New school in town

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 09:27 AM.

The facility brings 10 new jobs to the community. NFCD has a Gulf County payroll of $1.8 million with a $7 million annual impact to the county, Gaskin noted.

“This is a vision that became a reality,” said Damon McNair, NFCD board chairman. “It took us several years to get to this point, but we got here.”

The facility is also a product of wide ranging public/private partnership.

Funding came from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Florida Department of Community Affairs with a major/grant loan package from U.S. Department of Agricultural Rural Development.

The city of Port St. Joe sponsored a Community Development Block Grant for infrastructure such as the road Field of Dreams Avenue.

The Board of County Commissioners and Gulf County School Board were supporters of the project.

“This has been seven years of blood, sweat and tears,” said Rural Development state director Richard Machek. “A facility like this is a dream. You have set the bar very, very high for the rest of the state of Florida.

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