The North Central Florida Regional Planning Council received the 2014 Medium Metro Achievement Award. The National Association of Regional Councils recognized the Council for developing a standard set of reporting that was used for the preparation coordinated statewide comprehensive economic development strategies prepared by each of the 11 regional planning councils in Florida, serving as U.S. Department of Commerce designated economic development districts. The project was recognized for having significant impact on regional cooperation, coordination and excellence.
The National Association of Regional Councils serves as a national voice for regionalism by advocating for regional cooperation as the most effective way to address a variety of community planning and development opportunities and issues. Association member organizations are composed of multiple local governments that work together to serve American communities, large and small, urban and rural.
For nearly 50 years, the National Association of Regional Councils has represented the interests of its members and has advanced regional cooperation through effective interaction and advocacy with Congress, Federal officials and other related agencies and interest groups. The Association addresses transportation, economic and community development, environment, homeland security and regional preparedness, and a variety of community issues undertaken by its member organizations.
The National Association of Regional Councils provides its members valuable information and research on key national policy issues, federal policy developments and best practices. The Association conducts enriching training sessions, conferences, workshops and webinars for its members: regional councils, regional planning and development agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, and other regional planning organizations.
National Association of Regional Councils members are a dedicated group of local elected officials and professionals who work with community leaders and citizens to build local capacity; develop and implement strategic investment plans; foster regional cooperation and economic competitiveness; forge public and private partnerships; and secure and manage funds from local, state, federal and private sources.
The North Central Florida Regional Planning Council, in partnership with economic development organizations and local governments, promotes regional strategies, partnerships and solutions to strengthen the economic competitiveness and quality of life of the 11 counties and 33 incorporated municipalities in the north central portion of Florida. 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, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor and Union Counties. Programs include development of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, 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 Council’s offices are located in Gainesville. More information about the Council can be found at ncfrpc.org.