Tentative 2020 ARPC Board Meeting Schedule 

February 6, 2020   |   April 2, 2020   |   May 28, 2020   |   July 23, 2020   |   September 17, 2020   |   November 19, 2020

Apalachee Regional Planning Council Employment Opportunity

The Apalachee Regional Planning Council, a governmental agency serving Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties and their municipalities, announces the following job opportunity:

Position Description

The Apalachee Regional Planning Council is seeking an entry to
mid-level Urban and Regional Planner with 0-3 years of professional work experience. The incumbent will be responsible for the management of the agency’s housing program, specifically the administration of the Hurricane Housing Recovery Program (HHRP) and State Housing Incentive Program (SHIP), along with a variety of state and federal grants while providing technical support for our Region’s nine counties and their municipalities.

Essential Physical Skills

  1. Use of both hands and fingers with dexterity. 

  2. Very frequent use of good near vision, good hearing. 

  3. Occasional walking and frequent standing. 

  4. Ability to lift 30 pounds.

  5. Must be capable of driving a vehicle continuously for two or more hours.


Environmental Condition Requirements

  1. Work inside the office in a sedentary posture as well as travel to meetings at various locations outside of the office. 

  2. Occasionally attend meetings outside of normal working hours and outside of the local area.


Education and Certification

  1. Minimum Requirement: Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Public Administration or a related field

  2. Preferred: Master’s degree in Planning or a related field.


Experience and Abilities

  1. A Master’s degree with no experience or a bachelor’s degree and two years of experience in Urban and Regional Planning or a related field.

  2. Strong writing and communication skills

  3. Proficiency Microsoft Office Suite

  4. Preferred but not required: Experience with HHRP and SHIP programs.


License, Certification or Registration

  1. Must have a valid driver’s license or be able to secure a valid driver's license at the time of employment within this classification.


The ARPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with United States Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ARPC provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. ARPC is a Drug Free & Tobacco Free Workplace.



The ARPC asks that candidates interested in this opportunity provide a résumé and short description of their ability to meet the needs of the Scope of Work to: Kwentin Eastberg, Planning Manager, KEastberg@ARPC.org.

Housing Coordinator/Community Planner

Apalachee Regional Planning Council Receives

National Association of Development Organizations 2019 Impact Award


The ARPC, a multi-purpose agency of the State of Florida provides technical assistance in the areas of economic development, emergency planning, transportation and quality of life to meet the needs of our member local governments within the nine-county Region.  Due to the diverse nature of the ARPC’s work, the incumbent will gain experience through multiple platforms related to a wide variety of regional, state and federal activities.

Terms of Service

Start Date: February 13, 2020
Subject Area(s): HHRP, SHIP, Federal and State Grant Management/Administration
Hours per Week: Full-Time Position
Starting Compensation: $35,000 - $50,000

Scope of Work
Under the direction of the Planning Manager, the incumbent will have the following primary responsibilities:

  1. Manage ARPC’s Housing Program

  2. Provide Administration for HHRP and SHIP Programs

  3. Travel throughout the Region to administer services to the above programs

  4. Provide in-person reports as needed

  5. Provide technical support for our Region’s nine counties and their municipalities

  6. Seek and develop new grant opportunities to continue to grow the ARPC Housing Program

  7. Other duties as required

Please click here for a printable version of the employment opportunity with ARPC.

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. ARPC staff worked with county tourism development councils and other stakeholders to create an interactive map, called “Beyond
I-10,” that showcases the region’s historic and cultural places of interest. Users can click on a location and a picture and description for that location will pop up. Users can explore the locations in order by using the slideshow function or by using the map directly. ARPC staff also worked with county government and stakeholders to create interactive future land use maps for each county. The layout of these maps allows users to single out a land use category to see the geographic extent and its description. The descriptions of the categories came from comprehensive plans for each county. These maps provide a little more clarity to the future land use elements of the comprehensive plans. Counties can link the interactive maps on their own websites if they choose to. ARPC staff designed the website that hosts the interactive maps, organized / digitized the shapefile data that was used to create the maps, and worked with stakeholders from each county in the region to ensure the maps reflected the county’s needs.


NADO is a Washington, DC-based membership association of regional development organizations that promote programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies.  The association’s Impact Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and their partners for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities. 

The NADO Impact Awards are presented in honor of the late Aliceann Wohlbruck who was NADO’s first executive director and served 24 years as a tireless champion for regional approaches to economic development in rural communities.

Franklin-98 Living Shoreline Project

ARPC’s Franklin-98 Living Shoreline resiliency project is
a DEP grant-funded planning project along St. George Sound. The project entails planning for a ‘green’ approach to the persistent erosion problems along the 12-mile stretch of coastline between Eastpoint and the City of Carrabelle.  Activities include stakeholder engagement meetings, background investigations, habitat suitability analysis, seagrass mapping and coastal conditions analysis. 
Staff is currently applying to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for construction funds.  The project has significant potential to be a nationally recognized resiliency project and a true treasure to the Region. 


Federal Emergency

Supplemental Summary

Florida Regional Council's Association 2018/2019 Annual Report

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)

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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!

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Apalachee Regional Planning Council is committed to ensuring that this website is accessible to everyone. ARPC strives to adhere to the accepted guidelines and standards for accessibility and usability. To that end we have recently reviewed our entire website to identify non-compliant elements
or documents and to bring them into compliance. We are continuing this process to ensure that the site remains up-to-date regarding updated guidelines. We are continually seeking solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility.

In the meantime, should you experience any difficulty in accessing the ARPC website, please contact MFranklin@arpc.org