Rural Definition

Per s. 288.0656 a rural county is defined as:

  • A county with a population of 75,000 or less
  • A county with a population of 125,000 or less which is contiguous to a county with a population of 75,000 or less
  • Any municipality within a county as described above

The Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) was established to better serve Florida’s economically distressed rural communities. An "economically distressed" county/community is eligible to request a "Waiver or Reduction of Match" of jobs or wage requirements, eligible company criterion, inducement requirement and grants. Each state agency determines which grant programs will allow for a waiver of match based on their annual budget and federal and state guidelines.

The following counties, and all municipalities within, are eligible to request a reduction or waiver of match. Please click here for a map of qualified counties.

Baker Franklin Hendry Liberty Union
Bradford Gadsden Highlands Madison Wakulla
Calhoun Gilchrist Holmes Nassau Washington
Columbia Glades Jackson Okeechobee Walton
DeSoto Gulf Jefferson Putnam
Dixie Hamilton Lafayette Suwannee
Flagler Hardee Levy Taylor


Communities

An unincorporated federal enterprise community or an incorporated rural city with a population of 25,000 or less and an employment base focused on traditional agricultural or resource-based industries, located in a county not defined as rural, which has multiple economic distress factors may qualify for a reduction or waiver of match and technical assistance from REDI. To learn more, please click here

The following communities are currently eligible for a reduction or waiver of match based upon documentation submitted, verified and approved by the Department of Economic Opportunity. Eligibility is good for one year and will expire on the corresponding dates shown below.

Cities/Towns (County) Expiration Date Cities/Towns (County) Expiration Date
Center Hill (Sumter) 7/18/2013 Frostproof (Polk) 7/18/2013
Coleman (Sumter) 9/28/2013 Jay (Santa Rosa) 9/28/2013

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