The NeoCity high-tech business park being developed outside of Kissimmee will be bolstered with a $5.8 million grant from the Florida Jobs Growth Grant Fund, Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday.
The $5.8 million grant to the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners will help the county complete the NEOCity Gateway Road, which connects U.S. 192 with two main routes into NEOCity, a 500-acre master-planned technology district, anchored by BRIDG, an industry-led, smart-sensor research and manufacturing consortium that opened there last year.
“Access to NeoCity is at the heart of this infrastructure project, and making it connected, functional and appealing is fundamental to its long-term success. Creating high-profile roadways that provide connections to our existing transportation network will have an immediate impact in attracting new partners to our project,” remarked Fred Hawkins Jr., chairman of the Osceola Board of County Commissioners.
The NeoCity grant was the largest among the 11 that Scott announced Tuesday, totaling $22 million, for projects around the state. They also include $1.3 million for Valencia College’s programs at its future downtown Orlando Campus; nearly $2 million for improvements to County Road 4009 in Daytona Beach; and just over $1 million for water supply improvements for the city of Titusville.
“I’m proud to announce the nearly $22 million in awards for 11 Florida Job Growth Grant Fund projects across the state,” Scott stated in a news release issued by his office. “The $85 million Florida Job Growth Grant Fund was established last year with the help of the Florida Legislature to help Florida aggressively fight to be the best destination for businesses to succeed. These projects will help meet infrastructure and workforce training needs across the state in order to promote economic development. These projects are also slated to add more than 18,600 jobs for Florida families. I look forward to the completion of these projects.”
Valencia College is getting a total of $2.3 million, including this grant, to start the Advanced Manufacturing and Distribution Logistics project, which will provide certification programs in mechatronics (for industrial maintenance technicians), electronic board assembly, and transportation logistics specialist. The program will go into or near the new downtown campus that Valencia is co-developing with the University of Central Florida in the city’s Creative Village development in the northwest corner of downtown Orlando.
Volusia County is getting $1.96 million for the expansion of County Road 4009 in Daytona Beach, which will provide access to Interstate 95 and enhance commercial and retail development opportunities.
City of Titusville is getting just over $1 million for the construction of a new water main to support the fire flow needs of the southern industrial district, which supports regional space, manufacturing and logistics industries.