From Mississippi? Got initials G.S.? Then Florida wants you to develop its economy
Wake up and good morning. I get it now. If your initials are G.S. and you do economic development work in Mississippi, you have a great chance of getting hired by Florida to help build this state's economy and lure jobs here.
Former Mississippi Development Authority executive director Gray Swoope arrived in Florida early this year to be Florida Gov. Rick Scott's economic development frontman and CEO of Enterprise Florida, the state public-private development arm, and to serve as Florida's secretary of commerce (a cabinet title Florida had put in the broom closet years ago).
Now comes 38-year-old Griff Salmon (photo, left) -- "G.S." No. 2 -- who served as director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s global business division and now become Enterprise Florida's executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective Dec. 2, reporting to "G.S." No. 1 Swoope (photo, right).
Here's Swoope's reasoning on Salmon's role: "The newly created role of the EVP/COO will oversee Enterprise Florida’s operations and support me as I fulfill my obligations as Florida’s secretary of commerce as well as chief executive of Enterprise Florida."
Here's a slice of insight from Salmon as reported in the Mississippi Business Journal back in 2009. "No one sells business more effectively than existing industry." Salmon stated. "As much as I hate to say it, being on the recruiting front, everything starts with existing industry," he said. "If people aren’t happy, it’s hard to sell other people on the values of Mississippi"... er, make that Florida now.
Welcome aboard, Mr. Salmon.
-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, St. Petersburg Times