Senator Marco Rubio holds hearing on small business recovery

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Small businesses are the heartbeat of many communities in the Panhandle, making it crucial that they recover from Hurricane Michael's aftermath.

During a hearing on small business recovery following Hurricane Michael, Senator Marco Rubio spoke with local leaders to hear their thoughts as the area rebuilds. (WJHG/WECP)

Senator Marco Rubio was at Gulf Coast State College Wednesday to discuss just that.

As the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Rubio hosted a hearing on Hurricane Michael's impact on northwest Florida's small businesses.

Representatives from Tyndall Air Force Base, Rebuild 850 and other local small business leaders were in attendance, and while many still feel forgotten, Rubio acknowledged part of recovery means keeping the Panhandle at the forefront of minds in Washington, D.C.

"If we can get done through the Department of Defense funding the programs that they want, that they're asking for, and we can stay on FEMA to make sure they're sending the state the money on time and then work with our state partners to make sure that money is dispersed on time to local communities I think we're gonna make real progress," said Senator Rubio.

He also reinforced the importance of rebuilding Tyndall Air Force Base as a major economic engine of the community.

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