Gulf Power wants to start program to attract businesses

Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:59 AM.

Connally said Gulf Power initially will target sites that are about 50 acres — large enough to accommodate manufacturers, among other industries.

"I think we can position Northwest Florida as a region that becomes more attractive nationally for economic development," Connally said. "I think that’s a role that Gulf Power ought to play."

Connally said the goal is to have a number of sites certified and ready for development in 24 months.

One area he wants to focus is on is subcontracting businesses for the Airbus project in Mobile, Ala. Some of the suppliers to the Airbus factory have already expressed an interest in this region.

"Shame on us if we don’t get some of that new business," Connally said. "We just need to get out there and be aggressive and have the sites now so when the suppliers are looking we’ll have something to show them. Alabama is going to be showing them a lot."

Contact Daily News Business Editor Dusty Ricketts at 850-315-4448 or Follow him on Twitter @DustyRnwfdn.

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