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March 2018
Don't Miss These Dates!

April 28, 2018: NEW MML Pop-up Training! Register by  April 16!
May 1, 2018: Personal Financial Disclosure Due

June 7-8, 2018: MML Elected Officials Training Conference
MML NEWS

USE TAX CAMPAIGN RESULTS …
MML sent a survey after the spring municipal elections (April 3) asking for your recent election results as they relate to taxes and bonds. We hope you will take a moment and return your information to us so that we may serve communities by having the latest information. One major initiative on the ballot for many cities this spring was the use tax proposal. From the surveys returned so far and from member information, the following cities successfully passed the use tax on April 3: Battlefield, Cabool, Cainsville, Clarksdale, Edina, Houston, Koshkonong, Laddonia, Leeton, Mountain View, New Hampton, Liberty, Licking, Nixa, Stanberry, Tarkio, Union Star, West Plains, Willow Springs. We will keep cities informed as more use tax and other ballot initiative information becomes available.

INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS … We are excited to announce this year’s MML Innovation Award Winners! The judges had to narrow down winners from 27 great projects entered, and all members had the opportunity to vote for the Member’s Choice award. The 2018 MML Innovation Awards Winners are:
  • City of Columbia: Community Scholars Program (Extra Large City)
  • City of Nixa: Solar Farm (Large City)
  • City of Willard: DARE/PAL Outdoor Character Camp (Medium City)
  • City of North Kansas City: Armour Road Pop-Up Parklet (Small City)
  • City of Brentwood: Technology to Improve Public Safety (Member’s Choice)
Winners will be honored at the MML Awards Luncheon Sept. 17, 2018, during the League’s Annual Conference Sept. 16-19, 2018, in Branson, Missouri. Summaries of winning projects are posted on the League website, and summaries of each project entered will soon be available.

2018 MML WAGE AND SALARY SURVEY COMPLETE … Data from the 2018 MML Wage and Salary is now available to member officials. More than 260 member municipalities participated in this year’s survey.  To request the data set please complete the request form on the League website.

MISSOURI MUNICIPAL LEAGUE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP … The Missouri Municipal League Board of Directors has established a scholarship program to assist those employed in municipal government with furthering their education. The program provides five, $500 college scholarships to be issued on a statewide basis. Graduate or undergraduate students may apply as long as the institution is accredited. The applicant must be a full-time employee of an MML member municipality, and must be endorsed in writing by either the city manager/administrator or mayor. Only one applicant will be considered per city. The application deadline is May 18, 2018. The MML Scholarship Committee will select scholarship winners in early June. The application form is available on the League’s website.

MML POLICY COMMITTEES ... Would you like to help shape MML Policy? Each year, four MML policy
committees meet to review current policy and make any changes needed to guide MML's focus on legislative priorities for the coming year. The four committees are: Finance and Taxation; Municipal Administration and Intergovernmental Relations; Economic Development and Human Resources; and Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development. Learn more about how to become involved with the League and the committee process on the MML website. Committees will meet in Columbia, Missouri, on June 21 to propose any changes for consideration for 2019. Please contact us at info@mocities.com to be placed on a committee.

MML MEMBER DIRECTORY UPDATES … Watch your mail for an MML directory update sheet that allows MML to keep the most current information after municipal elections. Without your updates, members may miss important meeting announcements, news and legislative alerts. Please be sure to fill out the form mailed to you and return to MML!

MML ANNUAL CONFERENCE SNEAK PEEK … Preparations are underway for the MML Annual Conference Sept. 16-19, 2018, in Branson, Missouri! Take a sneak peek at planned keynote speakers, networking events and registration updates. Watch for more information as registration opens for attendees and exhibitors!

MML EVENTS

MML POP-UP TRAINING FOR MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS, APRIL 28, 2018 … Register by April 16, 2018  for a NEW training opportunity in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, on April 28, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This training provides elected and appointed officials with the basics in a number of important areas municipal officials regularly face. From the Sunshine Law to budgets, to ethics and parliamentary procedure, this day-long Saturday training will assist municipal officials who have busy weekday schedules or those with limited budgets. This opportunity is open to all municipal officials at a cost of $35, including lunch, and will offer four credits towards certification with the Municipal Governance Institute. Learn more and register.

REGISTER NOW! 2018 ELECTED OFFICIALS TRAINING CONFERENCE … The Missouri Municipal League will be conducting the Elected Officials Training Conference June 7-8, 2018, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri. Conference sessions will emphasize the knowledge base all elected officials need to govern effectively, such as personnel law, ethics, economic development, planning and zoning, and more. Changes that continually occur in the municipal arena make this a Conference that all officials (not just newly elected!) should attend! The hotel block deadline is May 21. Learn more and register.
Note: Scholarships are available to municipalities that have not attended in four or more years. To apply, send a letter of interest to Emily Koenigsfeld, Event & Training Specialist at emilyk@mocities.com; Subject: EOT Scholarship.
MML REGIONAL MEETINGS … Learn more and register for a regional meeting today!  
  • MML Southeast Region will meet in Farmington on April 19, 2018;
  • MML Central Region will meet in Higginsville May 23, 2018;
  • MML West Gate will meet May 24, 2018 (location to be determined.)
MML WEBINARS … A great lineup of MML Webinars is planned for 2018! Check out what’s coming up. Register for upcoming webinars and check out the pre-recorded webinars at www.mocities.com/webinars.
2018:
  • May 10: Post Disaster Recovery – Effectively Using Your CDBG-DR Funds, presented by Curt Skoog, Branch Manager, IBTS
  • June 12: The Benefits of Native Plants For Communities, presented by Carol Davit, Missouri Prairie Foundation
  • June 19: Fundamentals of Municipal Contracting, presented by Nathan Nickolaus, Cunningham, Vogel & Rost, P.C.
STATEWIDE NEWS

NEW CCFOA OFFICERS ... At the recently held Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers’ Association (CCFOA) Spring Institute, the organization elected the following new officers: President Maribeth Matney of Carl Junction; President Elect Lisa Westfall of Branson; Secretary Renee Kingston of Camdenton; and Treasurer Octavia Pitman of Ferguson.  The new officers’ terms begin May 1, 2018.  Leesa Ross of Frontenac will be the immediate past president.

PERSONAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE … Officials in municipalities with an annual operating budget of more than $1 million are required to file a personal financial disclosure statement between Jan. 1 and May 1, 2018, with both the Missouri Ethics Commission and the city clerk. Most affected municipalities have adopted an ordinance specifying the officials who must file reports. These statements are public records and may be viewed by the public. If you have any questions or need copies of the forms, please contact the Missouri Ethics Commission at (800) 293-8660 or visit www.mec.mo.gov.

SMART RURAL COMMUNITY SHOWCASE AWARD … The Smart Rural Community Showcase Award honors rural communities that have achieved high levels of broadband activity and have used it to support innovative practices in industry sectors such as healthcare, education, public safety, utilities, civic engagement and commerce. Applications are due July 1, 2018. Learn more.
OTHER EVENTS AND TRAININGS

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING … The Missouri Department of Economic Development is working on a program to help local economic developers identify trends and better target their business retention and expansion efforts. Click here to register for one of multiple training opportunities to learn how the program can help your organization. 

INVASIVE PLANT AND GROW NATIVE EVENTS … Two events are coming up regarding invasive plants, hosted by the Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force (MoIP). Click here to learn about the Callery Pear Field Event April 13 and the Callery Pear Volunteer Work Day and demonstration April 17 at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Both events are in Columbia, Missouri.
The Missouri Prairie Foundation has spring events scheduled to help you learn more about the many benefits of using native plants for your community, including a landscaping workshop in Maryville, Missouri on April 14 that provides 2.25 CEUs for Municipal Specialists. Learn more.

MfSMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE … The Missouri Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association’s annual conference takes place April 11-13, 2018, in Osage Beach, Missouri. Learn more.

CULTURAL HERITAGE WORKSHOP ... The Missouri Humanities Council  will host a one-day Cultural Heritage Workshop in Brunswick, MO, on Friday, April 27th from 9am-4pm. Our panel of experts will provide participants with grant writing techniques, program planning resources, and useful tools to identify and evaluate cultural heritage assets in their communities. The event is free and lunch is included, but RSVP is required. Click on the registration button below to RSVP and for more information. Learn more.


WIFIA TRAININGS … The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program hosts webinars and information sessions for prospective borrowers to foster a greater understanding of the WIFIA program requirements and pave the way for successful applications to the program. A series of webinars take place in April and May to help explain the process. Learn more.
 
The program is now accepting letters of interest for up to $5.5 billion in loans. Letters of interest must be submitted by July 6, 2018. Learn more at https://www.epa.gov/wifia.
 
MISSOURI FINANCING ROUNDTABLE … A one-day event in Kansas City on May 1, 2018, will feature a number of economic development finance experts from around the state discussing development finance tools, authorities, resources and approaches, and how these can affect the Missouri economy going forward. The event is sponsored by the Council of Development Finance Agencies and the Missouri Economic Development Financing Association. Learn more.
 
MISSOURI PRESERVATION CONFERENCE … The Missouri Preservation Conference takes place May 2-4, 2018, in Sedalia, Missouri. The event brings together historic preservation experts and Missourians from throughout the state to participate in educational workshops, sessions and tours that explore in and around the host city. The conference serves as an excellent opportunity to educate participants on appropriate restoration and rehabilitation practices, updating themselves on Missouri’s Historic Tax Credit opportunities, and networking with the preservation community. Learn more at www.preservemo.org.
 
MISSOURI CONCRETE CONFERENCE … The 2018 Missouri Concrete Conference will be held May 1-2, 2018, in Rolla, Missouri. Learn more and register at http://concrete.mst.edu.
 
NATIONAL GFOA ANNUAL CONFERENCE … The National Government Finance Officers Association will hold its 112th Annual Conference May 6-9, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference features opportunities for sharing ideas; sharpening skills; discovering new tools and technologies; and networking with peers from across North America and around the world. Learn more.
 
MISSOURI DIGITAL GOVERNMENT SUMMIT … Missouri’s Digital Government Summit will take place June 13, 2018, in Jefferson City, Missouri. Each year, local and state government leaders gather to learn best practices and innovations on topics of leadership, digital government trends, emerging technologies and more. Learn more and register.
MEMBER NEWS

OUTSTANDING CITY CLERK AWARD … Troy City Clerk, Jodi Schneider, was presented with the prestigious Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association’s 2018 Outstanding City Clerk Award at the annual MoCCFOA Spring Institute banquet held in Columbia, Missouri, on March 14, 2018.  The purpose of the Outstanding City Clerk Award is to recognize a city clerk or finance officer who has demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to their municipality, community and professional organization. Congratulations Jodi!

WASTEWATER AWARD … The Water Environment Federation presented city of Moberly’s Wastewater Plant Operator Ben Riles with its Dr. William D. Hatfield award. The award is given to a nominee who exhibits outstanding plant operation, successful documentation, good public relations and advancements in the field. Riles has been with the city for almost 30 years and began his career as a maintenance worker. Read more.

KANSAS CITY RANKS SECOND FOR WOMEN IN TECH … Kansas City remains the second best city in the U.S. for women in technology for four years in a row, just behind Washington, D.C., according to a new study by SmartAsset. The study looks at several areas, including gender pay gap, income after housing, women’s representation in the workforce and growth in employment. The study used Census data to compare 58 cities that have at least 200,000 residents.

TOP 25 DOERS, DREAMERS AND DRIVERS OF 2018 … Kansas City, Missouri, Chief Innovation Officer Bob Bennett earned the distinction of a 2018 Government Technology Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver — a program started in 2002 to recognize technology leaders putting their knowledge to work to solve problems and serve their communities. Bennett is particularly noted for his work to advance Kansas City as a smart city Read article.
GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

COMMUNITY CONNECT BROADBAND GRANT PROGRAMApplication Deadline: May 14
The Community Connect Broadband Grant Program gives financial assistance to provide broadband Internet service in rural, economically-challenged communities where such service does not currently exist. Eligible activities include deploying service to critical community facilities, rural residents and rural businesses; constructing, acquiring or expanding a community center; and equipping a community center that provides free Internet access to community residents for at least two years. Local and county governments, nonprofit organizations and businesses are all eligible to apply. Learn more.

RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS LOAN … Application deadline Sept. 30, 2018
The Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program (Farm Bill Broadband Program) furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide service at the broadband lending speed in eligible rural areas. Learn more.

ROADMAPS TO HEALTH COACHING … Application dates ongoing
Sponsored by the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this program offers guidance and support from a community coach for communities who want to improve the health of their populations and work toward building a culture of health. Learn more.


MISSOURI MAIN STREET CONNECTION GRANTS … Application dates ongoing
Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) offers three matching grant programs providing up to 75 percent of the costs — Affiliate Grant, People Energizing Places and Strategic Teams Engaging Places. These grant programs provide the tools and resources for downtown revitalization to Missouri communities. Contact the MMSC office at 417-334-3014 or email Keith Winge for more information.
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON TRANSPORTATION … The Missouri Department of Transportation has launched a 30-day public comment period on an update of the state’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The plan is a federally required process that sets the state’s 25-year vision for transportation. The draft Long-Range Transportation Plan can be viewed online at www.modot.org/LRTP, or at any MoDOT District Office. Those interested in offering comments on the plan can contact MoDOT by emailing LRTPcomments@modot.mo.gov. The formal comment period ends May 4, 2018.

WATER YOU WAITING FOR? … Nominate your local government water project to share your success stories with local leaders around the world! Emerging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) is passionate about the free and open exchange of ideas where local governments can learn from one another to be most successful. When local leaders share their success stories, everybody wins. This is especially true on expensive and complex public works projects, so ELGL is partnering with The Atlas Marketplace to collect and share details about the best water projects in the nation. This contest is free to enter and winning projects will be selected by popular vote. Entering the contest will feature your project on the ELGL and Atlas websites, both for information and voting. Learn more and add your project online.


CELEBRATE PRESERVATION MONTH ... Missouri Main Street is partnering with the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to Celebrate Preservation Month in Missouri during May 2018. We are excited to highlight four Missouri historic sites and nine Missouri Main Street Communities who are working diligently to preserve their historic resources. Through this project, we hope to encourage Missouri citizens of all ages to learn more about the history surrounding them, discover new sites and communities, and understand the importance of preserving our history and historic places for generations to come. All Missourians are invited to visit these sites and communities in a celebration of our heritage and preservation efforts. See the calendar of events and join the Celebrate Preservation Month roadshow at stops near you!
MML Elected Officials Training
June 7-8, 2018
Register Today!
MML Upcoming Webinars:
May 10, 2018: Post Disaster Recovery: Lessons Learned, Best Practices
June 12, 2018: The Benefits of Native Plants
June 19, 2018: Fundamentals of Municipal Contracting
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