In a memo to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners on July 13th, Commissioner Rod Love requested the support and authority to utilize the balance of district to INVEST infrastructure funding in the amount of $478,861 to partner with Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) to bring this much-needed training facility to fruition. It was stated that the INVEST funding would only be used for the construction of the facility. OCPS had additionally offered to contribute to the construction cost of the facility as well as operate and maintain the facility.

District 2 Orange County Commissioner Rod Love

In partnership with OCPS and with the approval of Commissioner Love’s request to utilize District 2 INVEST funds by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and the Board of County Commissioners, funding has been successfully secured for the construction of this training facility for the benefit of Orange County children and families.

Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson, who sponsored the initial legislation as a member of the Florida House of Representatives, has also provided his written support for this initiative.

The first phase of this project was conceived through a citizen-initiated state legislative appropriation that then citizen Rod Love had requested during the 2014 legislative session. Given the community’s support for this project, Commissioner Love would like to include and engage the community in naming the facility. This task will include community participation, which may be decided by a poll vote. For more information on how to get involved in naming the facility, please contact Commissioner Love’s office at 407-836-5850, or follow him on Facebook at Orange County District 2 Commissioner.

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