As we begin the New Year, I would like to thank all of Florida’s dedicated public servants who have made it their mission to serve our great state.
As I travel the state, families tell me over and over that they care about three things: getting a great job, a quality education, and keeping the cost of living low- and with the help of our dedicated public servants, that’s what we have focused on.
Recently, we announced three manufacturing companies who are creating opportunities in Florida. Last year we eliminated the sales tax on manufacturing equipment. These exciting wins wouldn’t be possible without the support of our public servants.
The career fair allows prospective engineering students at UF to meet with those who have already secured careers in the industry. They answer questions about their particular field of study and explain what career paths are available at FDOT.
We recently reached a great victory when the It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget was signed into law. With the support of Florida’s public servants, our state has experienced incredible growth during the past three years.
Floridians across the state have been seeing the benefits of Florida’s opportunity economy. Our unemployment rate is down, our labor force is increasing, and we have created more than half a million new private sector jobs.
During the recent opening of the 2014 Legislative Session, we took the time to review how far Florida has come.
Governor Rick Scott and Secretary Ananth Prasad announced groundbreaking improvements and the creation of the Tampa Gateway Center at Tampa International Airport.
Governor Rick Scott announced the ground breaking and ribbon cutting of food distribution leader, Cheney Brothers Inc., in Charlotte County. Support from FDOT included an Economic Development Transportation Fund Grant, which is awarded to a local government on behalf of a business for public transportation improvements.
An event designed to introduce high school juniors and seniors to careers in the highway and bridge industry was held in the Northeast Florida area for the first time ever and involved nearly 70 professional organizations throughout Florida and the U.S.
Thanks to our pro-growth policies, focus on job creation, and the work of Florida’s public servants, our state has made a great economic turnaround over the last three years.