Saturday, November 20, 2021

HCPHC gets $2.2M for airport

KILN, Miss. – Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission received $2.2 million in RESTORE Act funds for a technology park at Stennis International Airport. The 40-acre park will consist of multiple structures built in phases. The funding from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon settlement will go toward the first phase of the park. Phase 1 includes construction of a building to house the Department of the Army’s Joint Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Technical Center of Expertise (JALBTCX), which has outgrown its existing incubator space at the airport. Planning for the technology park began in 2017 when HCPHC developed the Aviation and Aerospace Optimization Plan with a goal to become the cornerstone of Mississippi's aerospace industry. Stennis International is a community airport that has an 8,500-foot runway rated to carry the world’s largest cargo planes. It'is home to 15 aerospace companies serving both general aviation and military aircraft. (Source: HCPHC, 11/19/21)