Local cities receive development funds

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Archer and Keystone Heights were among six Florida cities to receive economic development funds on Friday.  

Gov. Ron DeSantis awarded $276,000 to six Florida cities through the Competitive Florida Partnership program to create strategic plans for fostering economic development, according to a press release.

The cities included Archer, Gretna, Keystone Heights, North Miami, Glades County, and Welaka. Each city will receive $46,000 to fund the developmental plans for the community. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) administers the program.

“I’m grateful for Governor DeSantis’ strong leadership and his steadfast commitment to investing in Florida’s communities, through programs like Competitive Florida, to help them achieve their economic development visions,” said DEO Secretary Dane Eagle in the press release.

The program aims to help grow new businesses, opportunities and connections with various state and federal resources to diversify and expand the economy.

“Our communities are strong when their local economies are resilient,” said DeSantis in the press release. “These investments will support meaningful projects that help small and rural communities strengthen their local economies and create opportunities for their residents.”

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