Money coming for job retraining

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 12:23 PM.

She said her staff will do what it can to assist in successful completion of the vocational training, including providing an academic lab at the Van Johnson municipal complex, where the administration arm of the program will be housed.

“We do what we can within reason to help,” she said, but stressed it takes commitment on the part of participants. “If you don’t attend classes, there’s no point in us giving you the money.”

In his announcement Monday, Scott said “we will continue training workers and expanding the Apalachicola Bay economy with these funds. With this $2.1 million investment we will work to get this community back on its feet.

“We’re working tirelessly to support the natural treasures families in the area rely on,” he said.

“Diversification is a key element of a strong economy,” said Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio. “We look forward to continuing to work with this community to ensure a thriving Apalachicola Bay economy that supports multiple industries and jobs for Florida families.”

U.S. Representative Steve Southerland said that “while we may be a long way from restoring Apalachicola Bay’s oyster fishery, these additional funds help move us one step closer to the goal of restoring peace of mind for this proud, but struggling community.”


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