The money will be used to develop additional taxiways, ramp construction and expansion for future airport development, including improvements to facilities for education and training for aviation workforce, according to the Journal.
“This new funding will allow the airport to construct city-owned infrastructure, including additional taxiways, aprons, roads and support facilities for aviation workforce development, for multiple users,” Mayor Ashton Hayward said in the statement. “Together with next month’s opening of a new maintenance, repair and overhaul hangar at the airport that will bring 400 jobs to our community, the governor’s investment in Pensacola provides a means for the airport to multiply its economic impact by developing a new, sustainable aerospace industry sector.”
Across Florida, 11 projects have been selected to receive funding as part of the Florida Job Growth Grant that provides $85 million for improving public infrastructure and workforce training.
“These projects will help meet infrastructure and workforce training needs across the state in order to promote economic development,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a news release. “These projects are also slated to add more than 18,600 jobs for Florida families.”