Northwest Florida Rural Inland Affected Counties Recovery Fund (Support)

Northwest Florida Rural Inland Affected Counties Recovery Fund (Support)

HB 191 (Drake) creates the Northwest Florida Rural Inland Affected Counties Recovery Fund within the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) to provide a long-term source of funding for economic recovery and enhancement efforts of the rural, inland affected counties.  The bill requires DEO to develop an application and selection criteria for awarding grants to local governments for infrastructure projects and workforce programs meeting certain requirements.  Funds available for these grants would come from a portion of the Deepwater Horizon settlement with BP. (Cook)