Mission changes for regional council

Eric Anderson, the emergency preparedness manager for the Northeast Florida Regional Council, told the Keystone Heights Rotary Club during its Sept. 21 meeting that when Florida’s 10 regional planning councils were first established in the 1970s, their mission was to manage growth within the state through regional planning.

Anderson added that now, growth management is just one of several missions of the agencies, which also include emergency preparedness, economic development and resiliency.

The Northeast Florida Regional Council serves Clay, Putnam, Flagler, St. Johns, Duval, Nassau and Baker counties.

The manager said the council’s 2022 activities included projects in mental health and the opioid epidemic, affordable housing, agricultural economic development, strategic planning for local governments and broadband internet access.

More on this story later from the Telegraph-Times-Monitor.