The Florida Defense Support Task Force

FY 2017-2018 Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Recipients

  • Tampa Bay Defense Alliance $135,000 – Champion MacDill AFB to national influencers through strategic engagement.
  • Gulf Coast State College $30,000 – Identify Air Force community partnership initiatives that will benefit Tyndall AFB, Bay County, and the greater state of Florida.
  • InDyne Inc. $235,000 – Develop Systems Engineering Management Plan for remotely operated site at Carrabelle, FL to support Gulf Range instrumentation.
  • TOTAL – $400,000

FY 2016-2017 Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Recipients

  • Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce $250,000 – Provide Naval Air Station Pensacola directional signage.
  • Clay County Development Authority $400,000 – Purchase of 578 acres adjacent to Camp Blanding to provide buffer from incompatible land development and encroachment.
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce $115,000 – Establish a South Florida Defense Alliance to unite, champion and represent the South Florida defense community.
  • TOTAL – $765,000

FY 2015-2016  Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Recipients

  • Bay County $120,000 – Conduct feasibility study of dredging at Naval Support Activity(NSA) Panama City to facilitate berthing of Littoral Combat Ships (LCS)
  • Santa Rosa County – $41,310 – Prepare updated land acquisition study and complete phased plan to limit encroachment at Naval Air Station Whiting Field.
  • Clay Count Development Authority – $400,000 – Acquire 420 acres adjacent to Camp Blanding to prevent encroachment.
  • Tampa Bay Defense Alliance – $175,000 – Execute plan to champion MacDill AFB and build strong community relationships with the base to protect it from closure.
  • Highlands County $500,000 – Acquire conservation easements to prevent encroachment to Avon Park AF Range.
  • Clay County – $400,000 — Acquire 630 acres adjacent to Camp Blanding to prevent encroachment.
  • Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County – $250,000 — Facilitate the expansion of non-hazardous military training to pre-designated state lands to relieve congestion at Eglin AFB.
  • National Math And Science Initiative – $175,000 – Increase military students test scores in math, science and English: focused on Bay and Clay counties.
  • Military Child Education Coalition – $225,000 – Provide support to military schoolchildren in 12 counties to improve student outcomes.
  • Doolittle Institute – $100,000 – Establish a technology innovation center to support weapons development mission of Eglin AFB.
  • City of Key West – $150,000 – Refurbish Truman Annex seawall.
  • TOTAL – $2,536,310

FY 2014-2015 Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Recipients

  • Santa Rosa County $20,654 – Site clearing to improve force protection at NAS Whiting Field.
  • Tampa Bay Defense Alliance $150,000 —  Execute strategic plan (MacDill 2025) to champion MacDill AFB.
  • Polk County $500,000 – Protect Avon Park Range from incompatible land use through acquisition of land or specific property rights.
  • Clay Count Development Authority $400,000 — Purchase of 159 acres adjacent to Camp Blanding to provide buffer from incompatible land development and encroachment.
  • National Center for Simulation (Orlando) $240,000 — Implement strategic plan to retain Team Orlando and address office space shortage.
  • Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County $285,000 — Continued development of public-private partnerships to improve the military value of Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field.
  • Bay County $200,000 — Expand Bay County Intelligent Transportation System to synchronize traffic lights on access roads to Tyndall AFB.
  • Space Florida $38,500 — Implement Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) component to emergency response exercise at Camp Blanding.
  • Florida 8 (a) Alliance $100,000 — Develop defense industry and veteran owned small business growth and job creation.
  • Air Force Enlisted Village $135,000 — Provide assistance in construction of veterans housing in Ft. Walton Beach area.
  • Florida’s Great Northwest $25,000 — Implement marketing program to aerospace and defense industries to bring veterans jobs to NW Florida.
  • Career Source Gulf Coast $150,000 — Provide meaningful employment and training services to transitioning military members.
  • University of West Florida $350,000 — Implement program to identify and train military and veterans in information technology and cybersecurity skills.
  • TOTAL – $2,594,154

FY 2013-2014 Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Recipients

  • National Center for Simulation (Orlando) $350,000 – Develop and execute strategic plan to retain Team Orlando and address office space shortage.
  • Clay County Development Authority $474,000 – Installation of air space control system at Camp Blanding.
  • City of Niceville $25,000 – Development of GIS mapping to implement Joint Land Use System with Eglin AFB.
  • Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce $200,000 – Establish a Center of Excellence for information dominance to stimulate science and technology research.
  • Tampa Bay Defense Alliance $225,000 – Develop strategic marketing campaign to champion and protect MacDill AFB missions.
  • Economic Development Alliance of Bay County $500,000 – Expand high capacity data link (Lambda Rail) to connect to NSA Panama City.
  • Clay County Development Authority $255,000 – Installation of mass notification system to improve safety at Camp Blanding.
  • Florida 8 (a) Alliance $150,000 — Support veteran and defense small businesses.
  • Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County $195,000 — Tri-County Community Partnership Initiative.
  • Florida’s Great Northwest $50,000 — Five County Marketing Diversification plan.
  • TOTAL – $2,424,000

FY 2013 Grant Recipients

  • Bay Defense Alliance $500,000 – Acquisition of land to buffer NSA Panama City from encroachment.
  • National Center for Simulation (Orlando)  $350,000 – Comprehensive threat mitigation plan to reduce Team Orlando’s risk of realignment or closure.
  • Highlands County Economic Development Council $500,000 – Encroachment prevention at Avon Park Air Force Range.
  • City of Jacksonville $250,000 – Construction of Explosive Ordinance Disposal bunker at Jacksonville Air Guard Base.
  • Tampa Bay Defense Alliance $130,000 – Establish cohesive, effective local defense community organization.
  • Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners $160,000 – Construction of fence to buffer the base from encroachment.
  • Greater Pensacola Chamber $250,000 – Establish a Center of Excellence for information dominance to stimulate science and technology research.
  • The Andrews Research and Education Institute $225,000 – Provide support for wounded Special Operations warriors to return to active duty.
  • City of Jacksonville $200,000 – Establish a maritime research and development capability at Naval Station Mayport.
  • Florida 8 (a) Alliance $100,000 – Support for veteran-owned and defense industry small businesses across Florida.
  • TOTAL –  $2,665,000

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