Hernando County’s Economic Development Making Progress

Leonard Sossamon

Leonard Sossamon

County Administrator Leonard Sossamon recently presented his vision for economic development to the Hernando County Business Alliance. During his presentation he explained that Hernando County has the right mix of opportunities for companies that are contemplating a move or expansion, including: an available and able workforce, competitive and flexible incentives, affordable commercial and industrial properties and, as the geographic center of Florida, one of the best market access locations in the entire state. In addition, the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport & Technology Center offers first-class aviation services and industrial/corporate land leasing opportunities.

Recent efforts have led to two local business expansions and five new businesses relocating to Hernando County. At full capacity these new and expanding businesses represent 230 new jobs, 101 retained jobs and more than 230,000 square feet of new or absorbed space. The 2,400-acre Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport and Technology Center is classified as a Regional General Aviation airport and is home to 148 based aircraft. The airport is owned and operated by the Hernando County Board of County Commissioners and has an air traffic control tower with two runways capable of accommodating small and large corporate aircraft. The technology center is home to more than 130 world class manufacturers and aerospace suppliers with more than 2,000 employees. The facility is distinctively positioned for multi-model transportation features.

“My goal is to improve the local economy through recruitment, retention and expansion of targeted industries and foster an environment where they can prosper to create meaningful jobs and investment,” Sossamon said. “Targeting industries such as manufacturing, aviation, aerospace, back office operations and logistics will provide stable, higher paying jobs for our residents and bring new money in to our community, enhancing the economic engine for our county.”

The Hernando County Office of Business Development has recently launched a new website at www.HernandoBusiness.com featuring its pro-business climate, success stories and a data center to answer questions about taxes, demographics and a searchable database of available properties and small business opportunities. It also contains maps and geographic information about the area.

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