In one of former Governor Rick Scott’s final acts as governor, former Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward was appointed to the Triumph Gulf Coast Board of Directors to complete the term of Stan Connally, who left the board in September 2018. Hayward did not participate in the January meeting as he was awaiting paperwork from the Secretary of State’s office to be completed before he could officially join the board.
Executive Director Susan Skelton confirmed that the required semi-annual reports had been filed to state officials. Triumph Gulf Coast Chairman Don Gaetz provided an overview of some of the data found in the report.
In the seventeen months since receiving the initial round of funding, Triumph Gulf Coast has approved fourteen projects from all eight counties with funding of over $118 million. Gaetz stated that the $118 million has attracted $405 million in matching outside public and private funds for the approved projects. 3,380 new direct jobs and 5,056 indirect and induced jobs would be created by the seven approved infrastructure projects. Gaetz also stated that the seven approved workforce/training projects will create over 9,300 industry certifications at a cost per certificate of $1,400.
While the Pensacola Airport/ST-Aerospace project was placed on the January agenda, the only comment that was made is that the City of Pensacola is still working to secure the necessary funding by the March 31 deadline.
The Triumph board also approved negotiating the hire of Randy Lewis as an outside consultant to monitor projects that have been approved by the board to ensure that projects are in compliance with the established laws and guidelines.