CMRI Events & Symposiums


The Center for Municipal Research & Innovation holds two research symposiums per year, one in conjunction with the League's annual conference in August and one in conjunction with the legislative conference in November. These symposiums bring together public administrators, elected officials and the academic community. Each symposium focuses on specific local government issues, and how research, statistics and trends can be used in the local government setting.

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In this interactive symposium, a diverse panel of state, regional and local government water experts will review the current state of water affairs in Florida. In addition to a general overview, they will discuss available funding; past, current and future projects to protect this limited resource; and successful collaborative initiatives their agencies have been involved in. This event offers an excellent opportunity for attendees to hear from and interact with experts whose mission is to continue to improve water quality in the state or a specific region.

Valenstein HeadshotWe are proud to welcome keynote speaker Noah Valenstein, secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Valenstein was appointed Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection by Governor Rick Scott on May 23, 2017 and reappointed by Governor Ron DeSantis on February 15, 2019. He returned to DEP with nearly 15 years of public service experience with governmental agencies and a passion for natural resource protection. Noah most recently served as executive director for the Suwannee River Water Management District, where he oversaw the protection and conservation of water and land resources across 15 counties. His previous experience includes working on environmental, agricultural and energy issues in the Executive Office of the Governor and Florida House of Representatives, as well as with several of Florida’s leading environmental nonprofit groups. With a strong belief in the power of partnerships, Noah is focused on building relationships between diverse groups of stakeholders, including environmental and agricultural groups as well as local communities and businesses. 

This research symposium is designed for city administrators, municipal water professionals, elected leaders and our university research partners. The event is free for League members and research partners, but pre-registration is required. View Event Flyer │ Registration Form

Contact Research Analyst Liane Giroux at 850.222.9684 or for more information.

Check out the video below for highlights from the Summer Symposium held August 14, 2019 at the World Center Marriott in Orlando. Presentations from previous symposiums are available to the right.

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