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Tallahassee Communities Receive Millions in Grant Money

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Posted at 4:02 PM, Oct 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-21 12:35:55-04
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Six communities surrounding Tallahassee are getting thousands of dollars to help with projects that could have a big impact on local infrastructure. 

The $4.5 million comes from the Small Cities Community Development Block Grants awarded by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). The money will be used on infrastructure projects including housing improvements, street scapes, and water and sewer projects in those areas.
 
These are the projects the money will go towards according to the DEO:
 
• Town of Greenville: $600,000 to construct a new wastewater treatment system.
• Town of Havana: $650,000 to construct a new water well and other necessary improvements, including aeration for water treatment, a ground storage tank, and waterline improvements to connect the new well to the existing water system.
• City of Perry: $700,000 to make improvements to 1,200 linear feet of pedestrian malls and sidewalks in the city's downtown area.
• City of Monticello: $700,000 to rehabilitate a minimum of 10 housing units that will be brought into compliance with the adopted housing code.
• Suwannee County: $750,000 to rehabilitate a minimum of 11 homes of lower-income residents and provide temporary relocation assistance, as needed, to these residents during the time period their homes are being rehabilitated.
• Wakulla County: $750,000 to rehabilitate a minimum of 11 homes of lower-income residents and provide temporary relocation assistance, as needed, to these residents during the time period their homes are being rehabilitated.
 
These 6 communities are just a few of the communities from across the state that are getting funding; more than $21 million was awarded to 32 Florida communities. 
 
DEO Executive Director Jesse Panuccio said, "DEO is committed to helping communities in the Tallahassee area prosper. These grants will improve local infrastructure, which is a critical building block for strong communities and economic development."