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Intergovernmental Relations Transition Policy Committee Report

Intergovernmental Relations Transition Policy Committee Report

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 MAYOR-ELECT BROWN– RECOMMENDATION FORM1.
 
Committee: Inter-governmental Relations Transition Policy Committee2. Date Approved by Committee: August 8, 20113. Recommendation(s):
Inter-governmental relations by definition comprise a core function of local government. Assuch, this function must be fostered, supported, and included within the Office of the Mayor inthe City of Jacksonville. In support whereof, this committee recommends:A) Establishment of a city-wide Office of Government Relations.B) Establish and improve existing relationships with other government entities.C) Recruitment, selection and appointment of an experienced leader and appropriate staff for theabove.D) Establish on-going positive relationships with Independent Authorities and provide earlyfocus on mayoral appointments for upcoming vacancies on their respective boards.E) Foster established relationships with staff of local elected officials.F) Develop a work plan for mayoral involvement with the Independent Authorities.G) Continue memberships in Associations.H) Retain the investment in Lobby Tools.
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Brief Description
A) Establishment of a city-wide Office of Government Relations to centralize activities, enhancerelationship management, and direct influencing and advocacy with local (cities and countiesand independent authorities), state executive and legislative branches and federal executiveagencies and the United States Congress. The Office of Government Relations will serve as the
 
consolidated unit which will house the Duval Delegation Office, Legislative Affairs and the CityCouncil Liaison.B) In order to conserve resources, seek to establish relationships with other government entities(including, but not limited to Baker, Clay, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns Counties) to join the Office of Government Relations to represent their interests and provide support forretention of contract lobbyists (state and federal) to represent the City and other governmentalentities joining the enterprise.C) Recruitment, selection and appointment of an experienced leader and appropriate staff for theabove, including a grant administration position. An additional staff person, separate from thecontract lobbyist, shall remain in Tallahassee for the duration of legislative session and during allcommittee weeks in order to manage the lobbying team and direct advocacy efforts.D) Establish on-going positive relationships with Independent Authorities and provide earlyfocus on mayoral appointments for upcoming vacancies on the respective boards. In addition, ad-hoc inter-governmental relationships also must be fostered with counties with which we sharethe St. Johns River, and other large metropolitan areas around Florida.E) Foster established relationships with staff of local elected officials. Federal, state district andregional directors in local offices can be an excellent resource for local governments, and thusshould be included in communication.F) Develop a work plan for mayoral involvement with the Independent Authorities includinginitial “state of the world” briefings, subsequent quarterly briefings and participation in “highprofile” Independent Authority activities as recommended by the respective IndependentAuthorities chairmen and executives.G) Continue memberships in Associations, particularly the Florida Association of Counties,Florida League of Cities, United States Conference of Mayors, and join the Florida League of Mayors and the Florida Council of 100.H) Retain the investment in Lobby Tools to track critical legislation. Seek associate licenses todiminish costs.
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Organizations or agencies that will implement and coordinate program:
The city-wide Office of Government Relations will coordinate with Independent Authorities toimplement the City's agenda to put forward to the legislative delegation.
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Budget:
The Inter-governmental Relations transition policy committee finds these recommendations to becost-saving measures, as the City will be coordinating and collaborating with IndependentAuthorities, counties within the north-east region, and independent agencies. By consolidatingefforts with other entities, the City will save funds used towards direct advocacy and can allocate

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