Gov. Ron DeSantis distributes job growth grant funds in Collier, Sarasota counties

Gov. DeSantis announces $5.8M to fund new technical college location in Collier County

Gov. Ron DeSantis during a news conference in Niceville. (Copyright 2021 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

NAPLES, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis held two press conferences today, in Collier and Sarasota counties, where he announced $5.8 million to fund a new technical college location in Collier County and $1.7 million to fund the installation of wastewater infrastructure in the city of North Port.

The money, which will also go toward an additional location of Immokalee Technical College in Collier County, comes from the state’s job growth grant fund.

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“We believe that supporting this expansion which will really cover a lot of our rural communities, in this part of the state is really, really significant,” said DeSantis, at a Naples news conference.

On Thursday, he announced funding for a new program at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville.

This news conferences come one day after DeSantis vowed to fight the federal government as President Joe Biden plans to release an executive order that will mandate companies with more than 100 employees to require vaccinations for workers or submit them to weekly COVID-19 testing.

“We are going to contest that immediately. We think the state of Florida has standing to do it,” DeSantis said. “We also know businesses that we’re going to work with to contest it.”

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