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GAINESVILLE – City of Alachua Vice-Mayor Robert Wilford has been elected 2nd Vice-President of the Florida Regional Councils Association Policy Board.  He has served on the Policy Board since 2017, representing the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council.  Vice-Mayor Wilford is the Immediate Past Chair of the Council and has served on the Council since 2012, representing the City of Alachua.

The Florida Regional Councils Association is the statewide organization of the 10 regional planning councils.  The Association strengthens Florida’s regional planning councils, partners with government and the business community to enhance regional economic prosperity and improves the consistency and quality of regional planning councils programs to ensure they add value to state, regional and local initiatives.

The membership of the North Central Florida Regional Planning Council includes local elected officials and gubernatorial appointees.  The Council, in partnership with economic development organizations and local governments, promotes regional strategies, partnerships and solutions to strengthen the economic competitiveness and quality of life of 12 counties and 40 incorporated municipalities in the north central portion of Florida.

The Council administers a variety of state and federal programs for North Central Florida including Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor and Union counties. 

Programs include development of a strategic regional policy plan, technical assistance to local governments in development of comprehensive plans, land development regulations and grant management, and administration of hazardous materials programs and economic development programs. 

In addition, the Council staffs the Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization for the Gainesville Urbanized Area, the North Central Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee, the North Central Florida Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team and The Original Florida Tourism Task Force.

Wilford has been active on the Council, and he has previously served as Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary-Treasurer of the Council; Chair of the Finance Committee and Chair of the Program Committee.

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