Hernando County, Florida’s Office of Business Development was recently selected to join Duke Energy’s fully funded Site Readiness Program to study and evaluate regional industrial sites in preparation for drawing new business into the area.
With a public meeting slated for 9 a.m. May 6 at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce at 15588 Aviation Loop Dr. in Brooksville to finalize details, county officials explained that the initiative focuses on increasing long-term development prospects rather than serving as any type of certification procedure per se.
A property at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport and Technology Center (BKV) of approximately 285 acres has been targeted as the prime contender for selection, with nationwide firm McCallum Sweeney Consulting contracted to draft initial concept plans.
The site falls within the Duke Energy service area, enabling Hernando County Administrator Leonard Sossamon to include the property in his office’s list of potential locations when developing economic strategy for the jurisdiction.
Hernando County’s Board of County Commissioners oversees the airport, which features two runways and can service both small and large aircraft carriers. With its neighboring tech center employing over 2,000 individuals, the campus serves as an optimum site for long-term development and adaptation to multiple modes of transportation.