The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority is inviting the public to weigh in on Tampa International Airport’s Strategic Business Plan on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 1:30 p.m. in the boardroom on the third floor. The Strategic Business Plan outlines the airport’s implementation of nearly $1 billion in Master Plan projects and other required capital projects over the next 20 years.
“Analyzing and approving the Strategic Business Plan is a critical step in the master plan process. It outlines our plan for carrying out our 20-year vision for Tampa International Airport,” Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano said. “We encourage the public to come out and participate in this discussion about our airport’s future.”
The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority Board approved the 2012 Master Plan Update in April. The first phase of the Master Plan includes a $417.5 million automated people mover leading from the main terminal to a $318.7 million consolidated rental car center, a $122.5 million main terminal expansion and other roadway and facility improvements at Tampa International Airport.
Design and construction of the first phase of the master plan is expected to create or save more than 8,500 jobs valued at $350 million over the next four years, according to analysis by airport consultant Ricondo and Associates. The first phase is also expected to boost tourism spending in the region by $620 million over the next 20 years.