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October 14, 2009: Commissioner Powers graduates from Institute for

Coral Springs Commissioner Tom Powers has graduated from the Institute for Elected Municipal Officials (IEMO) of The Florida League of Cities, Inc. Started 18 years ago as a way to educate newly elected officials on the intricacies of municipal government in a cost-effective manner, IEMO grew out of a partnership between the Florida League of Cities and the John Scott Dailey Institute of Government.

The IEMO is an intense 16-hour course where participants learn about aspects of municipal government from a voluntary faculty. Topics include municipal government structure, revenue components and governmental accounting for cities, as well as intergovernmental relations and council relationships. The courses are taught by some of the most respected experts in the state.  Class sizes are kept small, allowing participants to network and share ideas with other elected officials in a small group setting. Many IEMO graduates claim that this idea-sharing has helped them to develop solutions to local problems.

“This Institute provided me with a strong background in the details of serving as an elected official,” Commissioner Powers said. “This program, combined with my personal and professional experience, will help me better serve our residents.”
FLC President John Marks, Mayor of Tallahassee, is extremely proud of the new IEMO graduates. “I commend these officials for completing the class; it is a great municipal overview and very Florida-specific. The League and the Institute of Government are proud of this program. As you know, Florida is comprised of people from all over the world, and civic knowledge is a critical factor for Florida’s communities. I encourage each of these new graduates to speak to the schools and civic organizations in their city so that we can better educate our residents,” Mayor Marks said.

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