TRADE

Gov. Rick Scott going to Paris, looking for jobs to bring back to Fla.

 

Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

Gov. Rick Scott heads overseas again on Friday, this time to Paris as the leader of a trade mission aimed at bringing more aerospace jobs to Florida.

It’s Scott’s ninth overseas trade mission as governor and his second in recent weeks. He went to Santiago, Chile, last month.

The main event on the four-day trip to France is the 50th International Paris Air Show, described by state officials as the world’s largest exhibition combining defense, space and aerospace.

The mission was organized by Enterprise Florida. Participants include Miami’s Beacon Council, the Pinellas County Economic Development and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

“It’s all about jobs,” Scott said Thursday. “You just keep building these relationships to get more jobs for Florida.”

Participants include Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez; Bill Talbert, CEO of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux; Dean Asher, president of the Florida Association of Realtors; and Eric Silagy, president of Florida Power & Light.

Florida Commerce Secretary Gray Swoope will lead a 14-member Enterprise Florida delegation to Paris. The conference will end next Wednesday with a “Meet Miami in Paris” seminar.

Three legislators are also on the trip: Sens. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah and Nancy Detert, R-Venice, and Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City.

Detert is a Senate appointee to Enterprise Florida’s board of directors and chairs the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee.

Scott credited last year’s Paris Air Show with encouraging Pratt & Whitney to add 230 jobs at its manufacturing plant in West Palm Beach. The Connecticut-based aircraft engine maker received $4.4 million in economic incentives from the state and Palm Beach County for the Florida expansion.

Contact Steve Bousquet at bousquet@tampabay.com or (850) 224-7263.

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