Governor Scott Announces AT&T as an Innovator in Business

Awards honor businesses for job creation, entrepreneurship, export growth and excellence

Today, Governor Rick Scott, along with Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida (EFI) Gray Swoope, announced AT&T as a Governor’s Innovator in Business at the 2013 Governor’s Innovators in Business Awards. The awards recognize Florida companies in select industries that have influenced the state’s economic growth and diversification over the last year.

AT&T of Miami-Dade County won the Business Expansion Award in a mega market which includes winners in counties with a population 800,001 and higher.

Governor Scott said, “AT&T has been a huge driver of job growth in the Miami-Dade community, and I congratulate them for receiving this honor. We are working to create an opportunity economy in Florida that supports jobs for generations to come, and AT&T’s commitment to growing jobs for Florida families is a great step in that direction.”

Secretary of Commerce Swoope said, “Florida and its companies continue to be the model for economic recovery and growth. Companies from every industry around the state have helped produce jobs and provide opportunities that companies in other states just haven’t been able to match. They truly deserve to be recognized for their resilience, innovation and achievements. On behalf of EFI, congratulations to each of these worthy companies and we look forward to their continued success.”

EFI has hosted the annual program for 30 years. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges that includes business leaders, past winners and EFI staff. Winners were recognized at a special event in the Governor’s Mansion this evening. The event was sponsored by Bank of America and Florida Trend magazine.

In 2011, AT&T spent more than $1.8 billion on goods and services purchased from Florida suppliers. AT&T’s “Project VIP” is a major commitment to invest billions of dollars over the next three years in the 21st century communications infrastructure for Florida and the U.S. Through this investment they plan to expand their 4G LTE network to cover 300 million people by the end of 2014.

“AT&T continues to invest in areas where economic policies encourage investment by companies looking to be successful in the marketplace.” said Joe York, AT&T President – Florida, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands. “Our investments in Florida are a direct result of the business-friendly economic policies implemented with the leadership of Governor Scott, Senate President Gaetz and House Speaker Weatherford.”

Three awards were given in each of the following categories:

  • Governor’s Business Expansion Award: Florida companies that expanded their operations in 2012, investing capital and creating jobs for Floridians.
  • Governor’s Newcomer Award: New-to-Florida companies that began business operations in 2012.
  • Governor’s Export Excellence Award: Florida companies with new or significant increases in documented export sales in 2012.
  • Governor’s Innovation/Entrepreneurship Award: Florida start-up companies or innovative companies that have set a standard for entrepreneurship and creativity in the past three years.
  • Governor’s Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality Award: Florida companies that best exemplify innovation developed through product or process in the last three years.
  • Governor’s Rising Star Awards: Rising Florida companies that have shown a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities.

To see the full list of this year’s winners please click here.


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