The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) is the oldest public relations organization in the United States. Members represent a variety of different organizations including private and public corporations, government entities, not-for-profits, counseling firms and independent practitioners. As a statewide Association, FPRA boasts nearly 1,500 professional and student members, all which make up the 15 professional and 11 student chapters.
FPRA provides a variety of services, benefits and opportunities dedicated to the success of its public relations professionals from continuing education, professional accreditation, monthly professional development programs, professional recognition and annual conference.
Don’t forget that FPRA is a statewide organization. If you are traveling, look up the local chapter via the state Web site and check their events schedule. It’s a great opportunity to build your network throughout Florida by attending a program or lending your professional expertise as a guest speaker. It’s just one of the many benefits of FPRA.
The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) is a statewide organization of public relations professionals dedicated to:
- Enhancing the professional development of its members,
- Providing a forum for personal growth through interaction and resource exchange,
- Serving as the “united voice” of the public relations profession in Florida,
- Fostering the highest professional standards and ethics of its members, and
- Gaining understanding and support for the performance of its members and the profession as a whole on behalf of all practitioners within the state of Florida.
The Florida Public Relations Association is dedicated to developing public relations practitioners who, through ethical and standardized practices, enhance the public relations profession in Florida.
FPRA was founded by Lt. Col. John Dillin, APR, CPRC. Lt. Dillin was frustrated by a meeting he had just attended of Chamber of Commerce executives throughout Florida. Lt. Dillin had specifically attended the meeting to discuss tourism and publicity, and the subject was dropped from the agenda. As a result, on his own he met with tourism leaders in Florida and founded the association. The first meeting was held in 1938 at Silver Springs, near Ocala. The original name of FPRA was the Florida Association of Publicity Directors. The name was eventually changed to FPRA in 1951. FPRA adopted its first Code of Ethics in 1953.