TML encourages member cities to consider signing a letter, from the National League of Cities and the United States Conference of Mayors, asking Senator Boxer of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to preserve and improve the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).
TAP provides cities with funding for transportation options, such as bike paths and pedestrian walkways, which help manage local congestion and keep communities healthy. TAP funds are sent directly to local and regional governments, so local leaders can decide how best to provide communities with active transportation alternatives.
Learn about the key laws that affect Texas cities at the TML Municipal Law 101 Workshop on May 29-30. Our experts will provide an overview of the statutes and laws you need to know about as an elected official - the Public Information Act, liability, election law, land use, annexation, and more. Attend in person or via a live videocast.
As an elected or appointed city official, you need the media on your side to tell your story, reach your target audience, and generate support for key initiatives. In this one-hour webinar, Reyne Telles, Communications Director for Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and Alicia Dean, Senior Public Relations Specialist for the City of Austin, will share practical tips for successful media relations. They'll discuss:
* Your role with the media
* What makes a story newsworthy
* How to prepare for a successful media interview
Thursday, July 10, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $65 per computer connection
Exhibitor booth sales for the 2014 TML Annual Conference and Exhibition are well underway. Nearly 200 exhibitors have already made their commitment to display and demonstrate their products and services to city officials this October. The League expects to welcome a total of more than 350 companies to the exhibit hall floor, with an exhibit hall that is inviting, exciting, and educational for the 2,500 conference attendees.
If you're a city official, start thinking about the products and services your city will need in the coming year, and make a list of the types of companies you want to visit in the exhibit hall. And if your organization has a product or service that would benefit Texas cities, now is the time to reserve your exhibit space or sponsorship
, and begin preparing for the face-to-face meeting opportunities that come only once a year at the TML Annual Conference and Exhibition.
Every day, Texas cities implement innovative solutions to local challenges that result in improved services, taxpayer cost savings, and strengthened community pride. The Texas Municipal League Municipal Excellence Awards have honored the best of these programs for nearly 20 years. Join the list of cities that have won awards, or add another trophy to your display box, by submitting an application in June. The 2014 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.
Applications are now being accepted for the Michael H. T. Lynch Scholarship which will provide $2,500 to an elected or appointed official from a National League of Cities member city to attend The 2014 NLC University Annual Leadership Summit. The summit takes place August 13-16 in Santa Clara, California, and focuses on developing smarter and innovative city solutions.
The Internal Revenue Service's Spring 2014 Municipal Digest includes information on disaster assistance, the "dirty dozen" tax scams, the Taxpayer Advocate Service, useful links and more.
Read the Spring 2014 Municipal Digest here