It is time to register for the 2014 Elected Officials' Conference, to be held on February 7-9 in San Antonio. Hosted by the Texas Municipal League (TML) and the Association of Mayors, Councilmembers and Commissioners (AMCC), this conference will include sessions on political leadership, media relations, project funding, sales tax issues, municipal governance, land use planning, revenue options, and leadership development. Along with the educational sessions, there will be networking breakfasts and a legal question and answer session. To learn more about the conference and register, visit the 2014 TML-AMCC Elected Officials' Conference website.
Texas Water Development Board: Project Solicitation for Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds
On October 31, 2013, the Texas Water Development Board began soliciting projects for the Clean Water (and Drinking Water) State Revolving Fund programs. Project information forms are due by 5:00 p.m. CT, March 3, 2014. All eligible projects submitted by March 3, 2014, will be included in annual Intended Use Plans for the next three years.
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) provides funding for wastewater collection and treatment, nonpoint source pollution control, and estuary management projects. Certain project activities, including Green Infrastructure / Low Impact Development, may qualify under the Green Project Reserve
program for a subsidy. For more information on the CWSRF, go to www.twdb.texas.gov/financial/programs/cwsrf
. CWSRF can finance key watershed protection activities that are not eligible for Clean Water Act Section 319(h) grant funds.
Please access the link above to view the solicitation packets, download forms, and find contact information. If you have a project listed on the current (SFY 2014) Intended Use Plan, there is no need to submit a new project information form for the same project. Update forms for projects listed in the current Intended Use Plan are available at the webpages listed above. Information on upcoming workshops in your area will also be posted on these webpages when it's available.
Put This on Your To-Do List for 2014: Submit a Texas Municipal League Municipal Excellence Award Application
The Texas Municipal League Municipal Excellence Awards recognize and encourage the achievements of Texas cities in meeting the challenge of municipal government. The competition is divided into two population categories-cities less than 25,000 in population and cities over 25,000 in population. Within each of the two population categories, there are five subject categories-management innovations, communication programs, city spirit, public safety, and public works. The deadline to submit applications is June 6, 2014. For more information and to apply, visit the TML Municipal Excellence Awards page on the TML website.
We Don't Have to Say Goodbye: Texas Association of Former Municipal Officials
Each year, the League loses contact with many veteran elected and appointed officials as they conclude their time in public service to Texas cities. With these departures, the knowledge and experience these former city officials gained over the years are lost to TML. The Texas Association of Former Municipal Officials (TAFMO) provides an opportunity for former municipal officials and TML to stay in touch. Benefits include a subscription to Texas Town & City magazine, special registration rates to the TML Annual Conference and Exhibition, and the opportunity to network with former colleagues. For more information and to join, visit the TAFMO page on the TML website.
View and Order 2013 TML Annual Conference and Exhibition Photos
We hope you had a productive and fun time at the 2013 TML Annual Conference and Exhibition. You can now view and order photos taken during the conference by visiting www.whp.photoreflect.com. Under "Recent Photos," click the "Show All" button. The password is TML2013. If you prefer not to register, please select "Continue." Enjoy!