Tentative 2020 ARPC Board Meeting Schedule 

May 21, 2020       |       July 23, 2020       |       September 17, 2020       |       November 19, 2020

April 17, 2020

Advertisement Requesting for Proposals of Interest

The Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC) is seeking proposals from qualified firms for the purpose of identifying a certified and licensed Housing Inspector who will assist the ARPC to provide professional services on an as-needed basis for the Hurricane Housing Recovery Program (HHRP) in Calhoun County, Florida.


The most reasonable and qualified applicant will be selected to perform such services as an As-Needs Consultant for the services provided in the scope of work as well as any additional allocations that come through the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) program and Florida Housing Finance Corporation “Florida Housing.”

The intent is to recommend the awarded vendor as the Calhoun County “Housing Inspector” for future services related to the ARPC’s Hurricane Housing Recovery Program functions. An agreement will be executed between the selected inspector and Calhoun County for a twelve (12) month period. Calhoun County reserves the sole right to renew the Agreement for up to four (4) additional twelve (12) month periods.

Applicants must be a Florida based firm with local, regional and state experience in housing inspector services and hold a current state or national certification in order to be eligible for consideration.

Proposals will be accepted in electronic format or via postal mail. For electronic submissions, please submit a statement of qualifications and other required documentation (listed below) to Donald R. Morgan, dmorgan@arpc.org. For submissions by postal mail, please forward a statement of qualifications and other required documentation  posted below in a sealed envelope marked “ARPC RFP: HHRP HOME INSPECTOR” to: Apalachee Regional Planning Council, Attn: Donald R. Morgan, 2507 Callaway Road, Suite 200, Tallahassee, FL, 32303. Responses must be received no later than 5:00PM (ET), Friday, May 15, 2020 to be considered. Applicants will be scored and notified of their standing within two (2) weeks of the deadline and negotiations will begin with the highest scoring applicant.

Bidder Submittal Requirements

Interested bidders for this procurement must mail one (1) original and two (2) copies of the following, or submit (1) one complete proposal electronically containing the following, no later than 5:00PM on Friday, May 15  2020:

1.        A narrative that fully explains their knowledge and expertise in carrying out the professional services in the area of housing inspection and specifications.  The narrative should include:

  1. Evidence of consulting service experience:

    1. Minimum of two years certified housing inspector services with the State of Florida; or minimum of three years certified housing inspector services verifiable in another state

    2. Specialized or technical expertise in connection with types or services to be provided and the complexity of the project;

    3. Experience specifically in the Florida Panhandle/Big Bend regions (if applicable)

    4. Experience working specifically with government programs such as SHIP/HHRP (if applicable)

    5. Performance within time frame for government and other clients including quality of work, timeliness and cost control;

  2. Proposed software or technical assistance to be used;

  3.    Proof of insurance and license number;

  4. Working knowledge of hurricane damage and recovery as it applies to housing

    1. Additional certifications in roofing, plumbing, electricity, etc.

    2. Experience in performing mold inspections

    3. Experience in assessing flood damage

    4. Novel mitigation strategies to address damage

2.        Complete Team Composition (attach resumes as needed)

  1. Copy of proposed Home Inspector credentials as a Certified Home Inspector with the Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI), ASHI Certified Inspector (ACI) program, or otherwise recognized certification in the profession;

    1. Architecture, engineering or general contractor license accepted if registered through FDBPR and possess relevant experience (proof of license number and proof of insurance)

  2. Copy of additional staffs’ credentials as a Certified Home Inspector with the Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI), ASHI Certified Inspector (ACI) program, or otherwise recognized certification in the profession

3.                Cost estimate (per home) to complete the requirements required by the HHRP home   inspection including; initial and final inspections, and all project close out documentation.

4.               Provide three (3) professional letters of related project reference.



The following are minimum credentials required by the successful bidder:

  1. Must be a Florida based provider;

  2. Five (5) years of consulting service experience in certified home inspection;

  3.    Proof of insurance and license number;

  4. Specialized or technical expertise in connection with types or services to be provided and complexity of the project;

  5. Performance within time frame for government and other clients including quality of work, timeliness and cost control;

  6.    Experience conducting initial and final home inspections including photographs and documentation;

  7. Experience creating initial rehabilitation specifications, addressing code items first;

  8. Availability to conduct site visits to the property for initial and final inspections and provide photographs and additional documentation to ARPC staff;

  9.    Coordination of draws and/or pre-approved change orders as needed, with ARPC staff;  

  10.    Provide proof of Certificate of Completion at project close-out;

  11.    Provide three (3) related project references.


Any question(s) regarding the proposals should be directed to Donald R. Morgan at dmorgan@arpc.org. All questions must be received in writing. Please allow three (3) days to receive a response. This Letter of Request for Proposals and Interest is for future work and no specific project(s) are identified at this time and is contingent upon future funding. The ARPC reserves the right to reject any and all proposals.

For a printable version, please click here, or on the image below.

Q: Would the Council allow an architecture, engineering and general contractors license in place of a housing inspector license?


A: These would be allowable licenses as long as they are registered though the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  A general contractor license would be preferred over the other two, however if these licenses are backed up with relevant housing rehabilitation experience that it would be enough to be considered. Make sure to emphasize the experience relating to housing rehabilitation and home inspection in the proposal.

Q: Will the ARPC accept electronic proposal submissions via email?


A: Yes, due of the ever changing circumstances concerning COVID-19, the ARPC will accept email submissions for this RFP.  Please send electronic submissions directly to keastberg@arpc.org.  Emails must be received before the 5:00pm ET deadline on Friday April 3, 2020.

Apalachee Regional Planning Council 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. 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

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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)

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