The Northeast Florida Regional Leadership Academy (RLA) is a program of the Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC) that nurtures and cultivates a commitment to Regionalism.  The Academy educates Regional Leaders and invests in the future of our communities through a mission to make Northeast Florida a better place to live and work.
Regional Leadership Academy:  Overview
Nominate Someone
Candidates can be nominated by any current RLA class member, any member in good standing of the Regional Community Institute of Northeast Florida, Inc., any current or former member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Florida Regional Council, or any staff member of NEFRC.

If you are eligible to nominate to RLA, the process is simple.
  • Discuss the program with the potential nominee.  Provide them with this flyer if you wish.
  • If they are interested, fill out and send this Nomination Form to NEFRC. They may also submit an application form if they prefer.  Also send, or ask them to send, a copy of their resume.  The e-mail to send to is on the flyer, or you/they may send to  If the potential candidate has questions we will be happy to follow up with them.
  • When it is received by NEFRC, we will confirm receipt with you and them by e-mail and let them know we will be in touch in December to let them know if they have been accepted. 

The next time you are out and about and meet the perfect RLA candidate, don’t miss the chance to nominate them!  

Joining the Academy
Nominate Yourself
Use the application below. Nominations are accepted throughout the year and successful applicants are notified in December and monthly classes begin the following January.