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Earn 2 CMO Elective Credits: Attend “Changes and Challenges in Law Enforcement" Workshop

Local Government Solutions and Strategies invites you to attend a "Changes and Challenges in Law Enforcement"


Thursday, November 8, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Roosevelt State Park
2149 Highway 13
Morton, Mississippi

Click below for more information!

Earn 2 CMO Elective Credits - Attend the 31st Urban Forestry Conference and Celebration of Trees Awards

Join the MS Urban Forest Council for the 31st Urban Forestry Conference and Celebration of Trees Awards!

Landscapes for Healthy Community, Home, Farm or Business

                                         

November 1 & 2, 2018
MS Craft Center
Ridgeland, MS

 

Attendees will earn 2 CMO elective credits.

View the attached document for details including registration information and a conference agenda!

NEMCC Leadership Consortium - Earn 4 CMO Elective Credits

Earn 4 CMO Elective Credits by attending these classes offered by the North East MS Community College! 

The NEMCC Workforce Division has a new round of leadership training beginning in October at the Booneville Campus. The workshop consists of five classes meeting on October 23 & 30; November 6, 13, and 27 from 8:30am until 12:30pm. Cost is $200 per person.

Click here for more information (and to register)!

Read more details by clicking the "Read More" link below!

Delta State University Local Government Leadership Institute - September 2018 Training - CMO Opportunity

Earn 2 CMO Elective Credits by attending Delta State University's Local Government Leadership Institute's September 2018 Training!

 

When:          September 20, 2018 @ 10:00am - 12:00pm

Location:     Delta State University
                    Center for Community And Economic Development
                    1417 College Street Cleveland, MS 38733

Guest Presenters: Mr. George Lewis, Governmental Liaison, Mississippi 811 and Ms. Mitzi Woods, Workforce Director, South Delta Planning & Development District

Topic:          “Wellness Check: Preparing for a New Fiscal & Calendar Year” 

Download the attached flyer for full details and registration information!

Mississippi: A Roadblock to Human Trafficking - CMO OPPORTUNITY

In preparation for the state’s 2019 legislative session, the Summit Series kicks off on October 3, 2018, with “Mississippi: A Roadblock to Human Trafficking.” This summit will provide an in-­depth and multi-dimensional look at human trafficking from the I-­10 corridor to Mississippi’s backroads. 

MML members will receive 2 CMO Elective Credits for attending this event!

 

Click the link below to read more details and registration information!

Fall 2018 CMO Evening Classes - Open Meetings and Public Records

In conjunction with the MS State University Extension Service Center for Government & Community Development, MML is excited to announce the upcoming CMO opportunity that will be traveling to a location near you this fall!

The class, Open Meetings and Public Records, will be held at night and will include dinner, allowing an alternative time frame to receive CMO credits for those who have day-time duties that prohibit them from attending some of our other CMO opportunities that are usually held primarily during the day. 

Please see the attached registration form for details including registration deadlines, fees, and locations that the class will be offered.

Join MDA - Energy & Natural Resources Division for a webinar on Financing Energy Efficiency Projects!

SAVE THE DATE

WEBINAR: FINANCING ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECTS

 

Wednesday, August 23, 2018 | 11 am – 12 pm CST

 

Mississippi Development Authority | Energy & Natural Resources Division

 

The seminar will focus on long-term financing solutions for energy efficiency projects at your organization.  Learn more about how an investment in energy efficiency will maximize benefits and reduce energy-related costs. The goal of the Energy & Natural Resources Division is to offer information on flexible financing options for all types of energy efficiency projects.

 

REGISTER NOW!

 

"Balance the Scales with Internet Sales" - A Tool Kit for Municipal Officials

With the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, South Dakota v. Wayfair, states are now allowed to tax internet sales for companies without a nexus in the state. With this result, there will be a significant increase in use/internet sales tax collected by the State of Mississippi. We believe that this revenue needs to be shared with our cities and towns.

We have created a tool kit with various items your city can use to encourage state legislators to include meaningful funding for cities and towns in any legislation for infrastructure funding that might be considered during a special session. Among other items in this tool kit, you will find a sample resolution template that you can use at your town's next board meeting to formally announce your support of this campaign!

Click below for all of the items you'll need to get started!

2018 MML/PDD's Legislative Planning Meetings

   
This fall, the MML will be teaming up with the PDDs across the state to host the 2018 Regional Legislative Planning Meetings. Click here to view the list of dates and times that the meetings will be held.

Please note that several of the meetings have been altered from their original date due to our expectation of a special legislative session being called at the Capitol during the third week of August. Be sure to look at this new schedule to make sure you know when and where your PDD is holding its meeting.

MML members will receive 3 CMO Elective Credits for attending and one of the 2018 Regional Legislative Planning Meetings, and 1 additional CMO Elective Credit will be given if the MML member brings his/her legislator to the meeting.

We hope make plans to join us at the meeting closest to you as we begin to plan our 2019 Legislative Agenda! 

NLC WEBINAR: Parent-Centered Employment Strategies Can Boost Economic Mobility for Families

Please join the National League of Cities (NLC) for a webinar launching a new initiative to strengthen economic stability for families in cities through a parent-centered approach to employment strategies. The webinar, which will take place on June 6th at 3:00 pm EDT, will share information about how cities can help families succeed by targeting parents in their workforce development efforts.

Click here to register, or click the link below to learn more about the webinar!

Fire Is Everyone’s Fight™: MS Community Risk Reduction Summit - CMO OPPORTUNITY

Earn 2 CMO credits by attending the Fire Is Everyone’s Fight™: MS Community Risk Reduction Summit!

 

What: An overview of the fire problem in Mississippi, what we can do to change the statistics, resources to assist your efforts, and a planning session to make it a reality in Mississippi

 

Who should attend: Anyone who takes part in prevention activities or decision-making for those activities. i.e. career, combination, and volunteer chiefs, company officers, prevention staff, suppression personnel, elected officials, etc.

 

When: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (lunch is provided)

 

Where: MS State Fire Academy auditorium

 

How: Pre-register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MSSummit2018 so we can have an accurate headcount for lunch

 

Click the link below to view the event flyer and and tentative agenda!

Financing Energy Efficiency Projects Webinar

Mississippi Development Authority - Energy & Natural Resources Division invites you to participate in their upcoming Financing Energy Efficient Projects Webinar on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at 10:00am!

The 1 hour seminar will focus on long-term financing solutions for energy efficiency projects at your organization.  Learn more about how an investment in energy efficiency will maximize benefits and reduce energy-related costs. The goal of the Energy & Natural Resources Division is to offer information on flexible financing options for all types of energy efficiency projects. 

REGISTER NOW!

Delta State University Local Government Leadership Institute - May 2018 Training - CMO Opportunity

Earn 2 CMO Elective Credits by attending Delta State University's Local Government Leadership Institute's May 2018 Training!

 

When:          May 17, 2018 @ 10:00am - 3:00pm

Location:     Delta State University
                    Center for Community And Economic Development
                    1417 College Street Cleveland, MS 38733

Guest Presenters: Ms. Judith Phillips, Research Associate, III, John C. Stennis Institute of Government; and Representatives from Cities United, Louisville, KY

RSVP:           By May 14th @ cbeaty@deltastate.edu

Topic:          "Community Profiles: What the Data Says About Your Community"

 

Download the attached flyer for full details and registration information!

MS Heritage Trust Preservation Toolkit Workshop Series - CMO Opportunity

WANT TO TACKLE THAT DAUNTING REHAB PROJECT BUT NOT SURE WHERE TO BEGIN?

Join the Mississippi Heritage Trust and instructors Mike Grote and Jonathan Leit with Alembic Development of New Orleans for a Preservation Toolkit Workshop to learn about the fundamental principles of historic preservation and real estate finance. Participants will learn about the legal framework of historic preservation, master basic real estate calculations, and explore how incentives like tax credits can help close the funding gap and bring historic places back to life.

**MML members who attend any one of the MS Heritage Trust Preservation Workshops will receive 2 CMO Elective Credits!**

Click below for more information on when and where the workshops will be held, or download the attached flyer for full details of this exciting opportunity, including an outlined schedule for the first workshop of the series that will be held in Greenville!

 

Starting a Drone Program for Public Agencies - CMO OPPORTUNITY

Interested in starting a drone program in your community? Attend the "Starting a Drone Program for Public Agencies" workshop and learn how to start a safe, legal, and successful drone program and keep it in compliance!

MML members who attend one of these workshops offered on May 8th and 9th will receive 2 CMO elective credits!

NEMCC Leadership Consortium Union County 2018 - CMO OPPORTUNITY

Register to participate in Northeast Mississippi Community College's Leadership Consortium Project of Union County!

The leadership series hones essential skills in Leadership, Communication, Resolving Conflict, Managing Complaints and Improving Employee Work Habits. These topics will provide valuable insight and experience for leaders whether you are a local official, a business owner, an industrial manager or supervisor, or in the service industry (health care or commercial). Each workshop will involve lots of interaction and sharing of experience. Registration includes all five classes for the Leadership Consortium Project of Union County.

MML members who attend all five classes will receive 4 CMO elective credits!

 

EPA Announces New Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects

Funding will leverage public and private investments to keep lead and other contaminants out of drinking water and upgrade aging water infrastructure

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of funding that could provide as much as $5.5 billion in loans, which could leverage over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Prospective borrowers seeking WIFIA credit assistance must submit a letter of interest (LOI) by July 6, 2018. 

Click below for more details!

 

International Public Management Association for Human Resources-Southern Region Conference

The great State of Alabama welcomes the 2018 IPMA-HR Southern Region Training conference to Birmingham “The Magic City”. The three-day conference will be held at The Sheraton Birmingham Hotel May 20-23, 2018. The conference will include powerful keynote sessions, breakout sessions and networking evening events and provide you with valuable resources, products and services. For registration and information, please click here to visit the website. 

MML members will receive 3 CMO Elective Credits for attending this event.

11th Annual Statewide Youth Leadership Summit Agenda

Take a look at the agenda for the 11th Annual Statewide Youth Leadership Summit! The City of Brandon will sponsor and host a Welcome Reception on the evening of Friday, March 2nd, before the Summit activities kick-off on the campus of Jackson State University, Saturday March, 3rd!

Check out the awesome classes we have lined-up, most of which will be presented by Mayors' Youth Councils from across the State! We've got an amazing keynote speaker, Miss Black Mississippi 2017 Kristy Johnson, that will speak to the youth from a unique perspective of once having been a member of a Mayor's Youth Council herself! 

Don't forget to bring items for our community service drive which will be benefiting the Good Samaritan Center of Jackson!

For any questions or additional information, contact our office!

Nomination Portal for Opportunity Zone Designations Now Open

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established Opportunity Zones as a new community development program aimed to encourage long term investments in low-income and rural communities. Private investment within a designated Opportunity Zone may earn tax relief on the capital gains generated through those investments. Tax benefits increase the longer investments are in place.

Census tracts with a poverty rate of 20 percent or greater and/or family income less than 80 percent of the area’s median income are eligible for consideration.

Each state may nominate a minimum of 25 total eligible census tracts but no more than 25% of the total number of eligible census tracts within the state. The U.S. Department of Treasury will approve the nominated census tracts and administer the Opportunity Zone Program.

This week, the Governor’s office launched a portal on the Mississippi Development Authority’s website allowing cities and counties to propose census tracts for inclusion in the nominations. Click here to access the electronic application.

States must submit Opportunity Zone applications to the United States Department of Treasury no later than March 21, 2018. Therefore, application review by the state will begin no later than March 5, 2018.

For more information regarding the Opportunity Zone program and to see if your community qualifies, click here. For more information, or if you have questions regarding the program, please email opportunityzone@mississippi.org.

2018 State Executive Development Institute

Nominations are now open for the 2018 State Executive Development Institute!

SEDI 2018 will be held May 6 - 11, 2018, on the campus of Mississippi State University. The State Executive Development Institute (SEDI) is an executive style, graduate level, program offered by the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development. The Institute is designed to prepare mid to upper level state and local government executives to be more effective leaders. Additionally, the SEDI may be taken for credit in the Master of Public Policy and Administration program at Mississippi State University. Additional fees and prerequisites may apply.

Application deadline is March 9, 2018.

For more information on SEDI or to be nominated, visit the website by clicking here, or call Frank Riley at 601-573-6188.

 

Attend the NLC Congressional City Conference!

Attend the National League of Cities' Congressional City Conference!

March 11 - 14, 2018

Washington, D.C.

Click here to visit the event website or get more information by clicking the "Read More" link below!

Spring 2018 CMO Night Class - Ad Valorem Taxation & the Municipal Budgeting Process

In conjunction with the MS State University Extension Service Center for Government & Community Development, MML is excited to announce the upcoming CMO opportunity that will be traveling to a location near you this spring!

The class, Ad Valorem Taxation & the Municipal Budgeting Process, will be held at night and will include dinner, allowing an alternative time frame to receive CMO credits for those who have day-time duties that prohibit them from attending some of our other CMO opportunities that are usually held primarily during the day. 

Please see the attached registration form for details including registration deadlines, fees, and locations that the class will be offered.

2018 Mississippi Municipal Excellence Awards

Applications are now open for the 2018 Mississippi Municipal Excellence Awards!

The awards program is open to all MML members in good standing. Each municipality can submit one award application in each subject category, for a total of four applications. Entries must describe programs or projects brought to conclusion or showing significant results between May 6, 2017 and April 30, 2018.

For each project submitted, an official Municipal Excellence Award entry application must be completed. Please type or legibly print information requested on the award application. The application must be signed by the city’s chief elected or administrative officer.

Download the attached application for full details!

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE APRIL 30, 2018!

Mississippi Rural Water Association - 2018 Board Member Management Training

See attached file for upcoming dates that the MS Rural Water Association will be holding board member management training sessions. 

 

Click below for more information.

MSDH Technical Assistance Grant Announcement for Smokefree Air

The Mississippi State Department of Health Office of Tobacco Control, in collaboration with the Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation, is providing technical assistance funds for local and county governments interested in educating their citizens on the benefits of smokefree air and the protections of comprehensive (smoke-, vapor-, and aerosol-free) air policies.

 

MS Bureau of Narcotics Report: 2016 Opioid/Hydrocodone Prescriptions per Capita

Please download the attached handout presented at the 2017 Small Town Conference by MS Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy regarding opioid and hydrocodone prescriptions per capita for Mississippi counties. 

Important Information Regarding Annual Audits

To Municipalities of Mississippi:

Please click the link "Read More »" link below to read the notice and the accompanying Excel template attached that can be accessed by clicking the "Download Attachment" link.  This e-mail is being submitted by The Mississippi Department of Revenue in regards to SB2437.

File attached:
Annual Tax Revenue Report Form 09072017.xlsx

Reports should be submitted via email to the MS DOR at taxentity.annualreport@dor.ms.gov 

Aaron Robinson
Agency Support
Mississippi Department of Revenue
(601) 923-7662
aaron.robinson@dor.ms.gov