Governor Ron DeSantis Awards More Than $5.4 Million to Four Small and Rural Florida Communities
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ~ Governor Ron DeSantis has awarded more than $5.4 million to four small and rural communities in Florida for community development projects. The Town of Callahan, the City of Starke, the City of Haines City and the City of Labelle will receive funding to expand job opportunities and strengthen public infrastructure for residents.

"This $5.4 million in infrastructure funding we are awarding today will create opportunities for families and strengthen local economies," said Governor DeSantis. "We are yet again providing our small and rural communities with the resources they need to grow."

The funds are being provided through the Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF), the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)-CV program, and the Small Cities CDBG program. The Town of Callahan will receive $3,371,000 to design and build a water treatment facility and wastewater pump, as well as a conveyance pipeline to its wastewater treatment facility. This project is expected to create a minimum of 500-800 jobs and is an initial capital investment of $450 million.

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The City of Starke will receive $700,000 to renovate the RJE Community Center with a building addition, on-site grading to control storm-water runoff, replacement and repair of the building's roof, bathrooms, windows, and installation of an emergency generator. The City of Haines City will receive $700,000 to install 9,049 linear feet of new sidewalks in the Park Avenue neighborhood between East Johnson Avenue and Melbourne Avenue on North 18th through North 24th street which will benefit 165 households or 579 people with 502 being low-to moderate income households. Lastly, The City of Labelle will receive $700,000 to rehabilitate or replace 10 low-to moderate income homes.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Acting Secretary Meredith Ivey said "DEO is proud to work closely with the communities receiving awards to rehabilitate homes and strengthen infrastructure for future economic development opportunities."

The RIF program facilitates planning preparation and financing for infrastructure projects in rural communities while CDBG-CV primarily benefits low-and moderate-income residents by providing activities such as workforce housing training sustainability broadband infrastructure planning etc.. The Small Cities CDBG program provides funding for housing community development activities such as economic development commercial neighborhood revitalization housing rehabilitation etc..

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