January 6, 2022

Governor DeSantis Announces Nearly $10 Million to Support Chip and Semiconductor Manufacturing

By Leah Leonard

January 6, 2022 Updated 1:15 P.M. ET

KISSIMMEE (FCV) – Wednesday, Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced nearly $10 million has been awarded through the Florida Job Growth Grant. This grant will fund Osceola County and Valencia College to support advanced technology and semiconductor manufacturing. 

Included in this award, $6 million went towards aiding in the development of infrastructure that connects Osceola County’s emerging NeoCity technology district with the workforce, and $3.7 million went towards the development of a new program at Valencia College. This program will teach students how to utilize robotics technology.

These awards from DeSantis prioritize and highlight local manufacturing jobs. 

DeSantis stated, “The strategic investments we are making today will help bring microchip and semiconductor manufacturing back to our state at a time when the supply chains are more fragile than ever. Certainly, we cannot allow this important industry to become captive by the Chinese Communist Party.” 

With Governor DeSantis prioritizing manufacturing through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, the potential industry growth is widespread. Promotion of public infrastructure and workforce training is essential.

“Expanding domestic manufacturing capability is important for Florida and our nation,” said DeSantis. 

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