Long has a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University (FSU) where he has served on the adjunct faculty teaching graduate courses in local government for over a decade. He has also served for many years on the faculty of the Florida Association of Counties' County Commissioner Certification Program. Vince is also a graduate of the Harvard University, JFK School of Government Institute for Senior Executives in State and Local Government and has earned the recognition of "Credentialed Manager" by the International City/County Managers Association (ICCMA).
Long has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida City/County Managers Association (FCCMA) and as President of the Florida Association of County Managers (FACM). He has also served on numerous special committees to the State Legislature advising on local government and public policy issues affecting the state.
Long is a graduate of Leadership Tallahassee and Leadership Florida. He is a member of many statewide and community organizations, having served on the Board of Directors of Leadership Florida and the United Way of the Big Bend. In 2013, he was named Leader of the Year by Leadership Tallahassee. Vince and his wife, Julann, have three children, Kellen, Jack and Riley.