Workshops to cover opioid epidemic, 5G wireless
infrastructure, cyber security, disaster recovery
The Florida League of Cities will hold its 91st Annual Conference on August 17-20 at the World Center Marriott in Orlando. This year’s conference will feature workshops and speakers to help municipalities prevent, neutralize, and respond to possible threats to their communities.
“My year-long presidential initiative ‘Safe Cities, Safe Florida’ has focused on developing training and resources to help local leaders build safer communities,” said Florida League of Cities President and Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie. “Be it a hurricane, tornado, active shooter, sinkhole, or wildfire, cities are on the front line of protecting their residents during a crisis. No two cities in Florida are exactly the same, but regardless of the issues we face, we can work together to create safer communities for all of Florida.”
This year’s conference will provide attendees with tools to help Florida cities address some of the most pressing issues facing them, including the opioid epidemic, road safety, disaster recovery, and cyber security. Keynote speakers include former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who will recap the day he lost several officers to an active shooter and describe how the city recovered and lessons learned from the tragedy.
Conference attendees will also hear keynote presentations from National League of Cities President Matt Zone, a Cleveland, Ohio, city council member; and J.M. “Mac” Stipanovich, a prominent Florida attorney who represents the Florida League of Cities, as well as other individuals and entities, before state government agencies, the governor and Cabinet, and the Legislature.
Workshops on topics ranging from social advocacy and wireless communication infrastructure to city ballot initiatives and Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission will provide valuable information to help city officials from municipalities of all sizes. Technical assistance and resource materials will be available in the Municipal Marketplace throughout the conference.
At the new Grants Expo, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from various federal, state, and nonprofit organizations about their grant programs, including housing, historic preservation, emergency management, and economic development.
During the annual conference, members of the League’s Legislative Committee will discuss and present the organization’s legislative priorities for the 2018 legislative session for approval by the membership. Approved items will become the League’s 2018 Action Agenda.
Registration will be available on site. Members of the media are welcome.