League Endorsed Programs
American Fidelity Assurance Company
The public sector is constantly evolving, with expectations changing as rapidly as the technology. You deserve a partner who can adapt quickly and lead the way. American Fidelity Assurance Company does just that by partnering with the Alabama League of Municipalities to offer the latest trends in employer benefit solutions and build custom recommendations for your organization.
American Fidelity specifically focuses on helping the public sector overcome benefits administration challenges. In comparison, some other companies in the industry often provide a one-size-fits-all approach and their knowledge of your special circumstances only goes so deep. As a specialist in the public sector, American Fidelity can provide you with a different perspective — a different opinion. Take advantage of our Section 125 Plan administration, compliance services and medical reimbursement account administration – all at no additional cost to you. We also offer supplemental insurance products including Disability, Accident, Cancer, Life, and Critical Illness. Our online benefit enrollment platform, AFenroll, has full benefit enrollment capabilities, including enrollment for your medical, dental, and vision products.. During enrollment, our salaried, career account managers provide a consultative approach by focusing on educating your employees on their benefit options and providing custom recommendations based on their unique needs.
Nationwide, we serve nearly one million customers and 12,500 employer groups, including over 6,245 public sector employers. We take pride in delivering less worry, less work and using our 55+ years of expertise to provide you with top-notch benefit administration through our hands-on, simplifying approach.
Learn more about American Fidelity HERE
CGI Streaming Video
Founded in 1988, CGI's products and services for Community Image Marketing have been used by over 2000 communities in North America! All of CGI's programs are offered at NO COST to municipalities, and are specially designed to streamline communication and strengthen communities. Take a look at the site and see what they have to offer.
Learn more about CGI Streaming Video HERE
Cable Television Franchise Management Service
The Alabama League of Municipalities sponsors a technical services program designed to assist member municipalities with cable franchise management. The goals of the program are to ensure that local governments have access to the expertise required to negotiate for the benefits and services needed in our communities on reasonable terms and conditions. The program is administered by
Local Government Services, LLC. In return for a nominal fee, which is usually based on a municipality's population, cities and towns can obtain those services.
Learn more about Cable Television Franchise Management Service HERE
Additional Resource: Cable Franchise Negotiation
IT in a Box
From backing up and securing your data to modernizing your website, we know it’s tough for cities to invest in the right technology and hire the best professional expertise to guide them along. But those investments need to happen. Otherwise, your data and city operations are at risk. To address these needs cost-effectively without taking any shortcuts, we helped create a packaged technology service called “IT in a Box.”
From the minute you say “go,” IT in a Box provides you with essential technology services and solutions that secure and modernize your city’s IT for a fraction of the typical costs. So, what’s inside IT in a Box?
Cybersecurity and computer maintenance. We help guard your city against cyberattacks, viruses, ransomware, and data breaches by keeping your computers patched, protected, and healthy—24/7. Our management includes always-on monitoring and alerting for issues, enterprise-class antivirus protection, automated computer maintenance, ongoing software patching to keep you secure, and regular training to keep you and city staff on guard and alert.
24x7 helpdesk. Every day of the week, our U.S.-based helpdesk team supports you in the office, working from home, or while you’re on the road. No entry-level or junior tech support. You speak to experienced senior engineers with years of municipal experience who help you address any IT issue ASAP—either remotely or onsite.
Data backup and disaster recovery. Server failure? Flooding? A tornado? No problem—your data is safe. We provide onsite data backup for quick recovery, and unlimited offsite data backup for worst-case scenario recovery after a major incident like a natural disaster. You also ensure the success of your data backups with our real-time monitoring to quickly address data backup issues and quarterly testing to verify your disaster recovery.
Records / document management and email. IT in a Box protects your city records, documents, and email. We’ll apply Alabama’s records retention schedules to your documents so that you can reliably archive, retain, access, and delete information—and we even help you process Open Records Requests. Plus, we provide you Microsoft Office Professional Plus for your desktops that includes the latest versions of Outlook (including 50GB of mailbox storage for each user), Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, InfoPath, Publisher, and OneNote.
Video archiving. Does your police department rely heavily on squad car and body camera video recordings? With IT in a Box’s fixed monthly cost, cities no longer need to buy additional expensive storage for video. That’s right! As your squad car and body camera video recordings continue to grow at a rapid pace, your storage costs do not change.
Policy and compliance. To protect against cyberattacks and assist with audits, we help you adopt policies and best practices that educate your staff and make sure your technology helps you comply with state law. In addition to staff training, we shore up any compliance gaps by securing, documenting, regularly testing, and proactively managing all your technology. We will also help you create policies around software, application, vendor, network, wireless, physical, user, and remote access.
Website. We provide you a modern, custom-designed website that looks good and delivers the information your citizens need. Have as many city pages as you want including pages for city hall, public safety, parks and recreation, news, and events. Our website also features the ability to offer online payments and offers a user-friendly backend system so that you can add and update website information yourself. Or if you want, submit your website updates to us and we will post them for you.
Vendor management and procurement. Do you get frustrated wasting time on software support calls where you’re not sure if you’re resolving the problem? Our experienced staff steps in to take care of this dirty work. From resolving issues to even purchasing new computers for you, we will work with technology vendors directly so that you don’t lose hours and days on the phone.
We customize IT in a Box plans depending on the number of your employees and the size of your city’s technology infrastructure. This customization makes IT in a Box affordable for your budget, from the smallest city to the largest city. Contact us so that we may assess your needs and begin the quote process.
Love I.T. If we don't meet your expectations, then cancel the service.
Flat monthly fee. No hourly charges. Predictable.
No upfront project fees. Onboarding, equipment, and setup included.
Flexible. Increase or decrease your number of users any time.
Proven. Tailored for cities.
If you are excited about the opportunity to reduce cybersecurity risks, ensure you’re backing up your data, and receive reliable 24/7 support, then reach out to any of the contacts below.
Model City Ordinance Review Program
The Alabama League of Municipalities, in conjunction with The Alabama Law Institute, provides a service through which law students at The University of Alabama review, upon request, at a nominal cost to the municipality, the ordinances of a city or town and offer suggestions as to needed changes or additions. A committee of veteran municipal attorneys was appointed to develop a set of model ordinances to help guide the law students selected to provide this service.
Law students are selected by the Alabama Law Institute for this program and trained by the League staff.
This service is offered to any municipality with a population of less than 4,000 inhabitants. The cost of the service is $450.00 for three days work plus mileage and lodging, if necessary. If more than three days are needed in a municipality, the students are available at a rate of $15.00 per hour.
If your city or town is interested in this service, contact Ken Smith at the League. They will put you in contact with officials at the Alabama Law Institute so arrangements can be made for this service.
Alabama League of Municipalities
P.O. Box 1270
Montgomery, AL 36102
Alabama Law Institute
P.O. Box 861425
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486
ALM is proud to sponsor the U.S. Communities™ Government Purchasing Alliance. U.S. Communities is the leading national government purchasing cooperative that reduces the cost of goods and services by aggregating the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide. U.S. Communities provides participants with access to a broad line of competitively solicited contracts with national suppliers that have committed to providing their lowest overall public agency pricing. Each month more than 500 new public agencies register to participate. This continuing rapid growth is fueled by the program’s proven track record of providing public agencies unparalleled value and the best government pricing available. The program offers:
- No User Fees – no costs or fees to participate.
- Best Overall Supplier Government Pricing – by combining the potential cooperative purchasing power of more than 90,000 public agencies, you are able to access the best overall supplier government pricing.
- Quality Brands – thousands of the best brands in a wide variety of categories, services and solutions.
- Integrity and Experience – unlike other government cooperative purchasing organizations, U.S. Communities national government purchasing cooperative is founded by 5 national sponsors and over 70 state, city and regional organizations.
- Oversight by Public Purchasing Professionals – our third party audits on contracts ensure that program pricing commitments are met, with benchmark analyses against other suppliers and retailers to guarantee participants the best overall value.
All contracts have been competitively solicited, evaluated and awarded by an impartial lead public agency in accordance with their public purchasing rules and regulations. Applying these competitive principles satisfies the competitive bid requirements of most state and local government agencies.
To learn more about U.S. Communities or to register, visit www.uscommunities.org.