Oct. 6, 2017 was proclaimed as Manufacturing Day by the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council at their meeting on Thursday, Sept. 28, held in Lake City. Oct. 6 has been designated to celebrate Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing Day is an effective way to highlight the importance of manufacturing in the North Central Florida region and support those manufacturing and school programs that prepare the workforce. Over 300 manufacturers provide jobs for over 12,000 citizens throughout the region creating products ranging from pulp and lumber products to orthopedic implant devices.
The Council, whose members are locally 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, 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.