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More than $2.2 million for Florida defense communities

Staff 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.
Florida defense
Development   Promoting economic diversification strategies
Military installations contribute more than $79.8 billion.
The funding will support community projects at Florida military installations that will diversify the local economy, provide support for local infrastructure projects and strengthen Florida’s bases ahead of any potential Department of Defense realignment or closure actions.

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.