DeSantis Awards $1.9 Million to Suwannee County for Infrastructure

August 31, 2022 Updated 11:43 AM ET

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LIVE OAK (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the award of more than $1.9 million to Suwannee County via the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to promote infrastructure expansion.

DeSantis said the project aims to support business growth in the Suwannee County Catalyst Site, which is an industrial park composed of 500 acres.

The money will help expand water distribution infrastructure and treatment facilities to support economic development.

DeSantis’ office said the project is expected to add approximately 1,040 jobs to the area.

“Florida prioritizes infrastructure improvements in communities like Suwannee County because when Florida communities succeed, our state economy thrives,” DeSantis remarked. “As Florida’s economy outpaces the nation by virtually every measure, we will continue to seed opportunities for Floridians that foster economic success for generations to come.”

The governor’s office also said the expansion should bring five new businesses to the area, allowing the attraction of more business and expand water needs and fire suppression.

“The Department of Economic Opportunity is proud to support Governor DeSantis’ efforts to invest in Florida communities to attract new businesses and create new opportunities for hardworking Floridians,” Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Dane Eagle said. “We will continue to work closely with communities like Suwannee County to connect them with unique opportunities that stimulate their local economies and maximize positive impacts on their residents.”

“Today’s investment in Suwannee County further reinforces Governor DeSantis’ commitment to ensuring Florida’s communities have all resources necessary to attract new companies and high-paying jobs for their residents,” Florida Deputy Secretary of Commerce Laura DiBella said. “The investments made here today will have long-lasting ripple effects throughout the North Florida region, and Enterprise Florida is proud to work alongside DEO under our Governor’s leadership to make critical investments in Florida’s communities.”

Read more about the Job Growth fund here.

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