USA: Scott Commends Johnson for Building Jobs at PortMiami
Bill Johnson, chairman of the Florida Ports Council and the director of PortMiami, was recognized by Governor Rick Scott at yesterday’s State of the State address during his remarks about the importance of Florida’s ports to economic development.
The governor commended Johnson for building jobs at PortMiami.
Bill Johnson said, “Governor Scott’s longstanding commitment to investing in the state’s transportation and logistics infrastructure is to be commended. We are fortunate to have a governor who recognizes the economic impact of Florida’s transportation system, including seaports, and the great potential for growth. The $288 million in the governor’s recommended Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Work Program for seaport infrastructure improvements will pay dividends now and for decades to come.”
FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad said, “Investing in all our seaports will truly make Florida a global trade gateway. Under Governor Scott’s leadership, these strategic infrastructure investments will grow Florida’s economy, create jobs and move people and freight more efficiently.”
The strategic seaport investments include improving connectivity for enhanced freight movement, enhancing existing berths and terminals, strategic dredging of channels, and increasing capacity for larger ships both for cargo and cruise. These investments are complemented by initiatives such as removing the manufacturing equipment tax, which together will result in increased exports, and therefore, job growth in Florida.
Press Release, March 6, 2013