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Manasota League of Cities Teams with FIOG to hold Sunshine Law & Public Records Law Training

The ManaSota League of Cities training sessions on the Florida Sunshine Law and Public Records Law held this week at Sarasota City Hall are now available online. Full-day training sessions were hosted Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18, 2013, for elected officials, staff, and volunteers.

"The meetings were well attended with the instructor providing a very thorough approach to public records and sunshine laws. The presentation was timely, illuminating, and well-received by all attendees with ample time provided for questions. I appreciate the coordination and cooperation of Florida Institute of Government, Florida League of Cities and ManaSota League of Cities in providing this important training. The City of Sarasota deserves a special thank you for hosting the event," said ManaSota League of Cities
President Jack Duncan. Read more...


CRED Alumn relocates business to thriving East Tampa

Jason Dickens, a Class of 2011 CRED Program graduate, partnered with the East Tampa CRA to help relocate Design Styles Architecture to the area.

"Our vision for 1708 East Columbus"
In early 2011, we began searching for a new office building. We knew we needed a space that would help us to be more creative and help tell a story to our clients about who we are as a firm. After researching buildings in Clearwater, Dunedin, and Westshore, we determined that it would be best for our firm to move to an area that is set for growth, an area that we can grow with and hopefully be a part of building. East Tampa fit that mold perfectly. Read more...


Self Reliance, Inc. teams with FIOG for Board of Directors Strategic Planning Meeting

After several months and many work sessions, Self Reliance Board and leadership staff completed a 3 year strategic plan.

Angela Crist, Director of the Florida Institute of Government (FIOG), and Colleen O'Sullivan of O'Sullivan and Associates directed the development of a strategic plan that resulted in a balanced scorecard which will be used as a tool to grow, enhance and further develop Self Reliance as an organization, employer and service agency. Read more...


Introducing James Carras, CRED Tampa Bay 2013 Lead Facilitator

The Florida Institute of Government at the University of South Florida welcomes James Carras as the CRED Tampa Bay Lead 2013 Facilitator. Mr. Carras brings years of valuable, real-world experience into our program to cultivate future leaders in community real estate development.

Jim CarrasFor over twenty-five years, as Principal of Carras Community Investment, Inc., James Carras has concentrated on designing and implementing responses and solutions for community and economic development opportunities. Assignments have ranged from influencing national policy on community investment, affordable housing and community economic development (Fannie Mae's "White Paper on Affordable Housing Context") to creating local financing and funding partnerships (e.g. Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, Delaware Community Investment Corporation) across the country. Mr. Carras is recognized nationally for the creation and expansion of over fifty development financial institutions and community investment initiatives... Read more...


Hardee County partners with FIOG to examine its agri- and eco-tourism assets.

Broad development opportunities will be integrated into a formal economy building strategy.

Over a 16-week period beginning in April 2012, FIOG conducted a thorough community assessment, inventory and analysis of Hardee County's physical attributes and historical resources. Working with stakeholders like the Hardee County Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Authority (IDA), city/county staff and business leaders, FIOG provided guidance on how County assets can be used to enhance quality of life and opportunities for both residents and visitors. Read more...