APWA FloridaThe Florida LTAP Center is pleased to partner with the American Public Works Association (APWA) Florida Chapter to bring you this Virtual Roundtable and Panel Discussion on Effective Communication with Elected Officials and Stakeholders.

Effective communication is fundamental to any successful relationship. While trust is the most critical characteristic in a successful relationship, nonetheless effective communication is essential for trust. All of us have varying expectations regarding what effective communication “means for us.”

This session will offer effective communication strategies that can help you navigate through the political landscape in both ongoing and difficult situations. The ability to work with elected officials and stakeholders is one of the most important skills that government professionals at any level need. Join us to hear from our guests – Why it is equally important to understand different communication styles and treat your audience as humans. Otherwise, if the parties in any dialogue do not fully appreciate each other’s expectations for “effective communication”, it is easy for them to feel that communication has fallen short.

This webinar is provided at no cost and will award a certificate to those fully attending and completing the webinar. Professional Development Hours (1.0 PDH) or APA Certification Maintenance Credits (1.0 CM) will be provided to those that request these during registration.

Please note – space for this webinar is limited, and  local agencies are being given priority!

By attending this session, participants will be better able to:

  1. Learn best practices to carefully listen to what stakeholders are saying.
  2. Practice emotional maturity to be able to separate policy disagreement from becoming personal.
  3. Choose to communicate with thoughtful deliberation.

ICMA Article: https://icma.org/blog-posts/beginners-guide-working-elected-officials

Instructor Bios:

Commissioner Anne Huffman, City Commission of Haines City, FL: Following a career as a hospitality administrator, Commissioner Huffman became the first African American woman elected to the Haines City Commission in 2017. Formerly the vice mayor, Huffman has been involved with numerous civic organizations across the State, County, and in Haines City. Serving the people of Haines City remains her highest priority and she is considered to be a strong advocate for all of the Haines City residents. She prides herself for her transparent communication with the citizens and for her work with community projects like Peninsular Drive Paving Project, Environmental compliance of a biochemical solid waste plant, Amber dog park and Oakland pool projects to name a few. Additionally, She has been on the Florida League of Cities Legislative Policy Committee for the past 3 years, representing local communities and helping league with their annual legislative priorities with focus on municipal governance.

Matthew Campbell, Former Town Manager, Town of Kenneth City, FL: Mr. Campbell has over 20+ years of executive public administration experience of working as a City or Town Manager, including serving as a department director for Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Planning and Economic Development, Building and Permitting, Information Technology, Finance and Budget, and Human Resources divisions.  He also has extensive experience with Police and Fire administration and associated collective bargaining negotiations.  Mr. Campbell has an extensive history of working with Capital Projects and associated management, and has partnered extensively with Pinellas County on a number of infrastructure improvement projects that benefit both the Towns or Cities in which he has worked, and the greater County.

Ramon Gavarrete, PE, Public Works Director/County Engineer, Alachua County, FL: Ramon Gavarrete, PE is a Public Works Director and County Engineer for the Alachua County since 2016, where he is responsible for major functional areas of the Public Works including planning and administration of capital projects. Ramone is an Honors Graduate from the Florida International University, Miami and is a past-president of the NACE and FACERS. He has been recognized as the FACERS Engineer of the Year for his services and dedication. Mr. Gavarrete has over 25 years of various experience and skilled at overseeing county engineering, traffic operations, road and bridge maintenance operations, and solid waste operations and projects. He is highly proficient in collaborating with contractors, clients and utility coordinators, and is an excellent communicator with the innate ability to lead large successful teams.

Josh Taylor, Communications Manager/PIO, City of North Port, FL and President, Florida Municipal Communicators Association: Josh was named the Communications Manager for the City in 2017. He currently heads all communications, social media, and traditional media relations for the City of North Port, North Port Police Department, and North Port Fire Rescue. Prior to joining the City’s team, Josh was a news reporter and anchor with ABC 7 WWSB in Sarasota, Florida. Josh spent 13 years on-air with ABC 7. He is a graduate of the prestigious University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. With Josh’s help, the City of North Port has been recognized as one of the leading municipalities in the country for social media use. One of the many accolades received includes the “Best Use of Facebook” by the 3CMA City-County Communications & Marketing Association.

Moderator Bio:

Addie Javed, APWA FL Leadership & Management Committee Chair and Managing Director, The Kercher Group: Addie Javed is a former Municipal (City/County) Engineer and Public Works Director, nationally recognized by the Engineering News Record (ENR), National Civil Engineering News Magazine and Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA). He has more than 27 years of technical, administration, management and supervisory experience leading diverse teams and managing multiple Capital Improvement projects and programs. Mr. Javed has strong background in Public Works, Environmental Management, Utilities, Infrastructure, Asset Management, Sustainability, Solid Waste and Sanitation, Strategic Planning and Performance Measures, Emergency Response and Operations, Operations and Maintenance, Community development and Legislative policy making. At Kercher as the Managing Director of Operations he has oversight of the Florida based projects, and as a Public Works and Administration subject matter expert supports project teams nationwide.

Effective Communication with Elected Officials and Stakeholders - A Virtual Roundtable and Panel Discussion

DATE: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
TIME: 12:00 to 1:00 PM (ET)