In the page at left are the recommended allocations of EZ (Empowerment Zone) Grant Funds by the County ($3.5 Million of HUD money). Some day I am going to have to apply for some grants just for fun to see if I get any.
You have to admit, "Downtown Divas" was worth a look-up. They do Business Development/Job Creation. I hope the county asked for some data, like past performance. How many jobs were created? The Corporation is out of Melbourne. I would like it better if they were local but who am I. We are going to give them $22,222. Urban Strategies is out of St. Louis, Mo. They are getting $234,721. They do job placement, how many in the past? I couldn't find Stick & Stein Sports Rock Cafe in State Corporate files, unless they are a chain out of California. We are giving them $79,444 for business expansion, job creation. They are in Commission District 9. Another, Mahogany Youth Corp. was defunct from 2002 until 2007, when it started up again. The "Thinking Child Academy" only scored 40 (top score was 803) but is getting $76,667? Capri Restaurant (don't they cater to Schnebly Winery?) is getting $72,222.
The county says "an OCED/EZ Program Manager will perform monthly site inspections, while compliance staff will perform quarterly desk audits." Hmmm.