On Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund is sending almost $4 million to the Melbourne Airport Authority for infrastructure projects at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport.
“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.
“Investing in improvements at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport is a smart choice,” said DeSantis. “This Florida Job Growth Grant Fund award allows the Melbourne Airport Authority to make significant infrastructure improvements that will attract aviation and aerospace businesses from across the globe to invest in Florida. Additionally, the Melbourne Airport Authority has done an exceptional job working with their partners at the local level to ensure the local workforce can meet the growing demand for talent that comes with additional investment.”
The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund is sending $3.92 million so the Melbourne Airport Authority can extend and relocate St. Michael’s Place, an access roadway “that will be improved to support development within the northwest section of the airport.” The funds will also be used to improve water and sewage around the airport to help develop the surrounding area.
“Since taking office, Governor DeSantis has been committed to taking steps to diversify and enhance Florida’s economy,” said DEO Executive Director Ken Lawson. “The improvements made at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport with funding from this Florida Job Growth Grant Fund award will bring new businesses in growing and expanding industries to the area, creating new, high-paying jobs for Florida families.”
“Governor DeSantis is focused on creating jobs and opportunities to support Florida communities across the state,” said EFI President and CEO Jamal Sowell. “This investment will strengthen Florida’s reputation as a leader in the aviation and aerospace industry and help us reach new heights as we continue to compete to attract new businesses to our state.”