March 21, 2014, Number 9
A pair of federal proposals would harm cities' ability to issue municipal bonds to fund necessary infrastructure improvement projects...
The Texas comptroller has proposed administrative rule amendments to implement the changes made by S.B. 1678, passed last legislative session.  S.B. 1678 made several changes to way the Major Events Trust Fund and Events...
City officials with concerns about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) following the implementation of the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012, frequently referred to as "BW-12," will be pleased to know that a bill providing some...

Register Early for June 26-27 PFIA Training 

The Public Funds Investment Act (PFIA) requires treasurers, chief financial officers, and investment officers of local governments to participate in 10 hours of training on PFIA topics within the first 12 months of taking office, and every two years thereafter.


Our April Small Cities PFIA Training is sold out, but due to heavy demand, we scheduled another PFIA Small Cities Training June 26-27 at the Texas Municipal Center in Austin. This workshop focuses on the needs of cities with populations of 15,000 and less, and satisfies the state's training requirements.


Workshop participants will gain:

  • Required Public Funds Investment Act training with certificate of completion
  • CPE credit and Texas Municipal League Institute (TMLI) credits
  • A better understanding of how to report your city's investments
  • The TML Public Funds Investment Act Handbook on CD

Register early. This training session will sell out.


We Want to Roll Out the Red Carpet for You: Apply for a Texas Municipal League Municipal Excellence Award 

Innovative problem-solving, excellence in management, increasing citizen participation, and reaching higher service levels are daily occurrences in Texas cities, and they deserve recognition. The TML Municipal Excellence Awards honor the best of these programs. 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.


Region Ready 2014 Workshop for the West Texas Oil Region 

Region Ready 2014 is a workshop developed for the West Texas oil region that will take place Tuesday, June 17, in Colorado City. Topics will include the roles of local governments and institutions, an economic outlook, oil region expectations, proactive strategies, action planning, workforce outlook and implications, and lessons learned from other regions. Region Ready 2014 is designed for cities, counties, school districts, chambers of commerce, hospitals, economic development corporations, colleges, businesses, and industry.


Region Ready 2014 is organized by the Cline Shale Alliance and the Texas Wind Energy Clearinghouse, and is supported by the Texas Municipal League and the Texas Midwest Community Network.


Registration for this one-day workshop is $100 for TML members.


Learn more and register.


Take the City Survey on Local Financial Inclusion Efforts Today!  

The National League of Cities, in partnership with the United Way Worldwide and the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is conducting a survey to identify financial stability or financial inclusion efforts taking place in communities around the country. Financial inclusion refers to access to quality, affordable financial services in a convenient manner, and with dignity for the customer.


By completing the survey, you will:

  • Provide valuable information that other city leaders can use to take actions to improve the financial well-being and financial security of families in their communities
  • Contribute to a national effort that seeks to identify emerging innovations, local metrics, and promising areas for future investment in the financial inclusion field
  • Help NLC and its partners share emerging insights and promising financial inclusion strategies with national experts and other cities across the nation.

The survey will take you 10-15 minutes to complete.


Take the City Survey on Local Financial Inclusion Efforts now. 

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