University of West Florida Military Grant
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The following is a press release from Florida Gov. Rick Scott:

The University of West Florida will receive $350,000 through the Florida Defense Support Task Force to develop educational courses and industry certifications that assist active duty, reserve, and retired military and family members in acquiring the skill sets to strengthen the information technology and cybersecurity workforce. This project will assist in developing a skilled workforce that will improve the economic development potential of the region.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to partner with the Florida Defense Support Task Force to undertake this important initiative. Narrowing Florida’s workforce gap in the information technology and cybersecurity domains through career technical education is crucial to our state’s future prosperity, as is the need to promote an environment that supports our military, veterans, dependents, and the broader defense industry. The University of West Florida’s Innovation Institute and Hass Center are experts in their fields, and we look forward to moving this initiative forward,” said Dr. Martha Saunders, Provost, Academic Affairs.

The 2014-2015 Florida Defense Support Task Force grants, totaling $2.59 million, have been awarded to 13 worthy projects that serve to protect military installations across the state.

The Florida Defense Support Task Force grants are awarded to local community organizations which support Florida military installations. These grants will be utilized to protect, preserve and enhance Florida’s military missions and installations while maintaining Florida’s reputation as the most military friendly state in the nation.

“It’s important that we highlight the Pensacola defense industry,” Representative Mike Hill said in a statement. “The panhandle is filled with military installations and I appreciate the state’s funding to make these installations better for the men and women who serve our country. The military industry has a huge impact on Florida’s economy and Pensacola’s military communities deserve the grant provided to them today.”

Additionally, these grants will strengthen Florida’s bases ahead of any potential Department of Defense realignment or closure actions, thereby protecting more than $73.4 billion in economic impact, and more than 758,100 jobs that the defense industry supports in the state.

This grant program is administered by Enterprise Florida, Inc. The grants are awarded annually, on a project priority basis, to organizations and communities working to protect, preserve and enhance Florida’s military installations and missions, as well as improving the state’s military-friendly environment for service members, families and veterans. For more information on the Florida Defense Support Task Force, please visit EnterpriseFlorida.com.

Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida. EFI facilitates job growth for Florida businesses through recruitment and retention, international trade and exporting, promotion of sporting events, and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses.

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