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Rick Scott claims $24 million gain from his Argentina trade mission

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Gov. Rick Scott’s trade mission to Argentina has resulted in $24 million in sales to companies that participated, the governor’s office announced Monday.

“Enterprise Florida led this mission, and they do important work to connect Florida small business with opportunities in international markets,” Scott said in a written statement, referencing the state’s embattled economic development arm.

“We are competing in a global economy, and many of these businesses would not have the resources or opportunities to market themselves across the world if not for Enterprise Florida. It is disappointing that the Legislature chose to disregard the impact not fully funding EFI could have on our job creators and families,” Scott said.  

Scott led the mission last month. Also participating were the U.S. Commercial Service, the U.S. Embassy in Argentina, the American Chamber of Commerce in Argentina, and the Florida Ports Council.

Since then, the Ports Council has signed a memorandum of understanding to develop direct sea routes between Argentina and Florida, Scott’s office said.

“This was a successful mission. I believe we will build some great business relationships here in Buenos Aires,” said Arley Bedillion, industrial sales manager for the Mastry Engine Center in St. Petersburg, which participated under an Enterprise Florida trade grand.

“Our success is a direct reflection of the efforts and hard work of Enterprise Florida,” Bedillon said.

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