Gov. Scott: We Pray for Peace Following Tragic Death of Officer Charles Kondek Who Was Killed in the Line of Duty

On December 21, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott issued the following statement on the tragic death of Tarpon Springs Police Officer Charles Kondek who was killed in the line of duty this morning in Tarpon Springs.  Governor Scott said, “We are saddened by the death of Officer Charles Kondek who was killed in the line of […]

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Jim Boxold as Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation

On December 19, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Jim Boxold as Secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation effective January 3, 2015. Governor Scott said, “During Jim’s time as Chief of Staff of the Florida Department of Transportation, we’ve accomplished a lot to meet the transportation needs of Florida families, visitors and businesses. […]

GOV. RICK SCOTT: FLORIDA DID IT!

On December 19, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

More Than 700,000 Florida Jobs Created in Less Than Four Years TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida businesses have added 715,700 private-sector jobs since December 2010, far surpassing his goal to create 700,000 jobs in seven years. In November 2014, Florida experienced the highest single month of private-sector job growth since […]

Governor Rick Scott Applauds Bipartisan Sanctions on Venezuela

On December 18, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Scott issued the following statement on President Obama signing bipartisan sanctions on the oppressive Maduro Regime:  Governor Scott said, “The people of Venezuela have been waiting for the United States to take action to stand up to the oppressive Maduro regime. I applaud Congress for taking common sense steps to […]

Governor Rick Scott Announces the Appointment of Chad Poppell as Secretary of the Department of Management Services

On December 16, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Chad Poppell as Secretary of the Department of Management Services.  Governor Scott said, “Chad has been a great leader at DEO, and has made it his mission to help Florida families succeed. With more than a decade of service in government administration and his experience […]

Gov. Scott: Economic Forecast Continues to Show Growth in Florida

On December 15, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott released the following statement regarding the Revenue Estimating Conference’s report that Florida’s FY 2014-15 general revenues are expected to rise by $296 million and FY 2015-16 general revenues are expected to rise by $331.9 million over the previous forecast.  Governor Rick Scott said, “Today’s news of increased revenue […]

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Timothy M. Cerio as General Counsel

On December 15, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointment of Timothy M. Cerio as General Counsel effective January 5, 2015. Pete Antonacci will serve as Special Counsel for a brief transition period.  Governor Scott said, “Tim has had a distinguished legal career and was a great leader at the Department of Health under Governor Jeb […]

Governor Rick Scott Announces the Reappointment of Dr. John Armstrong as Surgeon General and Secretary of DOH

On December 15, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Dr. John Armstrong as State Surgeon General and Secretary of the Florida Department of Health.  Governor Scott said, “As a medical professional and expert in public health preparedness, Dr. Armstrong has dedicated his life to serving others. He has been a great leader at DOH, […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES 200 NEW JOBS AT NAUTIQUE BOATS

On December 12, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

ORLANDO, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the creation of 200 new jobs at Nautique’s Orlando facility. The company announced plans to invest $8 million to expand its existing Central Florida facility and has also added 250 jobs in the last four years. Governor Scott said, “Today’s news of 200 more jobs is great […]

Gov. Scott Announces the Appointment of Jon Steverson as Secretary of DEP

On December 11, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointment of Jonathan P. Steverson as Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, effective December 29th.  Governor Rick Scott said, “Florida is home to an abundance of natural resources that not only make our state beautiful but also support our growing economy. We have worked […]

Governor Rick Scott Highlights $3.8 Million for Southeast Florida Rural Roads

On December 11, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

BELLE GLADE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott highlighted today the three rural communities in Southeast Florida – Belle Glade, Pahokee, and South Bay – that will receive $3.8 million in transportation improvement funds. This funding is part of Governor Scott’s Rural Areas of Opportunity program that is designed to help Florida’s rural communities continue to […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES 400 NEW JOBS AT COGNIZANT

On December 10, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Tampa, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Cognizant, a Fortune 500 leading global provider of information technology, consulting, and business process services, will expand its operations in Tampa, adding more than 400 new jobs and investing approximately $5.7 million over the next four years. Governor Scott said, “Our mission is clear – to […]

Governor Rick Scott Announces the Reappointment of Jesse Panuccio as the Executive Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity

On December 10, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Jesse Panuccio as the Executive Director of the Department of Economic Opportunity.  Governor Scott said, “Our goal is to make Florida the global destination for jobs and I know Jesse is focused on that each day. Jesse has done a great job at DEO and under his […]

Governor Rick Scott Announces the Appointment of Julie Jones as DOC Secretary

On December 10, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointment of Julie Jones as secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections, effective January 5th, 2015. Governor Rick Scott said, “Julie Jones has had a distinguished career working with our state’s law enforcement community for over thirty years.  It is evident through her work across state government that she […]

Governor Rick Scott Awards Gainesville Businesses with Governor’s Business Ambassador Award

On December 9, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott recognized Dr. Bill Petty, the Chief Executive Officer of Exactech with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award for his commitment to creating jobs. Exactech has grown into an international business with 650 employees, including 350 in Gainesville and 25 in Sarasota. The Governor’s Business Ambassador Award is given to […]

Governor Scott Honors Nine Outstanding STEM Teachers with Shine Awards

On December 9, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, during the Florida Cabinet meeting, Governor Rick Scott recognized nine educators who have made outstanding contributions to their schools and students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with the Governor’s Shine Award. The Governor’s Shine Award is presented to Floridians who have positively impacted children through education.  […]

Gov. Rick Scott Presents Champion of Service Awards

On December 9, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – During today’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida CEO, Chester Spellman, recognized four deserving Champions of Service:  Peacemakers Family Center in Miami; AmeriCorps members Debra Trent and Stefon Gavin, mentors of 50 Large in Leon County; and the College of Central Florida’s Dental Assisting Program Outreach Dental […]

Gov. Rick Scott and Fla. Cabinet Issue Resolution Recognizing Sergeant Andrew Litzell as Trooper of the Year

On December 9, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Today, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet issued the following resolution recognizing Sergeant Andrew Litzell as the 2014 Florida Highway Patrol Trooper of the Year. The Trooper of the Year is awarded to a deserving member of the Florida Highway Patrol for their outstanding efforts, courage and commitment to protecting the lives […]

Gov. Rick Scott Awards St. Lucie Firefighters with the Medal of Heroism

On December 9, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized Lt. Steven Burns and Lt. Christopher Longo, of the St. Lucie County Fire District, with Medals of Heroism for their courageous actions and service to Florida families. Governor Scott said, “I am honored to present Lt. Steven Burns and Lt. […]

Governor Rick Scott Honors Floridians Expected to Receive Purple Heart Medals for 2009 Fort Hood Shooting

On December 8, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott honored Private First Class Justin Johnson from Punta Gorda, Florida and Staff Sergeant Patrick Zeigler from Orange County, Florida, who are expected to be awarded Purple Heart Medals for their bravery during the 2009 Fort Hood shooting. President Obama is expected to sign legislation authorizing Purple Heart Medals […]

Governor Rick Scott: Record Number of Foster Parents Recruited This Year

On December 8, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that a record number of foster parents were recruited this year. From July 2013 – June 2014, Florida recruited a record 1,463 newly-licensed foster homes, with an additional 576 in the last five months. Governor Scott said, “As a proud father and grandfather, I am thankful that […]

Gov. Scott: Orion Launch Shows Florida Is A Leader In Aerospace Innovation

On December 5, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Governor Scott issued the following statement on the successful launch of the Orion spacecraft from Cape Canaveral this morning. Governor Scott said, “I want to congratulate NASA and their entire team on a successful launch of the Orion spacecraft from Cape Canaveral this morning. Thousands of people, including many Floridians, worked to […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT: FLORIDA CONSUMER SENTIMENT HIGHEST SINCE MARCH 2007

On December 4, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott today announced that the number of online job openings in Florida reached an all-time high in November with a total of 279,394 openings (seasonally adjusted), according to data released by The Conference Board’s  Help Wanted Online. Also in November, Florida’s consumer sentiment increased to 86, up two points from […]

Gov. Scott Announces DOT Secretary Ananth Prasad’s Departure

On December 2, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the departure of Secretary Ananth Prasad on January 2, 2015.  The Florida Transportation Commission will begin the process of identifying candidates as the future secretary and will present those recommendations to the Governor.  Governor Rick Scott said, “Secretary Prasad has been part of my administration since the […]

Gov. Scott Announces Interim Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection

On November 26, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Scott announced the appointment of Clifford Wilson III as Interim Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Wilson will become Interim Secretary upon the retirement of Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard on December 1, 2014.   Governor Scott said, “Sec. Vinyard was instrumental in helping us protect Florida’s environment for […]

Gov. Scott and FWC Announce Saltwater License-Free Fishing Day

On November 25, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced a saltwater license-free fishing day for November 29. On this day, Florida residents and visitors can experience Florida’s unique saltwater fishing opportunities first hand without being required to have a recreational saltwater fishing license. Governor Scott said, “Florida is the […]

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT ANNOUNCES MONICA RUSSELL AS DIRECTOR OF CABINET AFFAIRS; JOHN TUPPS AS DEPUTY COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR AND JERI BUSTAMANTE AS PRESS SECRETARY

On November 25, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointments of Monica Russell as the Director of Cabinet Affairs; John Tupps as the Deputy Communications Director; and Jeri Bustamante as the Press Secretary. All positions are effective December 1st. Governor Scott said, “John Tupps has been a tireless advocate for our mission to become the […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF SOLODEV IN ORANGE COUNTY

On November 25, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Software developer to create 25 high-wage tech jobs and $315,000 in capital investment Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that website and mobile app software developer, Solodev, will create 25 high-wage tech jobs at its Orlando headquarters. The company plans to invest $315,000 on construction and equipment to expand their headquarters.   Governor Scott said, “The […]

Gov. Scott Announces Interim Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections

On November 24, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Scott announced the interim appointment of Tim Cannon as Interim Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections. Cannon will become Interim Secretary upon the retirement of Secretary Mike Crews on November 30, 2014. Governor Scott said, “Sec. Crews has worked hard to make Florida communities safer, and we appreciate his […]

Gov. Scott: Naples-Marco Island Metro Area Adds 4,800 New Jobs

On November 21, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

NAPLES, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Naples-Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area experienced positive annual job growth with an increase of 4,800 jobs over the year in October 2014. The MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 1.0 percentage point over the year, from 6.7 percent in October 2013 to 5.7 percent in October 2014. […]

Gov. Scott: Miami Metro Area Adds 37,800 Jobs Over the Year in October 2014

On November 21, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

MIAMI, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall metro area gained the highest number of jobs in October 2014 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago with 37,800 new jobs. The area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.7 percentage points over the year, from 8.1 percent in October 2013 […]

Gov. Scott: Tampa Metro Area Added 19,800 Jobs Over the Year in October

On November 21, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TAMPA, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) added 19,800 new jobs in October 2014 compared to a year ago. The unemployment rate in the Tampa metro area declined by 0.8 percentage point over the year, from 6.8 percent in October 2013 to 6.0 percent in October 2014. […]

Gov. Scott: Orlando Metro Area gained 37,600 new jobs in October

On November 21, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

ORLANDO, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) gained 37,600 new jobs over the year in October 2014. This is the second highest number of jobs among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago. The Orlando MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 0.8 percentage point over […]

Gov. Scott: Pensacola Metro Area Added 2,800 Jobs in October 2014

On November 21, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) again experienced positive annual job growth over the year in October 2014 with 2,800 new jobs. The metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.7 percentage point over the year, from 6.3 percent in October 2013 to 5.6 percent in October […]

Gov. Scott: Florida businesses created 32,000 private-sector jobs in October

On November 21, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Unemployment rate Drops from 6.1 to 6.0 Percent   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Governor Rick Scott today announced that Florida’s private-sector businesses added 32,000 jobs in October 2014. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012. Florida’s statewide unemployment rate in October was 6.0 percent, down 0.1 percentage point from last […]

Gov. Scott: Jacksonville Metro Area Added 22,000 Jobs Over the Year in October

On November 21, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) gained 22,000 new jobs over the year in October 2014. The Jacksonville MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 0.7 percentage point over the year, from 6.3 percent in October 2013 to 5.6 percent in October 2014.   Governor Scott said, “Over the […]

Gov. Scott: Florida Tourism on Pace for Fourth Consecutive Record Year

On November 20, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Florida Has Already Welcomed Nearly 74 Million Visitors in 2014   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that according to VISIT FLORIDA’s preliminary estimates* 23.7 million visitors came to Florida in the third quarter of 2014 (July-September), an increase of 3.5 percent over the same period in 2013.  This represents the largest third quarter […]

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Thirteen to Judicial Nominating Commissions

On November 19, 2014, in Recent Appointments, by Governor's Press Office

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced thirteen appointments to five Judicial Nomination Commissions.   First Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission   Ginger Golden Bouk 44, of Gulf Breeze, is an Intelligence Specialist with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She succeeds James Andres II and is appointed for a term beginning November 19, 2014, and ending […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT REQUESTS MORE THAN $77 MILLION IN GULF COAST RESTORATION PROJECTS

On November 19, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

~ State of Florida proposals include 20 projects for the Gulf Coast~ Today, Governor Rick Scott announced five proposals for 20 projects totaling $77 million were submitted to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (council) for consideration under the Council-Selected Restoration Component portion of funding through the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT REQUESTS MORE THAN $77 MILLION IN GULF COAST RESTORATION PROJECTS

On November 19, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

~ State of Florida proposals include 20 projects for the Gulf Coast~   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced five proposals for 20 projects totaling $77 million were submitted to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (council) for consideration under the Council-Selected Restoration Component portion of funding through the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, […]

Governor Scott Appoints Howard O. McGillin, Jr. to the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court

On November 18, 2014, in Recent Appointments, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Howard O. McGillin, Jr. to the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court*.   McGillin 55, of St. Augustine, is the Founder of the Allegiance Law Group. McGillin is a retired U.S. Army Colonel after serving for 24 years. He previously served as the Deputy Staff Judge […]

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM

On November 18, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointments of Frank Collins, Kim McDougal, Brad Piepenbrink, Karl Rasmussen and Jeff Woodburn to key positions in the Executive Office of the Governor. Frank Collins will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff; Kim McDougal will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Affairs Director; Brad […]

NFWF Announces $34.3 Million for Gulf Restoration Projects in Florida

On November 17, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Second Round of Grants from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund Today, Governor Rick Scott and The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the funding of $34.3 million for nine Florida projects that address high priority conservation needs. The projects, developed in consultation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Department of […]

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Eleven to Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council

On November 14, 2014, in Recent Appointments, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced eleven appointments to the Florida Concrete Masonry Education Council.   Kelly Curtis, 44, of Windermere, is the vice president and general manager of Prestige Concrete Products. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning November 14, 2014, and ending June 30, 2016.   […]

Governor Scott Appoints James A. Edwards to the Fifth District Court of Appeal

On November 14, 2014, in Recent Appointments, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of James A. Edwards to the Fifth District Court of Appeal*.   Edwards 60, of Altamonte Springs, has been a shareholder with Zimmerman, Kiser, Sutcliffe, PA, since 2011. Edwards began his legal career as an attorney with Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell, PA in 1979. Over […]

Governor Scott Appoints Kelly Paige Butz to the Polk County Court

On November 14, 2014, in Recent Appointments, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Kelly Paige Butz to the Polk County Court*.   Butz 48, of Winter Haven, has practiced with Sharit, Bunn & Chilton, PA, since 1998. She began her legal career as Assistant State Attorney for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in 1991. Butz received her bachelor’s […]

Governor Scott Appoints Susan Miller Jones to the Alachua County Court

On November 14, 2014, in Recent Appointments, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Scott Appoints Susan Miller Jones to the Alachua County Court   TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Susan Miller Jones to the Alachua County Court*.   Jones 48, of Gainesville, has served as a General Magistrate for the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court since 2009. From 2006-2009, Jones served as […]

Governor Scott Appoints Judge James Craner II to the Ninth Circuit Court

On November 14, 2014, in Recent Appointments, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Judge James Craner II to the Ninth Circuit Court*.   Judge Craner 51, of Orlando, currently serves as an Orange County Court Judge. From 1996-2011, Judge Craner was a sole practitioner with the Law Office of A. James Craner, PA.  From 1993-1996, Judge Craner […]

Gov. Scott reduces cost of Lifetime Sportsman’s License

On November 13, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to offer Lifetime Sportsman’s Licenses for Florida children and young adults at a greatly reduced cost. The license now costs up to $1000 but from Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, 2014, the price will be reduced to $500 for […]

Governor Rick Scott Awards North Florida Business with Governor’s Business Ambassador Award

On November 12, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

During today’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized Certified Manufacturing Enterprises with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award for the company’s commitment in creating jobs for families in North Florida. The Governor’s Business Ambassador Award is given to individuals for their efforts in creating jobs and opportunities in Florida. Governor Scott said, “Certified […]

Governor Rick Scott Honors Clay County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Russ Burke with the Medal of Heroism

On November 12, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, during a meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized Lieutenant Russ Burke, of the Clay County Sheriff’s Department with the Medal of Heroism for his courageous actions and service to Florida families. Governor Scott said, “I am honored to present Lieutenant Russ Burke with the Medal of Heroism. Lieutenant Russ Burke responded […]

Florida Veterans Foundation Installs First Brick in Veterans Walk of Honor at State Capitol

On November 12, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

~ Gov. Rick Scott Places First Brick in Memory of Fallen Hero ~ Today, Governor Rick Scott joined the Florida Veterans Foundation in laying the first brick in the Florida Veterans Walk of Honor on the grounds of the Florida Capitol. The event marked the beginning of a collaborative effort by the Florida Veterans Foundation, […]

Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida Present Champion of Service Award to Outstanding Volunteers and Organizations

On November 12, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Volunteers Serve Active-Duty Members of the Military, Veterans, and Military Families During today’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman recognized the organization Support The Troops, Mark Van Trees, Support The Troops Director, and the organization Team Red White and Blue and Lani Faulkner, who volunteers as National […]

Governor Scott Honors 61 Veterans with Governor’s Veterans Service Award

On November 11, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, during a Veterans Day Reception at the Governor’s mansion, Governor Rick Scott awarded 61 Florida veterans with the Governor’s Veterans Service Award for their service to Florida and the nation. Governor Rick Scott said, “It is an honor to join Floridians in recognizing America’s heroes today. Our veterans have made countless contributions to help […]

Governor Scott Announces U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Take Up Water Wars Case

On November 3, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up Florida’s suit regarding Georgia’s overconsumption of waters that’s impacting the Apalachicola Bay region. To view Florida’s suit, click HERE. Governor Scott said, “This is huge news and a major victory for Florida, and marks the first of many important victories […]

GOV. SCOTT: LOWER REGISTRATION FEES ALREADY SAVE FLORIDIANS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS

On November 2, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Nearly 3 million vehicle owners have benefited in first two months Today Governor Rick Scott announced that almost three million Floridians have saved a collective minimum of nearly $50 million dollars since the state reduced its motor vehicle registration fees at the beginning of September. The fee reduction was included in the “It’s Your Money […]

GOV. SCOTT: VETERANS CELEBRATED WITH FREE ENTRANCE TO STATE PARKS

On November 1, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Scott announced that in honor of Veterans Day, there will be free park entry for everyone at state parks* on Tuesday, November 11. The Florida Park Service encourages residents and visitors to celebrate veterans and active military personnel by bringing them to one of the 171 state parks and trails to enjoy outdoor activities. Governor […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT: FLORIDA JOB DEMAND CONTINUES TO GROW THROUGH OCTOBER

On October 31, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

More than 268,000 online job vacancies across Florida in October 2014 Governor Rick Scott today announced that the number of online job openings in Florida increased in October 2014 compared to the previous October by 21,480 openings or 8.7 percent, for a total of 268,453 openings (seasonally adjusted), according to data released by Help Wanted […]

Florida Wins Legal Victory Against Digital Domain

On October 30, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Florida won another legal victory against Digital Domain on Wednesday when a judge announced the case would be moved from bankruptcy court in West Palm Beach back to state court. Governor Rick Scott said, “Ever since the Inspector General determined that the Digital Domain deal for $20 million in state money was improperly awarded to […]

Governor Rick Scott’s Statement on the Passing of Gary Morse

On October 30, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Scott made the following statement in regards to the passing of Gary Morse. Governor Scott said, “Ann and I mourn with Florida families for the loss of Gary Morse, a remarkable individual who we were proud to call a friend. “Gary was a champion of Florida innovation. When molding The Villages into the […]

Gov. Scott: UPS BEGINS HIRING MORE THAN 7,600 FOR 2014 HOLIDAY SEASON

On October 30, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that UPS is expected to hire more than 7,600 Floridians for the peak holiday season starting this month. The jobs will include drivers, driver helpers and package handlers working in the distribution centers.   Governor Scott said, “UPS’s announcement that they will be hiring more than 7,600 Floridians for this […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER SYSTEMS TO LOCATE NORTH AMERICAN HEADQUARTERS IN LAKE MARY

On October 29, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Company to create jobs at new headquarters facility Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc. forecasts adding in excess of 100 new jobs over the next five years with the establishment of its North American headquarters in Lake Mary.   Governor Scott said, “We worked hard to win this new […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES NAVY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION TO CREATE 5,000 JOBS IN PENSACOLA

On October 29, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

World’s largest credit union will invest $350 million in expansion Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Navy Federal Credit Union (NFCU) will create 5,000 jobs and a $350 million capital investment at its Pensacola campus. This makes the second expansion announcement in two years for the world’s largest credit union. Governor Scott said, “Today’s announcement […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $278,500 INVESTMENT FOR SPACE FLORIDA AND FLORIDA’S NATIONAL CENTER FOR SIMULATION

On October 27, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Communities receive 2014-15 Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Awards Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Space Florida and Florida’s National Center for Simulation will receive $278,500 from the Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant. Governor Scott said, “The more than $270,000 in Defense Support Task Force Grants will help Naval Support Activity Orlando and […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $650,000 INVESTMENT FOR TAMPA BAY DEFENSE ALLIANCE AND POLK COUNTY

On October 27, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Communities receive 2014-15 Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Award Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Tampa Bay Defense Alliance and Polk County will receive $650,000 in grants from the Florida Defense Support Task Force to protect the military communities. Governor Scott said, “We must support our military installations in the Tampa area, and […]

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT ANNOUNCES $500,000 INVESTMENT FOR FLORIDA 8 (A) ALLIANCE AND CLAY COUNTY

On October 27, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Communities receive 2014-15 Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Awards Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida 8 (a) Alliance in Jacksonville and Clay County will receive $500,000 in Florida Defense Support Task Force Grants. Governor Scott said, “This $500,000 grant to the Jacksonville area will help to benefit the Florida 8 (a) Alliance […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $278,500 INVESTMENT FOR SPACE FLORIDA AND FLORIDA’S NATIONAL CENTER FOR SIMULATION

On October 27, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Communities receive 2014-15 Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Awards TALLAHASSEE, FL – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Space Florida and Florida’s National Center for Simulation will receive $278,500 from the Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant.   Governor Scott said, “The more than $270,000 in Defense Support Task Force Grants will help Naval […]

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT ANNOUNCES $500,000 INVESTMENT FOR FLORIDA 8 (A) ALLIANCE AND CLAY COUNTY

On October 27, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Communities receive 2014-15 Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Awards   TALLAHASSEE, FL – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida 8 (a) Alliance in Jacksonville and Clay County will receive $500,000 in Florida Defense Support Task Force Grants.   Governor Scott said, “This $500,000 grant to the Jacksonville area will help to benefit […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $2.59 MILLION IN DEFENSE GRANTS GIVEN TO 13 FLORIDA PROJECTS

On October 27, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Florida Defense Support Task Force Grants Announced Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that 10 counties were awarded $2.59 million through the Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Program. The funding will support 13 projects to strengthen Florida’s bases ahead of any potential Department of Defense realignment or closure actions, thereby protecting more than $73.4 billion […]

Gov. Scott Issues Executive Order Requiring Mandatory Health Monitoring for Anyone Returning from Ebola-Affected Areas

On October 25, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Calls on DOH to Determine Risk Level for Returning Citizens, in Absence of CDC Info. Today, Governor Rick Scott signed an Executive Order mandating twice-daily 21-day health monitoring for people returning from CDC designated Ebola-affected areas. Governor Scott said, “This executive order will give the Florida Department of Health the authority they need to […]

Gov. Scott Issues Executive Order Requiring Mandatory Health Monitoring for Anyone Returning from Ebola-Affected Areas

On October 25, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Calls on DOH to Determine Risk Level for Returning Citizens, in Absence of CDC Info.   LAKELAND, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott signed an Executive Order mandating twice-daily 21-day health monitoring for people returning from CDC designated Ebola-affected areas.   Governor Scott said, “This executive order will give the Florida Department of Health […]

Sales of Florida Prepaid College Plans Continue to Smash Records

On October 24, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott and Florida Prepaid Chairman Duane Ottenstroer were proud to celebrate the Florida Prepaid College Board’s announcement of record-setting plan sales. For the first week of open enrollment, total prepaid plan sales were up 208% over last year, with more than 6,000 plans purchased by Florida families working towards an affordable college […]

Gov. Scott Calls on Feds to Require Same Monitoring for Volunteer Workers as US Military to Protect Citizens, After New Ebola Case

On October 24, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott released the following statement today, following the news of Doctor Craig Spencer testing positive for Ebola in New York after returning from Guinea last week where he treated Ebola patients: “The news of Dr. Spencer testing positive for Ebola after returning to the US last week from treating Ebola patients makes it […]

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT ANNOUNCES SEALAND TO OPEN MIRAMAR HEADQUARTERS LOCATION

On October 23, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Project will create 65 jobs and a capital investment of $350,000 Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that SeaLand will locate its corporate headquarters in Miramar. The shipping company will create 65 jobs and a capital investment of $350,000 in the South Florida community. Governor Scott said, “The opening of SeaLand’s headquarters in Miramar is great […]

Gov. Scott: Our Fight to Hold the Line on College Tuition Will Save Families an Estimated $700 Million

On October 23, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott celebrated the Florida Prepaid College Board’s announcement today about record-setting plan sales. Total prepaid plan sales for the first week of open enrollment were up 208% over last year, with more than 6,000 plans purchased by Florida families. The surge in sales is credited to lower plan prices that were made possible […]

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Steven Chenoweth to Board of Physical Therapy Practice

On October 22, 2014, in Recent Appointments, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Steven Chenoweth to Board of Physical Therapy Practice. Chenoweth, 44, of Amelia Island, is a physical therapist with Advanced Rehabilitation Management Group. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning October 22, 2014, and ending October 31, 2017. The appointment is subject to […]

FLORIDA’S AWARD-WINNING STATE PARKS AND TRAILS CONTINUE RECORD-BREAKING SUCCESS

On October 22, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Scott announced that more than 27.1 million people visited Florida’s state parks and trails between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, generating nearly $2.1 billion in direct economic impact. In the year following the state parks system winning a third National Gold Medal in Excellence, record-breaking numbers of visitors were enjoying Florida’s […]

GOV. SCOTT ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION OF $60 MILLION FOR CANCER CENTERS

On October 21, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott announced today record funding to improve cancer care, increase the number of National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer centers and create a premier cancer research network in Florida. H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Florida Health Cancer Center will receive funding in the amounts of […]

Gov. Scott: CDC Agrees to Florida Preparedness Requests

On October 18, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Scott announced that the CDC has agreed to two of the state’s requests for enhancing Florida’s Ebola preparedness efforts, including holding a conference call with healthcare workers on best practices and federal approval of the state’s repurpose of more than $7 million in federal grant funding. The CDC, has still not provided the […]

Gov. Scott Calls for Federal Education Officials to Provide Hearing about Education Waiver Denial

On October 17, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott formally petitioned Secretary Arne Duncan of the U.S. Department of Education requesting he designate the Office of Administrative Law Judges to conduct a hearing about the federal denial of Florida’s request to exempt English Learners (EL) from new federal accountability regulations. To read the letter, click HERE. Governor Scott said, “This […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES LOCATION OF EDGE AERODYNAMIX, INC. IN PANAMA CITY

On October 17, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Aviation manufacturer will create 120 jobs and a capital investment of $77.92 million, including land PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Edge Aerodynamix, Inc. will locate its operations near the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in Bay County. The project will create a $77.92 million in capital investment, including land, […]

Gov. Scott: West Palm Beach Metro Area Adds 13,300 Jobs Over the Year in September 2014

On October 17, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

WEST PALM BEACH — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the West Palm Beach metro area experienced positive annual job growth, with an increase 13,300 jobs over the year in September 2014. The metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.4 percentage points over the year, from 7.4 percent in September 2013 to 6.0 percent in […]

Gov. Scott: Naples-Marco Island Metro Area Adds 4,400 New Jobs

On October 17, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

NAPLES — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Naples-Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area experienced positive annual job growth with an increase of 4,400 jobs over the year in September 2014. The MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 1.3 percentage points over the year, from 7.5 percent in September 2013 to 6.2 percent in September 2014.   […]

Gov. Scott: Jacksonville Metro Area Added 19,900 Jobs Over the Year in September

On October 17, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

JACKSONVILLE — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) gained 19,900 new jobs over the year in September. The Jacksonville MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 0.8 percentage point over the year, from 6.6 percent in September 2013 to 5.8 percent in September 2014.   Governor Scott said, “The decline in the […]

Gov. Scott: Fort Lauderdale Metro Area Gained 20,500 Jobs Over the Year in September

On October 17, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Fort Lauderdale — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area gained 20,500 jobs over the year in September 2014. The Ft. Lauderdale metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.7 percentage point over the year, from 5.9 percent in September 2013 to 5.2 percent in September 2014.   Governor Scott […]

Gov. Scott: Tampa Metro Area Added 15,600 Jobs Over the Year in September

On October 17, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TAMPA — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) added 15,600 new jobs in September 2014 compared to a year ago. The unemployment rate in the Tampa metro area declined by 0.9 percentage point over the year, from 7.1 percent in September 2013 to 6.2 percent in September 2014. Governor […]

Gov. Scott: Pensacola Metro Area Added 2,000 Jobs in September 2014

On October 17, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

PENSACOLA — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) again experienced positive annual job growth over the year in September 2014 with 2,000 new jobs. The metro area’s unemployment rate declined 0.9 percentage point over the year, from 6.7 percent in September 2013 to 5.8 percent in September 2014.   […]

Gov. Scott: Orlando Metro Area gained 39,900 new jobs in September

On October 17, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

~Most jobs gained among all metro areas in Florida~   ORLANDO — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) gained 39,900 new jobs over the year in September 2014. This is the highest number of jobs among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago. The Orlando MSA’s […]

Gov. Scott: Miami Metro Area Adds 35,400 Jobs Over the Year in September 2014

On October 17, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

MIAMI — Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall metro area gained the second-highest number of jobs in September 2014 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago with 35,400 new jobs. The area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.3 percentage points over the year, from 8.1 percent in September 2013 to […]

Governor Rick Scott: Florida is not waiting on the Federal Government to be prepared for Ebola

On October 17, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

~Calls on CDC to step up preparedness support in Florida ~ After meeting with officials today from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, as well the Florida Department of Health, the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Division of Emergency Management, Governor Rick Scott made it clear that Florida is not waiting on the federal […]

Gov. Scott: Unemployment rate Drops from 6.3 to 6.1 Percent

On October 17, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott today announced that Florida’s statewide unemployment rate in September was 6.1 percent, down 0.2 percentage point from last month and down 0.8 percentage point from the September 2013 rate of 6.9 percent. Florida created 12,800 private-sector jobs in September 2014. Since December 2010, Florida’s private-sector businesses have added 651,300 jobs for Florida […]

Governor Rick Scott: CDC Must Contact Fort Lauderdale Frontier Passengers on Any Risks; Move Quickly on State’s Request for Resources

On October 16, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Scott released the following statement today following the news that the second healthcare worker, Amber Joy Vinson, diagnosed with Ebola traveled on Frontier Airlines on October 13th with a low-grade fever: “The CDC announced that they are contacting those passengers on the airplane with nurse Amber Joy Vinson, and I am asking them to […]

Gov. Scott: “Florida Hospitals Need to Hear Directly from the CDC to Better Protect our Healthcare Workers from Ebola”

On October 15, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Health (DOH) asked the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to instruct Florida hospitals on best practices and what lessons have been learned from their experience in Dallas to best protect Florida healthcare workers in the event that Florida has an Ebola patient. […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $109,950 INVESTMENT FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

On October 14, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

County receives Defense Reinvestment Grant Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Hillsborough County was awarded $109,950 through Florida’s Defense Reinvestment Grant Program. The funding will support sustainability initiatives at MacDill Air Force Base and promote local defense oriented industries.   Governor Scott said, “It is critical that we continue to support our military installations in […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $80,000 INVESTMENT FOR MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

On October 14, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

County receives Defense Reinvestment Grant Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Miami-Dade County was awarded $80,000 through Florida’s Defense Reinvestment Grant Program. The funding will support community relationships with Homestead Air Reserve Base and United States Southern Command. Governor Scott said, “I am deeply appreciative to Florida’s service men and women, like those at the […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $225,270 INVESTMENT FOR BREVARD COUNTY

On October 14, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

County receives Defense Reinvestment and Infrastructure grants Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast was awarded $225,270 through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs. The funding will support sustainability initiatives at Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and the Naval Ordnance Test Unit.   […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT AWARDS $110,000 INVESTMENT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY

On October 14, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

County receives Defense Infrastructure Grant Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Highlands County was awarded $110,000 through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure Grant Program. The funding will be used to buffer Avon Park Air Force Range. Governor Scott said, “This $110,000 investment will continue to support military operations in Highlands County at the Avon Park Air Force […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $100,000 INVESTMENT FOR POLK COUNTY

On October 14, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

County receives Defense Infrastructure grants Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Polk County was awarded $100,000 through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure Grant Program. The funding will be used to buffer Avon Park Air Force Range. Governor Scott said, “These Florida Defense Programs serve to support and sustain our 20 military installations, like those in Polk County. […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $50,000 INVESTMENT FOR PINELLAS COUNTY

On October 14, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

County receives Defense Reinvestment Grant Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Pinellas County was awarded $50,000 through Florida’s Defense Reinvestment Grant Program. The funding will support the activities of the Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater and the Florida National Guard. Governor Scott said, “These investments are critical to the continued growth and protection of Florida’s […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $285,000 INVESTMENT FOR ORANGE COUNTY

On October 14, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

County receives Defense Reinvestment and Infrastructure grants Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that National Center for Simulation, on behalf of Orange County, was awarded $285,000 through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs. The funding will work to sustain Naval Support Activity Orlando and its missions. Governor Scott said, “This $285,000 investment will help ensure […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $251,000 INVESTMENT FOR DUVAL COUNTY

On October 14, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

County receives Defense Reinvestment and Infrastructure grants Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the City of Jacksonville was awarded $251,000 through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs. The funding will be used to sustain Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, and Marine Corp Support Facility Blount Island. Governor Scott said, “This $251,000 investment […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $88,000 INVESTMENT FOR CLAY COUNTY

On October 14, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

County receives Defense Reinvestment and Infrastructure grants Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Clay County was awarded $88,000 through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs. The funding will support the sustainability of Camp Blanding Joint Training Center and increase economic growth in the County. Governor Scott said, “This $88,000 investment is critical to keeping […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $52,800 INVESTMENT FOR WALTON COUNTY

On October 14, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

County receives Defense Reinvestment Grant Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Walton Area Chamber was awarded $52,800 through Florida’s Defense Reinvestment Grant Program. The funding will support economic development initiatives and relationships with Eglin Air Force Base and Tyndall Air Force Base. Governor Scott said, “This $52,800 grant will provide the Walton Area Chamber […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $271,980 INVESTMENT FOR BAY COUNTY

On October 14, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

County receives Defense Reinvestment and Infrastructure grants Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Bay County was awarded $271,980 through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs. The funding will support sustainability initiatives at Naval Support Activity Panama City and Tyndall Air Force Base. Governor Scott said, “These Florida Defense Programs serve to support and sustain […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $310,000 INVESTMENT FOR OKALOOSA COUNTY

On October 14, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

County receives Defense Reinvestment and Infrastructure grants Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Okaloosa County was awarded $310,000 through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs. The funding will allow Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Field, and Duke Field to continue successfully carrying out their missions. Governor Scott said, “We must continue to support our […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $250,000 FOR SANTA ROSA COUNTY

On October 14, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

County receives Defense Reinvestment and Infrastructure grants Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Santa Rosa County was awarded $250,000 through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs. The funding will diversify the local economy, enhance military missions at Naval Air Station Whiting Field and protect the installation from encroachment. Governor Scott said, “Securing these funds […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $266,000 INVESTMENT FOR ESCAMBIA COUNTY

On October 14, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

County receives Defense Reinvestment and Infrastructure grants Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Escambia County and the Pensacola Chamber was awarded $266,000 through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs. The funding will diversify the local economy, enhance military missions at Naval Air Station Pensacola and protect the installation from encroachment. Governor Scott said, “Our […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $2.45 MILLION INVESTMENT FOR 14 FLORIDA DEFENSE COMMUNITIES

On October 14, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Defense Reinvestment and Infrastructure Grants Announced Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that 14 counties were awarded $2.45 million through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs. The funding will support community projects at 19 Florida military installations. Governor Scott said, “These Florida Defense Programs serve to support and sustain our many military installations. The more […]

Gov. Scott: “With The Transmission of Ebola to a Health Care Worker in Dallas, We Must Ensure Every Healthcare Provider Gets the Training Needed to Protect Themselves”

On October 12, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

 Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that he is asking every Florida hospital to mandate all healthcare professionals undergo Ebola protection training programs to ensure their safety. Governor Scott said, “In light of what happened in Dallas, we want to make sure those healthcare professionals on the frontlines have the training and equipment they need to […]

Governor Scott Announces Accelerated Funding for I-75/University Parkway Interchange in Sarasota

On October 9, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott today announced the advanced funding of $83 million for the I-75/University Parkway interchange pending approval by the Florida Legislature. The project will replace the traditional diamond interchange with an innovative diverging diamond interchange (DDI) designed to improve the flow of traffic and address safety concerns at the heavily travelled intersection. Governor Rick […]

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT ANNOUNCES EMBRAER’S EXPANSION TO CREATE 600 JOBS IN MELBOURNE

On October 9, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

New manufacturing facility will be home of Legacy 450 and 500 planes Today, Governor Rick Scott celebrated the groundbreaking of Embraer’s new assembly facility at Melbourne International Airport. The company’s Legacy 450 and 500 planes will be manufactured at the expanded site. Embraer will add 600 jobs and a capital investment of $15 million in […]

GOV RICK SCOTT: WHITE HOUSE PUTTING SOME TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON EBOLA COUNTRIES IS COMMON SENSE

On October 8, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott today released the following statement following his briefing this morning with Florida health and emergency officials and an afternoon conference call with President Obama: “We are still urging the President to fulfill our request for 30 testing kits the state has requested from the CDC and an additional 100 units of high-level […]

GOV. SCOTT: FLORIDA GULF COAST RESTORATION MOVING FORWARD

On October 7, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Plan includes 30 projects in Florida totaling more than $100 million Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the funding of the third and largest set of early restoration projects, as approved by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees.  Nearly $88 million represents 28 projects, which will take place throughout many communities along […]

Governor Scott: We are Working With Texas to Learn from Their Ebola Response & Continuing to Coordinate with Florida’s Airports and Ports to Keep State Fully Prepared

On October 6, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Scott issued an update on Ebola preparedness activities throughout the state, following the news that the Miami patient tested for Ebola has tested negative in a preliminary test. Further testing will be completed later this week to rule out any possibility of Ebola. Governor Rick Scott said, “We are glad to hear that […]

Governor Rick Scott: We’re Increasing Health Preparedness Efforts out of Abundance of Caution While DOH & CDC Test Patient to Rule Out Ebola

On October 5, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Scott released the following statement today announcing further state preparedness actions while the Department of Health works with the CDC to test a patient for Ebola in Miami: “Florida’s Department of Health is working with the federal CDC to test a patient at a local Miami hospital who was screened today for Ebola. It’s […]

Gov. Rick Scott: We Hope to Never Have an Ebola Case in Florida, But We are Fully Prepared to Keep Floridians and Visitors Safe

On October 4, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott had a briefing with state health officials on Florida’s continuing efforts to prepare for a possible case of Ebola. Included in the briefing were State Surgeon General John Armstrong, Division of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon, and Agency for Healthcare Administration Secretary Elizabeth Dudek. Governor Rick Scott said, “While we have […]

Gov. Scott Statement for Yom Kippur

On October 3, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott released the following statement for Yom Kippur: “Yom Kippur is a time of contemplation and prayer and a reminder for all of us to reflect on what we can do to make our state and nation a better place for every family.  Ann and I wish our Jewish friends and neighbors a […]

Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera Announces 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month Student and Teacher Contest Winners

On October 2, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera will announce the 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month student and teacher contests winners during the Hispanic Heritage reception at the Governor’s mansion tonight. The reception will celebrate the contributions Hispanic community leaders, educators and students continue to make on our state and nation. Governor Scott said, “I’d like to thank everyone who […]

Governor Rick Scott Announces Nearly $200,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Minority Students Seeking to Become a CPA

On October 2, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s (DBPR) Division of Certified Public Accounting today announced it awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships to minority students in accounting programs at colleges and universities throughout Florida. The scholarships are awarded to 30 accounting students pursuing their fifth year in college required to become […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF LABTECH SOFTWARE IN TAMPA

On September 30, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Project will create up to 100 new corporate headquarters jobs and a capital investment of $643,750 Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that LabTech Software, the only remote monitoring and management (RMM) platform developed by an IT service provider for IT service providers, will expand its operations in Tampa. The company will create up to 100 […]

Governor Rick Scott: Florida Debt at Lowest Level Since 2007

On September 26, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott announced today that Florida’s debt outstanding was paid down by another $400 million this year, bringing Florida’s state debt down to its lowest level since 2007. Since 2010, Florida’s outstanding state debt has been cut by over $4 billion, from $28.2 billion to $24.2 billion. During the four years prior to fiscal […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES GE OIL & GAS TO CREATE AT LEAST 500 JOBS IN JACKSONVILLE

On September 26, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Fortune 500 company to open an advanced manufacturing facility; will create more than $50 million in capital investment Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that GE Oil & Gas will open a new advanced manufacturing facility in Jacksonville. The project will create at least 500 jobs over the next three years and a capital investment of […]

Gov. Scott Statement for Rosh Hashanah

On September 24, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott released the following statement for Rosh Hashanah: “Ann and I are excited to join our Jewish friends throughout Florida in celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.  During this sacred time, we pray for peace and security in Israel and all those who are being affected by terrorism across the world. […]

GOV SCOTT: SALES TAX-FREE HOLIDAY ON ENERGY-EFFICIENT APPLIANCES BEGINS TODAY

On September 19, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Scott reminds Florida families of the three-day sales tax-free holiday for energy efficient appliances, such as New Energy Star and WaterSense products, beginning Friday, September 19. The tax-free holiday is part of the $500 million reduction in taxes and fees included in the It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget, and is expected to save […]

Gov. Scott: Naples-Marco Island Metro Area Adds 4,000 New Jobs

On September 19, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Naples-Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area experienced positive annual job growth with an increase of 4,000 jobs over the year in August 2014. The MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 1.0 percentage point over the year, from 7.9 percent in August 2013 to 6.9 percent in August 2014.   Governor Scott […]

Gov. Scott: Fort Lauderdale Metro Area Gains 16,300 jobs over the year in August

On September 19, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach metro area gained 16,300 jobs over the year in August 2014. The Ft. Lauderdale metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.5 percentage points over the year, from 6.2 percent in August 2013 to 5.7 percent in August 2014.   Governor Scott said, “These more […]

Gov. Scott: Tampa Metro Area Leads State in Manufacturing Job Creation

On September 19, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) added 15,100 new jobs in August 2014 compared to a year ago. This is the fifth-highest number of new jobs among all metro areas in Florida and the metro area added the most jobs of all the metro areas in the manufacturing industry. […]

Gov. Scott: Miami Metro Area adds 34,700 Jobs over the year in August 2014

On September 19, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott announced today that the Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall metro area gained the second-highest number of jobs in August 2014 among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago with 34,700 new jobs. The area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.3 percentage points over the year, from 8.6 percent in August 2013 to 7.3 percent […]

Gov. Scott: Pensacola Metro Area Adds 1,200 Jobs in August 2014

On September 19, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) again experienced positive annual job growth over the year in August 2014 with 1,200 new jobs. The metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 0.5 percentage points over the year, from 7.0 percent in August 2013 to 6.5 percent in August 2014.   Governor […]

Gov. Scott: Jacksonville Metro Area Adds 18,000 Jobs Over the Year in August

On September 19, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the Jacksonville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) gained 18,000 new jobs over the year in August. The Jacksonville MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 0.5 percentage points over the year, from 7.1 percent in August 2013 to 6.6 percent in August 2014.   Governor Scott said, “The decline in the local unemployment […]

Gov. Scott: West Palm Beach Metro Area Adds 14,600 Jobs Over the Year in August 2014

On September 19, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the West Palm Beach metro area experienced positive annual job growth, with an increase 14,600 jobs over the year in August 2014. The metro area’s unemployment rate declined by 1.2 percentage points over the year, from 7.8 percent in August 2013 to 6.6 percent in August 2014.   Governor […]

Gov. Scott: Orlando Metro Area Gains 36,500 New Jobs in August

On September 19, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) gained 36,500 new jobs over the year in August 2014. This is the highest number of jobs among all metro areas in Florida compared to a year ago. The Orlando MSA’s unemployment rate declined by 0.7 percentage points over the year, from 7.0 […]

Gov. Scott: Florida Creates 23,000 Private-Sector Jobs In August

On September 19, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott today announced that Florida created 23,000 private-sector jobs in August 2014. Since December 2010, Florida’s private-sector businesses have added 643,100 jobs for Florida families. Florida’s annual job growth rate has exceeded the nation’s rate since April 2012.   Governor Rick Scott said, “Today’s announcement of 23,000 private-sector jobs being created in Florida […]

Governor Rick Scott Attends Veteran Home Celebration

On September 13, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott attended the home celebration of Army Staff Sergeant Visala Tui and his family, who were gifted a mortgage-free home from the charity organization Building Homes for Heroes.   Governor Rick Scott said, “It was an honor to join Building Homes for Heroes in presenting Army Staff Sergeant Visala Tui and his […]

GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT ANNOUNCES MANUFACTURING COMPANY TO LOCATE IN OCALA

On September 12, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Just In Time Machining, LLC, to create 25 jobs and a capital investment of $3.205 million Today, Governor Rick Scott announced Just In Time (JIT) Machining, LLC, will locate its new production facility in Ocala. The company’s first Florida facility will create 25 manufacturing jobs and a capital investment of at least $3.2 million. Governor […]

Statement from Governor Rick Scott on 9/11 Anniversary

On September 11, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott today issued the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America, September 11, 2001. Governor Rick Scott said, “Today, all Floridians and Americans remember one of the darkest days in the history of the United States. Patriot Day is a somber reflection of the attacks and the innocent […]

Governor Scott Issues Proclamation for Patriot Day

On September 10, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Scott issued the following proclamation in honor of Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance, directing flags be flown at half-staff on September 11th:    PATRIOT DAY; SEPTEMBER 11, 2014   WHEREAS, on September 11, 2001, the American people courageously endured the worst terrorist attack on United States soil in […]

Governor Rick Scott and Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera to Attend the Dedication of the Freedom Bell for the Veterans Tribute Tower

On September 10, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

– Tomorrow, September 11, Governor Rick Scott and Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera will remember those who lost their lives on the attacks on September 11, 2001 and honor America’s veterans during a dedication ceremony for the Freedom Bell that will hang at the Beal Memorial Cemetery.   WHAT:           Freedom Bell for the Veterans Tribute […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES OPENING OF EMBRAER’S ENGINEERING CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN MELBOURNE

On September 8, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the opening of Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc.’s new engineering Center of Excellence in Melbourne. The company’s new $24.2 million facility will house 200 new research and engineering professionals. The Center of Excellence project was announced in March of 2012. Governor Scott said, “Embraer’s commitment to Florida and their creation of […]

GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES OPENING OF EMBRAER’S ENGINEERING CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN MELBOURNE

On September 8, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Company will create 200 jobs at the new $24.2 million facility Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the opening of Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc.’s new engineering Center of Excellence in Melbourne. The company’s new $24.2 million facility will house 200 new research and engineering professionals. The Center of Excellence project was announced in March of 2012. […]

FLORIDA’S RESURGENT ECONOMY CONTINUES TO SEE JOB DEMAND GROWTH THROUGH AUGUST

On September 5, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

More than 273,000 online job vacancies across Florida in August 2014 Today, Governor Rick Scott and The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced that the number of online job openings in Florida increased in August 2014 compared to the previous August by 11,318, or 4.3 percent, for a total of 273,281 openings (seasonally adjusted), according […]

Gov. Scott: “Federal Officials Need to Reverse Course on Their Denial of Waiver for English Learners and Florida Schools”

On September 5, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Scott and Commissioner Pam Stewart sent a letter calling on for federal education officials to reverse course on their decision to deny Florida’s request to exempt English Learners (EL) from new federal accountability regulations. The letter gives federal officials 30 days to reverse their decision and end their attempt to micro-manage Florida’s schools. […]

Gov. Scott and FWC Announce New License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day Sept. 6

On September 4, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Scott and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced that Saturday, September 6, visitors and residents are invited to participate in a saltwater license-free fishing day. On this day, the requirement to have a recreational saltwater fishing license is waived. All other regulations such as seasons, size limits and bag limits […]

Gov. Scott and FWC Announce New License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day Sept. 6

On September 4, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Scott and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced that Saturday, September 6, visitors and residents are invited to participate in a saltwater license-free fishing day. On this day, the requirement to have a recreational saltwater fishing license is waived. All other regulations such as seasons, size limits and bag limits […]

Gov. Scott: Our Fight to Hold the Line on College Tuition Will Save Families an Estimated $700 Million

On September 4, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott applauded the Florida Prepaid College Board’s historic vote today to reduce plan rates by up to 50 percent, thus saving Floridians millions of dollars. Approximately 18,000 Florida families who have purchased plans since 2008 will receive reimbursements worth $200 million. An additional 22,000 Florida families will have their monthly premiums reduced by […]

Gov. Scott: Our Fight to Hold the Line on College Tuition Will Save Families an Estimated $700 Million

On September 4, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott applauded the Florida Prepaid College Board’s historic vote today to reduce plan rates by up to 50 percent, thus saving Floridians millions of dollars. Approximately 18,000 Florida families who have purchased plans since 2008 will receive reimbursements worth $200 million. An additional 22,000 Florida families will have their monthly premiums reduced by […]

Governor Scott Statement on Murder of Steven Sotloff

On September 2, 2014, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

 Today, Governor Scott released a statement following the heinous murder of Steven Sotloff by ISIS. Sotloff grew up in Miami and attended the University of Central Florida. Governor Scott said, “On behalf of Ann and myself, and on behalf of all the people of Florida, we want to convey our sorrow and our condolences to […]

Governor Rick Scott: Florida Debt at Lowest Level Since 2007

On August 26, 2014, in Recent Appointments, by Governor's Press Office

State Debt Decreases by $4 Billion since 2010 Governor Rick Scott announced today that Florida’s debt outstanding was paid down by another $400 million this year, bringing Florida’s state debt down to its lowest level since 2007. Since 2010, Florida’s outstanding state debt has been cut by over $4 billion, from $28.2 billion to $24.2 […]