Competetive Partnership Program

APA Florida Chapter, Emerald Coast Section


Friday, June 17, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Panama City Beach, FL, United States

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Allara Mills Gutcher, Richard Fetchick, Liesl Voges, and Bob McKnight will present on the Competitive Florida Partnership Program. Representatives from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will begin the presentation, providing information about the program from the State perspective. Local planners will then share their experiences working in recipient communities. Bob is working with DeFuniak Springs in the City’s first year of the program and Allara is working with Gadsden County in its second year of the program. Learn about the economic initiatives that have been conducted and are progressing as a result of the program. The goal is to give other communities ideas and inspiration to either bring this program to their community, or glean aspects of it in their planning practices.



Leisl Voges

Confirmed Speaker

Liesl Voges is a Community Program Manager for the Competitive Florida Partnership (CFP) within the Department of Economic Opportunity. A native Floridian with a passion for community development, she has worked within the municipal, state, and nonprofit spheres and focuses her work on the importance of regional collaboration and networking ... Read More

Robert McKnight

Confirmed Speaker

Robert McKnight MPH ScD is the Coordinator for the DeFuniak Springs Competitive Florida Partnership Grant. He also assisted the City to write the grant in 2015. Dr. McKnight has lived in DeFuniak Springs since 2014. Prior to that, he was Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Kentucky, retiring ... Read More

Richard Fetchick

Confirmed Speaker

Richard Fetchick has served as a community and economic development specialist in America and abroad since 2011. His work includes collaboration with cooperatives, microfinance institutions, and small community governments around the world to leverage their strengths and plan strategically for future change. He holds a Master’s degree from Florida ... Read More

Allara Mills Gutcher

Confirmed Speaker

Allara Mills Gutcher, AICP is the Planning and Community Development Director of Gadsden County, Florida. There she works closely with economic development initiatives, including tourism development as the director of the Gadsden County Tourist Development Council. Allara has been in the planning profession for almost 18 years. She began her ... Read More