Bay County's Economic Development Alliance members received some good news Wednesday.
Gov. Rick Scott has awarded the E-D-A a half-a-million dollar grant from the Florida Defense Support Task Force.
The funding will enable construction of the high-capacity data link known as Lambdarail to connect with the military installation at Naval Support Activity Panama City.
The link will provide the base improved information technology connectivity, which will make it more valuable.
The Florida Defense Support Task Force awarded more than 2-million dollars in grant initiatives to local community organizations that support military installations across the state.
These grants will help protect, preserve and enhance Florida's military missions from future defense department budget cuts.
The defense industry supports nearly 760-thousand jobs statewide, and has more than a 73-billion dollar impact on Florida's economy.