The Rural Economic Development Academy (REDA) is designed to provide an in-depth and practical understanding of key issues and considerations associated with successful local and regional economic development, important elements of building and sustaining a local economy, how to build an effective local economic development team, understanding your product and brand-and selling it, and community competitiveness. Targeted invitees include local elected officials, economic development staff and board members, CareerSource professionals, utilities staff and other private service providers, local and regional planning professionals, water management and other special district staff, and other local stakeholders involved in the economic development process.

REDA is a one-day, comprehensive program developed through a cooperative partnership between Opportunity Florida and the North Florida Economic Development Partnership (NFEDP)-two Rural Area of Opportunity (RAOs) regional economic development organizations serving North Florida rural counties. REDA will involve highly interactive sessions and will be led by senior executive staff from VisionFirst Advisors, LLC, a worldwide economic development and site selection firm. Logistical and administrative support is being provided by the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government at Florida State University.



Date and Time:

Wednesday, January 16, 2019;

Early Registration is at 7:45 a.m.

Program: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Registrations are VERY LIMITED so please register as soon as possible to secure your spot!


Hotel Accommodations 

Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown

316 W. Tennessee St

Tallahassee, FL 32301

$125.00 a night

Attendees MUST make their own Hotel Reservations

Reserve Your Room


Registration Fee: $65 per person

payable by credit card or check


Check payments are made to the

Florida Institute of Government

3200 Commonwealth Blvd., Suite 7

Tallahassee, FL 32303


*For Credit Card Payments please call 850-487-1870* 

NFEDP Scholarship Application 2018