Reps. Soto, Demings Announce $20M Grant for Mobility Network in Orange County

November 7, 2019
Press Release

ORLANDO, FL – Today, Reps. Darren Soto (FL-09) and Val Demings (FL-10), with the support of Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Orange County $20 million in funding for a local alternative mobility network. Federal funding for the project comes after Congressman Soto wrote a letter to Secretary Elaine Chao expressing strong support of the innovative center.

“Nothing is more important to me than the health of my constituents,” said Rep. Soto. “It’s exciting to see Orange County’s progression of creating a healthy, sustainable and vibrant community in Central Florida while adapting to the technological advances and global trends of the future.  We hope the center will usher a new approach to how we maintain healthy, happy lifestyles while setting the stage for years of success.”

“I am pleased to see Orange County designated as ‘best applicant’ for this significant federal grant,” said Rep. Demings. “This multi-purpose transportation, performance and fitness center will be a welcome addition to our community, and an important expansion of the available amenities around the growing Orlando International Airport.”

The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grant Program allows for direct funding to project sponsors of local municipalities, counties, and public entities to invest in transportation projects such as road, rail, transit, and other port projects. In recent memory, Congress has allocated nearly $7.1 billion for infrastructure investments across the nation.

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Congressman Darren Soto represents Florida’s 9th District in the U.S. House of Representatives, which includes Osceola County, as well as parts of Orange and Polk counties.

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