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Economic Development Administration approves $1.5M for Wakulla Environmental Institute

Tallahassee, Fla. (May 21, 2014) — Tallahassee Community College’s Wakulla Environmental Institute received a $1,500,000 federal grant this month from the United States Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.

The grant will allow the WEI to make critical infrastructure improvements, such as building a sewer pipe and water line large enough to service the entire campus just outside of Crawfordville, Fla.

“Not only does the state believe in the importance of environmental training through the WEI, but through this grant, it is clear that the federal government does as well,” said Bob Ballard, WEI executive director.

TCC’s Board of Trustees reviewed and approved the award on Monday.

“We are thrilled to receive this generous grant from the Department of Commerce,” said TCC President Jim Murdaugh.“ These infrastructure improvements will greatly increase the ability of the Institute to serve its important purpose in educating TCC students on environmental issues and preparing them for entry into the workforce.”

In addition to the improved pipelines, the grant will cover the cost of lighting for the roadway into campus, allow the WEI to surface auxiliary parking lots with brick pavers instead of gravel, and even provide a multi-use trail for walking and bicycling.

The WEI will expand TCC’s offerings of Associate in Science degrees to include fields from Aquaculture Management to Parks and Leisure Services Technology. The Institute currently offers environmental science classes online.

For information, contact Bob Ballard at (850) 201-9661 or

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