Robert Trigaux column: Amid bad publicity over job hype, don't count Gov. Rick Scott out just yet
Times Business columnist Robert Trigaux:
It's too easy to punch holes in Gov. Rick Scott's economic story telling about creating jobs in Florida. Most of the state's press is having a field day lampooning Scott for taking credit for recent meager jobs relocations or expansions in Florida when, quite often, these deals were cut well before he took office.
Don't count him out yet.
For sure, Scott's jobs announcements from last week's Canada trade mission did not earn him credibility points. A $1 million incentive deal to entice Montreal-based Garda World Security Services to relocate its U.S. headquarters from California to Boca Raton and create 100 jobs over the next two years was first reported in January. Scott's office issued a press release on two other deals featuring Canadian companies Toronto Sky Aviation coming to Opa-Locka (just five jobs, aiming for up to 100) and UCC Steelwork Connections opening what it calls a "stocking location" in Tampa (two jobs, aiming for 10).
Still, there's room for hope.