Scott Names Economic Advisory Teams

By: Michael Peltier, The News Service of Florida Email
By: Michael Peltier, The News Service of Florida Email

Tallahassee, FL - With economic development far atop his list of things to do, Gov-elect Rick Scott on Monday unveiled a voluminous list of business leaders, academics and local elected officials to help him “get to work” by focusing on regulatory reforms and incentives to help attract more than 700,000 jobs to the state over the next seven years.

The two committees that will advise Scott are headed by Miami business mogul Wayne Huizenga and Chris Corr, a vice president with New-York-based management consulting firm AECOM. They’re joined by several private industry leaders, local elected officials and representatives of the state’s largest economic sectors.

Split into a Regulatory Reform Transition Team and the Economic Development Transition Team , 75 members will gather “innovative ideas from the private sector, success stories from other states, (and) cost saving opportunities” as they advise the governor.

The panels include many “outsiders” without much familiarity in government circles.

The list also includes a number of people from Scott’s Southwest Florida home including Tammie Nemecek, president of the Collier County Economic Development Council, Tom Conrecode, vice president of government affairs for Collier Enterprises and Clewiston Mayor Mali Gardner.

UCF president John Hitt and UF president Bernie Machen represent the state’s higher education system on the panels. Among business groups, Scott tapped representatives from the state’s tourism industry, theme parks, sugar, citrus, shipping, transportation and energy sectors.

Think-tank and advocacy group panelists include William Large, a former Jeb Bush staffer who is now the executive director of the conservative leaning Florida Justice Reform Institute, which advocates for and Robert Poole, transportation director for the Reason Foundation.

Scott also tapped some local chamber of commerce leaders as well as the National Federation of Independent Business’ Allen Douglas, the Florida Economic Development Council’s Amy Evancho and Floridians for Better Transportation’s Doug Callaway.

Absent from either group are members of the Florida Chamber of Commerce or the Associated Industries of Florida. State lawmakers were also not included in either panel.

A full list of panelists can be found here:

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  • by Marie Location: FL on Nov 30, 2010 at 10:08 AM
    Are all these people working low pay and long hours to serve this Rick Scott and be on his team. I think not.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 30, 2010 at 10:06 AM
    The economy right now seems to be slooowly coming back. The question is how many jobs will be created in the next 7 years if Scott does absolutely nothing. If he begins to make changes what is the possibility that the changes he makes actually cost jobs in the next 7 years.
  • by Alice Location: Crawfordville on Nov 30, 2010 at 10:05 AM
    lowly peasent: looked whom voted this RAT KING into office those he STOLE from. go figure..all hail to the RAT KING
  • by anon Location: here on Nov 30, 2010 at 09:57 AM
    Would one of you Scott supporters tell him we need to put hundreds of thousands of current state residents to work - not make jobs to 'bring' more people here to fill those jobs. I see we are about to get 4 years of this kind of lunacy. Rich and or educated does not always show any sign of common sense.
  • by Kiki Location: Tallahassee on Nov 30, 2010 at 09:32 AM
    Oh, so now it's going to take 7 years....too bad he's only been elected for four. And let's hope it's only four years. We can't afford this crook.
  • by Rick Scott Supporter Location: Tallahassee on Nov 30, 2010 at 08:47 AM
    All Hail the Rat King!
  • by lowly peasent Location: Tallahassee on Nov 30, 2010 at 08:21 AM
    It's almost amusing.. this guy steals billions from us, uses 100 million dollars of OUR money to pay for his campaign and the first step to creating new jobs is to throw state workers on the unemployment line. Three cheers for our new Rat King.
  • by Bubba Location: Tallahassee on Nov 30, 2010 at 07:32 AM
    Rick Scott is an abomination, a liar and a thief. Way to show your true colors Florida, vote in the biggest crook on the ticket.
  • by VISA Location: Tallahassee on Nov 30, 2010 at 07:31 AM
    Cost of election: $73 million Amount of State Workers cut from workforce: 5% Cost to remaining State Workers to fund FRS going forward: UNKNOWN Ability of Governor Scott and his 2/3 Republican majority House and Senate to raid one of only four state retirement funds that are fully funded and sustainable just like any other private sector business might: PRICELESS (Maybe now we know why he would be willing to spend $73 million of his own money to get elected) and the fact his health care interest need a de facto presence in determining just how the health care bill plays out (in his favor)
  • by Anonymous on Nov 30, 2010 at 07:30 AM
    All Scott wants to do is to demolish the wasteful and negligent state agencies that are self indulgent and bloated. Down with you self-serving state employees!
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