Today, the FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance announced The Bluffs, Northwest Florida’s Industrial Campus has received $3.1 million in funding for site connectivity and infrastructure improvements as part of the 2017-2018 State of Florida budget signed by Governor Rick Scott last week.
“We are thankful to Governor Scott, Senator Broxson and Representative Frank White for their constant commitment to economic development in our Greater Pensacola region,” said Scott Luth, President & CEO of the FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance. “This infrastructure funding is another piece of the puzzle to make sure we have the assets and workforce needed to recruit new companies to the region.”
The funding, sponsored by Senator Doug Broxson, Representative Frank White and supported by the entire NWFL legislative delegation, will be used for the detailed design and permitting associated with critical site transportation connectivity. This connectivity features a new Industrial Boulevard within the master planned industrial campus. The funding builds upon infrastructure funds received in the 2016-2017 budget which were used by PEDC to develop transportation infrastructure priorities and construction criteria.
Strategic investments, in infrastructure and site development at The Bluffs, aids FloridaWest in their mission to facilitate job creation and capital investment and improve the economic prosperity of residents in the Greater Pensacola community. The Bluffs campus contains more than 1,700 acres of developable land, rail and barge access. The shovel ready site also features all the needed utility infrastructure including electric transmission service, natural gas, reclaimed water from Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, steam production, wastewater treatment ready for manufacturing and industrial customers.
“Access to markets is a vital component of any economic development project,” said Lewis Bear, Chairman of Pensacola Escambia Development Commission. “This funding will ensure The Bluffs provides adequate infrastructure within the campus to allow companies to deliver their products via our region’s rail, roadways, ports or airports.”
The Bluffs which is partnership between the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, Ascend Performance Materials, Gulf Power and the University of West Florida has the capacity for as many as 60 manufacturing and industrial tenants and could create as many as 15,000 jobs for the community.