July 2, 2020
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $14 million has been awarded to seven organizations through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program. Award recipients include local workforce development boards, schools, colleges and universities in communities impacted by Hurricane Irma. The program, administered by DEO, is designed to train Floridians in construction trades necessary to support disaster recovery efforts.
“Homes, businesses and communities across the state are still recovering from Hurricane Irma,” said Governor DeSantis. “The Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program provides opportunities for Floridians to gain the skills they need to help rebuild their communities. The award recipients will help individuals across the state not only learn skills they need to repair homes and infrastructure but create a new life for themselves and their families.”
The Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program makes funds available to local workforce development boards, secondary and post-secondary educational organizations and technical centers serving communities impacted by Hurricane Irma. The funding will be used to launch or expand training programs for construction trades including roofing, masonry, carpentry, concrete finishing, plumbing, HVAC, electricity, heavy equipment operations, carpet laying, window installation, plastering, welding and more.
“Our agency is excited to partner with education and workforce-focused organizations to help provide Floridians the skills they need to help rebuild their communities after Hurricane Irma,” said DEO Executive Director Ken Lawson. “Under Governor DeSantis’ leadership, we are focused on enhancing the state’s efforts to train Floridians in construction fields. By providing individuals enhanced training in the construction fields, we will have a larger workforce available to help rebuild our state faster and more resilient to future storms, as well as provide these Floridians opportunities for success.”
DEO is awarding grants to the following organizations serving areas impacted by Hurricane Irma through the Rebuild Florida Workforce Recovery Training Program:
Rebuild Florida is a partnership of DEO and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Launched in September 2018, Rebuild Florida uses federal funding for Florida’s long-term recovery efforts from the devastating impacts of natural disasters. For more information, visit www.RebuildFlorida.gov.