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Enterprise Florida holding firm to hire new head this month

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Enterprise Florida (EFI) is sticking to its plan to hire its next president and CEO by the next board meeting on Sept. 28-29. The public-private economic development organization’s presidential search committee held a conference call Monday. Stan Connally, head of Gulf Power Company in Pensacola and chair of the search committee, said the group had received over 100 resumes for the position. They include Enterprise Florida Chief Marketing Officer Joe Hice (blog here) and former Florida Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Richard M. Biter (story here). Alan…

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Rick Scott headed to Louisiana next week for domestic trade mission

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Gov. Rick Scott is Louisiana bound. Scott announced Wednesday he plans to travel to Louisiana next week on a domestic trade mission. The trip will come as the Louisiana Legislature heads into a special session to discuss the budget and a host of revenue-raising options proposed by Gov. John Bel Edwards. In a statement, Scott said Edwards called the special session “for the sole purpose of raising taxes on Louisiana residents and businesses.” “Governor Edwards already approved fourteen new tax…

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Bayou bound: Rick Scott to travel to Louisiana for job hunting trip this summer

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Rick Scott is headed to the Bayou State. Scott announced Wednesday he plans to embark on an economic trade mission to Louisiana this summer. He made the announcement during the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors meeting. “I’ll be going to Louisiana this summer to get jobs,” he said. “I think we have good opportunities.” The announcement comes about a week after Scott traveled to California on a similar trip. The trade mission drew the ire of California Gov. Jerry Brown,…

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Jerry Brown to Rick Scott: “Start doing something about climate change”

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California Gov. Jerry Brown is calling on Gov. Rick Scott to stop the “silly political stunts and start doing something about climate change.” Scott is in California this week as part of a trade mission to Los Angeles, San Jose and San Francisco. The Associated Press reported that Scott is scheduled to meet with 13 companies. He also participated in a panel discussion being hosted by the Milken Institute. In his letter to Scott, Brown welcomed the Naples Republican back…

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California Dreamin’: Rick Scott heads west to seek jobs

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heading west for a three-day California jobs jaunt that is drawing fire from Democrats. Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz says the governor on Sunday leaves on a trade mission to Los Angeles, San Jose and San Francisco where he is scheduled to meet with 13 companies. Scott will also participate in a panel discussion being hosted by the Milken Institute. This is the latest visit by the Republican governor to states run by Democrats. In those…

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Rick Scott drops radio ad attacking California minimum wage hike ahead of trade mission

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Gov. Rick Scott has never been shy about poaching jobs from Democratic states – or dropping ads against political opponents. Next week he’s set to go to deep-blue California to persuade businesses to re-locate to Florida, and the public-private economic development agency Enterprise Florida has prepared a brutal ad for the occasion. The one-minute spot trashes the Golden State and, implicitly, Gov. Jerry Brown for approving legislation to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15. “Economists predict it will be too much for companies to…

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Rick Scott to lead domestic trade mission to California in May

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 Gov. Rick Scott is California bound. Scott announced Wednesday he will be leading a domestic trade mission to California in May. While there, the governor is expected to attend the Milken Institute’s Global Conference 2016 and meet with businesses about possibly moving to the Sunshine State. “Our goal is to create the California-to-Florida jobs pipeline,” said Scott in a statement. “As Governor [Jerry] Brown works diligently to drive businesses away from California, Florida can partner in providing locations for job creators who…

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