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FCCMA 2016


During conference, FBW had a team building drum circle, an educational session on Contractor Public Records and other Legislative issues, awarded Lynn Tipton the 2016 Essential Piece Award for her assistance in forming FBW and hosted a hospitality suite. It was a great few days!
September 8 -

FBW attended a FLGC Regional Training Event in Winter Garden to learn about creating vibrant downtowns and discuss partnering with neighboring communities as that can expand your opportunities.
August 21 - Florida Business Watch Members are actively engaged in public policy. Terri Lowery's insight is published by the Orlando Sentinel.      Clean Water Mandates Must Consider Costs
August 20 - Florida Local Government Coalition - Tampa Downtown Revitalization Event

Jeff Vinik, Owner of Tampa Bay Lightning

Chris Steinocher, President & CEO of St. Petersburg Chamber; Allen Brinkman, Chairman, President & CEO of SunTrust Bank, Tampa Bay; and Bob McDonaugh, Administrator of Economic Opportunity of City of Tampa

FCCMA Conference week of May 26

Left: FBW water session break-out groups

Above: Chairman Gary Kreisler receives award from President Beth Rawlins

Right: Joyce Shanahan, City Manager of Ormond Beach receives the 2015 Essential Piece Award
May 14 & 15

FBW member Paul Adams and Dr. Rick Knabb, Director of the National Hurricane Center after touring "StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes" at Epcot. This program was created by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes to allow attendees to experience a wind storm and think about how to better protect buildings.

After that attendees had a full day of discussion on preparing Florida communities for storms and other disasters.
April 16 & 17

FBW members Bryan Reardon, Kristi Cheatham and Dexter Sullivan conducted a panel discussion on what Cities can do to attract good corporate citizens.

The session was moderated by Mayor Sam Ferreri, League of Mayors President and Mayor of Greenacres.
Week of February 2, 2015

FBW Vice-Chair, Mike Miller, explains FBW's work on open records reform during the Florida League of Mayors Legislative Fly-In, Tallahassee, February 2 & 3

Ian Hill, Founder of The Changing Point, motivating attendees to transform the knowledge gained into action within their communities. FCCMA Winter Institute, St. Petersburg, February 5 & 6.

November 2014 - Florida League of Cities Legislative Conference

FBW President, Beth Rawlins, presents an early morning meeting on effective advocacy in Tallahassee minus her trademark red jacket.

Each Legislative Session FBW attends meetings in Tallahassee to address legislation that will impact businesses who work with local governments.

Florida Business Watch is honored to congratulate FBW member Lori Mosley, new President of the League of Cities.

 First Vice President, Hawthorne Mayor Matt Surrency; President, Miramar Mayor Lori Moseley; Past President, Pensacola Council member P.C. Wu; Second Vice-President, Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie. Photo by Stewart Nelson.
While attending the Florida League of Cities conference, Florida Business Watch members attended all our partner events.
  • The FLC Center for Municipal Research and Innovation Symposium on Contract Monitoring, the Impact of the Recession, Measuring Service Delivery, How Managers measure risk and Economic Development practices in Florida. It was a great program and we look forward to future Symposiums. 
  • The League of Mayors Roundtable with Dr. Susan MacManus and Leslie Chapman of FLASH.
  • A session FBW presented for business and government members on Legislative action that impacts how we all work together.
  • All the wonderful training sessions and social functions the League conducted.
Week of July 21, 2014

FBW Chair Gary Kreisler at regional League of Cities meeting.
FBW Membership Director Dani getting ready to "role play" as a Parks and Recreation Director pitching a new lighted ball field at the FLGC annual meeting.
FCCMA Conference 2014 - Orlando
FBW was proud to award Lakeland City Manager Doug Thomas the first Essential Piece Award for his assistance in showcasing a good government story that improved efficiency and saved taxpayers money.
FBW loves good governance!

Despite an air conditioning malfunction (that the hotel remedied by providing blankets direct from the dryer) FBW carried on with a session for business attendees.

Scott Dudley, League of Cities Director of Legislative Affairs; Lee Feldman, City Manager of Fort Lauderdale and Beth Rawlins, President of FBW discussed issues of importance to businesses that work with local governments.

May 16, 2014 - FBW was happy to participate in the Mayors Mean Business Summit in Orlando. This is an annual event that promotes the importance of business growth and investment at the local level.

John Cal, Chair of the Florida Council of Public Private Partnerships; Bryan Reardon of Siemens; James Perkins of iCity and former Mayor of Selma Alabama; Kevin Crowder of Redevelopment Management Associates.
April 8, 2014

FBW members with Senator Wilton Simpson (left photo) and Senator Dorothy Hukill (right photo).

March 10, 2014

FBW joined local government professional for a symposium on technology usage in the workplace and connecting citizens with government.

Many presenters opined that governments will move away from delivering technology solutions directly to citizens. Instead, governments will adopt "Open Data" policies, making data available for others to develop applications. For example, in many cities the apps citizens use to track mass transit schedules are run privately using government data. The event was free to FBW members.
February 27 and 28, 2014

Last week, FBW members, Mayors and Millennials gathered for workplace training in Orlando, including a keynote session by Former Governor and US Senator Bob Graham. The event was free for FBW members.
August 16, 2013
The Florida Business Watch session City Finance for Government Vendors was a huge success. Rob Garner, veteran City Finance Director, spoke candidly about the current state of municipal funding, future challenges and how to best work with your government clients.

Diversity Exercise FLC August 2013                                                                              Ethics of Good Business FCCMA May 2013

May 23, 2013

At the Florida City and County Management Association Conference Florida Business Watch held The Ethics of Good Business for FBW members. Two past presidents of FCCMA, walked through a Purchasing Code of Ethics and a new Vendor Code of Conduct. As more cities and counties create Ethics Commissions and/or Inspector General offices, progressive managers are crafting and adopting policies on how to interact with private sector contractors.

April 18 and 19, 2013

Florida Business Watch was well represented at the Mayors Mean Business Summit in Orlando. Thank you to all who participated. The joining of Florida's governments and businesses is the epicenter of job creation, thriving communities and prosperity for us all.

Left: Dr. Tony Villamil, Principal, The Washington Economics Group speaking during lunch on Florida's economy

Melissa Medley, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Enterprise Florida, talking about Florida's rebranding to be the "Perfect Climate for Business"
February 21 and 22, 2013
Florida Business Watch and Skanska, participated in a League of Mayors Roundtable in Tampa. Skanska and the City of Tampa spoke with Mayors about their partnership on the new Tampa Museum of Art. Speakers included William Fulton of Governing Magazine who discussed Economic Incentives and Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio who discussed Leadership. 
February 7 and 8, 2013
Honeywell, Jones Edmunds, Management Partners, Severn Trent, Siemens, Trane and Wade Trim participated in the FCCMA Winter Institute. The Institute brought together 80 city and county mangers and these FBW members from around the state fro two days of intensive workshops and small group break-out sessions. This year's topic was "Change Happens: Are you up for it?" The Institute is closed to only city and county managers and a limited number of FBW registrants. 

August 27, 2012

As part of Florida Business Watch's partnership with the League of Mayors, FBW  co-hosted a Reception at the League of Cities in Hollywood on Wednesday, August 22nd. Mayors Means Business is a collaborative effort between Florida Business Watch and the Florida League of Mayors to promote the importance of business growth and investment at the local level. 

June 7, 2012
Florida Business Watch members had a great FCCMA Conference last week in Bonita Springs. Questys held a reception for FBW members on Thursday and we held a session on how Amendment 4 will impact local governments over the next four years. We also addressed other issues impacting your customers, including changes to Medicaid billing and additional ballot measures.  

February 22 and 23, 2012

Florida Business Watch continued it's commitment to Mayors Mean Business. This is a collaborative effort between Florida Business Watch and the Florida League of Mayors to promote the importance of business growth and investment at the local level. Part of that is done by FBW members reaching out to Legislators with Mayors and telling them stories from back home on how businesses and government are working together to create jobs and strengthen our economy. The two days concluded with a presentation by Governor Scott. 

February 2, 2012

Florida Business Watch participated in the FCCMA Winter Institute. FBW was proud to sponsor the City and County Managers Association and some of our members were invited to participate in round table discussions about challenges and solutions facing Florida local government. 

October 25, 2011

Florida Business Watch and the Florida League of Mayors held a Mayors Mean Business event in Lakeland on October 24. Mayors from along the I-4 corridor joined us to learn more about a successful public/private partnership. See coverage from Tampa NBC News

August 15, 2011 

Florida Business Watch hosted a special session at last week's League of Cities conference. Dr. Sean Snaith of UCF's Institute for Economic Competitiveness spoke on Florida's economy and his forecast for our future. Dr. Snaith predicts a prolonged, up-and-down recovery dependent on improvement in both the housing and labor markets. For the long term, Dr. Snaith advocates investment in education and infrastructure. Finally, Dr. Snaith said that government revenue caps will not assist Florida's recovery and, in fact, could hinder our economy now and for the foreseeable future. 

July 23, 2011
Florida Business Watch is proud to announce our participation in the first Local Government Association Summit. Stakeholders (including the League of Cities, the Association of Counties, City/County Managers, Planners, Government Finance Officers, Public Works and Park & Recreation officials, and City Clerks) came together in a day long workshop to share ideas and concerns and develop a citizen communication plan. Florida Business Watch was represented by Beth Rawlins, Dani Dahlberg and Gary Kreisler of Siemens. 

The work is ongoing and Florida Business Watch will continue our dialog with this group of decision makers. We look forward to sharing future opportunities with additional Florida Business Watch members. 

FLC Exec. Dir. Mike Sittig, FBW Pres. Beth Rawlins & Gary Kreisler of Siemens.

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