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Carlos Herd guest speaker at North Central Florida Regional Planning Council meeting

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The North Central Florida Regional Planning Council held a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 8 in Lake City. Pictured at the meeting, from left to right, are: Madison County Commissioner Rick Davis, Chair of the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council; Jim Catron, City of Madison Commissioner; Carlos Herd, Director of Water Supply for Suwannee River Water Management District; Brian Kauffman, Madison County Coordinator; and Scott Koons, Executive Director of the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council.

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Madison County Commissioner Rick Davis, Chair of the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, welcomed Carlos Herd, Director of Water Supply from the Suwannee River Water Management District to the Thursday, Dec. 8 meeting of the council held in Lake City.  Also in attendance were City of Madison Commissioner, Jim Catron and Madison County Coordinator, Brian Kauffman.  Mr. Herd’s remarks provided council members an overview of the joint regional water supply plan recently completed by the Suwannee River Water Management District in partnership with the St. Johns River Water Management District.

The council, whose members are local elected officials and gubernatorial appointees, administers a variety of state and federal programs for north central Florida including Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Marion, Suwannee, Taylor and Union counties.  Programs include development of the Strategic Regional Policy Plan, technical assistance to local governments in development of comprehensive plans, land development regulations and grant management, and administration of developments of regional impact, local mitigation strategies, hazardous materials, homeland security and economic development programs.  In addition, the council staffs the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization for the Gainesville Urbanized Area, the North Central Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee, the North Central Florida Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team and The Original Florida Tourism Task Force.

The councils offices are located in Gainesville.  More information about the council can be found at ncfrpc.org.

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