Gov. ‘Let’s Shrink Government” Scott plans to revive FL Dept. of Commerceby Dara Kam | January 27th, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott proposes the creation of a new Department of Commerce coordinate the state’s economic development efforts, the new governor told a meeting of the public-private Enterprise Florida this morning.
Scott was skimpy on details but said that the economic development czar would work in his executive office.
The new department would be a combination of the Agency for Workforce Innovation, Enterprise Florida and the governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development, Scott said.
Scott’s indicated he’s intent on shrinking state government, proposing to slash the state’s workforce by 5 percent and combine or do away with certain agencies altogether.
A Commerce Department isn’t a new idea. Back in 1996, the legislature canned the department and merged it into Enterprise Florida. Jeb Bush once led that agency under former Gov. Bob Martinez.
Unlike some previous governors, Scott stayed at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Tallahassee for the duration of the three-hour meeting, drawing kudos from the crowd.
Read Aaron Deslatte’s Orlando Sentinel blog for more on Scott’s proposal.