DeSantis awards $4M for North Florida water supply plant to expand industrial capacity

Event held in Callahan, northwest of Jacksonville

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CALLAHAN, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis awarded $4 million to Nassau County in North Florida to build up the state’s industrial capacity.

The governor was joined by Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Secretary Dane Eagle for the news conference Monday at The Pig Bar-B-Q in Callahan, northwest of Jacksonville.

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The governor said the town of Callahan and Crawford Diamond Industrial Park are “primed to bring more jobs to the area.” The $4 million will go toward helping construct a clean water supply plant at the industrial park.

“And this water supply plant that we’re hoping to fund today is going to allow the industrial plant to increase its water capacity to 3 million gallons per day and expand the number of businesses that can move into the park,” DeSantis said.

The governor said these expansions and boosts in other related industries in the area is expected to bring over 2,000 jobs.

DeSantis said this award from the Florida job growth grant fund continues the state’s efforts to create more jobs and economic development.

“We want to be able to have more of an industrial base in the state of Florida. We want to be able to expand manufacturing. And we’ve done that in a variety of ways,” he said.

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