January 10, 2019
Thursday, November 1, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (October 29, 2018) – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced eight awards for $28.6 million in funding from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, established by Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature last year, provides funding for improving public infrastructure and enhancing workforce training in Florida. Since this July, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has received more than 90 proposals requesting more than $531 million in funding. Today’s announcement reflects a total of more than $113 million in funding awarded to 41 communities across the state since the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund was established. In total, through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, more than $39 million has been awarded to 15 rural communities.
Governor Scott said, “The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund supports job growth through projects that allow communities to meet the changing infrastructure and workforce needs for their regions, encouraging business to invest and expand in Florida, which means more opportunities for Florida families. More than $113 million has already been awarded to promote strong economic development in 41 communities across our state, and we are excited to continue to grow Florida’s economy – which has already created more than 1.6 million jobs since December 2010.”
The eight awarded projects include:
These proposals were reviewed by DEO, Enterprise Florida (EFI) and chosen by Governor Scott based on their strong return on investment to the state and to meet the demand for a robust workforce or infrastructure needs. Return on investment was calculated to determine the best projects for the state and economic development in the regions.
Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of DEO, said, “The Florida Job Growth Grant continues to make Florida a top competitor for attracting businesses to our state. We are proud to support regional projects that strengthen our skilled workforce and provide necessary infrastructure to support Florida businesses, families and communities.”
Peter Antonacci, CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. said, “By investing in these projects, Florida has committed to developing a stronger workforce and expansive infrastructure that will help create new jobs for Floridians and provide more opportunity for communities to succeed. Enterprise Florida’s Board of Directors will continue to make sure Florida remains the number one destination for business.”
For more information about the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, visit www.FloridaJobs.org/JobGrowth.