WHAT THEY ARE SAYING…
Governor Scott’s commitment to job creation and improving Florida’s economy
FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
“Florida retailers are continuing to create jobs as the state’s economy improves. We commend the efforts of Gov. Scott and legislative leaders to address the serious issues that have threatened employers over the past year, such as reemployment taxes. Florida retailers have been able to remain competitive and invest in new jobs,” said Rick McAllister, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation.
"In recent months, Florida's housing market shows growth and positive momentum from increased buyer interest, more closed sales and higher pending sales," says 2013 Florida Realtors® President Dean Asher, broker-owner with Don Asher & Associates Inc. in Orlando. "Mortgage rates are still historically low, and the state's strengthening economy is generating more jobs and boosting buyers' confidence. The Sunshine State is an international destination: Our great climate, beautiful beaches and waterways, famous attractions, culture and lifestyle appeal to people of all ages from all over the world. Florida Realtors' data indicates the state's housing recovery continues to gain traction each month, and we expect those trends to continue this year."
"The Florida tourism industry has seen more than 30 straight months of job growth in the hospitality sector, as well as record increases in visitation and visitor spending," said Will Seccombe, President & CEO of VISIT FLORIDA. "Thanks to the continued support of Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature, VISIT FLORIDA and our industry partners' efforts to successfully market the Sunshine State have resulted in good paying, career developing jobs for more than one million Floridians."
FLORIDA RESTAURANT & LODGING ASSOCIATION
"The hospitality industry continues to advance Florida's economic recovery and we are encouraged by the improved employment numbers under Governor Scott’s leadership,” said Carol Dover, President/CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “Florida’s hoteliers and restaurateurs understand the importance of not only catering to our tourism industry, but also encouraging our residents to take advantage of our incredible amenities, which in turn creates more job opportunities for careers in hospitality.”
FLORIDA PORTS COUNCIL
“Many of the economic indicators in Florida point toward growth, including increased tourism and international trade, bringing a higher volume of freight coming through Florida ports,” said Doug Wheeler, president of the Florida Ports Council. “Governor Scott’s focus on invigorating Florida’s economy is resulting in more jobs for Florida families and a better trained workforce for Florida companies.”