More than $2.2 million for Florida defense communitiesStaff Writer | October 4, 2016
Ten counties were awarded $2,221,136 through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs under the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
Development Promoting economic diversification strategies
Military installations contribute more than $79.8 billion.
Florida’s military installations contribute more than $79.8 billion in economic impact, and the defense industry supports nearly 775,000 jobs in the state.
Defense Reinvestment Grants are provided to communities to help support the needs of a military installation or to help expand the community’s non-defense economy.
The total grant award amount of $846,136 will help to protect Florida’s military installations, as well as promote economic diversification strategies in defense-dependent communities.
The 2016-2017 Defense Reinvestment Grants were awarded to defense partners in the following counties: Bay, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Miami-Dade, Walton, Orange, Escambia, Brevard, Clay and Duval.
Five counties also received a 2016-2017 Florida Defense Infrastructure Grant: Bay, Clay, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Duval.
Defense Infrastructure Grants are awarded to communities to make improvements to a military installation’s surrounding area in order to positively impact its military value and the local community.
The Defense Infrastructure Grants total $1,375,000 and will help fund projects that include encroachment mitigation and transportation and access. ■