Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $28 Million to Expand Florida Semiconductor and Chip Manufacturing Industries
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ~ Governor Ron DeSantis has awarded more than $28 million through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to expand semiconductor manufacturing and chip manufacturing through five workforce development projects. This initiative, announced in September 2023, is part of a cutting-edge workforce development program that dedicates at least $25 million to support the semiconductor industry.

"Today's awards will expand Florida's manufacturing industry and provide high quality jobs for Floridians," said Governor DeSantis. "In Florida, we are laying the groundwork for a strong economic future by investing in growing, high-demand industries that offer high-wage jobs for our residents."

The funds will create high-demand, high-wage jobs for Floridians and strengthen local talent pipelines for businesses. Florida is already #5 in the US for semiconductor manufacturing jobs and #3 in the nation for semiconductor establishments. These investments will help Florida continue to grow its semiconductor industry.

Secretary of Commerce J. Alex Kelly said "Less than two months ago Governor DeSantis called for Job Growth Grant Fund applications to strengthen Florida's semiconductor manufacturing industry and to enhance its workforce — our partners in economic development and workforce education around the state responded overwhelmingly."

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The following entities will receive an award through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund: Osceola County NeoCity ($17,500,000), Valencia College ($4,170,000), Santa Fe College ($3,000,000), Lake Technical College ($1,860,500) and Eastern Florida State College ($1,550,000). The funds will be used to construct a multi-use semiconductor lab facility within NeoCity; expand Valencia College's Robotics and Semiconductor Technician program; design and develop a new associate degree in engineering technology with a specialization in Advanced Manufacturing; expand Lake Technical College's semiconductor program and create a new advanced manufacturing program; as well as establish Eastern Florida State College's Center for Innovative Technology Education to train students in robotics and simulation technician skills to design, operate, test and repair robotics systems.

Since 2019, $180 million has been awarded through the Job Growth Grant Fund which makes strategic investments in programs that build stronger communities and support workforce training across the state. The Job Growth Grant Fund is an economic development program designed to promote public infrastructure and workforce training across the state with proposals reviewed by FloridaCommerce chosen by Governor DeSantis to meet demands for workforce training or infrastructure needs in communities around the state.

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