FROM CHAMBERS TO THE CLOUD: Connecting Citizens and Local Government
FGCA members invited to Florida Local Government Coalition's symposium

We have a very exciting opportunity for you!

The Florida Government Communicators Association is now a member of the Florida Local Government Coalition.

Our members are able to attend, at no cost, a symposium, “From the Chambers to the Cloud: Connecting Citizens and Local Government” on March 10, 2014.

The Florida Local Government Coalition has partnered with the Lou Frey Institute to focus on civic engagement through technology. Over the coming months, their goal is to harness the talent of higher education and private entrepreneurs to support all of Florida’s local governments as we face the challenges of learning about, implementing, and developing new technologies for citizen education and engagement.

As a kickoff, the Florida Local Government Coalition, the Lou Frey Institute, and the Florida League of Cities have joined together to host this day-long symposium.

Symposium Details:

From the Chambers to the Cloud: Connecting Citizens and Local Government” 

Date: March 10, 2014

Time: 9:15 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: This symposium is FREE for coalition members.

Lunch: Lunch will be provided.

Location: University of Central Florida’s Pegasus Ballroom

Audience: A mixed audience of local government officials and advanced students from both high schools and colleges. The event will also be live streamed.


  • Former U.S. Congressman Lou Frey
  • Leadership from Code for America. Since 2010 Code for America has been partnering with local governments across the nation to develop innovative software applications that help engage citizens with their communities and that help local governments make use of their data to deliver public services more effectively and efficiently. Code for America’s work has been supported by Google, the Knight Foundation, ESRI and the Rockefeller Foundation.
  • To provide a national perspective on recent developments in technology and engagement, the symposium will include speakers from Boston’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, ICMA’s 311Technical Assistance Program, and Philadelphia’s Chief Data Officer (invited).
  • Florida local governments that have already moved to implement some of these new technologies will join us to share their experiences.
  • The day will conclude with hands-on demonstrations by applications developers – so symposium participants will be urged to bring their devices to take a test drive.

Registration: Registration is required for every attendee. Registration will remain open until Friday, February 28. Coalition members can register online here. Just look for the blue “RSVP for the symposium” hyperlink at the top of the page. Be sure to enter your mailing address on the registration form to receive a free event parking decal in the mail. Otherwise, parking is $5.00 the day of the event.

For more information, visit http://loufreyinstitute.org/symposia/from-the-chambers-to-the-cloud/


FGCA joins statewide celebration of Local Works Day

The Florida Government Communicators Association is supporting the efforts of the Florida Local Government Coalition and its “Local Works Day” set for Friday, September 6, 2013.

FGCA is encouraging all of its members to join in on this important campaign to spread the word about the importance that local government plays in the quality of life in Florida communities. Local Works Day was created by the Florida Local Government Coalition to engage, educate, and interact with communities by celebrating the trusted services that local governments provide. Cities and counties across the State of Florida will be hosting various activities to showcase local government services and their importance.

“A paramount role for government communicators is to tell the story about the importance of local government and the services local government provides. We hope our members will join in on the celebration on Friday by simply showcasing the importance of their local government,” said FGCA President Erin Bryce. “This can be as simple as writing a press release about a government service or program and truly makes a difference.”

The Florida Local Government Coalition is an organization comprised of local government associations that works to advocate for local government by educating citizens and sharing resources amongst Coalition members.

For more information about Local Works Day, visit http://floridagovcoalition.com/2013-initiative 




Every government communicator needs to be aware of what’s going on in other jurisdictions.A good source
for this information is the Florida Association of Counties daily news clips.  This email includes the
top news stories from cities and counties around the state. Your agency does not have to be a member for
you to subscribe to the newsletter.
Take a look at what they offer at www.fl-counties.com 


The Florida League of Cities website also offers newsletters, as well as free publications on a variety of
government programs such as Starting a Citizens Academy and Green Initiatives. Another good resource
for communicators. Go to  
www.floridaleagueofcities.com for more.


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