As a member of your cityʼs governing body, you must become familiar with a variety of important topics. Join us for this one-day workshop that will give you a better understanding of your role on the governing team and increase your knowledge of the fundamental, critical issues you will in the challenging months ahead.


Tentative Agenda


7:30 - 8:15 a.m.   Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:15 - 8:30 a.m.    Welcome and Introduction to TML Services
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.  Council-Staff Relations: Building an Effective Partnership
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.    Parliamentary Procedure: Being Aware of the Key Rules
10:30 - 10:45 a.m.      Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.       The Public Official and the Public: Open Meetings Act and Public Information Act
12:15 - 1:00 p.m.    Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.    Handling City Financial Resources: Raising and Spending Municipal Revenu
2:00 - 2:15 p.m.Break
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Governing Ethically
3:15 - 3:45 p.m.    Question-and-Answer Session with Presenters


General Information


Workshop Location:  The workshop will be held in the first floor conference room of the Texas Municipal Center (TML headquarters), located at 1821 Rutherford Lane in Austin. For a list of local hotels with special rates, go to


Registration Fee: The registration fee for the workshop is $125 online or $155 by mail/onsite, and includes handouts, continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks.




Cancellation and Substitution Policy: If you are registered and cannot attend, we encourage you to send a substitute. If you cannot send a substitute, a $45 cancellation fee will be assessed if written cancellation is received by December 2. No refunds will be honored after that date.


Special Accommodations: Let us know if you need special accommodations of any kind. In order to respond to any special requests, we would appreciate as much advance notice as possible.


TMLI Credit: Elected officials (mayors and councilmembers) can earn Texas Municipal League (TMLI) credits for attending this seminar. For further information on the TMLI program, please call us at 512-231-7400 or visit the TML website.


Confirmations/Badges: Workshop confirmations and badges will be mailed in advance. Name badges are required for admittance to the workshop, so PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR BADGE WITH YOU.


Questions: Please contact the TML Conferences and Training Department at 512-231-7400 or




1. Register online

2. Download and mail a .pdf version of the registration form to:

    TML Adminstration Services

    1821 Rutherford Lane, Suite 400

    Austin, Texas 78754