"Gemino!" Multiplying Your Local Effort

Alachua County’s Land Conservation Program (Alachua County Forever) is well-known for its ability to leverage OPM… Other People’s Money. Most people are only aware of the acquisition successes; and justifiably so. To date, the County has leveraged two dollars of OPM for each dollar of local tax spent on the acquisitions. Less well-known is its success leveraging land stewardship dollars. For the last few fiscal years, the County, using its resource-management budget as seed money for grants and its staff for coordination, was able to leverage $1 million in stewardship costs. Almost five dollars returned in OPM for every General Fund dollar invested.

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