Hernando County’s efforts to lure new business into the area will get a boost thanks to a grant from Duke Energy Florida. The Duke Energy Foundation grants are also intended to help communities build and develop their workforces.
The Hernando County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will receive a $10,000 grant to recruit businesses in the manufacturing and aviation/aerospace sectors that are considering relocation or expansion within the next 12 or 24 months.
Duke Energy Florida President Melissa Seixas said that the grants recognize the County’s economic development efforts.
“These community partners are delivering meaningful results for our state,” Seixas said, “and we’re proud to support their ongoing commitment to growing our economy and enhancing the quality of life for all residents.”
Hernando County Economic Development Director Valerie M. Pianta welcomed the grant.
“The Hernando County Office of Economic Development is pleased to be the recipient of the marketing grant from Duke Energy,” Pianta said. “These funds will be used to participate in site consultant forums to specifically promote the properties at or surrounding the Brooksville – Tampa Bay Regional Airport & Technology Center for business relocation and expansion.”
Hernando County’s grant is part of a total $200,000 that the Duke Energy Foundation is awarding to economic development-focused programs statewide.