Lee County announces Office of Strategic Resources & Government Affairs; Office will be integral in recent $1.1 billion award from HUD

Fort Myers, FL, – Lee County has announced the creation of the Office of Strategic Resources & Government Affairs – a move that will place the county in a more competitive position to secure and manage grant funds.

This announcement comes at a critical juncture for the county, which earlier this year was awarded $1.1 billion in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds in response to Hurricane Ian. It also is the recent recipient of federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) funds; and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

The HUD funds will be allocated through the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program directly to Lee County to assist with the county’s long-term recovery following the storm, which made landfall in Lee County on Sept. 28, 2022. These disaster recovery funds can be used for activities including housing redevelopment, infrastructure repair, economic revitalization and long-term planning. Prior to the release of funds, which come with more restrictions for use than CARES or ARPA funds, the county is required to develop a plan to describe uses, management and oversight. The new Office of Strategic Resources & Government Affairs will handle the planning process and work with HUD for approval.

The new office will report to the Lee County Manager and will:

  • Implement policies governing external funding;
  • Provide procedures that detail the grant proposal-seeking process;
  • Ensure the proper execution, management and close-out of the county’s grant awards;
  • Report on the submission and status of grants in a manner that ensures transparency and accountability to the Board of County Commissioners, grantors and the public.

The new office will be led by Lee Assistant County Manager Glen Salyer, a 20-year employee who has served for a decade as the county’s legislative liaison and provided oversite to key county departments.

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