A news conference held by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday announced about $22.3 million in funding for Florida workforce development and infrastructure.
Almost $17 million of the $22.3 million in funding will go to rural counties and small cities in Florida, according to the governor.
Funding will be awarded to several counties, among them Lake and Marion.
The Lake County government will receive $3.8 million and the Marion County government will receive $500,000.
“We have been responsible, we have protected people’s freedoms, and we have kept the economy open in Florida,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.
“Today we are proud to announce another $22 million for workforce development and infrastructure across Florida. Communities across the state are going to benefit from this funding and their growth will help us continue to succeed as a state.”
“Governor DeSantis has a strong vision for Florida’s economy, and thanks to his leadership, we have made economic resiliency a priority in Florida,” said Secretary Dane Eagle.
“This funding will help meet communities’ needs as they continue to grow stronger and prepare for future crises.”
CDBG-CV funds are administered by the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), but they are funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and designed to assist local governments in preparing for, preventing, and responding to the health and economic impacts of a pandemic.
These funds will cover broadband, community centers, and small business grants, according to the governor.
Days ago, during a Fox News town hall, DeSantis reiterated his belief that Disney will pay taxes instead of nearby residents once its self-government is repealed.