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HIGH SPRINGS ‒ The City of High Springs received welcome news as the City has been awarded a $700,000 grant for stormwater and drainage improvements. Those improvements include the new construction of drainage swales, the installation of culvert pipes and a new pump station with six-inch stormwater force main piping.

Gov. Ron DeSantis awarded more than $8.7 million to nine small and rural Florida communities through the Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for housing and community development activities. This builds upon more than $87 million invested in 123 community development projects for Florida communities since 2019.

“I am happy to announce these awards for nine small and rural communities — four of which are actively recovering from the impacts of Hurricane Idalia,” said DeSantis. “Strategic investments like this help expand economic opportunities for families and strengthen our rural communities.”

Florida Commerce Secretary J. Alex Kelly said, “Governor DeSantis continues to champion community revitalization and economic development initiatives in small and rural communities across the state. Florida Commerce is proud to partner with the communities receiving awards today to help them offer their residents the brightest future possible.”

Allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Florida Commerce administers Florida’s Small Cities CDBG program, which provides funding for economic development initiatives through neighborhood revitalization, housing rehabilitation and commercial revitalization.

Other cities receiving grants through this program include the cities of Williston ($700,000), Blountstown ($440,764), Bristol ($649,881), Gretna ($700,000), and the towns of Mayo ($650,000), Monticello ($700,000) and Hillard ($700,000).

The only county receiving grant funding is Washington County at $3,482,300.

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