Business Forum Looks At Legislative Action

By: Liza Park Email
By: Liza Park Email

Local business owners and executives stepped away from their storefronts and offices Monday afternoon.
They were taking time to find out how the Florida legislature is handling their economic concerns.
Many area business people were at an economic development forum Monday where they could learn about impending bills that could eventually affect their bottom line.
Dean Pugh started out 12 years ago as A Man With A Truck... but he grew out of that name and now he just goes by the acronym AMWAT.
He and his wife Gloria say they're chasing the American entrepreneur's goal of expanding their moving and storage business... even in the face of the current recession.
"We're reaching out to the business community to see what their needs are from us. We're reaching out to the private sector to see what their needs are from us. We're not just sitting waiting for the phone to ring," says Dean Pugh.
That's why they both left the business for a few hours Monday afternoon to go to the economic development council's business forum in Tallahassee to understand impending bills that could affect their business.
"To identify the bills that are really going to affect you and your community is very difficult. It's a very difficult task especially when working in excess of 40 hours a week," explains Gloria Pugh.
Bill Moor was also at the forum... asking questions of State Senator Don Gaetz, chair of the Senate Committee on Florida's Economy, about the future of insurance in Florida.
Moor took time away from his work at Capital City Bank to attend the forum... and says it's worth the few hours because it's vital to know what budget cuts the legislature is making.
"Here in Tallahassee, lay offs that are associated or pay freezes or roll backs can impact our economy," says Moor.
Other people at the forum had questions for Senator Gaetz.
They asked about the possibility of a new on-line system for most types of state permitting... as well as education funding and state incentives for the business community.

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