Tentative 2020 ARPC Board Meeting Schedule 

July 23, 2020       |       September 24, 2020       |       November 19, 2020

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY 

Regional Planner – Growth Management

Position Description

The Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC) is seeking an entry level

Urban and Regional Planner to serve as the ARPC’s Regional Growth

Management Planner. The incumbent will be primarily responsible for growth

management activities including comprehensive planning, zoning and other

technical assistance for ARPC’s member local governments and municipalities.

In addition, this position will also support short-term and long-term economic

development and resiliency planning activities throughout the nine-county

Region. This position will focus on community planning and require liaising

between local governments and state and federal agencies as well as providing

technical assistance to these entities. Overall, this position, in conjunction with

other ARPC team members and regional partners, will work to enhance

communities throughout the Region.

Background

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 comprised of Calhoun, Franklin,

Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla counties and

their municipalities. Given the diverse nature of the ARPC’s work, the

incumbent will gain experience through diverse platforms related to a

wide variety of local, regional, state, and federal activities.

Terms of Service

Start Date: Subject Area(s):

Hours per Week: Starting Compensation:

Scope of Work

October 2020
Growth Management/Community Planning, Economic Development, Recovery/Resiliency
Full-time
35,000 – 45,000 D.O.Q.

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the incumbent will have the following primary responsibilities:

I. Provide technical assistance and capacity support to local governments, especially for activities related to community planning and growth management;

  1. Provide short-term and long-term planning and coordination to develop or update community planning documents, especially documents related to growth management, economic development, and recovery/resiliency;

  2. Assist local governments with zoning and future land use planning activities;

  3. Serve as a liaison to identify potential resiliency, mitigation, economic recovery, and

    other projects in the Apalachee Region;

  4. Seek and develop new grant opportunities to continue to grow the ARPC’s various

    programs;

  5. Foster partnerships and a community of collaboration between local governments,

    regional organizations, and state and federal agencies;

  6. Provide growth management expertise to other ARPC programs, as needed;

  7. Other duties as required.

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

  1. Minimum Requirement: Bachelor's degree in Urban and Regional Planning or a related field.

  2. Preferred: Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning or a related field.

Experience and Abilities

  1. A minimum of zero to two years’ experience in Urban and Regional Planning, Growth Management, Community Development, or a related field

  2. Strong writing and communication skills

  3. Ability to conceptualize, develop, and review planning documents

  4. Familiarity with comprehensive/land use planning and zoning

  5. Experience with navigating grant opportunities, grant administration, and contracts

  6. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

  7. Preferred: experience processing zoning applications

License, Certification or Registration

I. 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

II. Preferred: AICP, CNU, or any additional accreditations

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.

Candidates

The ARPC asks that candidates interested in this opportunity provide a résumé or CV as well as a short description of their experience and ability to meet the needs of the Scope of Work, which should be transmitted electronically to:

Kwentin Eastberg Planning Manager KEastberg@arpc.org

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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:

Disaster Resiliency Coordinator / Revolving Loan Fund Manager

Position Description:

The Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC) is seeking a mid-level Urban

and Regional Planner with 3- 5 years of professional work experience to serve

as the ARPC’s Disaster Resiliency Coordinator / Revolving Loan Fund (RLF)

Manager. The incumbent will be primarily responsible for economic/business

development though the management of the ARPC’s RLF. Prior lending

experience is preferred but not required—on-the-job training will be provided.

In addition to RLF management, this position will support short-term and

long-term economic development planning activities throughout the nine-county

Region. This position will focus on small business development and require liaising

between private entities, local governments, and state and federal agencies as

well as providing technical assistance to these entities. Overall, this position, in

conjunction with other ARPC team members and regional partners, will work to

enhance economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and other recent disasters.

Background:

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 comprised of Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla counties and their municipalities. Given the diverse nature of the ARPC’s work, the incumbent will gain experience through diverse platforms related to a wide variety of local, regional, state, and federal activities.

 

Terms of Service

Start Date: Subject Area(s):

Hours per Week: Starting Compensation:

Scope of Work

October 1, 2020
Economic Development, Disaster Resiliency, Urban Planning, Grant and Loan Management
Full-time
$50,000 - $60,000 D.O.Q.

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the incumbent will have the following primary responsibilities:

  1. Administer the Region’s Revolving Loan Fund.

  2. Provide short-term and long-term economic development planning and coordination to

    develop or update a disaster recovery and resiliency economic development plan, focused on pandemic recovery and resiliency, consistent with the approved Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), which the ARPC maintains.

  3. Serve as a liaison to identify potential resiliency, mitigation and/or economic recovery projects. Elements include:

    1. Implement economic recovery and resilience plans with the goal of rebuilding resilient and sustainable communities throughout the organization’s region;

    2. Assist in local, state, and federally led coronavirus recovery planning efforts among the most highly impacted communities;

    3. Help identify economic development grant-eligible projects with state and federal resources for locally impacted communities to ensure these entities take full advantage of available funding opportunities;

    4. Identify and foster private and non-profit partnership opportunities;

    5. Serve as a liaison between local, state, and federal partners in order to speed the

      recovery process through strategic technical assistance and local capacity augmentation for the highly impacted communities within the organization’s jurisdiction; and

    6. Facilitate the implementation of locally generated disaster recovery economic development projects developed as part of the CEDS or CEDS-aligned economic recovery and resilience plan.

  4. Provide technical assistance and capacity-building for member organizations, local businesses, and other regional stakeholders impacted by coronavirus; and/or

  5. Seek and develop new grant opportunities to continue to grow the ARPC Economic Development/Resiliency Planning Program.

  6. Other duties as required.

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

  1. Minimum Requirement: Bachelor's degree in Planning, Business, or a related field

  2. Preferred: Master's degree in Planning, Business, or a related field

Experience and Abilities

  1. A minimum of three to five years’ experience in Urban and Regional Planning, Small Business Development, or a related field (preferred experience in economic development)

  2. Strong writing and communication skills

  3. Ability to develop economic recovery/resiliency planning documents

  4. Experience with Economic Development grant opportunities and grant administration

  5. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

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

  2. Preferred: AICP and any additional accreditations

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.

Candidates

The ARPC asks that candidates interested in this opportunity provide a résumé or CV as well as a short description of their experience and ability to meet the needs of the Scope of Work, which should be transmitted electronically to: Kwentin Eastberg Planning Manager KEastberg@arpc.org

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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 djsmith3@fsu.edu.

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. 

FRANKLIN-98 PROJECT SUMMARY

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