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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Title XIX
Chapter 288
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F.S. 288.101
288.101 Florida Job Growth Grant Fund.
(1) The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund is created within the department to promote economic opportunity by improving public infrastructure and enhancing workforce training. The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund may not be used for the exclusive benefit of any single company, corporation, or business entity.
1(2) The department may identify projects, solicit proposals, and make funding recommendations to the Governor, who is authorized to approve:
(a) State or local public infrastructure projects to promote:
1. Economic recovery in specific regions of this state;
2. Economic diversification; or
3. Economic enhancement in a targeted industry.
(b) State or local public infrastructure projects to facilitate the development or construction of affordable housing. This paragraph is repealed July 1, 2033.
(c) Workforce training grants to support programs at state colleges and state technical centers that provide participants with transferable, sustainable workforce skills applicable to more than a single employer, and for equipment associated with these programs. The department shall work with CareerSource Florida, Inc., to ensure programs are offered to the public based on criteria established by the state college or state technical center and do not exclude applicants who are unemployed or underemployed.
(3) For purposes of this section:
(a) “Infrastructure” means any fixed capital expenditure or fixed capital costs associated with the construction, reconstruction, or improvement of facilities that have a life expectancy of 5 or more years and any land acquisition, land improvement, design, and engineering costs related thereto. Facilities in this category include technical structures such as roads, bridges, tunnels, water supply, sewers, electrical grids, and telecommunications facilities.
(b) “Public infrastructure” means infrastructure that is owned by the public, and is for public use or predominately benefits the public. If public infrastructure is leased or sold, it must be leased or sold at fair market rates or value.
(c) “Targeted industry” means any industry identified in the most recent list provided to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives in accordance with s. 288.005.
(4) The department shall administer contracts for projects approved by the Governor and funded pursuant to this section.
History.s. 15, ch. 2017-233; s. 27, ch. 2018-110; s. 60, ch. 2023-8; s. 25, ch. 2023-17; s. 45, ch. 2023-173.
1Note.Section 43, ch. 2023-17, provides that:

“(1) The Department of Revenue is authorized, and all conditions are deemed met, to adopt emergency rules under s. 120.54(4), Florida Statutes, for the purpose of implementing provisions related to the Live Local Program created by this act. Notwithstanding any other law, emergency rules adopted under this section are effective for 6 months after adoption and may be renewed during the pendency of procedures to adopt permanent rules addressing the subject of the emergency rules.

“(2) This section expires July 1, 2026.”