Alachua County seeks Advisory Board volunteers

Press release from Alachua County

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that allows you to give back to your community and participate in your County’s decision-making process? Serving on an Alachua County Advisory Board offers you this chance. The County Commission relies on input from these Boards to make informed decisions and set policies.

Over 250 citizens serve on the Advisory Boards advising County Government and local agencies on many topics. They include affordable housing, economic development, environmental protection, human rights, County finances, and many other issues. The Alachua County Commission seeks citizen volunteers to serve on several Advisory Boards.

Current Advisory Board openings include:

  • Affordable Housing Advisory Committee – Two vacancies, including one member actively engaged as a not-for-profit provider of affordable housing and one member who represents employers within the County.
  • Alachua County Housing Authority Board – Two vacancies, including one alternate and one tenant alternate.
  • Arts Council of Alachua County – One citizen at large vacancy.
  • Citizen Climate Advisory Committee – Four citizen at large vacancies.
  • Citizens Disability Advisory Committee – Four citizens at large and one alternate vacancy.
  • Economic Development Advisory Committee – Three vacancies, including one member actively engaged with economic development organizations, one School Board representative, and one Santa Fe College representative.
  • Health Care Advisory Board – One alternate vacancy.
  • Historical Commission – One citizen at large and one alternate vacancy.
  • Housing Finance Authority – Three citizens at large vacancies, with one being knowledgeable in labor, finance, or commerce.
  • Human Rights Board – Four vacancies, including one citizen at large, one alternate, one lending institution representative, and one residential rental manager.
  • Infrastructure Surtax Oversight Board – Three vacancies, including one Alachua County resident, one alternate, and small cities (alternate) member (not Gainesville).
  • Local Planning Agency – One citizen at large vacancy.
  • Recreation & Open Space Advisory Committee – One citizen at large vacancy.
  • Regional Transit System Advisory Board – Three vacancies, including one citizen who is one (or more) of the following: Chamber of Commerce Representative, member of the environmental community, member of the MTPO Citizen’s Advisory Committee; one citizen who is one (or more) of the following: major employer in the local area, senior citizen, person with a disability; and one citizen who is one (or more) of the following: regular user of transit system, UF student, SFC student, member of a neighborhood and/or homeowners association.
  • Rural Concerns Advisory Committee – Three vacancies, including one actively involved in agriculture or silviculture, one representative of the Alachua County Extension Office, and one resident residing in the Unincorporated Area Outside Urban Cluster designated in the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan.
  • Tourist Development Council – One hotel owner or operator vacancy.
  • Value Adjustment Board – One School Board representative vacancy.
  • Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center Advisory Council – Two citizens at large vacancies.

Learn more about the duties and meeting logistics, or apply online.

  • Be advised – given past history, if you lean towards the right, your advice is not only not wanted, it’s also silenced.

    • I’ve served on a couple of advisory committees, and that’s BS. You don’t have to offer any political opinions on your application, and while you may or may not get in an argument over issues once on, that’s the idea right? I have never witnessed any partisan fights in my times.

      • Things being as they are I don’t think I would be saying that out loud.

        Not much to be proud of but at least we know who to blame for some of the bad advice.

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