Leon County Pushing 'Shovel Ready' Projects

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Less than month ago, Leon County spearheaded an effort to gather 'shovel ready' projects to attract federal money. Commissioner Bryan Desloge says Governor Charlie Crist's staff has looked at the 1.1 billion dollars in projects and they like what they see. Desloge says he doesn't believe all of the projects will receive funding, but having them on the table is better than not.

The package includes projects from Leon, Jefferson, Gadsden and Wakulla Counties. Thursday night, commissioners discussed the idea of taking the package straight to Washington.

"We have been the only group that has done something similar to this or anything like this and frankly it makes their job easier, which is exactly what we hoped for. When people start sitting down and saying where's the money going to go--the path of least resistance--and we'd like to be the first in line." said Desloge.

Thursday, the commissioners voted six to one to hire lobbyists to go forward with their effort.

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  • by me Location: tally on Feb 26, 2009 at 09:19 PM
    I would be extremely interested to know exactly what the "shovel ready" projects are...it's about jobs, right? I want to plan with the hopes that we receive the money. I realize nothing is set in stone yet. Once the bid process is over; will our local leaders tell us who got the contracts so we can possibly apply? Even a preview of the projects would be nice, even if they don't pan out...
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