Governor Ron DeSantis awarded more than $28.4 million in funding for economic growth and resiliency to 23 local communities statewide.
“Supporting the growth and resilience of Florida communities is the best way to ensure Florida’s strong future,” said DeSantis. “Investments made today will provide 23 communities with access to the resources they need to diversify their economies, increase public safety, and mitigate future risks.”
Through the Community Development Block Grant – CV (CDBG-CV), DeSantis announced on Tuesday that 17 communities would receive funds to bolster activities including workforce housing, training, and sustainability, as well as broadband infrastructure and planning. CDBG-CV program primarily benefits low and moderate-income residents.
The communities receiving the funds include Alachua County ($4,000,782), City of Apopka ($800,000), City of Coleman ($1,772,500), Fort Lauderdale ($906,510), Green Cove Springs ($1,397,600), Hollywood ($760,335), Homestead ($502,061), Indiantown ($342,390), Lake City ($2,000,000), Leon County ($3,604,207), Macclenny ($291,000), Mary Esther ($324,000), New Port Richey ($973,986), Stuart ($4,791,000), Vernon ($987,566), Wausau ($1,384,090), and West Palm Beach ($567,974).
The Governor added that an additional six communities throughout North Florida would receive awards through the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Hazard Mitigation Grant Match Program to support recovery efforts in communities impacted by Hurricane Michael.
Areas receiving this award include Gulf County ($1,039,184), Jackson County ($367,364), Liberty County ($115,116), Marianna ($474,000), Mexico Beach ($601,408), and Panama City ($492,428).
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) developed the two grants to help grow the economy and community.
“Governor DeSantis has championed the economic growth of Florida’s communities by making continued investments in their success,” said DEO Secretary Dane Eagle. “DEO is proud to support his efforts by connecting communities to opportunities that suit their unique needs and foster generational growth for their residents.”
— Florida DEO (@FLDEO) June 21, 2022