DeSantis announces launch of Northeast Florida FinTech, weighs in on Trump tent attack

by | Feb 12, 2020

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that he is awarding more than $3.6 million through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to the Florida State College at Jacksonville and St. Johns River State College to create the Northeast Florida Fintech Initiative.

The 3.67 million will help the Northwest Florida FinTech Initiative create two FinTech Technical Certificate Programs, a FinTech Support Technician Boot Camp Academy and will embed FinTech related skills and coursework into existing programs related to Accounting, Business Administration, Financial Services and Information Technology.

FinTech, a combination of “finance” and “technology,” refers to any business that uses technology to enhance or automate financial services and processes.

The new initiative presented by DeSantis seeks to aid local educators by boosting financial technology training and preparing a workforce for the FinTech industry.

“I’m pleased to launch the Northeast Florida FinTech Initiative in conjunction with Florida State College at Jacksonville and St. John’s River State College,” said DeSantis. “This innovative collaboration to provide new FinTech-related training and certifications will help equip Floridians with skills in demand by Northeast Florida’s growing FinTech industry.”

DeSantis also took the opportunity to weigh in on the politically-motivated attack that saw a 27-year-old man drive his van into a Republican voter registration tent in Jacksonville.

“I think it was a really terrible thing to do and I think having swift justice is very important,” DeSantis said during the press conference. “I am just glad that nobody got hurt, but that individual should be held accountable and I really thank the folks here in Jacksonville for getting on that immediately.”

The attack was carried out this past Saturday. No one was injured, and the attacker was charged with aggravated assault, criminal mischief, and driving with a suspended license.

DeSantis also met with the Trump Victory volunteers that were attacked, presenting them with signed “Keep America Great” hats from President Donald Trump.



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