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Federal Development Grant Will Help with Job Creation, Crist Says

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The funding will double the amount being invested by Tampa Bay counties, establishing an economic development strategy for the future.

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, today (Jan. 31) announced a $210,000 grant to the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council to help in the development of a comprehensive economic development strategy for the region.

Administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, this funding will double the amount being invested by Tampa Bay counties, establishing an economic development strategy for the future that supports capital investment and job creation in the region.

“Our fast growing region requires more and more collaboration at the county level because so many decisions, whether involving transportation or climate resiliency, are interrelated and need to be interconnected,” Crist said. “This funding will allow the Regional Planning Council to create a roadmap for our economic future that maximizes our region’s strengths and prepares us for challenges down the road.”

This EDA grant supports the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy for the region served by the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, which is made up of Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, and Pinellas. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.

Crist represents Florida’s 13th Congressional District, which includes south and mid-Pinellas County.

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