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Rick Scott's Jobs Tours

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Eglin AFB, FL - Rick Scott campaigned on the tagline, 'Let's get to work'.
It's a theme that continues, even though the election is over and the governing's about to begin.

Today (12-6) here at Eglin Air Force Base, Governor-elect Scott kicked off his 'Let's get to work' jobs tour.
It's a ten-stop, week-long, state-wide road show with the goal of hearing from the leaders of every major industry in Florida's economy.

Military activities pump more than 22-billion dollars a year into the state.
Now, the Pentagon is cutting back on military contracts as we begin to withdraw from Iraq, and a target of 2014 for Afghanistan.

But, Scott's confident he can work with the federal government to maintain and even boost military spending, creating jobs in the process.
He didn't offer many specifics on how he'll do that, but as with the space industry, the Governor-elect says Florida has a unique talent pool that ought not go to waste.

Rick Scott says, "You can look at it as a problem or as an opportunity. The opportunity is, look at all the talent that's now going to be freed up to start to be part of companies. And so, we're going to put a lot of effort into talking to companies that make sense for that workforce to work there."

The jobs tour is a prime opportunity for Scott to get up to speed on the intricacies of Florida's economy. The former health care executive has never held public office before, and the learning curve can be steep.

From the Panhandle, Scott traveled to Brevard County to meet with space industry leaders. He'll continue his jobs tour tomorrow (12-7) in Jacksonville.


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