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Escambia leader trying to bring in aerospace jobs
Escambia County and the City of Pensacola are trying to lure 3-hundred new jobs to the commerce park at the Pensacola Airport.
And they're putting up millions of dollars in incentives and infrastructure improvements to do it.
ST Aerospace is based in Mobile, but is looking to expand.
It services and maintains large planes.
A meeting tonight gave the public an opportunity to ask questions about the plan.
As Channel Three's Rob Brown reports, not everyone liked what they heard.
Rob Brown "Over 200 Pensacola residents came to the Vickrey Community Center Tuesday evening to discuss the potential, both good and bad, of an Aerospace Engineering Company opening a facility here in the city."
The long term plan is for ST Aerospace to have a two hanger building near Pensacola International Airport.
The price is estimated at over thirty seven and a quarter million dollars, eight of which would come from Escambia County.
Pensacola would repay three point two million of that.
Some people looking for employment said it could keep them, and their money, in Pensacola.
Brian Bordelon "It's in my backyard. It's even closer. It's a better opportunity for me to stay here instead of move elsewhere."
Tuesday's meeting saw displays showing artist's concepts, budget breakdowns, and timelines.
Representatives of the city and county, including Mayor Ashton Hayward, were on hand, as were representatives of ST Aerospace and the airport.
Some residents were upset, that no public questions or comments taken.
Bary Goodson "Frankly I could've been doing to make a little money and further my economic standing here than seeing a display. If they would've notified me it was going to be a display only and no input from the community, well then I would've waited until we have that."
Ann Grady agreed.
Ann Grady "Here we are, having taken our time, and we are getting an absolute minimum of access, and basically being shut out."
Others, like Bob Cole, were won over by the presentation.
Bob Cole "I think it's a good thing. As bad as we need jobs in this area, I think it's great for Pensacola, Santa Rosa County, and the whole area."
Now if all plans are approved, the facility is expected to be completed in early 2016. In Pensacola, Rob Brown, Channel Three News.