The Center for Municipal Research
hosts a research symposium in conjunction with the League's annual conference in August. Supplemental symposiums may be held in conjunction with the legislative conference in November.
These symposiums bring together public administrators, elected officials and the academic community. Each symposium focuses on specific local government issues, and how research, statistics and trends can be used in the local government setting.
The 2022 Research Symposium
, Digital Infrastructure: Broadband and Cybersecurity
, was held on Wednesday, August 10 at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood. Attendees heard from industry experts and key stakeholders as they explored the current landscape of broadband and cybersecurity in Florida, funding opportunities from various sources and best practices for municipal governments handling digital infrastructure.
Presentations are available below.
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Navigating History to Make Progress
Speakers: Chris Holley II, Manager, Research & Innovation, Florida League of Cities and Courtney Violette, Chief Operating Officer, Magellan Advisors
9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Municipal Broadband Applications
Speakers: Jason Mittler, FPUAnet Manager, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority and Hiep Nguyen, Smart City Officer/CIO, City of Winter Haven (PDF)
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Cybersecurity – Steps for Preparation and Reaction
Speakers: Bill Partington, Mayor, City of Ormond Beach, Claire Whitley, Assistant City Manager, City of Ormond Beach and Sandra Stevens, IT Director, City of Boca Raton
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Luncheon & Keynote Speakers
Jamie Grant, State Chief Information Officer, Florida Digital Service, Florida Department of Management Services
Katie Smith, Director, Office of Broadband, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Doug Kinkoph, Associate Administrator, Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Click here to access presentations from previous symposiums.