Northeast Florida Regional Leadership Award Winners Announced

Media Release
December 17, 2021

Jacksonville, FL – The Northeast Florida Regional Council (NEFRC) announced the winners of the 2021 Northeast Florida Regional Leadership Awards this week. The NEFRC awards these honors each year to recognize the best projects and the brightest leaders in the Region.

The Regional Awards recognition program is anchored by the Regional Leadership Award, given to a leader who exemplifies service to community and commitment to regionalism. This year’s recipient of the Northeast Florida Regional Council Regional Leadership Award is recently retired Flagler County Administrator Jerry Cameron. Mr. Cameron has served the citizens of Northeast Florida for many years – as police chief then City Manager of Fernandina Beach, Assistant County Administrator of St. Johns County and finally as County Administrator of Flagler County. He retired in July 2021. His achievements are as impressive as his career – in each role he exhibited true leadership, to both staff and the citizens he served.

Award winners include both the Jacksonville Withintrification Strategy and the Urban Land Institute – North Florida in the Affordable Housing category; St. Augustine’s Pride in the Westside initiative in the Culture and Historic Preservation category; the Visit Putnam County, FL App in the Economic Development and Tourism category; the Flagler County Fire Rescue Paramedicine Program in the Healthcare/Emergency Preparedness category, the Groundwork Jax Emerald Trail in the Environmental Stewardship category, the Nassau County State Road 200/A1A Corridor Master Plan in the Planning and Growth Management category; the Baker Central County Fire Station (Station 50) in the Public Safety category, the Jacksonville City Council Special Committee on Resilience in the Resiliency category, and the City of St. Augustine’s Mobility Plan and Mobility Fee in the Transportation category, the Putnam County Quality of Life Plan in the Quality of Life category.

“We are excited to honor those in our region who standout in their efforts to improve the quality of life of citizens in Northeast Florida,” said Beth Payne, CEO of the Northeast Florida Regional Council. “This year’s winners are examples of the outstanding work that is ongoing in the Region. We look forward to celebrating their achievements in person this year at our Awards Ceremony in January.”

The NEFRC is an independent, regional government agency serving Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Putnam, Nassau and St. Johns counties. It provides a regional perspective toward growth management, economic development, emergency preparedness, resiliency, and community development to enhance the quality of life of Northeast Florida residents. For more information about the Northeast Florida Regional Council, visit