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.
● 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 14Many 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 8The 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 30FAC 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).
Solutions to COVID-19 Budget Challenges
Wednesday, September 16Ged 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, 2020One 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.