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Area leaders unveil Regional Economic Stimulus Package

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By Angye Morrison

Commissioners, mayors and other area leaders filed into the Florida Press Center Tuesday to formally propose a $1.1 billion economic stimulus package that, if funded, would create nearly 16,000 jobs in the

region.

The Tallahassee Capital Region Economic Stimulus partners held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to unveil the stimulus package at the Florida Press Center.

Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, along with Bryan Desloge, Eugene Hall and Howard Kessler, chairmen of the Leon, Jefferson and Wakulla county commissions, and Doug Croley, vice chairman of the Gadsden County Commission, spoke about the importance of job creation and regional partnerships.

Gadsden County's needs were brought to the table, including transportation projects, water and sewer infrastructure, school

modernization projects, broadband technology projects, a new jail facility and the Gadsden Community Hospital.

Collectively, of the $1.1 billion in the regional plan, Gadsden County projects total $183 million and the potential creation of more than 2,300 jobs.

Regional partners include representatives from Tallahassee, Chattahoochee, Greensboro, Gretna, Havana, Midway, Quincy, Monticello and Crawfordville, as well as Florida A&M University, Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College, the Leon, Gadsden Jefferson and Wakulla school districts, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Blueprint 2000 and CRTPA.

For more information on the regional stimulus package, visit www.LeonCountyFL.gov/Stimulus. For more information on Gadsden County projects, call 875ee8650.