EDA Awards City of Pensacola $12.25 Million
for Airport Training Facility
Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration is awarding a $12.25 million grant to the City of Pensacola to make critical infrastructure improvements needed to establish a maintenance training facility at Pensacola International Airport. The EDA grant, to be matched with more than $36 million in state and local investment, is expected to help create 400 jobs.
Dr. John Fleming, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, made the announcement this morning at ST Engineering Aerospace in Pensacola, also presenting the $12.25 million check to Mayor Grover Robinson.
“We’re excited for this opportunity to continue to grow the aviation industry here in Pensacola and create new jobs for our residents while also attracting new residents to our great community,” Mayor Robinson said. “We are grateful to the Economic Development Administration for supporting this important project, and to all of our local and regional partners who have contributed to making it a reality and continuing to build our economic development momentum.”
This project will fund the construction of a 173,000 square-foot airport hangar, along with adjacent taxi ways and related infrastructure, at Pensacola International Airport. Designed to withstand 170 mph winds, the facility will support state-of-the-art maintenance, repair and overhaul operations, and provide a training center for commercial and technological aviation programs.
Project construction for Element 1, which includes the 173,000 square-foot hangar and a 60,000 square-foot support services center, is expected to begin in the second half of 2020.
This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the West Florida Regional Planning Council. EDA funds the West Florida Regional Planning Council to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.
It is funded under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (PL 115-123), in which Congress appropriated to EDA $600 million in additional Economic Adjustment Assistance Program funds for disaster relief and recovery as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, wildfires and other calendar year 2017 natural disasters under the Stafford Act.
The project is part of Project Titan, which will eventually construct two additional hangars, a support services center and an administrative building at Pensacola International Airport.
ST Engineering has committed to providing over 1,300 jobs through Project Titan. The guaranteed minimum average salary is approximately $45,000, and position categories include maintenance and modification, production support and administrative.
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