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Lopsided House Votes To Abolish Enterprise Florida and Economic Development Limbs

| March 10, 2017

The House also voted 80-35 to approve a separate measure (HB 9) that would overhaul the structure and contract-reporting requirements of Visit Florida.

Proposal to Kill Economic Agency and Trim Visit Florida Budget Clears House Committees

| February 23, 2017

Palm Coast’s Rep. Paul Renner continued to defend the proposals, which would cut Visit Florida’s budget to $25 million, as the House bill heads for a floor vote in march, but still without viable Senate support.

In Flagler Beach, Scott Attacks Renner Over Tourism and Economic Development Programs

| February 13, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott was in campaign mode in a visit to Flagler Beach Monday as he criticized Flagler’s Rep. Paul Renner, a fellow-Republican, for introducing a bill that would eliminate Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.

Senate Leader Balks as Gov. Scott Seeks $85 Million in Business Incentives and Recruitment

| September 15, 2015

Senate President Andy Gardiner says the $53 million to Enterprise Florida is adequate, with $43 million for incentives and $10 million for marketing.

Gov. Rick Scott Heading Back to Paris Air Show in Hopes of Attracting Aerospace Jobs

| February 25, 2015

In 2013, the every-other-year air show drew more than 315,000 visitors, 2,215 international exhibitors and delegations from 102 different countries. The effectiveness of Scott’s trips, however, remains suspect to some.

Enterprise Florida’s Version of Economic Development: Lavish Perks at Steakhouses, Hotels and Yankee Stadium

| March 3, 2014

Enterprise Florida, The state’s economic development agency, is under fire again. This time, a recent report highlighted lavish spending by its staff, which prompted a watchdog group to ask the governor to launch an investigation.

Big Sugar Goes to Work for Scott as Reelection Team Hauls $700K While Governor Does Paris

| June 25, 2013

The “Let’s Get to Work” political committee posted $695,447 in contributions from 91 sources during the time Scott was highlighting the state to foreign aviation interests as part of Enterprise Florida’s June 14 to June 21 trade mission to the Paris Air Show.

Gov. Scott Facing Mounting Questions From His Own Party Over Jobs Agenda, and Expenses

| February 13, 2013

Gov. Rick Scott’s aggressive economic development effort is getting more legislative pushback as budget committees in both chambers questioned the direction, expense and oversight of the governor’s “jobs, jobs, jobs” agenda.

Integrity Report Critical of Enterprise Florida as an Obstacle to Job Creation Is Itself Tainted

| February 6, 2013

Questionable bonuses, conflicts of interest and a ‘pay to play’ mentality is hampering taxpayer driven economic development efforts, according to a study conducted by Integrity Florida and paid for by Americans for Prosperity/Florida, a conservative advocacy group funded in large part by the Koch brothers.

“Corruption Risks” Cited at Enterprise Florida, the State’s Economic Development Agency

| April 26, 2012

Integrity Florida, a new watchdog group, faults Enterprise Flagler, the public-private partnership, for producing too few jobs while perks such as tax breaks and incentive grants went to corporations that paid to serve on the agency’s board.

Mississippi’s F. Gray Swoope Jr. Is Scott’s Pick for Enterprise Florida

| February 28, 2011

Gray Swoope has been the head of the Mississippi Development Authority under Gov. Haley Barbour. He replaces John Adams, whom Gov. Rick Scott fired last month as Enterprise Florida president.

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