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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.