Tentative 2020 ARPC Board Meeting Schedule
July 23, 2020 | September 17, 2020 | November 19, 2020
Florida State University is conducting a research project for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The topic
of the study is Multi-Modal Mobility in North Florida.
Multi-modal mobility covers getting around by your personal car or truck, but it also encompasses other types of vehicles, like a bus, train, or even by bicycle, as well as simply walking.
We are supporting the FSU research team by posting notice of this project and a link to a survey they have developed. The survey will help the team better understand the options and desires of people living in or travelling through North Florida, as well as preferences regarding several types of regional transportation modes (rail, bus, etc.). Completing the survey should only take a few minutes of your time, but will help FDOT better plan for future transportation needs. The survey link can be found here: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2rTCf4MzDBfe5b7.
If you have in any further questions about this research project, the survey, or how the survey will be used as part of this study, please do not hesitate to contact FSU’s Planner-in-Residence, Dennis J. Smith, AICP at email@example.com.
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.
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)
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!