Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Visits Brevard to Highlight Opportunity Zones Commitment in Melbourne
By Space Coast Daily // January 8, 2020
DESANTIS: 'we are witnessing the beginning of an exciting renaissance in Florida’s Space Coast'
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: During a visit to Brevard County on Monday, DeSantis was joined by Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez, Enterprise Florida Inc. President and CEO Jamal Sowell and Space Florida President and CEO Frank Dibello. (Gov. Ron DeSantis video)
“Bolder, Brighter, Better Future” Program Supports Nine Brevard County Opportunity Zones
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced his commitment to working with the Trump administration to further promote opportunity zones in the Melbourne area.
During a visit to Brevard County on Monday, DeSantis was joined by Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez, Enterprise Florida Inc. President and CEO Jamal Sowell and Space Florida President and CEO Frank Dibello.
The Governor’s Bolder, Brighter, Better Future budget recommendations to the Florida Legislature includes $250,000 to market and highlight Florida’s more than 427 Opportunity Zones, with nine being located in Brevard County.
“I enjoyed participating in the opportunity zone forum today,” said DeSantis.
“With the fast growth of the commercial space industry, we are witnessing the beginning of an exciting renaissance in Florida’s Space Coast, and opportunity zones are poised to play a big role in the region’s future success. I look forward to working with the Trump administration to promote investment in opportunity zones here and throughout the state to create more opportunities for Floridians.”
Nuñez said Opportunity Zones are a great solution to help drive robust growth to economically distressed areas.
“The program provides the tools to leverage private sector financial investments and is a win-win for a region’s economic development and its residents,” said Nuñez.
“Space Florida is honored to help host the Opportunity Zone Forum as a way to help further economic and community development in distressed and disadvantaged communities,” said DiBello.
“Working with our Federal, state and local partners, we can help assure all of Florida grows and prospers.”
Sowell said Florida is perfectly positioned to facilitate Opportunity Zone investment.
“At Enterprise Florida, we are gearing our efforts toward putting resources in front of investors, and helping communities position their Opportunity Zone assets,” said Sowell.
DeSantis also prioritized the relaunch and expansion of Enterprise Florida’s commercial property locator for private businesses, which is called “Find it Florida,” to include opportunity zones.
Any business owner or entrepreneur can click the Find it Florida tab on Enterprise Florida’s website to view commercially available land and buildings to see whether the property is located within an opportunity zone.