5 February State grant allows Keystone to expand airport February 5, 2019 By Laura Pavlus News Keystone Heights Airport, Keystone Heights Airpark, David Kirkland, access road, broadband 0 Clay Today - January 30, 2019 - by Nick Blank - read full article here KEYSTONE HEIGHTS – The Keystone Heights Airport intends to find more tenants and a $2.3 million federal grant for an access road and broadband improvements, one of the last moves by former Gov. Rick Scott, certainly doesn’t hurt. The state provided the Bradford Board of County Commissioners a Florida Job Growth Grant for the road in the hopes of freeing up about 1,300 acres for industrial, commercial or manufacturing development. A press release referred to the installation of broadband as a “recruiting tool” for potential tenants. The grant for the airport was a part of a $18 million package given to six different organizations. “For the past eight years, we have fought for every family in all of Florida’s 67 counties to have the opportunity to live their dreams in our state,” Scott said. “I’m proud that every part of our state has experienced a drop in its unemployment rate as nearly 1.7 million private-sector jobs have been created since December 2010. With these additional awards through the Job Growth Grant Fund, we are making targeted investments that will create even more jobs.” Keystone Heights Airport representatives presented the legislative delegation a list of needed improvements in December. The biggest was water and sewer, improved telecommunication and accessibility. Months after applying, Keystone Heights Airport Chairman David Kirkland said airport board members and Bradford commissioners hadn’t heard back when they applied for the funds. “Basically we said, ‘Well I guess all the money got allocated elsewhere.’ Then (Bradford) County received the information and passed it on to us,” Kirkland said. “Obviously we’re excited about it. It’ll be beneficial in us putting in a road and also infrastructure like hi-speed internet.” Kirkland said the strip of land west of the airport is ideal for development and the financial impact would be felt throughout the area, from the airport to residents. A timeline for the road’s construction or installation of broadband has not been determined. “Providing this kind of infrastructure, that’s going to bring companies. In turn, it brings jobs, which brings revenue to the local community and the county and taxable income,” Kirkland said. “I think it’s a win-win for a lot of different entities.” Proposals were reviewed by the Department of Economic Opportunity and chosen by Scott based on the best economic projections and need for infrastructure. Scott’s DEO Executive Director Cissy Proctor said $170 million had been administered with the Florida Job Growth Grant since 2010. “We have worked with local governments, community colleges, chambers of commerce and technical institutes to review hundreds of Florida Job Growth Grant Fund proposals to enhance infrastructure and workforce training,” Proctor said. “It has been a pleasure to work with Governor Scott and our partners at Enterprise Florida to evaluate and recommend proposals that will provide countless opportunities for Florida families.” Related St. Johns River State College Awarded Funding to Expand Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics Training Program St. Johns River State College awarded $1,383,237 to expand an advanced manufacturing and robotics training program that will support local manufacturing training, economic development and job growth for Clay, Putnam and St. Johns counties. How Florida CEOs See the State's Future Shaping Up Creating Florida 2030 involves research that’s meant to stimulate strategic thinking about Florida’s future. On these pages you’ll find a summary of the results of a survey of 100 of the state’s leading CEOs. We expected advice — which we got — and regularly heard “right direction.” Even we were surprised, though, by the overwhelming exuberance of Florida CEOs. Auxadyne is Going to Transform the World, Let Alone Keystone Heights The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (the Institute) announced today that it has finalized a funding agreement with Auxadyne, a Keystone Heights-based company with technology developed at Florida State University. The Institute supports new company creation based on publicly-funded research, and bridges early funding gaps for companies spinning out of Florida-based universities and research institutions. An Airport for Northern Clay County - Talks Again in the Works GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Thirty years after first talking about the idea, county officials are getting more serious about the idea of a county airport in northern Clay County. Florida Named No. 2 Best State for Business The best place to do business in the United States is Texas, followed by No. 2 Florida and, in a tie, No. 3 North Carolina and South Carolina, according to Chief Executive’s 2018 “Best and Worst States for Business.” New Plan and Funding to Remedy Ailing Keystone Lakes Emerges Every year, the shoreline to Keystone Beach on Lake Geneva seemed to move farther and farther beyond the dock. When the lakes left, so did much of the business integral to Keystone Heights’ downtown district, a prized Italian Restaurant turned into a Shell gas station and much of the district’s business space remains hollowed out, vacant. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.