Rick Scott announces five day 'jobs tour'
Gov.-elect Rick Scott will travel the state next week on a five-day, 10-city "Let's Get to Work Jobs Tour," his transition team announced today.
The campaign-style tour comes at the halfway point of Scott's transition from political candidate to head of the fourth most populous state in the union. Scott already has spent much of the first four weeks on the road: Republican Governor's Association meetings in San Diego, National Governor's Association conference in Colorado Springs, visits with the congressional delegation in Washington D.C.
Scott's press release says his visits will "highlight the major industries that contribute to Florida's economy." One sector of the economy not included: the 1.1 million government jobs that account for about 15 percent of the state's workforce. Scott has no visit scheduled for Tallahassee, where lawmakers will meet next week for their first week of committee meetings in preparation for the spring legislative session.
The press release doesn't mention any specific stops or businesses. Here are the "highlights" of the tour, according to the press release:
Monday: Homeland security/defense industry in Pensacola; technology sector in Melbourne.
Tuesday: aviation/aerospace industry in Jacksonville; agriculture industry in Venus.
Wednesday: manufacturing in Lake City; international trade and port operations in Miami.
Thursday: citrus in Bradenton; tourism and hospitality in Fort Lauderdale.
Friday: entrepreneurship/start-up companies in Tampa; health care and biomedical research in Orlando.