Panhandle cities and communities to get grant money for economic growth, infrastructure

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Some local communities are getting grant money from the state.

Thirty-five small and rural communities across Florida will get more than $23 million in funding through the Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program, according to Governor Rick Scott’s office.

Those communities include:
• Altha
• Apalachicola
• Avon Park
• Baldwin
• Bristol
• Chipley
• Clermont
• DeSoto County
• Esto
• Flagler County
• Florida City
• Gilchrist County
• Grand Ridge
• Greenville
• Hamilton County
• Hampton
• Hardee County
• Havana
• Hawthorne
• High Springs
• Indian River County
• Interlachen
• Jay
• Jefferson County
• Newberry
• Palatka
• Paxton
• Penney Farms
• Quincy
• Sebring
• Trenton
• Wausau
• White Springs
• Williston
• Zolfo Springs

Governor Scott’s office says this grant money will help "fund economic activities, infrastructure improvements, and housing rehabilitation."

“Florida is the greatest melting pot and it is vital that we support our rural and small communities to preserve our state’s unique identity," Governor Scott said. "Providing small and rural communities the opportunity to make investments in infrastructure and housing programs is key to growing our economy.”

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