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Certified Municipal Official Program

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October 4, 2018
Marriott-Legends Hotel & Conference Center at Capitol Hill, Prattville, Alabama

Registration Fees:
July 30 – September 21:  $150  
After September 21:  $175 Onsite registration only
Maximum registrants: 150

MLI Agenda   |   CMO Graduation Agenda

The Municipal Leadership Institute will provide you with the training you need to solve and plan for problems that impact you & your municipality before they arise. Presentations by area experts will be given on timely issues that confront today’s local elected officials. Exhibits will open at 10:30 a.m. on October 4. This unique showcase will offer an excellent opportunity for vendors & municipal officials to meet. Plan to connect with exhibitors and discover valuable tools for solutions to problems as well as innovative ideas for future planning.

Topics Include: Community Engagement and Community Engagement Roundtable Discussions, Youth Councils and Your Municipality, The Public Purpose Doctrine, Grant Writing, Public Records (Core Elective– 0.5 credit hour) and Electronic Records Retention

This Institute has been approved for six (6) Basic, Advanced or Emeritus hours in the Certified Municipal Official Program. 0.5 ofthe 6 approved hours meet core curriculum requirements. If you have already taken the core courses that will be offered at theInstitute, duplicate core hours will not be awarded. Any municipal official or municipal personnel may register for the Institute, butonly elected officials will be awarded credit hours in the CMO Program.

The League’s CMO graduation ceremony for those who have earned their Basic, Advanced, and Emeritus CMO designations will also be held during the Leadership Institute. For those attending both the Institute and the CMO graduation, registration and payment are required.

2018 Municipal Leadership Institute and Expo Exhibitor / Sponsorship Opportunities

ALM invites you to register as a vendor and/or sponsor.  This conference is for local elected officials to receive training to solve and plan for problems that impact their municipalities before they arise. Presentations by area experts will be given on timely issues that confront today’s local elected officials.  Join us as an exhibitor/sponsor or as a sponsor only at the Marriott-Legends Hotel and Conference Center at Capitol Hill and promote your products, programs and services to key municipal decision makers.  Visit our website, to register and to view the interactive floor plan and agenda.  See what space is currently available and view a listing of all registered vendors. We hope to see you in Prattville!

Interactive Floor Plan   |   2018 MLI Exhibitor Kit

Exhibit and Sponsor

$500        Table-top Exhibit Space  |  Sponsorship and Event Promotion  |  Luncheon and Reception

For Exhibit and Sponsorship Registration, click HERE.

Table-top Exhibit - The Institute offers exhibiting on Thursday, October 4th beginning at 10:30 a.m. and concludes with the League’s reception at 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Break service, lunch and reception will be held in the exhibit area to maximize your exposure to attendees.  Sponsorship - Your Company is promoted with special event signage, recognition on printed conference materials and the opportunity to provide a pre-approved promotional item in registration bags.

NOTE:  ALM requires a certificate of general liability file on file for each exhibitor.  This can be a “proof only” copy and does not require ALM listed as an additional insured.  This should be uploaded during the registration process.

Questions?  Contact Cindy Price, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 334-262-2566

Sponsorship Only

$250        Sponsorship and Event Promotion

For Sponsorship Only registration, click HERE.

Can’t be with us on October 4th? No problem. Your company can still have a presence! Show your support of Alabama municipalities by being a sponsor. Your Company is promoted with special event signage, recognition on printed conference materials and the opportunity to provide a pre-approved promotional item in registration bags.

Questions?  Contact Cindy Price, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 334-262-2566

In early 1994, the Executive Committee of the Alabama League of Municipalities unanimously voted to appoint a subcommittee to study the feasibility of establishing a certification program for elected municipal officials. In July 1994, the Executive Committee agreed to the subcommittee's recommendation and approved the League's CMO program. The League's CMO program was the second elected municipal officials training program in the country. 

The Certified Municipal Official Program is voluntary and open to all elected municipal officials. The League conducts a one-day continuing education session at least twice a year at four regional sites. These sessions are for elected municipal officials – mayors and councilmembers – who voluntarily wish to receive formal training in municipal government. Participants earn 5 credit hours by attending these sessions. Credit hours may also be earned by attending other League or National League of Cities conferences or through service on League committees and boards. Outside credit is also awarded for attendance of approved seminars.

Any official who earns 40 credit hours in the program will be awarded the designation of Certified Municipal Official (CMO). Currently, more than 4,000 elected municipal officials are enrolled in this program. There have been 1,171 elected municipal officials to complete the basic 40 hours of training required for the CMO designation. There have been 579 officials to complete their advanced hours.

In response to requests from CMO graduates, an Advanced CMO Program was established in 1998. This program allows elected municipal officials who have achieved the basic CMO designation to obtain additional training. Several seminars are conducted each year for the Advanced CMO Program. Those who have received both their CMO and Advanced CMO designations have the opportunity to obtain the Certified Municipal Official Emeritus designation. The CMO Emeritus is awarded to those who complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of Continuing CMO Education plus 15 points. The CMO Emeritus designation was approved in 2015. Currently, 24 elected municipal officials have completed the requirements for the CMO Emeritus designation.

Graduates of the Advanced CMO and CMO Emeritus program can retain their status by obtaining 20 hours of continuing CMO credit during a three year period.

For additional information on either program, contact Cindy Price at 334-262-2566.

CMO General Information

Registration forms and payment must be received five (5) calendar days prior to the date of the training session. No on-site registrations will be accepted due to catering requirements. NOTE: All handout materials will be emailed to attendees either just prior to or immediately following the session. Please provide an email address when you register.

Registration is not limited to elected municipal officials. Registration is open to municipal employees who will benefit from the topics covered.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds of the registration fee will be made if the registrant cancels 15 or more days prior to the meeting for which he or she is registered. If registrant cancels 10 to 15 days prior to the meeting, a refund of 25% of the registration fee will be made. No partial refunds will be made for cancellations made less than ten (10) days prior to the meeting except for approved medical reasons. Substitutes will be allowed. The League reserves the right to cancel any session for which 30 or fewer participants are registered. Registrants for any cancelled session will be assigned to another session at the location of their choice or the registration fee will be refunded at the choice of the registrant.

Reasonable Accommodations:

Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities if requested at least 10 calendar days in advance.

For more information contact Cindy Price at 334-262-2566 or via email HERE