Last week, I wrote Gov. Rick Scott was giving the Triumph Gulf Coast signals he wants the board to help the City of Pensacola add more hangars for VTMAE at the Pensacola International Airport by awarding a $4-million grant for the facility. Each hangar means 200-300 more jobs.
Today, Gov Scott approved $3 million in FY19 budget for improvements at Pensacola International Airport.
Mayor Ashton is very pleased. In written release, he said, “By approving this appropriation, Governor Scott has demonstrated he is confident in Pensacola’s ability to expand opportunities for aviation companies like VT MAE and to create new jobs for the people of Florida.”
The money from this appropriation will be used together with the money from the DEO grant to fund the development of infrastructure that will support the expansion of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities at Pensacola International Airport. This additional infrastructure will further diversify the economic development opportunities in the region and foster the creation of additional high-quality jobs.