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3 make shortlist for Kissimmee airport master plan contract

3 make shortlist for Kissimmee airport master plan contract
Kissimmee Gateway Airport has a shortlist for its new planning and marketing consultant. (Kissimmee)

BRPH topped the list of three firms in contention for a three-year master planning and marketing contract with Kissimmee Gateway Airport.

The Melbourne-based design firm specializes in aviation and aerospace related industries. Santiago Fernandez, director of planning, told GrowthSpotter the firm is expanding its presence in Central Florida. The firm has contracts with UCF, Lockheed and Orlando International Airport.

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"We are in a very unique position," he said. "One of my objectives in Central Florida is to spread our name in Orange and Osceola."

Fernandez said the 50-year-old company was forced to evolve and move into other areas as federal funding for NASA dried up. "As a company, what it did for us was spawned a real aggressive economic development initiative," he said.

The city had posted a request for letters of interest (RFLOI) in August for consulting firms to implement the airport's economic development plan, completed in 2014, and to market multiple new pad-ready sites on the airport property.

C&S Companies and Community Solutions Group/GAI Consultants also made the short list. But Airport Director Terry Lloyd said the city could decide to enter into negotiations with BRPH immediately.

Another option would be to ask all three firms to submit formal proposals and pricing schedules.

"We have a meeting Friday to decide what our next step will be," Lloyd said.

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