Florence airport to be site for industrial development study

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Duke Energy Progress has chosen a 438-acre site at the Florence Regional Airport Industrial Park to study and assess the location for potential economic growth for six months.

Duke Energy's Site Readiness Program is designed to help the communities it serves, compete for new companies and jobs, according to press release issued on Wednesday.

Florence Regional Airport is located right off Highway 76, a primary route in Florence, and eight miles from Interstate 95. This location will undergo a comprehensive assessment for possible large-scale aerospace industrial recruitment.

"This site has the potential to put Florence County on a fast track for economic development in the area of aerospace technology," said Stuart Ames, Duke Energy's economic development director for Florence County.

Ames said many aerospace projects seek locations with runway access, since the airport is well-equipped, this benefits both parties.

"When we complete our due diligence, we hope this will bring aerospace companies and their suppliers to the region," said Ames.

Duke Energy has hired McCallum Sweeney, a consulting firm, to conduct a site study. In addition, memDuke Energy will work with professional land-use planners to develop conceptual plans for the site. Duke, McCallum Sweeney and the planners will present all recommendations at a final report meeting in Florence County, according to the press release.

"Duke's Site Readiness Program is regarded as one of the top programs in the United States. We appreciate the opportunity and the recognition that this program has bestowed upon Florence County," said Joe King, executive director, Florence County Economic Development Partnership.

"Florence County and Duke Energy have continuously worked together to maintain a strong and progressive relationship to further advance the opportunities for this area," said King.

Duke Energy's economic development team forges strategic relationships with prospective industries nationally and globally.

For more information about Duke Energy's economic development programs, visit www.considerthecarolinas.com.

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