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.