Tampa hires grants specialist
With Tampa officials looking for every available dollar, City Hall is hiring former Jacksonville grants administrator Cherrise Wilks as a grants specialist in the revenue and finance department.
In Jacksonville, Wilks, 33, managed the oversight of more than $7 million annually in grants and administered the city's federal stimulus funding. She holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of North Florida.
In announcing the appointment, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn cited two big local projects that have benefited from federal grants over the past year: the Tampa Housing Authority's Encore redevelopment project, which won $30 million in housing funds, and the Riverwalk, which was approved for $10.9 million in transportation funds.
"Cherrise will help Tampa continue to leverage our power and relationships in Tallahassee and Washington, DC.," Buckhorn said in a statement, though she is expected to help city departments apply for private grants, too.