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Posted on: July 29, 2022

City of Milton Receives $5.9 Million EDA Grant for New Wastewater Plant


July 28, 2022


City of Milton Receives $5.9 million EDA Grant for New Wastewater Plant


Milton, FL – On Tuesday, July 26, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that City of Milton was awarded a $5.9 million-dollar competitive grant by the Federal Economic Development Administration to be used for construction of the new North Santa Rosa Regional Water Reclamation Facility.  The new, state of the art, advanced wastewater treatment facility will be located on City owned property in the Santa Rosa Industrial Park.  The initial construction will see a 2 million gallon per day (MGD) treatment facility, disposal area and associated infrastructure.  The plant can be expanded as future demand dictates up to 8 MGD.  This project will remove 100% of the City’s treated effluent from the Blackwater River by 2025, which will enhance the river’s vitality and protect flora and fauna that call the river home.  Additionally, the new plant will add capacity for the expanding regional, national and international companies that are quickly filling the area’s industrial parks.  The funds are part of the American Rescue Plan.  

“I want to personally thank the EDA, the Emerald Coast Planning Council and City Staff, specifically, Sandi Woodbery, for securing these funds for the new treatment plant.  With this award, we have received funding commitments or actual awards of all the funds necessary to build the new plant and put it into operation to serve not just the citizens of the City of Milton, but all of central Santa Rosa County for the next 50+ years.  This grant is bringing our tax dollars back to our community to benefit our citizens.  With City Council’s steadfast leadership and commitment, we are ready to move forward past the planning stage to actual construction later this year.  It’s been a long time coming”, said City Manager Randy Jorgenson.   

Milton Mayor Heather Lindsay said, “The City has been working hard for years to gather the support needed for us to build this critical infrastructure project. I am grateful for the work that was done to secure this grant and grateful for the support of Secretary Raimondo to assist us in what Representative Jayer Williamson has dubbed the ‘silver bullet project’ to unlock economic opportunity for this region.”

For more information, please contact the City of Milton’s Grants Office at (850) 983-5400 or email Sandra Woodbery at  At EDA, please contact Mr. John Atwood,
 The Press Release from the Department of Commerce is attached.  






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Subject: U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $5.9 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds for Wastewater System Upgrades Needed to Support Business and Job Growth in Milton, Florida


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Contact:         John Atwood

Tuesday, July 26, 2022                                                                        


U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $5.9 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds for Wastewater System Upgrades Needed to Support Business and Job Growth in Milton, Florida

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $5.9 million grant to the city of Milton, Florida, for construction of a wastewater treatment plant needed to support new economic development projects. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan.
This project will provide the modern infrastructure needed to support local entrepreneurs and attract new, diversified businesses to the region. This EDA grant will be matched with $2.5 million in local funds and is expected to create 230 jobs and generate $33.1 million in private investment.
“President Biden is committed to providing communities with the resources they need to recover from the pandemic and build a better America in the process,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “The North Santa Rosa Regional Water Reclamation Facility, made possible through this EDA grant, will provide the wastewater treatment capacity necessary to support business development and job creation in the region.”

“The Economic Development Administration is dedicated to working with communities to support their locally-driven strategies to recover and rebuild from the pandemic,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “This EDA investment will give the region a competitive advantage in attracting new businesses and jobs, making the local economy more resilient and better equipped to overcome future economic disruptions.”


This project is funded under EDA’s American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance Program, which makes $500 million in Economic Adjustment Assistance grants available to American communities. The Economic Adjustment Assistance program is EDA’s most flexible program, and grants made under this program will help hundreds of communities across the nation plan, build, innovate, and put people back to work through construction or non-construction projects designed to meet local needs. Effective May 26, 2022, EDA has officially closed all of its American Rescue Plan programs for applications. The $3 billion program funding will be awarded on a rolling basis through September 30, 2022.

This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the Emerald Coast Regional Council (ECRC). EDA funds ECRC to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (
 The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA invests in communities and supports regional collaboration in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.




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