Advocacy & Legislative Affairs

 

Building Relationships with Legislators 
Instructor: Scott Paine
Description: 60- or 90-minute formats available
Advocacy begins with two key issues: knowing the subject matter and knowing the members of your legislative delegation. How should city officials begin those relationships, or if you know the person, how does it change now that you are an official? This workshop walks you through proven best practices for building strong, lasting relationships with legislators and their key staff.
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Community Redevelopment Agencies: Creation and Governance
Instructor: Carol Westmoreland
Description: minimum of two hours
The process for establishing a community redevelopment agency (CRA) will vary between municipalities in chartered and non-chartered counties, so this workshop is timely for those municipalities considering such action. It covers the statutory and local steps, as well as best practices, for getting one started and setting it on the road to flourishing.
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Home Rule Powers in Florida
Instructors: Scott Paine, Lynn Tipton, Carol Westmoreland
Description: minimum of one hour
Municipalities in Florida have constitutionally granted Home Rule powers, which are explained in this workshop. Examples of unfunded mandates, erosion issues related to Home Rule, and the preservation of Home Rule are discussed.
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Legislative Issues Training – Before, During or After Session 
Instructor: member of FLC legislative team, TBA
Description: 60- or 90-minute formats available 
Do you want to learn more about the Florida League of Cities’ legislative priority issues and other legislative issues that affect cities? This training will help municipal officials become better advocates by learning more about the issues, and how to effectively communicate and educate legislators on how their decisions impact their citizens back home.
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Taking Your Message to Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. 
Instructors: Allison Payne
Description: 60- or 90-minute formats available
Once you know your state and federal representatives, how do you best communicate your city’s issues, concerns or wishes? This workshop will explore time-tested methods for effectively and succinctly sending that message through all possible communication methods, and will also discuss external lobbying strategies (use of professional lobbyists).
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Understanding the Florida Legislative Process
Instructors: Scott Dudley, Allison Payne, Lobbyists
Description: 60- or 90-minute formats available
To be an effective advocate, you have to know the structure and process of Florida’s annual legislative session, the committee meeting process, the leadership roles of both the Florida House and Senate, and the calendars of each body. This workshop delivers just that, and it includes Florida League of Cities information on making sure your city’s issues are properly timed to be heard and considered.
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