Enterprise Florida has finalized a two-year contract with the former director of PortMiami to serve as Gov. Rick Scott's top business recruiter. The contract, which includes a possible two-year extension, will pay Bill Johnson a base salary of $265,000 a year. The contract also includes the potential to receive a "target" bonus of $100,000 a year. Johnson, who must still sign the contract, will serve under the titles of Florida secretary of commerce and president and chief executive officer of Enterprise Florida. Johnson who is slated to start with the state's public-private economic development agency on March 1, will replace Gray Swoope. Swoope has been at the helm of Enterprise Florida the past four years. Johnson spent eight years as director at PortMiami. The Enterprise Florida Board of Directors agreed to offer Johnson the job on Jan. 22. Swoope, who is paid $275,000 a year by Enterprise Florida, is stepping down at the end of February. Swoope hasn't offered a reason for his pending departure, which was announced in January. In a Dec 2 letter to Scott, Swoope said professionally "it is time for me to move on." Swoope tweeted on Friday that he "will not be announcing what's next until February 27. Stay tuned."
News Service of Florida