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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE INVESTS
$615,448 TO SUPPORT MANUFACTURING AND INDUSTRIAL GROWTH IN GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
October 20, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $615,448 grant to Gulf County, Florida, to make critical, disaster resistant infrastructure improvements needed to support manufacturing and industrial growth at the Costin Airport site and along Cessna Drive in Port St. Joe. The EDA grant, to be matched with $153,862 in local investment, is expected to create 71 jobs and spur $5.2 million in private investment. CONTINUE READING
ARPC, OEV ANNOUNCES $1M TO
ESTABLISH REVOLVING LOAN FUND
October 15, 2020 – Today, the Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC) and Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) are proud to announce the establishment of the Regional Economies Vested In Vital Enterprises (REVIVE!) program, a $1 million Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to assist businesses in Tallahassee-Leon County. This program was made possible by an $800,000 grant to the ARPC by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, matched with a $200,000 investment by OEV. CONTINUE READING
ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP WILL USE NATURE
TO FIGHT COASTAL EROSION ALONG HIGHWAY 98
WFSU, Robbie Gaffney
Highway 98 is a vital artery running through the heart of Franklin County. But portions of the road are only a few feet away from the sea, leaving it vulnerable to daily erosion and tidal surge from hurricanes. Parts of it have been washed out in past storms. Now, leaders are looking to a new solution: nature.
From Carrabelle to East Point, slabs of concrete and sharp gray rocks blanket the sides of Highway 98. But Franklin County Commissioner Ricky Jones says it wasn't always like that.
"There were residences and docks, and I could remember a couple [of] places now where the road is right beside the water, there were people who had their house way off the road," Jones says. CONTINUE READING
APALACHEE REGIONAL PLANNING COUNCIL AWARDED
$15 MILLION, FRANKLIN-98 LIVING SHORELINE PROJECT
The Apalachee RPC was recently awarded more than $15 million to implement
a living shoreline project in Franklin County. This groundbreaking coastal resiliency
project, dubbed “Franklin-98", includes the establishment of nearshore reefs which will reduce
wave energy and allow the creation of salt marshes to protect twelve miles of shoreline and
U.S. Highway 98 between the City of Carrabelle and Eastpoint. The project will improve
Apalachicola Bay's health and productivity with anticipated benefits to include:
• Twelve miles of shoreline habitat improvement and roadway protection
ARPC RECEIVES NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS 2019 IMPACT AWARD
WASHINGTON, DC – Apalachee Regional Planning Council based in Tallahassee, Florida has received a 2019 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for Apalachee Online.
Apalachee Online is a mapping resource for the Apalachee Region in the Florida Panhandle. It features interactive demographic, cultural, infrastructure, and planning maps. The project consolidated the region’s GIS data into one location. Most of the participating rural counties do not have the resources to keep their maps and data up to date. Some future land use and utilities maps that were originally only available in paper or PDF form were converted to a format that could be used in mapping software. This format allows the maps to be easily updated. CONTINUE READING
FEDERAL EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL SUMMARY
During the September 2019 board meeting Ben Chandler provided an overview of Federal Emergency Supplemental to the Board. Information provided from U.S. Senator Scott’s Office and the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has been analyzed to provide a measure of understanding of the anticipated disbursement of the approved $19.1 billion in disaster relief funding.
The Florida Regional Council’s Association (FRCA) 2017-18 Annual Report is now available. The report provides a brief summary of the many programs and projects that the Regional Planning Councils have worked on over the past fiscal year.
The report’s framework is aligned with the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Six Pillars for Securing Florida’s Future. Learn about some of the interesting things that your RPCs do! Please CLICK HERE to access the report.