The Florida Government Communicators Association Board of
Directors voted this week to cancel both the annual conference and the JIC
training that were scheduled for December 4-6, 2013 in Clearwater Beach. We
apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.
FGCA strives to be the premier organization in the State of
Florida for public communicators. Providing top notch conferences and training
opportunities is a paramount function of our organization and something we, as
Board members, take a lot of pride in providing our members.
However, there are less than 25 registered attendees for the
annual conference to date and this does not justify the expense that it takes
to run a quality conference.
Each of the registered attendees will be contacted and
reimbursed their registration fees. For details, please feel free to contact FGCA
Treasurer Crystal Pruitt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who registered at the non-member rate and
who qualify for membership will be contacted directly by FGCA Membership Chair Gloria Rybinski to discuss options.
As president of this organization, I will tell you that
canceling both the conference and the JIC training was not a decision that was
easily made by the Board. We debated for several days and looked at all options
in an effort to keep both events. Weighing the costs, we could not pull it off.
We feel we made the best and most responsible decision for the organization.
However, the FGCA Board will turn its focus on planning a
Lunch and Learn workshop in February 2014 in the Tampa Bay area. Details of
this exciting event will be released soon.
We also hope to offer the Crystal Awards ceremony at the
Lunch and Learn workshop. This also gives our members more time to work on
Crystal Award entries. We have extended the deadline for the Crystal Award
entries. They must be post marked by Wednesday, January 15, 2014. For more information, click here.
Please feel free to contact me at any time. I can be reached at email@example.com or at (941) 429-7165. I thank you for
Erin Bryce, FGCA President
Crystal Awards Nominations extended to Jan. 15, 2014
This important program is being led by a Crystal Awards team of FGCA members. Information is now on the website! Check out the 2013 Crystal Awards page found in the left menu. Nominations need to be post marked by January 15, 2014. To pay for your Crystal Award entries online, click on Registration & Event Listing and register your nomination. Contact Crystal Awards Chair Michael Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
TIPS and TRICKS OF OUR TRADE
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.
Have tips or tricks to share? Post on the FGCA Forum or email to Jross@Tavares.org
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