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Infrastructure work will soon begin on a 75-plus acre business industrial park at the Inverness Airport. 

County commissioners have made the building of a business park at the Inverness Airport a top priority for the past few years.

They, along with city of Inverness officials, see a park as an economic driver.

The board Tuesday moved the project forward by approving a $5.08 million state Department of Economic Opportunity grant.

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The nice part: The county doesn't have to match the grant.

Tuesday’s action allows Tampa-based American Infrastructure Development to start work on creating pad-ready building sites suitable for the site. 

Specifically, the money will be used for the construction of transportation and onsite water utility infrastructures for a 75-plus acre business industrial park.

Infrastructure construction will include all utilities, telecommunications, stormwater treatment system, roads and the reconstruction of 3,115 feet of the main roadway to the business park. 

The grant requires the project to be completed by June, 2023.

Citrus County has been working on developing the Inverness Airport Business-Industrial Park since the county purchased the land in 2001. 

Backers see it as an economic development gem, capable of creating hundreds of jobs and a tangible way to recruit light industrial manufacturers and diversify the local economy.

The new business industrial park would support over 350 new jobs for the citizens of Citrus County, including accommodating an existing aircraft component re-certification operation that could potentially employ up to 120 people initially.

Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-3205 or mbates@chronicleonline.com. To see more of his stories, visit  tinyurl.com/y6kb23vv.