Governor Rick Scott’s Weekly Newsletter – October 28, 2011


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Governor Scott Leads Brazil Trade Mission

This week, I returned from leading a trade mission to Brazil, where a delegation of 185 Florida business and community leaders delivered a strong message to Brazilian businesses and tourists that they are welcome in Florida.

Brazil and Florida share a $16 billion bilateral trade relationship. As Florida’s No. 1 trading partner in the world and its No. 1 export market, Brazil was also Florida’s second largest overseas tourism market last year. Interestingly, visitors from Brazil ranked No. 1 in tourism spending.

During the trip, we were able to announce a capital investment of $25 million that will open a manufacturing facility in Palm Beach. A natural caffeine food supplement derived from a Brazilian fruit called guarana will be sold to the food and beverage, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. The project is slated to create 75 jobs, paying an average of $62,000 per year. The venture will be launched without any incentive package from the state.

In addition, Brazil’s official export promotion agency, APEX, has expanded its U.S. operations in Miami. APEX helps Brazilian companies access international business opportunities and increase exports. The expansion and a $500,000 capital investment has enabled APEX to add seven full-time staff, relocate to downtown Miami and expand to 11,000 square feet of space, which is primarily used for 20 business incubator offices.

It’s exciting that Florida is attracting international business, which is further evidence our state is ready to compete on an international stage. I will do all I can to ensure Florida and international businesses have every opportunity for success in our state. I invite you to visit the links below to learn more about these announcements, as well as recent exciting Florida job creation numbers.

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Promises Made, Promises Kept:

Governor Rick Scott Announces Miami Expansion of Brazil’s Export Promotion Headquarters

Governor Rick Scott Welcomes America’s Natural Caffeine to Palm Beach

Governor Rick Scott Announces September 2011 Job Creation Numbers

2012 Job Creation and Economic Growth Agenda

Governor Rick Scott’s Weekly Radio Address

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First Lady of Florida Ann Scott is passionate about providing Florida’s children with strong beginnings in life. She knows that all children need a loving home with parents to guide them. However, on any given day in Florida, approximately 800 children live in foster care, waiting to find their forever families. The First Lady is raising awareness for those children by recognizing November as National Adoption Month.

The First Lady has spent time with some of these children, and they have captured her heart. They include teenagers, sibling groups, and children with medical conditions. These children will tell their personal stories on videos during November as part of “30 Days of Amazing Children: Explore Adoption!”

Mrs. Scott encourages all Floridians to watch these videos at adoptflorida.org. She urges you to meet these beautiful children and consider adoption. In addition to changing the life of a child forever, Florida offers many benefits to adoptive families. Look for the First Lady’s video message about National Adoption Month that will be released next week.

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This week Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll joined the Unanue family at the inauguration of the new Goya regional headquarters and distribution plant in Miami. Since beginning in 1936 in Manhattan, Goya Foods has grown into the largest Hispanic owned food company in the United States. Their success is a great example of the outstanding contributions that Hispanics, in pursuit for the American dream, have made to our country and the state of Florida. Governor Scott and Lt. Governor Carroll are delighted by Goya’s decision to expand in Florida.

This new 338,000 square foot facility will be almost twice the size of the previous facility and the largest of Goya’s 16 facilities worldwide. The plant will employ over 300 Floridians, including 30 new jobs. The facility will be used not only to cover the South Florida market, but to export Goya products to the Caribbean, Latin America and even to Africa. Goya makes a great contribution to expanding Florida exports and solidifying Florida’s reputation as the principal business center of the Americas.

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