Industry Day for enhanced use lease opportunities

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  • Air Force Civil Engineer Center

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The Air Force Civil Engineer Center and the 96th Test Wing will host Industry Day February 7, 2024, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.


The Industry Day purpose is to explore potential growth opportunities for a mixed-use technology and research park development.  The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Central Time at the Research Engineering and Education Facility, 1350 North Poquito Road, in Shalimar, Florida. 


The Air Force is soliciting private and public interest in the development of a 98-acre parcel of non-excess, underutilized land surrounding the Research Engineering Education Facility at Eglin through the lease of all or a part of the parcel for purposes of financing, permitting, developing, constructing, owning, maintaining, and operating commercial buildings by a private sector developer and/or a public entity.


The Industry Day forum will allow private sector developers, public entities, and the surrounding community to learn more about the Air Force’s Enhanced Use Lease program and the Eglin West Side development.  An Enhanced Use Lease is a lease agreement between the Air Force and private developers and/or public entities to develop commercial ventures on federally owned land under the control of the Secretary of the Air Force.


The lease opportunity will be competed through a Federal Acquisition Regulation-like source selection process.  The Air Force must receive equal or above the fair market value of lease payments and in-kind consideration in exchange for a lease. Eglin AFB prefers lease payments for all or part of the 98-acre parcel.


Examples of Air Force Enhanced Use Lease projects include:



Business parks

Solar photovoltaic arrays

Sports complex

Wastewater reclamation facilities

Commercial mixed-use developments at installations across the nation


The Air Force, through the AFCEC, will post a draft Request for Lease Proposal, AFCEC-24-R-0001, on or before January 18, 2024, available at  The deadline for submission of proposals is March 29, 2024, at 5 p.m. Central Time.


Industry Day will bring together developers and the public to exchange development ideas, provide comments, and ask questions about the proposed Enhanced Use Lease opportunity at Eglin.  For registration send an email to