Recognition shines a spotlight on economic vitality initiatives
On January 22nd through 25th, the Hamilton County Development Authority (HCDA) will celebrate the state-recognized Florida Economic Development Week. The week, which Governor Ron DeSantis proclaimed, offers time to celebrate the tireless efforts of economic development professionals working diligently to bolster the state’s economy. The Hamilton County Development Authority is proud to be a part of Florida’s economic ecosystem, growing the county’s rural economy while celebrating its heritage.
Each day, the HCDA staff along with countless professionals across the state dedicate time, efforts, initiatives and programming to foster economic growth, attracting investments and enhancing job opportunities throughout the state.
“The board members and I are enthusiastic about the prospects that lie ahead for our community,” said Chadd Mathis, Economic Development Director of the HCDA. “Our community and region are poised for growth, and we believe that continued support of local economic development is vital to achieving our efforts.”
Economic development programs and initiatives evolve over the long-term and require initiatives to improve the county’s climate for industry small and large. To do so, over the last two years, the HCDA has:
- Applied for and was awarded $400,000 in funding for crucial infrastructure enhancements through the Florida Department of Commerce’s Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF) Program.
- Applied for and was awarded $5.4 million in funding from the Governor’s Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to facilitate the buildout of a 57-acre parcel at the intersection of I-75 and SR-6 in Hamilton County. The planned development will include a logistics park and travel center and will have the potential for future manufacturing opportunities.
- Increased funding for the Commercial Beautification Micro-Grant Program to $2,500 per award to renovate and improve the visual impact of local properties.
- Significantly increased marketing of sites and buildings through social media and a dedicated property page on the HCDA website.
- Assisted in post storm recovery and activities following Hurricane Idalia.
Economic development is a collaborative endeavor, and Florida Economic Development Week offers an opportunity for residents, businesses and policymakers to engage in conversations about the future of Hamilton County’s economy.