February 12, 2018 - Issue 67
Advocate 01-18

Classified Listings

Events Calendar

Directory Changes
Community Leadership Development Application Deadline This Wednesday!
This is a yearlong  program designed to equip participants with the skills and information they need to make a positive impact on local community and economic development. Class members in the Community Leadership Development program learn valuable skills in the areas of teamwork, community assessment and planning, economic development and tourism, and community renewal.

There are six class sessions and each one is held in a different city or town, hosted by one of our member cities/towns. This is a great opportunity to learn leadership skills, network with other municipal professionals and see what is going on in other communities.
Quality Communities Grant Program - Deadline This Thursday!
OML along with OU's Institute for Quality Communities is offering the Quality Communities Grant Program which will assist its members with up to 50% of the funding to those communities whose projects have been selected by OU's IQC for a project in their community. Applications are to be submitted to OU IQC and deadline to submit a request for assistance is February 15, 2018.  If you have any questions, please contact Nancee Morris via email .
Member City Spotlight: Watonga
Watonga, Oklahoma is a city only 70 miles northwest of Oklahoma City that is synonymous with cheese because of the Watonga Cheese Festival. However, this city has much more to offer! We spoke to Toni White, Finance Director of the City of Watonga Light and Water Office to find out what makes her city great.
OML Board Towns East Call For Nominations
Deadline: February 23, 2018
The OML District Towns East Board seat will become vacant February 1, 2018 due to Dennis Heath's resignation from the OML Board. Nominations will be received until Friday, February 23rd, 2018 and will be presented to the OML Board of Directors on March 7, 2018. Call for Nominations Letter and Sample Resolution Here.
Geographic Information Systems Day at the Capitol March 6, 2018
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day at the State Capitol will be on March 6, 2018. The Oklahoma Geographic Information Council would encourage and invite you to attend. There will be a booth representing the City of Ardmore and the 2nd and 4th floors of the rotunda should be full of GIS activities throughout the State of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Today Article: Editors Blog: Sharp Objects
For a few years now, axe throwing as a pastime, workout, and stress reliever has been growing around the country, but it wasn't until earlier this month that Oklahoma City finally got an opportunity to try it out. Bad Axe Throwing, a company that started in Ontario, Canada, opened a location in downtown Oklahoma City at the beginning of August.
Next New Officials Institute March 15th in Lawton
On March 15th in Lawton, OML will host a New Officials Institute at the Great Plains Technology Center. Throughout the year OML provides an intensive educational program specifically tailored for newly elected and appointed officials as well as experienced officials who want to keep up-to-date on municipal issues. 

The NOI teaches the statutorily required topics such as Municipal Budget Requirements, the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, the Oklahoma Open Records Act, Ethics, Procedures for Conducting Meetings, Conflict of Interest, and Purchasing Procedures
State law requires each person elected for the first time to a position of a municipality on or after January 1, 2005, OR appointed for the first time on or after July 1, 2006, to attend an institute for municipal officials. The statute is codified at Title 11 O.S., Section 8-114.   For future dates or more information, see the  NOI page on our website .
You don't have to be newly elected to attend. Everyone is welcome! If you have any questions, please contact  Sarah Lingenfelter at OML.
OML has partnered with Oklahoma Today Magazine to promote your community and the wonderful events you have planned for the year. Please go to this online form to submit your activities to possibly be spotlighted in this prominent publication. Due to publishing restrictions, please submit events 6 months in advance.
GrantFinder - The Ultimate Grant Search Tool
Access to over 7,500 grants
GrantFinder is an online tool giving license holders the ability to search thousands of grants to possibly utilize in your community.  OMSC has signed an agreement with GrantFinder allowing our members the ability to purchase a license for $50 per year rather than the normal price of $1,195 per year.  There are typically over 7,500 grants to choose from with the ability to use 10 search filters to narrow your search parameters.  If you have any questions, contact Nancee Morris via email or visit our website.
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