Saturday, January 18, 2020
Crist announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is sending $4.4 million in Continuum of Care grants. 
"Well, in this season of opportunity, we can say there is more out there to achieve for our state – and there is no reason why we can’t seize this moment and deliver for the people of Florida."
“The Florida Chamber’s annual jobs and competitiveness agenda – the Florida Business Agenda – is a set of priorities that will help grow private-sector jobs, continue to create economic opportunity in Florida and further diversify our economy,” said Charles Caulkins, a partner at Fisher Phillips and the chairman of the Florida Chamber.
The funds will go to infrastructure projects in 15 rural communities in Northwest Florida and will come from the Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF) which the Legislature passed last year for projects in Calhoun, Gadsden, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty and Washington Counties.
Back in October, Spirit Airlines announced that it was investing $250 million to build a new corporate headquarter in Dania Beach, creating 225 new jobs in the area over the next five years.
“I am pleased to announce more than $5.2 million is being awarded to small and rural Florida communities to improve infrastructure,” DeSantis said on Thursday. “We will continue to invest in our state’s infrastructure to help attract new businesses and create opportunities for residents.”
Crist voiced his continued concern for the health and safety of military families, including those residing at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, as they suffer from unsafe living conditions in poorly maintained family housing.
On Thursday, Patronis, who is based out of Bay County which was slammed by Hurricane Michael back in October 2018, met with FEMA Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor in Washington D.C. to talk about a host of issues. 
There are more than 300 “Mayors for Solar Energy” across the nation with mayors from every state behind the effort. 
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined U.S. Sens. John Thune, R-SD, Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and 45 of their Senate colleagues in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prioritize sustainable rural broadband networks as the FCC considers new rules in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) proceeding.