$35 million investments from Florida Job Growth Grant Fund
This includes $6 million for the City of Jacksonville to construct a new 1.5-mile access-roadway to the city-owned Cecil Commerce Center Mega Site in support of the area’s growing manufacturing industry.
All of the awarded economic development projects will help enhance community infrastructure or develop workforce training programs and have demonstrated a strong return on investment.
The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund was established by Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature last year to encourage continued economic growth across Florida communities.
The Governor’s recommended 2018-2019 budget includes $85 million in continuation funding for the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund.
Governor Scott said, "Last year, I worked with the Florida Legislature to establish the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to help continue our state’s incredible economic growth by addressing specific infrastructure and workforce needs in our communities.
"Today, I am proud to announce $35 million in awards for nine Florida Job Growth Grant Fund projects. We have worked to ensure that every awarded project will strengthen Florida’s business climate and bring the best return on investment for Florida taxpayers.
"Florida is competing in a global economy, and we must do everything we can to ensure our state remains the top destination for families and job creators to succeed.
"We will continue to work with the legislature to invest $85 million in the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, and I look forward to seeing the successful completion of these projects." ■