accomplished, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Election Security During COVID-19

September 2, 2020
One of the biggest issues being reported by the media in recent months has been election security. Whether one votes by mail or in-person, safe and secure voting has never been more important.

Recently, the Florida Supervisor of Elections reported that, according to the Department of Homeland Security, "Florida is one of the most, if not the most, engaged state working with DHS on securing election systems infrastructure ."

With the primary elections now behind us and the approaching general election in November, please join us for this informative webinar discussion to hear what challenges, if any, our election supervisors encounter during the primary and what efforts are being made to secure the next election.

COVID-19: The Science Behind the Headlines

August 26, 2020
National public health expert, Dr. Georges Benjamin, and the Vice President of State Government Affairs for CVS Health, Leanne D. Gassaway, discuss the science and facts behind the headlines related to the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 Rapid Contact Tracing

August 19, 2020
Rapid Trace, a contact tracing company dedicated to tracing and contacting individuals who have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, explains the process of contact tracing including compliance requirements, the necessary technology, and data security and reliability.

Florida's Housing Framework: Legislative Update and COVID 19

August 12, 2020
Jamie Ross, a leading expert in affordable housing, walks counties through strategies that they can develop to address the affordable housing crisi in Florida.

CARES Act Budgeting

August 7, 2020
Since the release of the CARES Act funds, counties across the state have been creating plans and programs in order to best serve their communities' needs during the coronavirus pandemic, but deciding which programs to prioritize and how much should be allocated towards different programs can be challenging. Florida Local Government Investment Trust (Florida Trust) discusses best practices when it comes to budgeting your CARES Act funds.

Demographics are Destiny: How Demographic Trends are Reshaping Florida and the United States

August 5, 2020
Dr. Tim Chapin, Dean of Social Sciences at Florida State University and a leading expert on demographic trends and urban planning, offers insights on what counties can anticipate with the 2020 US census count underway.

Navigating Public Employees’ Speech Rights

July 29, 2020
A public employee has a First Amendment right to freedom of speech. However, the right applies to speaking as a citizen on a matter of public concern but not to speech that is personal in nature or within the scope of the employee’s duties for the public employer. Ray Poole from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP provides a proper analysis on whether the public employee has engaged in protected speech under the First Amendment.

Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez Provides an Update on the 2020 Census

July 23, 2020
Census participation is crucial in ensuring communities across Florida receive the appropriate amount of federal funds and accurate political representation. Florida's Lieutenant Governor, Jeanette Nuñez, provides an update on that status of the 2020 Census in Florida.

New Tech Entering the Market to Help with Reopening

July 22, 2020
New tech is exploding onto the market to help businesses and governments cope with COVID-19. FAC Business Solution and Corporate Partner, Inspired Technologies, walks you through some of the coolest and practical tech on the market today.

Campaigning and Communicating in a COVID World

July 15, 2020
John Sowinski, a veteran consultant for numerous successful statewide issue and corporate campaigns, discusses the keys to running a winning campaign despite the challenges COVID-19 presents and how best to communicate with your constituents during this turbulent time.

5G, Public Safety & Cybersecurity

July 8, 2020
An informative deep dive webinar into all things Verizon including: network, public safety, cyber security and 5G technology.

Is your virtual BOCC meeting secure?

July 1, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
FAC's new Business Solution Partner, Inspired Technologies, walks you through the capabilities and security of virtual meeting platforms like MS Teams and Zoom.

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.

Maximizing Federal Assistance: Seeking, Obtaining, and Using CARES Act & Federal Assistance Funds

June 26, 2020
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.

Making the Most of Libraries During COVID-19

June 17, 2020
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. This webinar will show how an innovative approach to library service can yield excellent community service and strong return on investment while reducing cost.

CARES Act Webinar: Distribution of CARES Act Monies

June 17, 2020
Last 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. FAC discusses the next steps including how to receive the funding, what you can spend it on, and counties' other responsibilities.

Virtual Town Hall With Florida's Agriculture Commissioner

June 4, 2020
Join 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.

Working with Utilities During the Pandemic & Hurricane Season

June 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
FAC discusses how electric utilities are preparing to ensure they keep the lights on in Florida's communities. 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.

Preparing for Hurricane Season During COVID-19

May 27, 2020
Joe Myers, the former Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, provides an overview of the state’s emergency management system, the authorities granted to counties, and the role of the county commission.

Making the Most of Your County Cash Flow During COVID-19

May 20, 2020
FAC Corporate Partner, Three + One, shows counties how to use liquidity analyses and data to maximize the value on current tax dollars and any CARES Act funding received.

The Florida Economy

May 6, 2020
Dr. Jerry D. Parrish, the Chief Economist and the Director of Research for the Florida Chamber Foundation, 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.

COVID-19: Getting the Highest Reimbursement Dollars

April 29, 2020
The Florida Association of Counties and experts from Witt O'Brien's walk counties through the CARES Act and its impact on FEMA reimbursements.

Unprecedented Leadership: How to Lead During COVID-19

April 15, 2020 (Commissioners) & May 13, 2020 (County Staff)
Dr. Matthew Sowcik, Associate Professor at the University of Florida IFAS Extension, explains how to effectively lead your employees during these unprecedented times.

The Future of COVID-19: Research, Vaccines, & How to Move Forward

April 23, 2020
The 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.

The Science of COVID-19: Today & In The Future

April 2, 2020
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.