About the Collaborative
In 2018, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council adopted a resolution recommitting to regionalism and supported a program to convene stakeholders across the region to develop a structure and framework for a regional resilience collaborative.
Three pillars were identified under the resilience umbrella; (people) Health + Equity, (places) Build Infrastructure + Natural Environment, and (prosperity) economic resilience. Woven throughout those pillars will be a reduction of the carbon footprint, risks and vulnerabilities utilizing emergency management, and increasing efforts toward sustainability, region-wide.
With that framework in mind, the steering committee drafted a Memorandum of Understanding that would formalize the Collaborative and identify partner local governments and agencies throughout our 8 counties, 78 city region. The East Central Florida Regional Planning Council formalized the East Central Florida Regional Resilience Collaborative, ECFR2C, on May 15, 2019, began to formalize partnerships with our local jurisdictions and agencies.
Member Counties & Cities (27)
Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, DeLand, Deltona, Indian Harbour Beach, Kissimmee, Lake Helen, Mascotte, Melbourne Beach, Mount Dora, New Smyrna Beach, Oak Hill, Orange City, Orlando, Ormond Beach, Palm Bay, Ponce Inlet, Rockledge, Satellite Beach, Titusville, Winter Park, Lake County, Orange County, Osceola County, Volusia County, Brevard County.
Member Organizations & Agencies (9)
River to Sea TPO, Space Coast TPO, Stetson University, The Nature Conservancy, UCF's GEEO Center, Volusia County League of Cities, Audubon Florida, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, One Lagoon- IRL Council.
Important Documents & Links
Please contact Jenifer Rupert at for meeting materials.
Finding Common Ground: People. Places. Prosperity.
May 7th, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Since the inception of the R2C, one theme has been consistent -CONNECTION- across sectors, disciplines, and spaces of our inland and coastal communities. Systems thrive and function at a higher level of capacity when working together. During this half-day virtual summit, we will explore integrated planning and action, inclusive governance, and forward-looking risk-based approaches that work to increase resilience. Please join us as we seek to build on the years’ momentum and pivot toward regional-scale action.
Commissioner Sean Parks, Chair
Mr. John Lesman, Immediate Past Chair
Commissioner Emily Bonilla
Ms. Courtney Barker
Council Member Billie Wheeler
Commissioner Bryan Lober
Alan Harris, Seminole County E.M.
Amanda Elmore, Brevard County
Chris Castro, City of Orlando
Darcie McGee, Brevard County
Heather Shubirg, Team Volusia
Holly Abeels, Florida Sea Grant, UF IFAS
James Bacchus, University of Central Florida
Jeff Benavides, Rigby Innovations
Jenifer Rupert, ECFRPC
Julie Finch, City of Satellite Beach
Kari Williams, Consultant
Katrina Locke, Volusia County
Thomas Carpenter, Lake County
Mital Hall, ecoPreserve
Rachel Allen, Peace and Justice Institute
Resham Shirsat, Consultant
Rod Braun, The Nature Conservancy
Sarah Kraum, Space Coast TPO
Stephan Harris, River to Sea TPO
Susan Caswell, Osceola County
Susan Glickman, So. Alliance for Clean Energy
Tara McCue, ECFRPC
Thomas Ruppert, Florida Sea Grant
Become Our Partner!
The East Central Florida Regional Resilience Collaborative currently has 37 partners, including counties, cities, towns, public agencies, and other organizations! Start the process of becoming a partner today by filling out the form below.