Coalition Members

The Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Florida) is a non-profit organization of professionals, students, and allied professionals providing vision and leadership for the future development and redevelopment of Florida communities. We are the state affiliate of the American Planning Association and have over 2,600 members, making us the second largest APA Chapter in the country.  APA Florida members work both in the public and private sector; for Federal, state, and local government; for firms both large and small; in long-range planning and development review; in master planning, as well as site planning; in transportation planning, land use planning, environmental planning, design, and in many other capacities.

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The American Public Works Association (APWA) is an international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services. The Florida Chapter of APWA has eleven branches that include professionals at all levels of almost all the public works agencies in Florida. The Florida Chapter provides financial support to the education endeavors through scholarships to students and members of public work agencies.

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Since its inception in 1953, the Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF) has been dedicated to the building code enforcement profession. As an organization, its goal is to foster communication between all groups associated with the construction industry. BOAF believes that by working together, the group can continue to provide a safer built environment. BOAF offers educational opportunities throughout the year in various locations around the state.
The Center for Florida Local Government Excellence is dedicated to building better communities by preparing current and future local government leaders to manage the financial, political, personnel, and technological challenges facing the Sunshine State. The Center receives no financial support from the State government and relies solely upon the contributions it receives from its partners, the private sector, and individual citizens.
The Florida Association of City Clerks is dedicated to providing life-long learning opportunities that foster a spirit of mutual professional development for clerks Florida-wide. FACC provides an array of benefits including educational offerings through various outlets including state academies, localized district mini-academies, webinars and Athenian dialogues.
The Florida Association of Code Enforcement was established to study and advance the science and practice of Code Enforcement statewide through training, certification, and the exchange of ideas, information, and code enforcement techniques. In cooperation with the Florida Institute of Government at University of Central Florida, F.A.C.E. has developed four levels of curriculum for certification.
For more than 80 years, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that communities and their local leaders should make the decisions that impact their community. FAC provides the cohesive platform that enables county officials and staff to speak with a unified voice on behalf of all Floridians.


The Florida Benchmarking Consortium is the largest intra-state local government benchmarking consortium within the United States.  There currently are approximately 51 member local governments in the FBC.  Each member local government participates across 18 local government performance management-focused service areas, potentially using a combined total of over 670 performance measures that have been dynamically crafted, massaged, managed and improved over time by service area experts from the many industries of Florida’s local governments.


Florida Business Watch connects businesses with local government elected officials, leaders and management decision makers. FBW’s unique network provides for educational events, training and professional development as well as open dialog to share knowledge and work toward common goals. Together, Florida Business Watch members are a powerful coalition to better Florida’s economy, promote sound public policy and strengthen our communities.


The Florida City and County Management Association is a professional organization of practicing public administrators from throughout Florida local governments.  The Association was chartered in 1946 as a non-profit corporation to elevate professionalism among the state’s 477 cities and counties, and to promote the council-manager form of government as the form that advances the highest ethical and professional standards.
The Florida Emergency Preparedness Association was created in 1957 to help professional Emergency Managers work to protect the people of Florida.
Since 1958, the Florida Fire Chief Association has served the chief fire executive of career, combination and volunteer departments.In 1993, the decision was made to open the membership up to any individual involved in fire and emergency services from the chief fire executive to the firefighter and to serve these members by establishing professional-interest sections where specialized programming is offered. In 1994, FFCA’s Foundation, the Florida Fire & Emergency Services Foundation was established.  Education programs are offered through the Foundation’s Center for Fire and Emergency Services Leadership including the Emergency Services Leadership Institute.


 The Florida Government Communicators Association (FGCA) grew out of an organizational meeting of city and county public information officers in Tampa in 1987. FGCA became an official organization in 1989. The first official board meeting was held on September 22, 1989, in Miami. Any government communicator in the state of Florida, including those working for city, county, school board, public utility, water district and state agencies, may apply for membership by submitting an application to the Board of Directors for its determination.


The mission of the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government is to enhance the capacity of Florida governments to effectively serve their communities through education and training, technical assistance and applied research, and public service. The Institute adheres to a set of core values including Commitment, Integrity, Quality, Learning and Balance. The Institute was created by the Florida Legislature in 1981.

The Florida League of Cities is the united voice for Florida’s municipal governments. Its goals are to serve the needs of Florida’s cities and promote local self-government. The League was founded on the belief that local self-government is the keystone of American democracy.
The Florida League of Mayors provides the mayors of Florida with the ability to explore, in great depth, areas of mutual concern and opportunity. City mayors serve a large percentage of Florida’s population. In 2004, more than half of Floridians lived in the state’s 410 municipalities. The Florida League of Mayors forges a powerful voice that serves our cities well.


The Florida Local Government Information Systems Association is an organization for CIO’s, IT Managers, and technology decision makers from the state’s local government agencies. We welcome all jurisdictions to become a member. The FLGISA can benefit your organization no matter how big or small. FLGISA is the Florida Local Government source for leadership, innovation and collaboration in technology.

The Florida Municipal Attorneys Association (FMAA) was formally organized during late 1981, and adopted its constitution in May of 1982. Its membership consists of over 600 attorneys who specialize in the legal representation of municipalities. These members include full-time and part-time city attorneys and their assistant city attorneys as well as attorneys who engage in private practice and who render specialized legal representation to municipalities (e.g. labor lawyers, bond attorneys, civil rights attorneys, and environmental and land-use attorneys).

The Florida Municipal Association for Safety and Health is an association specifically designed for addressing all safety and health concerns of public service workers. Its mission is to influence, educate and assist those responsible for safety and health in local governments in the State of Florida to prevent all accidents. All FMASH members will be considered partners in the Association’s efforts to reduce or eliminate accidents, injuries and fatalities.


The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) represents the unified interests of 34 public power communities across Florida. FMEA was established in 1942 in response to WWII fuel shortages and is now the official meeting place for Florida’s public power community. Municipal electric utilities provide low-cost, reliable electric service, and have been doing so for over a century. In addition to municipal electric utility members, FMEA has three other membership categories: associate member companies, public agencies, and affiliates. Together, FMEA staff and utility members work to protect public power’s legislative, regulatory and operational interests, and to strengthen our common bonds for the benefit of Florida’s communities.

The Florida Police Chiefs Association is the fourth largest state police chiefs association in the United States. It is composed of more than 750 of the state’s top law enforcement executives. FPCA serves municipal police departments, airport police, college and university police, private business and security firms, as well as federal, state and county law enforcement agencies.  The Association was originally organized in 1952 to promote legislation that would enhance public security by providing superior police protection for the residents of Florida and its many visitors. Today its role has expanded to provide better communication, education, and training for the state’s various police and security agencies.


Formed in 1974 to provide the highest standard of excellence in assisting and representing jurisdictions required to engage in collective bargaining under Chapter 447, F. S., The Public Employees Relations Act, and devoted to providing a unique opportunity for the exchange of perspective, information and skills in the field of public sector labor relations in the State of Florida. FPELRA offers Florida-focused introductory training on Labor Relations, as well as continuing education in the areas of Labor Relations, Employee Relations and general Human Resources.

The Florida Public Human Resources Association, Inc. (FPHRA) is a professional organization with the objective of forming closer relationships among the various public personnel agencies within the State of Florida.FPHRA Members have the opportunity to interact with others in the profession for the purpose of sharing information. They receive a newsletter with up-to-date information on what is happening in the field, notices of regional training seminars, and are provided an opportunity to attend a yearly training conference. The FPHRA website is provided at no charge to members as a valuable information resource. FPHRA also provides access to Florida’s largest public-sector salary and benefits surveys for its members.


The Florida Recreation and Park Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and advocacy of the Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Services profession. Originally organized in 1942 and incorporated in 1983, the Association is directed by a volunteer Board of Directors, and an Executive Office Team based in Tallahassee. A complete history of the Association can be viewed by clicking here.

Founded in 1974, the Florida Redevelopment Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting Florida professionals and volunteers in community revitalization efforts. With its mission of “transforming spaces, revitalizing places,” FRA is committed to providing a forum for its more than 300 members to share knowledge and common experiences regarding revitalization opportunities and issues throughout Florida. FRA encourages adoption of legal and financial tools and programs favorable to community growth and serves as a statewide clearinghouse for redevelopment information.


The Florida Regional Councils Association (FRCA) is the statewide organization of the 11 Regional planning councils (RPCs). FRCA strengthens Florida’s RPCs, partners with government and the business community to enhance regional economic prosperity, and improves the consistency and quality of RPC programs to ensure they add value to state, regional and local initiatives.


The Florida Sheriffs are united in purpose and voice, for the protection of Florida’s citizens and visitors. Founded in 1893, the Florida Sheriffs Association has grown to be one of the largest and most successful state law-enforcement associations in the nation. A not-for-profit corporation, FSA is made up of the 67 Sheriffs of Florida as well as approximately 3,500 business leaders and 70,000 citizens throughout the state. For more than a century, FSA has quietly served the citizens of Florida by supporting the needs of the state’s law-enforcement community.


The mission of the NFBPA is embodied in the organization’s commitment to strengthen the position of Blacks within the field of public administration; to increase the number of Blacks appointed to executive positions in public service organizations; and, to groom and prepare younger, aspiring administrators for senior public management posts in the years ahead.