4 October Clay EDC Awarded $89K as Gov. Scott Announces More Than $2.2M for Florida Defense Communities October 4, 2016 By Laura Pavlus General, News economic development, defense reinvestment grant, Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, NAS Jacksonville 0 Governor Rick Scott announced that 10 counties were awarded $2,221,136 through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs under the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. 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. Read October 3, 2016 News Release, by Staff Here Governor Scott said, “As a Navy Veteran, I am proud to announce today that more than $2 million has been awarded for defense communities across 10 Florida counties. Florida prides itself on being the most military friendly state in the nation, and many of our families and communities depend on the economic investments that Florida’s 20 military installations provide. We will continue to do everything we can to recognize and support the brave military men and women who serve to protect our freedom.” 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. Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity said, “Florida’s military personnel work tirelessly to protect our state and nation. Defense communities contribute greatly to Florida’s economy, and the 1.5 million former military service men and women in our state help strengthen our workforce with their highly valued skills. Florida prioritizes investments in our military and defense sector, and these grants play a vital role in supporting our military.” Awards are as follows: NORTHEAST FLORIDA CLAY COUNTY: The Clay County Economic Development Corporation received an $89,000 Defense Reinvestment Grant to aggressively strengthen and diversify the non-defense economy while promoting the area’s military training operations at the Camp Blanding JTC and NAS Jacksonville. The Clay County Development Authority received a $300,000 Defense Infrastructure Grant for critical roadway restoration at Camp Blanding JTC. In fiscal year 2016, the Defense Reinvestment Grant award to Clay EDC contributed $50,000 towards the completion of a 5-Year Strategic Plan for Clay County Economic Development. The fourth strategy of the 5-Year Strategic Plan is the implementation of "placemaking" to brand specific corridors and raise visibility of distinct amenities (i.e. manufacturing, medical, educational, innovation, and ecotourism). The fiscal year 2017 Defense Reinvestment Grant award to Clay County will contribute at least $65,000 towards the first step of this objective, which is the completion of a study to determine specific signage locations, types, and design. DUVAL COUNTY: The City of Jacksonville received a $97,925 Defense Reinvestment Grant for a study to determine how to grow military presence at NAS Jacksonville and NS Mayport and a $300,000 Defense Infrastructure Grant for encroachment protection activities at NAS Jacksonville, NS Mayport and OLF Whitehouse. NORTHWEST FLORIDA BAY COUNTY: Bay Defense Alliance, Inc. received a $97,925 Defense Reinvestment Grant for preserving and enhancing military missions at NSA Panama City and Tyndall AFB. The Bay County Board of County Commissioners received a $175,000 Defense Infrastructure Grant for the expansion of the intelligent transportation system at NSA Panama City. ESCAMBIA COUNTY: The Greater Pensacola Chamber received a $97,925 Defense Reinvestment Grant to promote Department of Defense growth in the Pensacola region and to enhance and protect existing military missions at Corry Station, NAS Pensacola and Saufley Field. OKALOOSA COUNTY: The Economic Development Council of Okaloosa County received a $97,925 Defense Reinvestment Grant for a collaborative community diversification program and sustained enhancement at Duke Field, Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field. The Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners received a $300,000 Defense Infrastructure Grant for the Shoal River military installation buffering project. SANTA ROSA COUNTY: The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners received a $46,050 Defense Reinvestment Grant for protecting and enhancing military missions and a $300,000 Defense Infrastructure Grant for joint land using planning at NAS Whiting Field. WALTON COUNTY: The Walton Chamber of Commerce received a $42,300 Defense Reinvestment Grant for economic diversification around Duke Field, Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field and Tyndall AFB. CENTRAL FLORIDA BREVARD COUNTY: The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast received a $97,925 Defense Reinvestment Grant to protect and enhance military missions at Cape Canaveral AFS and Patrick AFB. ORANGE COUNTY: The Orlando Economic Development Commission received an $81,400 Defense Reinvestment Grant to support continued growth and diversification of the Team Orlando Partnership. SOUTH FLORIDA MIAMI-DADE COUNTY: The Miami-Dade Beacon Council, Inc. received a $97,761 Defense Reinvestment Grant to support military activities at Homestead ARB and US SOUTHCOM. Related Clay County Business Owner, Amy Pope-Wells, Participates in Roundtable with President Trump Amy Pope-Wells, successful Clay County business owner of Link Staffing and Tira Diva, joins women small business owners at a roundtable with President Trump and Vice President Pence. Manufacturers Join Governor’s Campaign to Save Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida JACKSONVILLE – In order to protect future jobs and to continue bolstering local economies through the recruitment of manufacturing, the First Coast Manufacturers Association has joined Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign to prevent the elimination of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida by the Florida Legislature. Business Leaders Get Glimpse of Florida's Aerospace Industry at Clay EDC Q2 Luncheon Presentation Frank DiBello, CEO of Space Florida, was the keynote speaker for the June 8 quarterly luncheon sponsored by the Clay County Economic Development Corp., which works to bring high-skill, high-wage jobs to Clay County. Clay's Defense Sector Continues to Strengthen - Welcome Fleet Readiness Center Southeast! 70+ High-wage defense sector jobs are coming to Wells Road in Orange Park of Clay County Florida. Growing Pains Good Problem for Clay County Northeast Florida is one of the fastest growing regions in the entire country. The seven counties that make up the Northeast Florida region have a combined population of 1,624,000. The City of Jacksonville is the 12th most populated city in the United States, just a few thousand people fewer than No. 11, Austin, Texas. Clay County Manufacturer Vac-Con Inc. Awarded FCMA Award for Workforce Education Vac-Con Inc. president, Darrell LeSage, discusses why they continue to invest in workforce education, the company's expansion, and how it is to do manufacturing in Florida. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.