Panama City, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a $28 million investment for Northwest Florida, one year after Hurricane Michael made landfall as a powerful Category 5 hurricane. Governor DeSantis is awarding nearly $3 million to Panama City through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund and requesting $25 million from the Florida Legislature to fund the Hurricane Michael State Recovery Grant Program for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
“On my first full day in office, I came to Northwest Florida and pledged my administration’s full support as we recover and rebuild,” said Governor DeSantis. “Today, I’m here to let the people of this community know that our commitment remains as strong as ever. This $28 million investment will help Northwest Florida come back stronger than before, and I look forward to continuing to work with our federal and legislative partners to keep critical funding coming.”
Governor DeSantis is requesting that the Florida Legislature once again fund the Hurricane Michael State Recovery Grant Program. This grant program, run by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM), can be used for projects that support hurricane repair and recovery related to Hurricane Michael. To reach $25 million for the program, the Governor proposes using the $23 million in interest earned from the Triumph Gulf Coast Trust Fund and $2 million from General Revenue.
“We knew during the Legislative Session that the Panhandle would need a lifeline while the legislature was not assembled,” said FDEM Director Jared Moskowitz. “I want to thank our legislative partners for having the foresight
The Hurricane Michael State Recovery Grant Program allows applicants, including local governments, county governments, school boards
Local or county revenue loss; Local or county operating deficits; Infrastructure (building, road, bridge, etc.) repair and/or replacement; Beach renourishment/recreational facilities; and Debris removal.
Additionally, the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund award for $2.86 million will help the Panama City community promote development, support job creation
“Governor DeSantis is utilizing every available resource to help Florida communities recover after disasters,” said Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Executive Director Ken Lawson. “This Florida Job Growth Grant Fund award, together with
The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund is an economic development
In 2019-20, $40 million in awards is available for projects that focus