DeSantis Announces $9M for Gadsden County Infrastructure and Economic Development

By Lydia Nusbaum, Florida's Voice

May 24, 2022 Updated 12:23 PM ET

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, January 30, 2019.
Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, January 30, 2019.

May 24, 2022 Updated 12:23 P.M. ET

HAVANA (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced nearly $9 million to help construct, rehabilitate and expand critical infrastructure within Gadsden County. 

“My administration is dedicated to making investments that strengthen Florida’s communities,” DeSantis said. “These awards will support critical infrastructure in Gadsden County while creating new opportunities for its residents. It was great to deliver this news in person and to be joined by Freddie Figgers, who has shown what is possible when you invest in the people of rural Florida.”

The City of Quincy received $23,985 through the Rebuild Florida Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funds (CDBG-CV) Hazard Mitigation Grant Match Program. The money would replace a failing bypass pump with a new, permanent bypass pump to prevent future backflow of wastewater.

“Under Governor DeSantis’ leadership, this administration is committed to elevating opportunity for business, jobs, and families in Gadsden County and its economic resiliency,” said DEO Secretary Dane Eagle.

Gadsden County would receive $1.7 million to rehabilitate, improve, and furnish an existing county-owned facility for public use.

Additional awards for cities include:

City of Gretna ($504,100) – to support road and utility improvements in preparation for the construction of a new facility that will create 14 jobs and an estimated $14.5 million capital investment in the City of Gretna.

City of Chattahoochee ($3,789,000) – to rehabilitate an existing former school building for use as a new senior center.

City of Gretna ($2,253,500) – to expand the city’s community center to allow for the provision of public health services.

City of Midway ($600,000) – to construct an education center with ADA compliant bathrooms, 5-station shooting stand, automated clay throwing equipment, and a 5-station small-bore rifle range.

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