What's on tap at #FACAC2024

Tuesday, June 25

This course is designed to give commissioners an understanding of Florida’s stringent ethics laws. Participants will broaden their knowledge of ethics requirements for elected officials, gain understanding of the Sunshine and Public Records Laws, learn about reporting requirements, and become familiar with the process of an ethics complaint.

Separate registration is required to attend this workshop.

Wednesday, June 26

It is our mission to help connect counties to businesses and services that help reduce costs and raise efficiency.  Be sure to visit with the more than 150 companies and organizations while you are here!

Use this dedicated time to meet with the business and organizations that support local governments and the communities they serve

Participants tell us they are concerned about running out of money in retirement and are looking for pension-like solutions as part of their employer’s deferred compensation retirement plan. Come learn how Nationwide has created  in-plan solutions to help participants protect their hard-earned retirement savings assets and generate guaranteed income in retirement.

As one of the fastest growing areas in the nation, the Tampa Bay region continues to see significant increases in population year after year. Given this explosive growth, planners must consider residents’ diverse housing and mobility needs. This session will explore how these needs are being addressed at the local level. This includes research on redevelopment and parking reform for affordable and transit-supportive projects, incentives for diverse housing types and mixed-use centers within unincorporated Hillsborough County, and successful strategies for allowing Accessory Dwelling Units and Missing Middle housing in Pinellas County, including the adoption of zoning reforms in St. Petersburg.

In this workshop, attendees will navigate the intricate landscape of artificial intelligence (AI) with clarity and confidence. Through interactive sessions and practical demonstrations, participants will unravel the complexities of AI applications relevant to county governance. Guided by experts, they’ll explore how AI can enhance decision-making processes, streamline administrative tasks, and optimize resource allocation within local administrations. By fostering a deeper understanding of AI’s potential and implications, this workshop empowers local officials to harness its benefits effectively, ensuring informed and strategic integration into their communities. (Written with Artificial Intelligence)

In the face of rapid development and environmental challenges, preserving Florida’s natural beauty and biodiversity requires innovative strategies and collaborative efforts. This workshop will delve into the mechanisms and strategies essential for generating local funding that can support local land conservation projects and other capital needs. Learn firsthand from county representatives and conservation finance experts who have worked to secure funding and implement effective land conservation initiatives, demonstrating tangible results and sharing valuable lessons learned. In the wake of increasing development, this workshop offers invaluable knowledge and resources to generate funding and advance local land conservation. Join us in shaping a sustainable future for generations to come. 

What makes a political ad effective?  It’s more than just finding your audience and delivering a sound message.  After reaching someone, it’s time to persuade, inform or motivate.  And not all advertising is created equal.  Increasingly, we can apply science to the art of creating political communications.  This presentation and discussion cover the subtle science of advertising design and explore how candidates, campaigns and causes can create better advertising that moves numbers, changes minds and shapes outcomes.


Affordable Housing continues to be a significant challenge affecting individuals and families across our region. We aim to facilitate crucial discussions and collaborations that can drive meaningful change in addressing the affordable housing crisis. This issue not only impacts access to safe and stable housing but also contributes to the ability of individuals and families to work, live, and play within the same community. This workshop will bring solutions for local governments, emphasizing the Live Local initiative, a pressing issue pushed by state leaders over the past few years. Attendees will hear from experts across the affordable housing landscape, who will touch on the supply and demand for affordable housing within your communities and address funding and financial solutions for these projects.  

Public transportation has gone unchanged for the last 50 years and has seen a significant decrease in ridership over the past decade. Join us for an insightful session on “Revolutionizing Public Transportation with Innovative Microtransit Solutions,” designed specifically for county officials. This workshop will explore the transformative impact of microtransit services like Freebee on local transportation systems. Learn how these flexible, on-demand transit solutions can enhance community connectivity, reduce traffic congestion, and provide cost-effective alternatives to traditional public transport. Discover real-world case studies, implementation strategies, and the benefits of integrating microtransit into your county’s transportation planning. Gain the knowledge and tools needed to drive innovation and improve mobility in your community.

Thursday, June 27

Even if you do not consider yourself to be a storyteller, the reality is you are. We cannot live through a single day without sharing stories and being influenced by them: stories motivate us, challenge us to think in new ways, and assist us to recognize the differences as well as similarities we have as human beings. Stories, of course, are also central in advancing your important work in Florida with a variety of stakeholders and constituents. This session will spark a shift in mindset about how this important currency of influence and engagement can be integrated strategically to benefit your work. Additionally, you will learn a process for creating effective stories to reach the many diverse stakeholders you wish to influence and engage.

Join members of the Florida Association of Counties Trust as they explore issues and challenges in County Risk Management. Panelists bring a lengthy and varied background in Risk and Human Resources Management. This workshop is most appropriate for small and medium sized counties.

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences.  With offices in of Florida’s 67 counties, the geographic footprint of IFAS is extensive.  As our state’s population grows, developments in Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and precision agriculture are creating new, efficient, and sustainable ways to feed the world. Join us for a dynamic workshop where we explore the intersection of A.I. and agriculture and learn how UF-IFAS is revolutionizing the way we approach farming, sustainability, and food production.  

Welcome to the forefront of transportation evolution! The Advanced Air Mobility Workshop is a pioneering event designed to delve into the revolutionary realm of aerial transportation technologies. As we stand on the brink of a new era in mobility, this workshop aims to explore, discuss, and dissect the intricate landscape of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). 

The effectiveness of GLP1s for weight loss has caused a major shift in weight management approaches with significant added costs for plan sponsors. However, GLP1s are only one component of a comprehensive weight management program. This session explores the existing state of scientific evidence supporting a multifaceted approach to weight loss. The information that is provided will empower employers to make sound benefit decisions promoting optimal, cost effective approaches to weight management for employees and their families.

Boston bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet will be keynoting the Thursday luncheon at #FAC2024!  As an inspiring survivor, Adrianne will share her story of excellence, tragedy, and triumph!

Modern stormwater management systems are designed not only to prevent flooding, but also to remove pollutants, protect waterbodies, capture rainfall to replenish groundwater, and prevent damage to property and wildlife. Counties build and maintain a broad range of water conveyances that serve multiple purposes that benefit the community. This workshop is a crash-course for county officials who want a baseline understanding of why stormwater management matters and how these systems work at the local level. 

On a given night in Florida, roughly 13,000 of the state’s estimated 30,000 unhoused are also unsheltered, forcing them to reside in cars, parks, sidewalks, and other public spaces. To guide this group back into housing stability, many communities have implemented a “Continuum-of-Care,” including temporary shelters and transitional housing, designated public encampments, and holistic resources to provide critical behavioral health and substance use interventions.  


Recent legislative shifts have changed how our communities respond to this crisis. HB 1365 from Florida’s 2024 session encourages sanctioned and serviced public encampments as an alternative to unregulated public sleeping practices, to supplement finite shelter resources. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is considering Johnson v. Grant’s Pass, with major implications for how communities govern unpermitted sleeping. To help make sense of this delicate landscape, join the conversation between state lawmakers, local housing leaders, and public safety experts.  


Join us for an enlightening education session that explores the dynamic relationship between sports tourism and community well-being. In this session, we will delve into the multifaceted benefits that sports tourism brings to local economies and the overall health and vitality of communities. 

In a state comprising 1,350 miles of coastline and recording just under 130 billion tourist dollars entering the state in 2022, Florida is one of the front runners in the nation for tourism. But we do not see the success evenly distributed across all 67 counties. This workshop will serve as a comprehensive deep dive into emerging issues/trends concerning tourist development and look at methods of best practices to utilize TDT in hopes that all counties can become champions of economic growth through tourism development. 


Participants will come away from this workshop with a better understanding of the importance of tourism in the state of Florida by the numbers and learn more on   TDT and its restrictive uses. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the importance and concerns about tourism from key stakeholders. As well as walking away with more information on the functionalities of Tourism Development Council and hearing from members of TDCs on their uses and effectiveness. 

As hurricanes become more frequent and intense, Florida’s counties are on the frontline of these devastating storms, creating unique challenges for local officials.  Fortunately, Florida has one of the best emergency management systems in the nation.   As we begin the 2024 hurricane season, this workshop offers a primer on Florida’s emergency management system. By walking through a disaster scenario, we’ll explore and discuss the actions local officials can take to ensure they provide an adequate response for their communities.  

In this session, Salesforce will discuss how its State and Local Government client base is leveraging the power of its platform and AI to deliver beautiful experiences that are traditionally associated with the private sector. To illustrate, you will see a live demonstration of what Building Permitting and Code Enforcement can look like leveraging lessons learned in the private sector. 

Friday June 28

Hear real tales of the spy life from former CIA agent James Olson!