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Progress Report: OPPAGA Recommendation Adopted; Economic Development Toolkit Was Implemented, Report No. 03-20, March 2003
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  • Since our 2001 report, the four entities responsible for administering the Toolkit for Economic Development adopted OPPAGA’s recommendations, and the program operated until its grants were closed in December  2002. Workforce Florida, Inc., was designated to coordinate the initiative.
  • Although the program was appropriated $25 million, it was able to award only $13.6 million in grants to 30 distressed communities.  These grants supported a broad variety of activities, such as providing computer training to welfare recipients, providing tutoring to at-risk students, and support services to grandparents and other relatives raising children in rural areas.
  • As a lasting benefit of the program, the entities developed an inventory that identifies federal and state resources that target Florida’s distressed areas, including tax credits, incentives, and grants.  This information is now on a website. 

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 01-25 Special Review: Slow Startup, Lack of Structure Jeopardize Toolkit for Economic Development’s Implementation and Funding, published in May 2001.

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 05-32 OPPAGA Report: Locals Find State Urban Revitalization Programs Useful; More Centralized Program Information Would Be Helpful, published in May 2005.
  • Report No. 04-19 Information Brief:  Workforce Development System Overview, published in February 2004.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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