The month of February saw many pieces of the funding puzzle for the Pensacola Airport's Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facility come into place. First, the Triumph Gulf Coast Board of Directors contributed an additional $10 million to the $56 million that the board had previously approved. The City of Pensacola has been the lead agency on this project and Mayor Grover Robinson presented to the Triumph Gulf Coast board on the day of the vote. Robinson's initial request was for $12.5 million.
Triumph Gulf Coast board members made it clear upon approving their funding that they did not want to receive any additional requests for the project and that they would only move forward with their funding once all other sources had been secured. One other addendum to securing Triumph funding was that ST-Engineering must agree to keep the agreed upon jobs in Pensacola for at least seven years. Triumph previously agreed to a three-year requirement.
This approval came after both the Pensacola City Council and Escambia County Commission voted to contribute an additional $5 million each to the project. The total contribution for the city and the county to the project is $15 million. The Pensacola City Council vote was a narrow 4-3 margin with council members Ann Hill, Sherry Myers, and Jared Moore voting against the additional funding. Escambia County Commissioner Doug Underhill was the lone vote against the additional county funding.
The final major piece of funding came through when the Florida Department of Transportation notified Mayor Robinson of a commitment of $20 million towards the project. The letter to the mayor stated that the money would be taken from other transportation projects, but did not specify which ones.
That leaves the project roughly $4.8 million of its total funding goal. It is believed that the city will make up the balance of the funds on its own.