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SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
Gov. Scott announces $850,000 in Defense Reinvestment Grants
FORT WALTON BEACH, FLA. – Gov. Rick Scott today announced that 11 Florida communities with military installations collectively will receive $850,000 in 2012-13 Defense Reinvestment Grants, which support base retention and economic diversification efforts.
The state awards the grants annually on a project priority basis to organizations in military communities. Enterprise Florida administers the program, which helps Florida’s sustain its reputation as the U.S.’ most military-friendly state.
“Florida continues to be the best place in the nation for military service members and their families to live and work,” said Governor Rick Scott. “The Defense Reinvestment Grant helps maintain vital missions at Florida’s military installations while fostering a cooperative relationship between the military and the community.”
More specifically, the reinvestment grants must be part of a plan designed to a) fulfill the needs of an installation or, b) help defense-dependent communities develop strategies for expanding their non-defense economy. Activities can include studies, presentations, analyses, plans, marketing, modeling, and reasonable travel costs.
The military and defense sector has a $60 billion economic impact on the state and provides more than 686,181 direct and indirect jobs.
2012-13 Recipients by County
|· Bay||The Bay Defense Alliance||$100,000|
|· Brevard||Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast||75,000|
|· Clay||Clay County Chamber of Commerce||65,000|
|· Duval||City of Jacksonville||95,000|
|· Escambia||Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce||70,000|
|· Okaloosa||Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County||$125,000|
|· Hillsborough||Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce||75,000|
|· Miami-Dade||The Beacon Council, Inc.||70,000|
|· Orange||Orange County Research and Development Authority||85,000|
|· Pinellas||Pinellas County||50,000|
|· Santa Rosa||Santa Rosa County||40,000|
See http://www.floridadefense.org/grants.asp for a breakdown of grants per recipient.
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Enterprise Florida, Inc. (www.eflorida.com) is a partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida. Headquartered in Orlando, Enterprise Florida’s mission is to facilitate job growth for Florida’s businesses and citizens leading to a vibrant statewide economy. In pursuit of its mission, Enterprise Florida works closely with a statewide network of economic development partners and is funded both by the State of Florida and by private-sector businesses.