When Florida Governor Rick Scott announced his plan to cut taxes and invest in economic development programs during Tuesday’s State of the State, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer was in Tallahassee along with other Mayor from around the state to demonstrate solidarity for those initiatives.
On Wednesday morning, when the Governor’s “Million Miles for a Million Jobs” kicked off here in Orlando, officials from the Orlando Economic Development Commission spoke right behind the Mayor at the rally promoting the city’s standing as the #1 job creator over the last 3 years.
On both occasions Central Florida leaders have demonstrated they’re all in for the Governor’s plan that would cut $1 billion dollars in taxes and invest $250 million dollars into Enterprise Florida, the state’s economic development commission.
For Dyer it continues that has been an unusually friendly relationship with the Governor that has pushed aside partisan lines to work together to bring jobs to the area. Orlando’s diversity has made the region the most fertile area for job growth in the area that is striving to push beyond it’s prominent identity as a vacation destination and move into the realms of Modeling and Simulation as well as Medical Technology. The Orlando EDC’s branding campaign “Orlando, you don’t know the half of it.” exists for that very purpose.
There will be little resistance for the $1 billion dollars in tax cuts from the Republican controlled legislature it’s the $135 million dollar increase for Enterprise Florida that is drawing concerns. At this mornings event (story HERE), Scott main selling point for the investment saying “Our economy is very dependent on tourism and construction, that’s outstanding, but we go through another recession, we’ll need other tools. We’ve got to diversify this economy. said Scott
And for the Governor and Mayor it looks like the two have moved passed a rough patch, after Scott vetoed funds for the Downtown UCF Campus. An organization Dyer hopes to lead some day when leaving office. If the job numbers keep growing they’ll both win. Dyer’s resume will only get stronger and Scott where ever his political future leads him, will be able to say he’s one of the most successful jobs Governors in the state’s history.