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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).

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.