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Governor Ron DeSantis Announces $5 Million Available in Awards to Northwest Florida Region Through Rural Infrastructure Grant Fund

Sep 24, 2019

Tallahassee, Fla. Today, Governor DeSantis announced $5 million in awards is available to a six-county region in Northwest Florida through the Rural Infrastructure Grant Fund. Local governments and municipalities in Calhoun, Gadsden, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington counties have until November 22, 2019 to apply for infrastructure project funding.

“Nearly one year ago, Hurricane Michael tore through Northwest Florida,” said Governor DeSantis. “This $5 million in awards will go a long way for these heavily impacted counties, and I applaud the Florida Legislature for their efforts and understanding of the needs of this area. We are dedicated to these rural communities and we will continue to help them rebuild stronger than before.”

“Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature continue to champion programs that help Florida’s rural communities attract businesses, support a highly-trained workforce and generate sustainable economic growth,” said Ken Lawson, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. “This $5 million Rural Infrastructure Grant Fund, appropriated specifically for this six-county region impacted by Hurricane Michael, will help these communities begin tackling their critical infrastructure needs.”

The Rural Infrastructure Fund, administered by DEO, provides funding to local governments for infrastructure projects in rural communities to encourage job creation and business investment, and to strengthen and diversify rural economies.

Application forms are available upon request. More information about the Rural Infrastructure Fund is available on www.Floridajobs.org/RIF.

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