FLC Annual Conference

FLC 50th home rule anniversary logo verticalThe Florida League of Cities annual conference is held each August in various locations throughout the state. The annual conference is an opportunity for municipal officials and senior staff to enhance leadership skills, share ideas with peers, discuss strategies for Florida’s future, and learn the latest in products and services designed for municipal governments. 
The 2018 Annual Conference will be held August 16-18 at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Fla. Register Online

Download the Announcement for complete conference details.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Constitutional Home Rule. Florida voters ratified this authority in the 1968 Constitution giving cities the right to perform municipal functions and deliver services without express permission from the state, except as otherwise provided by law.

At this year’s Annual Conference, we will celebrate the Home Rule authority that makes cities essential to the quality of life Floridians enjoy on a daily basis. This will be a conference like no other. You will not want to miss this historic event where delegates will come together at a Home Rule Rally to re-energize the long-held notion that local self–government is the keystone of American democracy!

The conference will feature educational sessions, valuable networking opportunities and a variety of speakers who will inspire, educate and motivate local leaders. Join us as we make history and proclaim #LetCitiesWork!

Hotel Information
The room rate is $189/night + 11%. The cutoff date for reservations at the Diplomat is July 19, 2018. 
NOTE: Reservations can only be made via the FLC-provided group rate code distributed with your registration confirmation. Please do not contact the venue to make reservations until you receive this code.

Registration Rates
Online registration will be available May 1 - August 1. To register in advance, fill out the appropriate registration form (click below to download), attach a check for the fee and mail it to the League office by Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Your name badge and other information can be picked up at the conference registration desk. Online registration is also available here

NOTE: Fees will increase for late and onsite registrations.

Meals Included
The following meals are included with your registration fee.

  • Thursday, August 16: Light Reception
  • Friday, August 17: Continental Breakfast, Light Reception
  • Saturday, August 18: Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet Dinner
Continuing Education Credit
Some of the conference’s educational sessions may be eligible for continuing education credit through the Florida Bar and/or the Florida Board of Accountancy. It is the attendee’s responsibility to submit these hours for approval. FLC will provide sign-in sheets at each session and will send certificates of attendance to all delegates who complete the sign-in sheets.

Live Feeds via Social Media
The League will be posting real-time updates and photos via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube during the conference. Follow, friend or like @FLCities on all major platforms. Connect with the conversation or pose questions by using the hashtag #FLCities2018 in all your conference related posts.

Thursday is City Shirt Day!
We encourage all of you to show your city spirit by wearing your city shirt on Thursday, August 16.
Contact Meetings Manager Melanie Howe with any questions.

During the annual conference, a Municipal Marketplace featuring more than 140 companies and organizations showcases the latest in products and services for municipal governments. Please click here or contact Heidi Hogarth at 850.701.3605 for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

2017 Conference Information
Presentations from the 2017 Conference, held August 17-19 at the World Center Marriott in Orlando, are available online. Click here to view. (Please Note: Not all sessions/workshops had presentation materials and some presenters may choose not to share their presentations online.)  An order form to purchase audio recordings of most workshops is available here. Click here to view minutes from the 2017 conference. 


speakerphotonlcpresMark Stodola
Mayor, Little Rock, AR
President, National League of Cities

Mark Stodola is the mayor of Little Rock, AR, and president of the National League of Cities, the largest organization representing America’s cities and their leaders. As president of NLC, Stodola advocates on behalf of more than 19,000 cities, towns and villages, focusing on the critical issues of infrastructure, public safety, economic development and cities’ preparation for the future of work.

Stodola has served as mayor of Little Rock since January 2007. During his tenure, he has helped prioritize public safety as the city’s foremost obligation with a focus on various quality-of-life projects impacting economic development and tourism. 

speakerphotousmayorsStephen K. Benjamin
Mayor, Columbia, SC
President, United States Conference of Mayors

Since being elected in a record turnout election in April 2010, Mayor Steve Benjamin has made it his mission to create in Columbia the most talented, educated and entrepreneurial city in America. His service in Columbia began in 1990 when he served as student body president at the University of South Carolina, later becoming the Student Bar Association President at the USC School of Law.

In his time as mayor, the city has generated budget surpluses in five of the last seven years and gone seven straight years without a tax increase; established the city’s first poet laureate and public art initiative; launched “Let’s Move! Columbia” and was named 2015’s #1 National League of Cities “Let’s Move” city; 

Fifty years of Home Rule is Worth Commemorating!
We're calling on all of Florida’s 412 cities, towns and villages to pass a resolution this summer celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Home Rule. Watch the video below for tips on how your city can be a part of the celebration! Download Resolution Template

2017 Conference Photo Gallery

  • 2nd Gen Session
  • E Harris
  • Biz session
  • Cities 101
  • Chief
  • Ethics
  • Ft Myers
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  • Haynie opioid
  • Home Rule Chip Speaking
  • Homestead exemption
  • Homestead QA
  • Karbala
  • Lauderdale by the sea
  • Linda receives service plaque from Board
  • Melbourne
  • Nelson
  • Oldsmar
  • Opening general
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