Panama City, FL –
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WMBB) – More than $ 4.6 million has been awarded to communities in northwest Florida that were affected by Hurricane Michael, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Friday.
The money comes from the Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF) of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). In 2020, the Florida legislature created special credit for RIF projects in Calhoun, Gadsden, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington counties. These funds were allocated to support infrastructure and promote economic development in these rural communities.
“My administration remains engaged in areas still recovering from past storms,” Governor Ron DeSantis said. “This $ 4.5 million will go a long way in giving some of the rural areas affected by Hurricane Michael the extra boost they need to attract investment and improve their economies.”
The Rural Infrastructure Fund provides funds to facilitate the planning, preparation and financing of infrastructure projects in rural communities, the officials added.
“Improving current infrastructure encourages job creation, capital investment and strengthening and diversification of rural economies through the promotion of tourism, trade and economic development,” they wrote.
The following rural Northwest Florida communities that have received funding under the Rural Infrastructure Fund include:
- City of Bonifay ($ 242,250) – develop a concept and a preliminary plan for a central stormwater installation that will mitigate repetitive flooding of existing businesses, help attract new businesses and continue efforts to improve downtown Bonifay.
- Town of Chipley ($ 291,785) – find a comprehensive solution to the continuous flooding in the downtown corridor and develop a stormwater management plan to support the revitalization objectives of the city center in order to attract new businesses and create a vibrant downtown, safe and attractive.
- Town of Graceville ($ 95,000) – replace the sewer infrastructure that transfers treated wastewater from the existing wastewater treatment plant and enable the Town of Graceville to comply with the permit requirements and administrative orders of the treatment facility Advanced Wastewater System (AWTF) from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
- Town of Marianna ($ 757,460) – construct a 12-inch, 4460 linear foot water main required for the city’s fire suppression system to meet federal, state and local building and fire code requirements for an existing local business can develop and keep 98 jobs
- Town of Marianna ($ 177,154.50) – Obtain industrial park certifications for Marianna Airport Commerce Park and Marianna Jackson County Distribution Park, which verify site readiness and provide specific and detailed site information to prospective companies.
- Town of Midway ($ 75,000) – assess improvements to infrastructure, streetscape and landscape to ensure that Midway is economically attractive to new businesses and to improve the long-term viability of existing businesses.
- Holmes County ($ 297,900) – create a plan for an industrial park to bring major manufacturing, distribution and logistics companies to the county because of its convenient location on Interstate-10 to provide much needed jobs.
- Jackson County ($ 300,000) – obtain certifications for the Spanish Trail Commerce Park and Endeavor Commerce Park, which will provide site preparation development and documentation, attract companies looking to build new facilities and provide quality employment opportunities in the field industrial.
- Liberty County ($275,037) – finalize the design of the Sunshine Cypress civilian site, Liberty County’s first industrial park. The park will provide an attractive location with rail access and support local efforts to provide economic diversification and recovery from losses in the lumber industry.
- Liberty County ($165,000) – conduct a broadband feasibility study to identify areas where broadband infrastructure is insufficient, list potential service providers and determine the necessary improvements and associated costs. This study will provide cohesive broadband infrastructure and inspire businesses and industry to locate in Liberty County.
- Havana City ($75,000) – identify improvements in infrastructure, streetscape and landscape to increase the potential for job creation in small businesses and private investment in the economic corridor of the city of Havana.
- City of Malone ($256,500) – conduct a study to identify a comprehensive stormwater management solution to mitigate recurrent flooding and allow the reopening of existing businesses, as well as to attract new businesses to downtown Malone town.
- TSneads’ own ($ 162,150) – conduct a pedestrian connectivity study to address the need for a significant portion of the population of the Town of Snead to have pedestrian access in order to support local businesses, potential redevelopment areas and service providers.
- Washington County ($ 1,500,000) – serve as 50% match for the installation of a broadband Internet service providing the access necessary to support existing businesses, while simultaneously attracting new businesses and industry to Washington County.
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