Scott in Texas pitching Sunshine State to Chinese investorsby John Kennedy | September 21st, 2012
Florida Gov. Rick Scott is spending Friday in Texas with fellow Republican Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, pitching their respective states to a host of Chinese investors.
The U.S.-China Cross Border Private Investment Summit at Cowboys Stadium is the first stop for a six-city U.S.-China Investment Week conference, which includes an event next week in Orlando. About 50 major Chinese investors are taking part in the tour, looking for investment opportunities in the U.S.
Scott is spending the day in the Dallas-area, capped by a dinner Friday night where former President George W. Bush is slated to address the gathering.
Scott’s trip coincides with new employment numbers being released by the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity. Florida’s unemployment rate stayed at 8.8 percent for the month of August, but with 28,000 new private sector jobs created, it marked the state’s best performance in 16-months.
“This increase in new jobs is proving that the decisions we’re making here in Florida are pointing our state in the right direction,” Scott said. “Employers are aware of the talented and skilled workforce we have here, and the August numbers prove that the economic climate in Florida is one that encourages job creation and economic development.”