Gov. Scott: City of Niceville Receives $25,000 grant from the Florida Defense Support Task Force

Governor Rick Scott today announced the City of Niceville has been awarded $25,000 from the Florida Defense Support Task Force. The funding will allow for the development of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping to implement for a Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) with Eglin Air Force Base to prevent possible encroachment to the base.

Governor Scott said, “This $25,000 investment for the Eglin Air Force Base will help make Florida’s military and defense organizations more advanced and proactive. It’s imperative that the men and women serving the Niceville community have the resources they need to expand their military and defense operations.”

“Florida’s Defense Support Task Force plays a critical role in furthering Florida’s status as the most military friendly state in the nation,” said Senate President Don Gaetz. “As the sponsor of the initial Defense Support legislation and appropriations, I’m pleased to see these funds used to assist Northwest Florida communities and businesses that go the extra mile for our military members and their families.”

Representative Matt Gaetz said, “We are pleased that the City of Niceville is doing all it can to welcome the F 35 mission.”

“The City of Niceville appreciates and is excited to receive the $25,000 grant. Eglin’s mission is important to us, the State and Nation. These funds will help us insure that their boundaries are not compromised,” said Niceville Mayor Randall Wise.

The Florida Defense Support Task Force was created in 2011 with the mission to make recommendations to preserve and protect military installations, support the state’s position in research and development related to military missions and contracting, and improve the state’s military-friendly environment for service members, military families, military retirees and businesses that bring military and base-related jobs to the state.

Additionally, these grants will strengthen Florida’s military bases ahead of any potential U.S. Department of Defense realignment or closure actions. This will protect the more than $73 billion in economic impact and the nearly 760,000 jobs the defense industry infuses into Florida.

Secretary of Commerce and president & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Gray Swoope said, “These grants are vital to our military and defense programs, and the local economies that rely on the operation of those facilities. By providing the necessary funding for the sector’s development, jobs are created and Florida’s workforce is strengthened by the skilled former military personnel who enter the employment market. Enterprise Florida, through its work with the Florida Defense Task Force, is committed to supporting our military and defense sector.”

 

Background on Florida Defense Support Task Force Grants

Statewide, the Task Force awarded more than $2 million in grant initiatives to local community organizations supporting Florida military installations. These grants will be utilized to protect, preserve and enhance Florida’s military missions and installations while maintaining Florida’s reputation as the most military friendly state in the nation.

The 2013-14 Florida Defense Support Task Force Grants have been awarded to seven worthy projects that serve to protect our military installations across the state. This year, awards were given to the National Simulation Center in Orlando, Clay County Development Authority (2 projects), City of Niceville, Greater Pensacola Chamber, Tampa Bay Defense Alliance, and the Economic Development Alliance of Bay County.

This program is administered by Enterprise Florida, Inc. on behalf of the Florida Defense Support Task Force. The grants are awarded annually, on a project priority basis, to organizations and communities working to protect, preserve and enhance Florida’s military installations and missions as well as improve the state’s military-friendly environment for service members, families and veterans. For more information on the Florida Defense Support Task Force, visit www.eflorida.com/floridadefense.

 

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