Tentative 2020 - 2021 ARPC Board Meeting Schedule
Nov. 19, 2020 Jan. 21, 2021 March 25, 2021 May 20, 2021 July 22, 2021 Sept. 16, 2021 Nov. 18, 2021
Listen in! ARPC staff Jana Williams and Janice Watson had a chance to sit down with Terrance L. Barber and discuss the funding opportunities available for small businesses throughout the Region!
RFP – Wakulla County CTC Designation
Request for Proposals For the Community Transportation Coordinator Under the Transportation Disadvantaged Program In the Service Area of Wakulla County, Florida
The Apalachee Regional Planning Council is accepting proposals from qualified entities to serve as the Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) for Wakulla County, Florida. The selected entity will be recommended to the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD). If approved by the CTD, the selected contractor will coordinate the administration and operation of the Wakulla County Transportation Disadvantaged system, as authorized by Chapter 427, Florida Statutes, and more fully described in Rule 41-2, Florida Administrative Code, beginning July 1, 2021. CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL RFP
American Planning Association presents
Apalachee Region Virtual Mobile Tour
Take a virtual mobile tour of the Capital Area Section of Florida’s Chapter for the American Planning conference. Hosted by your very own ARPC Staff live on location – join our environmental planning team as they take a deep dive into the Franklin 98 Living Shoreline project, our housing team shows you the process needed to rebuild after a catastrophic hurricane, and our economic development team highlights success stories and projects in the lovely town of Campbellton. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TOUR!
Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier elected
Chair of Apalachee Regional Planning Council
The Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC) has unanimously selected Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier as Chair of its 27-member Board.
ARPC is one of 10 regional planning councils in the state. Established in 1977, the Council is a regional convener and provides technical assistance in the program areas of economic/community development, emergency planning, transportation, housing, and resiliency. CONTINUE READING
ARPC 2020 Distinguished Regional Enhancement Advocate Merit (D.R.E.A.M.) Award presented to Wakulla County Commissioner Randy Merritt
In recognition of his outstanding service, the Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC) has awarded Commissioner Merritt with the 2020 DREAM Award. Serving as ARPC Chairman since 2014, Commissioner Merritt’s steady leadership has transformed the ARPC into a thriving, relevant, and respected organization. Due to his guidance, ARPC has expanded focus and services to local governments, increased member engagement, and tripled revenue sources. CONTINUE READING
ARPC opens $1 million of REVIVE! Revolving Loan Funds for businesses
Tallahassee, FL (WCTV)
The Apalachee Regional Planning Council has announced $1 million in available loan funding for small businesses. The REVIVE! Revolving Loan Funds are open to any type of business. Leaders say the loan is designed to help stabilize existing businesses and diversify the local economy with new start-ups.
The loans are being distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. According to the flyer, the use of the loan is flexible, from “machinery and equipment purchases, inventory purchases, working capital needs, land and building purchases/renovations, leasehold improvements, and professional contract services shown to advance business plan objectives.” CONTINUE READING
REVIVE! Revolving Loan Fund accepting
new applications for small business owners
CHATTAHOOCHEE, Fla. (WTXL)
Almost one year into the global COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are still struggling to keep the doors open.
While there are grant and loan programs available, the Federal Reserve data shows that white business owners are twice as likely to get a loan than Black business owners. It's a disparity that's been around longer than the pandemic, however. CONTINUE READING
FLORIDA REGIONAL COUNCIL'S ASSOCIATION
2019/2020 ANNUAL REPORT
The Florida Regional Council’s Association (FRCA) 2019-20 Annual Report is now available. The report provides a brief summary of the many programs and projects that the Regional Planning Councils have worked on over the past fiscal year. Learn about some of the interesting things that your RPCs do! Please CLICK HERE to access the report.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE INVESTS $2.6 MILLION TO CONSTRUCT NEW MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN JACKSON COUNTY, FLORIDA
October 2, 2020 - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.6 million grant to Jackson County, Florida, to construct a building at the Jackson County Industrial Park to support manufacturing growth and boost county economic diversification and resiliency efforts. The EDA grant, to be matched with $2 million in state funding, is expected to create 200 jobs, retain 200 jobs and spur $2 million in private investment. CONTINUE READING
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE INVESTS $10.2 MILLION TO ESTABLISH HIGH-TECH BUSINESS INCUBATOR AT THE INNOVATION PARK OF TALLAHASSEE
September 17, 2020 - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $10.2 million grant to the Leon County Research and Development Authority, Tallahassee, Florida, to build a 40,000 square-foot, high-tech business incubator within the Innovation Park of Tallahassee to aid in the formation and expansion of technology businesses, disseminating technologies to existing businesses, and establishing new business operations throughout the region. The EDA grant will be matched with more than $6.8 million in local investment. CONTINUE READING
Apalachee Regional Planning Council Receives
National Association of Development Organizations
2020 Impact Award
November 13, 2020 – Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC), based in Tallahassee, Florida, has received a 2020 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the Inaugural 850 Hemp Summit.
With the passage of the 2018 Federal Farm bill legalizing hemp and the recent passage of state legislation creating the “State Hemp Plan,” the potential for cultivating, processing and manufacturing hemp and CBD products has generated interest and excitement throughout the state. CONTINUE READING
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE INVESTS
$615,448 TO SUPPORT MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRIAL GROWTH IN GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
October 20, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $615,448 grant to Gulf County, Florida, to make critical, disaster resistant infrastructure improvements needed to support manufacturing and industrial growth at the Costin Airport site and along Cessna Drive in Port St. Joe. The EDA grant, to be matched with $153,862 in local investment, is expected to create 71 jobs and spur $5.2 million in private investment. CONTINUE READING
ARPC, OEV ANNOUNCES $1M TO
ESTABLISH REVOLVING LOAN FUND
October 15, 2020 – Today, the Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC) and Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) are proud to announce the establishment of the Regional Economies Vested In Vital Enterprises (REVIVE!) program, a $1 million Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to assist businesses in Tallahassee-Leon County. This program was made possible by an $800,000 grant to the ARPC by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, matched with a $200,000 investment by OEV. CONTINUE READING
ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP WILL USE NATURE
TO FIGHT COASTAL EROSION ALONG HIGHWAY 98
WFSU, Robbie Gaffney
Highway 98 is a vital artery running through the heart of Franklin County. But portions of the road are only a few feet away from the sea, leaving it vulnerable to daily erosion and tidal surge from hurricanes. Parts of it have been washed out in past storms. Now, leaders are looking to a new solution: nature.
From Carrabelle to East Point, slabs of concrete and sharp gray rocks blanket the sides of Highway 98. But Franklin County Commissioner Ricky Jones says it wasn't always like that.
"There were residences and docks, and I could remember a couple [of] places now where the road is right beside the water, there were people who had their house way off the road," Jones says. CONTINUE READING
APALACHEE REGIONAL PLANNING COUNCIL AWARDED
$15 MILLION, FRANKLIN-98 LIVING SHORELINE PROJECT
The Apalachee RPC was recently awarded more than $15 million to implement
a living shoreline project in Franklin County. This groundbreaking coastal resiliency
project, dubbed “Franklin-98", includes the establishment of nearshore reefs which will reduce
wave energy and allow the creation of salt marshes to protect twelve miles of shoreline and
U.S. Highway 98 between the City of Carrabelle and Eastpoint. The project will improve
Apalachicola Bay's health and productivity with anticipated benefits to include:
• Twelve miles of shoreline habitat improvement and roadway protection
• Thirty acres of salt marsh formation
• Twenty acres of estuarine reef creation
• 3,000 community residents positively impacted
ARPC RECEIVES NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS 2019 IMPACT AWARD
WASHINGTON, DC – Apalachee Regional Planning Council based in Tallahassee, Florida has received a 2019 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for Apalachee Online.
Apalachee Online is a mapping resource for the Apalachee Region in the Florida Panhandle. It features interactive demographic, cultural, infrastructure, and planning maps. The project consolidated the region’s GIS data into one location. Most of the participating rural counties do not have the resources to keep their maps and data up to date. Some future land use and utilities maps that were originally only available in paper or PDF form were converted to a format that could be used in mapping software. This format allows the maps to be easily updated. CONTINUE READING
FEDERAL EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMARY
During the September 2019 board meeting Ben Chandler provided an overview of Federal Emergency Supplemental to the Board. Information provided from U.S. Senator Scott’s Office and the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has been analyzed to provide a measure of understanding of the anticipated disbursement of the approved $19.1 billion in disaster relief funding.
To see Mr. Chandler’s full presentation click the link below:
RPC_Federal Disaster Supplemental by the Numbers (2019-0718)
FLORIDA REGIONAL COUNCIL'S ASSOCIATION
2018/2019 ANNUAL REPORT
The Florida Regional Council’s Association (FRCA) 2017-18 Annual Report is now available. The report provides a brief summary of the many programs and projects that the Regional Planning Councils have worked on over the past fiscal year.
The report’s framework is aligned with the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Six Pillars for Securing Florida’s Future. Learn about some of the interesting things that your RPCs do! Please CLICK HERE to access the report.