The FLZ (Frieght and Logistics Zone) project has been made possible through a Community Planning Technical Assistance Grant from the FL Dept. of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) to Gulf County . The scope of work involves the development of an FLZ Plan for Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty and Franklin Counties.  The goal is to become designated as a regional Freight Logistics Zone.  The FLZ designation will allow for potential funding priority for the projects within its boundaries and it is the ultimate intent that the designation will increase the use of flz-areas-of-interestthe Port of Port St. Joe and revitalize the AN Railway line that connects Port St. Joe and Chattahoochee through Gulf, Franklin, Liberty and Gadsden Counties.  The Freight and Logistics Zone will allow for connectivity from seaports, airports, rail and highway systems to help increase the flow of freight and increase economic development in the Region.

The ARPC has contracted with Gulf County to oversee the completion of the Freight and Logistics Zone project.  On October 12th, the ARPC staff coordinated its first Summit in Liberty County at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center in Bristol.  More than 40 people, interested parties and stakeholders attended the 2-hour event.  The Summit was the first step in completing the FLZ project goals.  It also completed the requirements of Deliverable #1 for the FDEO grant.  ARPC staff is now working on Deliverable #2, which is a strategic sites inventory to be completed by Leotta Location and Design, LLC. by mid-December.

The following presentations were provided at the Summit:

FLZ Overview – Kwentin Eastberg

Strategic Sites Inventory – Victor Leotta

BRPH Overview – Beth Kirkland

Apalachicola Regional Airport – John Collins

Apalachicola Northern – Kevin Phillips

Economic Overview – Bruce Ballister

For more information on the FLZ Project, please contact Kwentin Eastberg at (850)488-6211 ext. 105.