TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced $3.5 million is being awarded to the City of Port St. Lucie through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund for infrastructure improvements at the Tradition Commerce Park. These funds will create 1,800 jobs and can indirectly create another 4,000 jobs with employment opportunities in information technology, logistics and distribution, and manufacturing.
“We want people to be free to choose what they do for a living, where they live and how they raise their families, and by growing our job opportunities in Florida, we are making sure Floridians have a wide range of options to choose from,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “Today’s announcement is another example of our commitment to keeping our economy strong.”
The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund is an economic development program designed to promote public infrastructure and workforce training across the state. Proposals are reviewed by DEO and EFI and chosen by the Governor to meet the demands for workforce training or infrastructure needs in communities around the state.
“Under Governor DeSantis’ leadership, the Department remains committed to taking steps to diversify, enhance and grow Florida’s economy,” said DEO Secretary Dane Eagle. “Investing in improvements, like this one at the Tradition Commerce Park, is a smart choice and will provide opportunities for Floridians.”
“Through the further development of Tradition Commerce Park, the Port St. Lucie community will strengthen its position as an economic driver for the region and the state,” said Florida Secretary of Commerce Jamal Sowell, President & CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc. “We appreciate Governor DeSantis’ leadership and commitment to providing Florida’s communities with opportunities for economic growth.”
In 2020-21, $74 million in awards are available for projects that focus on rapidly developing a highly skilled workforce and on infrastructure initiatives that attract businesses, create jobs and promote economic growth. DEO and EFI are currently accepting proposals. For more information, click here.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce and community development efforts, expediting economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities and promote economic resiliency. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit www.floridajobs.org.