AFCD members also benefit from the pooling of information, knowledge and expertise on common issues. AFCD provides a wealth of pertinent industry information to its members, including:
Bill tracking. AFCD tracks an average of 100 bills affecting the development industry each session. Members can electronically access up-to-the-minute information on these bills via AFCD's computer link to the Legislature.
Weekly session newsletter. AFCD keeps members informed on the status of various bills and initiatives through weekly legislative updates during the session, including a comprehensive session wrap-up.
Briefing papers. The association regularly prepares and distributes reports on issues of interest to members. AFCD also distributes individual bills for member review and comment.
Clipping service. The association subscribes to an electronic statewide clipping service with articles from over 35 newspapers. Copies of important articles are provided electronically to members via our web page.
Networking. AFCD board meetings provide members with a unique setting for exchanging problem-solving strategies. Each board meeting ends with a roundtable discussion that enables cooperative sharing of information and experiences among our members. AFCD's Legislative Committee and other designated committees meet as needed. Annually a meeting is held at one of our members' properties.
Prestigious Speakers. Key state decision-makers and leading industry experts are frequent speakers at AFCD board and membership meetings. For the past 14 years, prior to the Legislative Session, the Senate president and speaker of the Florida House have addressed AFCD board meetings and listened to our concerns. AFCD meetings have also featured two Florida governors, state agency heads and representatives from all the state's water management districts. Special guests have included various key legislators, Denver Stutler Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation; Charles Lee of the Florida Audubon Society and Doug Callaway of Floridians for Better Transportation. These forums give AFCD members a unique opportunity to interact with important leaders who impact the operating environment of community developers.
These services provide members with timely, specialized information they would not have access to aside from membership in AFCD.