Suwannee receives $5M for new multi-use building

Suwannee County received $5 million on Monday for a new multi-use building.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced an award for nearly $11 million for infrastructure projects in Suwannee, Madison, and Putnam counties at a conference in Madison, according to a press release.

The monies are from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) administered Rural Infrastructure fund and the Community Development Block Grant-CV (CBDG-CV) program with more than $62 million awarded from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund and more than $800 million through the Community Development Block Grant programs since the beginning of 2021. The programs focus on supporting rural counties and small cities

“Our administration has focused on investing in meaningful projects that improve infrastructure and create opportunities for employers and families in rural communities,” said DeSantis in the release. “There is strong demand in our state and especially in rural communities for economic expansion and I will continue working with the Florida Legislature to fund projects like these.”

Through the CDBG-CV program the following projects were awarded:

  • $5 million to Suwannee County for a new multi-use building.
  • $5 million to the City of Palatka to widen sidewalks and paths in and around the downtown commercial area.

Through the Rural Infrastructure Fund, the following projects were awarded:

  • $300,000 to Madison County for preparation of a feasibility study and preliminary engineering services to extend centralized water and sewer services to the route along the Honey Lake health facility clinic.
  • $340,000 to the City of Palatka in Putnam County for the expansion of a lift station located at St. John’s Avenue and Zeagler Drive in the City of Palatka.
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