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Aerospace Advancement Initiative Launches in the City of Kissimmee

Post Date:04/06/2018 3:39 PM
Plane and Hanger Kissimmee Gateway Airport 
Aerospace Advancement Initiative Launches in the City of Kissimmee

To encourage and promote additional growth at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport, the City of Kissimmee’s Economic Development Office announced the launch of the Aerospace Advancement Initiative (AAI). This incentives package for aerospace businesses was approved by the City Commission on Tuesday, April 3, and was unveiled at an After-Hours event at Kissimmee Gateway Airport on Thursday, April 5. 

These initiatives position the Kissimmee Gateway Airport in a more competitive manner, encouraging investors to locate at or near the Airport. All the growing aviation academic tracks located at Kissimmee Gateway Airport are resulting in the airport becoming the premier aviation workforce hub in the region.

Kissimmee Gateway Airport Development Opportunities map

Here is a summary of the incentives offered in the Aerospace Advancement Initiative: 
  • Building Life Safety-American Disabilities Act (ADA) Rebate
    • Provides companies a $25,000 rebate for work to perform ADA or Life Safety upgrades to their facilities.

       

  • Building Permit Fee Reimbursement
    • Offers eligible companies a 25% reimbursement for the building permit fees they have paid specifically to the City of Kissimmee during project construction.

       

  • Chamber of Commerce Membership
    • As part of a partnership with the Osceola/Kissimmee Chamber of Commerce, the City will offer eligible companies a 1-year Chamber membership.

       

  • Development Review Fee Reimbursement
    • Offer eligible companies a 10% reimbursement in the fees paid to the City during the planning review process.

       

  • Equipment Grant
    • Offer eligible companies a grant of 25% reimbursement for costs associated with the purchasing of aerospace or operational equipment used in their office.

       

  • Hire Local Grant
    • Provides $10,000 for the hiring of an individual that resides within a designated low-mod census tract, within City limits, or are a participant in a City sponsored workforce training program.Up to 5 individuals may be hired utilizing this grant.

       

  • TV Commercial Creation
    • Offers eligible companies the opportunity to have a 30 to 60 seconds commercial created by the City’s Communications and Public Affairs Office.

     

Kissimmee Gateway Airport pilot in cockpit

These new aerospace economic development incentives, along with the growing local aviation workforce, and its strategic location within Florida, make Kissimmee Gateway Airport an incredible site for aerospace industries. The Kissimmee Gateway Airport is the closest general aviation facility to popular theme parks, as well as the Orange County Convention Center. For more information on this initiative send an email to EconomicDevelopment@kissimmee.org.

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