GOVERNOR SCOTT PRESENTS MORE THAN $124 MILLION IN SCHOOL RECOGNITION AWARDS

On February 25, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

MIAMI, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the distribution of more than $124 million in School Recognition Program funding this year to Florida’s high performing schools across the state. Over 1,500 schools will receive the financial awards based on sustained or significantly improved student achievement. Governor Scott said, “Florida’s teachers and schools prepare our […]

Governor Scott Hosts Teacher of the Year Summit

On February 24, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott today launched his annual Teacher of the Year Summit, bringing the state’s top teachers to the Capitol for a two-day workshop and celebration. Nearly 50 teachers of the year are participating in this year’s summit. Governor Scott said, “We know a great job starts with a great education, and everyday Florida teachers […]

Governor Scott Signs Executive Order To Reduce Testing In Florida

On February 24, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Scott today issued Executive Order 15-31 to suspend the grade 11 Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) for English language arts until the Florida Legislature has an opportunity to consider legislation to eliminate the mandate. The elimination of the test follows an investigation conducted by Commissioner Pam Stewart that recommended a reduction in […]

Governor Scott Meets with Wawa in Pennsylvania to Discuss Continued Florida Growth

On February 23, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Announces company’s expansion ahead of schedule with 2,100 jobs already created PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – As part of his domestic business development mission in Pennsylvania, Governor Rick Scott today met with Chris Gheysens, President and CEO of Wawa Inc. to discuss their continued growth across Florida and to announce that Wawa’s 2015 expansion plans in Florida […]

Gov. Scott Announces Grand Opening of Optym’s Corporate Headquarters in Gainesville

On February 19, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Expansion to create 100 jobs, capital investment of more than $4 million GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the grand opening of Optym’s corporate headquarters in Gainesville. The expansion will create 100 new jobs and a capital investment of more than $4 million. Governor Scott said, “Optym’s expansion to their new corporate headquarters […]

Gov. Rick Scott: Florida Will Not Appeal Lawsuit Over Voter Rolls

On February 19, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

State will not appeal in Arcia v. Detzner Lawsuit  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott announced today that Florida will not continue to appeal the Arcia v. Detzner case concerning Florida’s voter rolls. The state’s deadline for appeal would be March 4, 2015. Governor Rick Scott said, “Since 2012, the Department of State has worked […]

Governor Rick Scott Announces Direct Connect Route from I-75 to Southwest Florida International Airport to Open in March

On February 18, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott announced today that the direct connect route from I-75 in Lee County to Southwest Florida International Airport will open in March. The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) $54 million construction job, which finishes later this spring, also builds improvements to the existing entrance to the airport. Governor Scott said, “The Direct Connect […]

Governor Scott: We Must Reduce Testing in Florida Schools

On February 18, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

DOE testing investigation recommends Florida students take fewer assessments  Today, upon completing a testing investigation requested by Governor Rick Scott, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart recommended a reduction in the number of tests Florida students in public schools are required to take. Governor Rick Scott said, “A quality education prepares students to succeed in college or […]

Governor Scott and Volunteer Florida Award Three Champion of Service Awards to Outstanding Floridians

On February 18, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

During today’s Florida Cabinet meeting, Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida awarded three Floridians with the Champion of Service Awards for their outstanding efforts in volunteerism and service. Governor Scott said, “It is an honor to recognize these great Floridians for their service to Florida’s veterans, at-risk children and families, as well as disaster preparedness […]

Governor Rick Scott Breaks Ground on I-4 Ultimate Project

On February 17, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott today participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate project, which will rebuild Interstate 4 through metro-Orlando. Governor Scott broke ground on the project at the Maitland Interchange, and the project will rebuild 21 miles of I-4 from Kirkman Road in Orange County to just east of State Road […]

Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott Announce 2015 Black History Month Student and Teacher Contest Winners

On February 16, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott today announced the 2015 Black History Month student and teacher contests winners.  The winners will be honored tonight during the Black History Month reception at the Governor’s mansion. The reception celebrates the contributions African-American community leaders, educators and students make to Florida’s communities, culture and history. Governor […]

Gov. Scott: More Than 97 Million Tourists in 2014

On February 16, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

TAMPA, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced that according to preliminary estimates released by VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, 97.3 million visitors came to Florida in 2014, an increase of 3.9 percent over 2013. This is the fourth consecutive record year for visitation to Florida, exceeding the previous high of 93.7 million in 2013. The number of direct travel-related jobs in 2014 was also a record high, with 1,135,700 […]

Governor Scott Celebrates Florida’s First MLB All Star Game

On February 13, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

MIAMI, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today made the following statement regarding Major League Baseball’s announcement that Miami will host the 2017 Major League Baseball All Star game. This will be the first time Florida has hosted the MLB All Star game.  Governor Rick Scott said, “It’s been an historic week for baseball in Florida. […]

Governor Scott to Lead Domestic Mission Trip to Philadelphia from February 23-24

On February 12, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott today announced February 23-24 as the dates he will lead a domestic business development mission to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Governor Scott will meet with job creators and business leaders to discuss why they should move their business to Florida and buy a one-way ticket to the Sunshine State. Accompanying Governor Scott on the […]

Gov. Scott Announces Volkswagen To Create 100 Jobs in Jacksonville

On February 11, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Volkswagen Group of America has chosen JAXPORT as the location of its import facility and Southeastern distribution center. The Jacksonville location will create 100 jobs and a capital investment of $3 million in the region.  Governor Scott said, “We are excited Volkswagen has chosen Florida to […]

Governor Rick Scott Announces the Nationals and the Astros Will Keep Spring Training in Florida

On February 11, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott today announced that the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros, whose leases come up for renewal next year, have chosen to stay in Florida. As part of this agreement, the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros will remain in Florida for the next 30 years and Florida will continue to retain its […]

Governor Scott Announces Medytox To Expand Corporate Headquarters In Palm Beach

On February 10, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Medytox Solutions, Inc. will expand its corporate headquarters in West Palm Beach. The expansion will create 60 new jobs, in addition to retaining 40 jobs, and a capital investment of $7 million. Governor Scott said, “Every job helps shape Florida’s future as we continue […]

Gov. Scott Highlights $1.6 Billion to Restore Florida Springs

On February 9, 2015, in Recent Appointments, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott highlighted a dedicated source of revenue that will provide $1.6 billion for Florida springs restoration over the next 20 years as part of his proposed 2015-2016 “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget.  If passed by the Legislature, $50 million will go toward springs restoration next year. Governor Scott said, “Florida’s springs are one […]

Governor Rick Scott Encourages Students to Apply for the Gubernatorial Fellows Program

On February 6, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott today encouraged college and university students to apply for the 2015-2016 Gubernatorial Fellows Program. Participation in the program provides Florida students with firsthand, high-level experience and insight into how state government operates. Established in 2004, and endowed by the Hoffman Foundation in 2005, the program gives Florida college and university students the […]

Gov. Scott Announces Sunera to Expand Tampa Headquarters

On February 6, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Tampa, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Sunera LLC, an IT and data risk consulting firm and subsidiary of Cyber Risk Management (“CRM”), plans to expand its headquarters in Tampa. The expansion will create more than 40 new jobs and invest $185,000 in Hillsborough County.  Governor Scott said, “We are excited to announce […]

Governor Rick Scott Presents Shine Awards to Eight Elementary School Educators

On February 5, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

During today’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized eight outstanding elementary educators in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties with the Governor’s Shine Awards for their commitment to Florida’s students. Governor Scott said, “Florida’s teachers know that a great job begins with a great education, which is why they work so hard to […]

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

On February 5, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott recognized Dave Christensen, the Vice President of Operations of ARMA, with the Governor’s Business Ambassador Award. ARMA, a veteran-owned business, has 1,000 employees, and 85% are veterans with recent service in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Governor’s Business Ambassador Award is given to individuals and business in recognition of their efforts to […]

Gov. Rick Scott Awards Sebring Police Officer with the Medal of Heroism

On February 5, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

During today’s Cabinet meeting, Governor Rick Scott recognized Officer Sean Bueford of the Sebring Police Department with the Medal of Heroism for his bravery in saving the lives of two Floridians. Governor Scott said, “I am honored to present Officer Sean Bueford with the Medal of Heroism today for his quick actions that saved lives. […]

Gov. Scott Proposes $460 Million for Performance Funding at State Universities and Colleges

On February 4, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Governor Rick Scott today highlighted his proposal to include $460 million for performance funding for state universities and colleges in the 2015-2016 “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget. This is following up on the $200 million that was invested in performance funding for state universities in 2014-2015. Governor Scott said, “We are working to increase the quality […]

Governor Scott Announces Merritt Island Boat Works to Create 380 New Jobs

On February 3, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Manufacturer to invest more than $16 million in Brevard County  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Merritt Island Boat Works will open a new manufacturing facility in Merritt Island, which will create at least 380 new jobs and a capital investment of more than $16 million in Brevard County. Governor Scott said, […]

Governor Scott Presents More Than $124 Million in School Recognition Awards

On February 25, 2015, in News Releases, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the distribution of more than $124 million in School Recognition Program funding this year to Florida’s high performing schools across the state. Over 1,500 schools will receive the financial awards based on sustained or significantly improved student achievement. Governor Scott said, “Florida’s teachers and schools prepare our students to pursue […]

Administrative Schedule for February 25, 2015

On February 25, 2015, in Scheduling, by Governor's Press Office

Scott/ Lopez-Cantera Administrative Schedule for Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Five to Florida Commission on Community Service (Volunteer Florida)

On February 24, 2015, in Recent Appointments, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced two appointments and three reappointments to the Florida Commission on Community Service (Volunteer Florida). Sarah “Sam” Seevers, 56, of Destin, is the owner and editor of Life’s a Beach Publications and the former mayor of Destin. She fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning February 24, […]

Governor Rick Scott Reappoints Karen Bowling to Florida State College at Jacksonville District Board of Trustees

On February 24, 2015, in Recent Appointments, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Karen Bowling to the Florida State College at Jacksonville District Board of Trustees. Bowling, 59, of Jacksonville Beach, is the director of public affairs for Foley & Lardner LLP. She is reappointed for a term beginning February 24, 2015, and ending May 31, 2018. The appointment is […]

Administrative Schedule February 24, 2015

On February 24, 2015, in Scheduling, by Governor's Press Office

Scott/ Lopez-Cantera Administrative Schedule for Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Governor Rick Scott Appoints Four to Continuing Care Advisory Council

On February 23, 2015, in Recent Appointments, by Governor's Press Office

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced one appointment and three reappointments to the Continuing Care Advisory Council. Marshall “Trey” Gunn II, 30, of Jacksonville, is a partner at Gunn Chamberlain. He succeeds Dennis Schelper and is appointed for a term beginning February 23, 2015, and ending September 30, 2016. Peter Dys, 70, of Fort Myers, is […]