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Florida Chamber gives Rick Scott a blueprint for 143k jobs



The good news, that's about about 20 percent of Scott's campaign promise of creating of 700,000 and could be done within five years. The bad news, it would cost about $1.7 billion at a time when tax collections are dropping.

"This is a both a bridge to the new economy and a strategy for 143,000 new, high-wage jobs," Florida Chamber of Commerce President Mark Wilson said.

The chamber's 37-page Florida Trade and Logistics Study focuses much of its attention on development of the state's 14 seaports, including creating at least one capable of servicing the world's biggest container ships that will have easier access to Florida once the Panama Canal expansion is completed in 2014. The only port on the country's east coast ready to handle the huge ships is in Virginia.

Scott's statement: "It's critical that Florida's ports and infrastructure be modernized so that our state's economy is positioned to thrive.  As trade expands with Latin America, Florida is uniquely positioned to play a major role in international trade.  The Chamber's trade and logistics study paints a very clear picture of what must be done to make Florida an international hub for logistics and freight handling, and I will do everything I can as governor to help our state achieve that goal."

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 5:02pm]


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