May 30, 2014, Number 18

Recent state legislative sessions have seen an increase in bills that would encourage or require cities to engage in water conservation measures: 


A bill passed in 2007, H.B. 4, requires each water utility with 3,300 or more connections to submit to the state a water conservation plan and a report on progress in carrying out the plan.  Legislation passed in 2011, S.B. 181 and S.B. 660, requires state agencies to develop a uniform methodology for cities to use in...

New Registration and Housing System for TML Annual Conference
The TML 2014 Annual Conference will take place September 30 - October 3 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. The preliminary conference program with pricing will be available online on Tuesday, July 1.

The conference registration and housing website will open two weeks later on Tuesday, July 15, at 10:00 a.m. CDT.

This year, TML is using a new system that links conference registration and housing reservations in one easy, streamlined process. It's a balanced approach that allows one registration at a time, and requires that individuals register for the conference before gaining access to hotel room reservations. This new system is designed to meet our members' needs for preferred rates, type of hotel, and needed arrival and departure date. We also expect it will help eliminate the early rush on sleeping rooms, and attrition that can result when room blocks are held then cancelled.

Newly Elected City Officials' Orientation
Serving as a city official can be the most rewarding and satisfying of all areas of public service. It can also be the most challenging. Recognizing these challenges, the Texas Municipal League and Association of Mayors, Councilmembers and Commissioners designed a training opportunity specifically for newly elected city officials. The Newly Elected City Officials' Orientation will give you a solid foundation for beginning or continuing your public service role.

Join us July 24-25 in Bastrop, or August 15-16 in Irving, for this valuable learning experience and chance to network with your colleagues from across the state.

Register early

Yes! You Are Still Required to Take the Public Funds Investment Act Training
The Public Funds Investment Act (PFIA) training requirement makes no exception for cities that have only limited funds to invest. The requirement is there to protect you and your city from everything from headline risk to loss of principal.


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 fiscal years thereafter.


Here are the upcoming TML PFIA trainings that meet the state requirement:

  • Austin; June 26 - 27
  • Dallas; July 31 - August 1
  • San Antonio; December 11 - 12

Learn more and register by visiting our website

TML Municipal Excellence Award Application Deadline is
June 6

The TML Municipal Excellence Awards have honored best practices in municipal governance for almost 20 years. Join the list of cities that have won awards, or add another trophy to your display box, by submitting an application by the June 6 deadline. 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.

For more information and to apply by the June 6 deadline, visit the TML Municipal Excellence Awards page on the TML website.  

Help wanted? Let the TML Career Center Assist
The TML Career Center is the most frequently visited page on the TML website because it connects employers with potential employees. TML member cities can post job openings at no charge. Private sector companies can post job openings at a cost of $150 for a 30-day posting. For more information, visit the TML Career Center today.

Jun 13
Region 4
Jun 19
Region 3
Jun 19
Lakeside City 
Jul 17
Region 2
Jul 17
Region 9
Aug 8
Region 13
Aug 22-23
Region 14
Sep 3
Region 15
Sep 23
Region 3
Sep 30
May 29-30
Jun 6
Jun 18-20
South Padre Island
Jun 18-20
Jun 19-20
Jun 26-27
Jun 26-29
Texas City Management Association Annual Conference
Jul 10
Best Practices for Working with the Media
Jul 11
TML Small Cities' Problem-Solving Clinic
Laguna Vista 
Jul 17-18
TML Leadership Academy: Course 2 - Citizen Engagement and Collaboration
Jul 24-25
TML Newly Elected City Officials' Orientation
Jul 31-
Aug 1
Aug 7-8
Ethics for Public Officials: Laws, Liability, and Learning to Govern Ethically
Aug 15-16
TML Newly Elected City Officials' Orientation
Las Colinas 
Aug 21-22
TML Leadership Academy: Course 3 - Leading into the Future
Aug 29
TML Small Cities' Problem-Solving Clinic
Sep 30 - Oct 3
TML Annual Conference and Exhibition

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Texas Municipal League
1821 Rutherford Lane, Suite 400
Austin, Texas 78754
Phone: 512-231-7400
Fax: 512-231-7495


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