Friday, November 15, 2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation is sending $66 million to Florida through “Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development” (BUILD) grants. While Jacksonville’s and Miami’s ports are benefiting from the funds, one of the biggest winners is Orlando’s Lake Nona neighborhood.
“The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund is an economic development program designed to promote public infrastructure and workforce training across the state. Proposals are reviewed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) and chosen by the governor to help meet workforce or infrastructure needs in the community to which they are awarded,” the governor’s office noted. 
U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., the top Republican on the U.S. Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced this week that Miami-Dade County is getting more than $20 million from the federal government for the Underline Project.
From his seat on the U.S. House Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., announced that the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) is getting $20 million for port infrastructure improvements which could create up to 15,000 new jobs.
At the end of last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that financial services technology company FIS will build a 12-story global headquarters in Jacksonville by June 2022, adding 500 new employees.
After input from survivors, family members of survivors, Orlando leaders and donors, a design has been chosen for a memorial for the terrorist attack at the Pulse nightclub that killed 49 people in June 2016.
The Miami-Dade County Commission has approved ratification of agreement for Brightline--which will soon be relabeled Virgin Trains--to build a station at PortMiami by the end next year.
State Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Indialantic, and state Rep. Tyler Sirois, R-Merritt Island, teamed up on the “Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act” which “incorporates recommendations identified in a study commissioned by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA).”
Towards the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., introduced the “Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act” which will “ensure that more people receive critical emergency alerts on their mobile phones, televisions, and radios, and would pave the way for examining the feasibility of issuing alerts through online audio and video streaming services" and “would help states improve their plans for emergency alerts, equip alerting officials with tools for issuing alerts, and establish a reporting system for false alerts.”
On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced $1.4 billion for the transportation project.