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Enterprise Florida sinks on Gov. Rick Scott's organizational chart



Gov. Rick Scott's office has a revised organizational chart that reflects several new hires and promotions and several noteworthy changes in the chain of command. In the latest sign of Enterprise Florida's loss of prestige following the planned exit of Bill Johnson, its CEO — if there is one — will no longer report directly to the governor.

Under the new org chart, dated April 13, a leaner and less prestigious Enterprise Florida will report to a deputy chief of staff, Frank Collins. A previous version of the chart, updated when Melissa Sellers became chief of staff in December 2014, had former Enterprise Florida CEO Gray Swoope reporting directly to the governor.

"Job creation remains the governor's top priority," Scott spokesman John Tupps said. "The organizational chart represents our office at this time."

After the Legislature rejected Scott's call for a $250 million enterprise fund at Enterprise Florida, he called for a downsizing of the agency including a reduction of its payroll and an audit of its real estate leases. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a member of Enterprise Florida's board, said he hoped Scott would not "completely burn down the agency" in response to the denial of funding.

Scott has also decided that the state's tourism arm, Visit Florida, and Space Florida should report directly to Collins, not to Enterprise Florida as they did previously. The state Department of Corrections, which previously reported to Collins, is now under director of policy Jeff Woodburn.

Under new chief of staff Kim McDougal, the Department of Education and the state's early learning coalitions will continue to report to her, as they did when she was legislative affairs director, along with the Able Trust, a nonprofit that matches Florida employers and people who have developmental disabilities.

Three people report directly to Scott: McDougal, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and chief inspector general Melinda Miguel.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 14, 2016 4:03pm]


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