City Officials Celebrate International Processing Facility at Airport – Tallahassee Reports
On Tuesday, May 17, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Tallahassee International Airport for the International Processing Facility. The facility is a $28 million project that will accommodate international travel and provide the necessary infrastructure to process goods sent to and received from destinations around the world.
The ceremony was led by David Pollard, Director of Aviation for the City of Tallahassee, with comments from Mayor John Daily, Port of Jacksonville Director Jennifer Bradshaw and Deputy Director of Federal Security Christopher Baden .
City Commissioners Curtis Richardson and Diane Williams-Cox and Police Chief Lawrence Revell joined speakers at the ceremony. Commissioners Jack Porter and Jeremy Matlow were not present.
City of Tallahassee Aviation Manager David Pollard noted that “passenger traffic at TLH is growing at near-record levels, and future investment can be seen throughout the terminal and on the property. of the airport. Planning for the international processing facility began in 2014, and we got started today thanks to the dedication and anticipation of many local, state and federal stakeholders.
Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey spoke about jobs and the economic impact.
“Today we inaugurated a project that will have far-reaching impacts around the world and closer to home. This major investment by the city improves the economic competitiveness of Tallahassee and our entire region. The construction of the facility international processing facility will have an immediate impact, and the subsequent free zone designation will drive longer-term economic benefits with the creation of over 1,600 jobs and an estimated annual economic impact of over $300 million,” said the Mayor John Dailey. .
The city’s press release said the international processing facility is a key project in the city’s five-year strategic plan to enable continued growth and increase the airport’s annual economic impact to $1 billion. By prioritizing projects like this, TLH is on track to meet the city’s goals of serving 1 million passengers and handling 22 million pounds of freight annually, with an additional 100 acres of leased land. to businesses by 2024.