Advocacy

The diversity of services provided to Florida’s citizens by counties requires a strong legislative and legal team in Tallahassee. FAC represents counties on a range of important issues before the state legislature, the governor and Cabinet, various state agencies, commissions, and the courts. The FAC legislative advocacy team covers more than 80 percent of the thousands of bills proposed each legislative session, working hard to preserve home rule. FAC’s guiding principles seek to preserve county home rule authority, to develop and implement statewide policies that improve public service, and to protect citizens from the financial burden of unfunded mandates. Locally elected county commissioners guide the creation of FAC legislative positions and legal advocacy strategies which are committed to sound public policy that makes Florida a better place to live and work.

 

Education

FAC recognizes that as Florida grows and changes, county commissioners must be aware and informed about how these changes will impact their communities. For two decades, FAC has offered outstanding education programs designed to help county commissioners be great leaders in their communities. Educational opportunities are provided for members throughout the year on topics such as county government structure and authority, finance and budget, growth management, ethics and Sunshine Law, and Florida’s legislative process to name a few. Commissioners may attend these courses as a comprehensive series and complete the County Commissioner Voluntary Certification (CCC) program or select only those courses of interest. Launched in 1996, the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) program is designed as a leadership program for CCC graduates and focuses on growth management issues.

 

Saving Tax Dollars

FAC’s Enterprise Programs were created to provide counties ways to save tax dollars through combined purchasing programs, financial services and insurance programs. By leveraging the collective bargaining power of Florida’s local governments, FAC can provide levels of service and savings greater than an individual government can typically obtain alone. Through partnerships with some of the most respected leaders in the industry, FAC offers a range of financial services from low-cost short term loans to cash management and retirement solutions specializing in serving county government employees. These partnerships also offer our counties liability insurance solutions and low cost health insurance programs. FAC’s enterprise solutions provide local governments new ways to increase government efficiency and provide savings that can be returned to local tax payers.

 

Florida Association of Counties Staff

Professional staff perform a variety of functions within the association. First and foremost, FAC staff strives to serve the needs of the membership. Review the list below to locate the appropriate staff person to assist you. To contact association staff by phone, call the main office at (850) 922-4300. For a complete staff listing, click here.