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When local voices come together, great things happen. Our cities and issues may not be the same, but we're all united in making local choices. 


The FLC annual conference is an opportunity for municipal officials and senior staff to enhance leadership skills, learn from municipal experts, share ideas with peers, discuss strategies for Florida’s future and hear about the latest in products and services for municipal governments. View Conference Announcement

This year’s conference will include breakout sessions, committee meetings, keynote presentations, awards and more. Plus, we will discuss and adopt the FLC 2022 Legislative Action Agenda to guide advocacy efforts at the state Capitol. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, network and share. Register Now

Florida League of Cities 2021 Annual Conference
August 12-14, 2021
Orlando World Center Marriott
Registration Now Open!

The Exhibit Hall for the 2021 Annual Conference is SOLD OUT. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Heidi Hogarth to learn more.


Conference Agenda*

Wednesday, August 11

8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Research Symposium

Additional registration required through the League’s Center for Municipal Research; contact Wade Burkley at wburkley@flcities.com.


2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Candid Conversation with Mayors

Additional registration required through the Florida League of Mayors; contact Rachel Embleton at rembleton@flcities.com.

Thursday, August 12


7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Registration Desk Open


8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Continuing Education in Ethics: Have You Completed Your Hours?

Florida’s municipal elected officers are required to take four specific hours of continuing education in ethics per year. If you haven’t completed your hours yet, this is your opportunity! The four hours include two hours on the Florida Ethics Law (Chapter 112, Florida Statutes), one hour of public meetings (Chapter 286, Florida Statutes) and one hour of public records (Chapter 119, Florida Statutes). If your hours are completed, this class is a good refresher.


NOTE: You must be registered for the full conference to attend this session, and pre-registration is required. Registration is limited to the first 150 people. See the registration form for details.


9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Florida League of Mayors Nominating Committee Meeting


10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Florida League of Mayors Business Meeting

For more information, contact Rachel Embleton at rembleton@flcities.com.


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Florida League of Mayors Board of Directors Meeting


12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Municipal Marketplace Open


1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

“Cities 101” Workshop

If you are newly elected or newly appointed, this “crash course” is designed for you. Details about Florida municipalities, the services they provide and governing challenges will be discussed. This course is a prequel to the popular Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO) but is not a substitute for the three-day IEMO class.


1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Legislative Policy Committee Meetings

            - Finance, Taxation and Personnel

            - Land Use and Economic Development

            - Municipal Administration

            - Transportation and Intergovernmental Relations

            - Utilities, Natural Resources and Public Works


3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.



5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Federal Action Strike Team Meeting


5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

First-Time Attendees’ Orientation

If this is your first FLC Conference, welcome! This workshop will acquaint you with the League, the conference program (with tips for the best use of your time), how to get involved in your local or regional league, FLC legislative policy committees and other municipal services.


6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President’s Welcome Reception in Municipal Marketplace


Friday, August 13


6:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

5K Fun Run

Join us for our fifth biennial Florida League of Cities 5K Fun Run/Walk. The run will take place on the grounds of the Marriott’s golf course and is open to everyone participating in the conference. This will be a “fun run” and not a timed event. There is no charge for the event, but pre-registration is required. (See main registration form.) All participants will receive a T-shirt and gym towel. Light refreshments will be provided after the race. So come on out and start your morning off right with a fun run and great company!


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Breakfast

Additional registration required through the Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials; contact Nykierama Cooper at ncooper@flcities.com.


7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast in Municipal Marketplace


7:00 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Municipal Marketplace Open


7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration Desk Open


8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.



9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Resolutions and Legislative Committee Meetings


9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.



10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Opening General Session

Featuring the presentation of the E. Harris Drew Award and a keynote presentation by Leland Melvin.


12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Sidewalk Café in Municipal Marketplace (Cash Sales)


1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.



2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.



4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.



6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

2021 Home Rule Heroes Reception

(All delegates welcome.)


Evening Open


Saturday, August 14


7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Various Local/Regional League Breakfast Meetings

Contact your local league for more information.


7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Registration Desk Open


9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Annual Business Meeting


10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Second General Session

Featuring recognition of the Years of Service awards and a keynote address by Kenneth W. Gronbach.


12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Past Presidents’ Luncheon and Installation of New President


2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.



6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Inaugural Celebration – Recover, Relax, Rejoice

Join your friends and colleagues as we celebrate being back together after a long year apart. Enjoy strolling entertainment, delicious food and drink and an opportunity to dance the night away.


*Schedule and speakers subject to change.

Future Conference Dates + Locations

  • August 11-13, 2022 at the Diplomat Beach Resort – Hollywood


  • August 10-12, 2023 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek


  • August 15-17, 2024 at the Diplomat Beach Resort - Hollywood

2020 Conference Information

With the health and safety of our membership and staff our top priority, the August 2020 FLC Annual Business Meeting/Nominating Committee Meetings and FLC Board Meetings were held on a fully virtual basis. Conference minutes are available here. Click here to view the resolutions approved during the business meeting on Friday, August 14. 

Given the recent strain on municipal budgets, as well as the uncertainty surrounding gathering sizes and the potential future health impacts of COVID-19, the League felt a virtual event would both help protect our membership and allow more municipal officials to participate. 

The League remains committed to providing opportunities for all virtual attendees to engage, interact and collaborate on the future of the organization.

2019 Conference Information

The 93rd Annual Conference of the Florida League of Cities was held August 15-17, 2019, at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

Click here to view the resolutions approved during the business session on Saturday, August 17. Conference minutes are available here. Presentations from the 2019 Conference are available here

(Please Note: Not all sessions/workshops had presentation materials and some presenters may choose not to share their presentations online.)