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Pensacola mayor Ashton Hayward announced today that the City of Pensacola has secured $1 million in state funding for the Pensacola International Airport Commerce Park as well as $750,000 for stormwater retention at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC).

Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed $256 million dollars’ worth of projects, a release from Hayward’s office said, but spared funding requested by the city for these projects. The release said the the IHMC funding would support the organization’s “continued growth in research and education” as well as benefit stormwater retention, water quality improvements, and public safety.

The site of Pensacola's planned Airport Commerce Park. (Pensacola International Airport/Special to The Pulse)

The site of Pensacola’s planned Airport Commerce Park. (Pensacola International Airport/Special to The Pulse)

The Airport Commerce Park project was first identified in the 2000, when the airport’s master plan identified 65 acres on the northwest side of the airport property for future expansion. The airport has been acquiring property in the area for more than a decade, and has currently acquired around 100 of 147 properties.

“This is a big win for the City of Pensacola and our Airport,” said Hayward. “The acquisition of airport property is crucial to the airport’s ongoing growth and focus on economic development. I would like to thank Governor Scott for his continued support of Pensacola, economic development, and job growth. I would also like to thank Chairman Clay Ingram for all his hard work and the tireless efforts of the Northwest Florida delegation.”

Hayward’s office said that the city’s efforts to obtain the funds “highlights the ongoing commitment of Hayward and Rep. Ingram to improve the competitive posture for economic development in Northwest Florida.”

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