The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.
For more than 85 years, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that communities and their local leaders should make the decisions that impact their community.
FAC is the only association representing Florida's counties – bringing together the collective experience and knowledge of 377 county commissioners and supported by thousands of county professional staff. FAC provides the cohesive platform that enables county officials and staff to speak with a unified voice on behalf of all Floridians. Through FAC, counties are better able to serve not only their communities, but the entire state of Florida.
Throughout the state, Florida’s counties perform vital public services such as public safety, fire and emergency medical services, jails, parks, libraries, healthcare, growth management, economic development, and roads to name a few.
Today, the 67 counties of Florida constitute a dynamic state that is home to more than 20 million people. Millions more visit the state every year. As Florida has grown and changed, so too has the role of county government.
Historically, counties were merely administrative subdivisions of the state, created to perform state-related functions. With Florida's tremendous growth, the county government function has become increasingly more important and complex.
Throughout the state, Florida's counties perform vital public service functions such as public safety, fire, emergency medical services, public record-keeping, jails, parks, libraries, health care, economic development, comprehensive planning, and roads, just to name a few. Click Here here to learn more about what services counties provide.