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Statement By:
Barney Bishop III, President and CEO, Associated Industries of Florida

Regarding The Inauguration of Governor Rick Scott and Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll

January 4, 2011

“With the inauguration of Florida’s 45th Governor, we usher in a new era for our state and the way in which our state is run. On behalf of our members, Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) welcomes the leadership of Governor Rick Scott and Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll who will approach the business of our state from a pro-business point of view and retool state government in a way in which Floridians will receive necessary services at a price we can all afford.

Thankfully, Gov. Scott understands the need to revitalize our economy and create jobs that our residents desperately need. And, he has made it clear that jobs and economic development will be his primary focus – exactly as it should be. His bullish vision for Florida to become a haven for expanding existing businesses and attracting new industries is the prescription for our fiscal ills.

Our state’s collective problems need new solutions and we are hopeful the Scott-Carroll administration will work hard every day to make Florida the “new” place to do business in the United States. As a former member of our Board of Directors, we know Governor Scott well and we respect his willingness to undertake this huge challenge in these daunting economic times.

Furthermore, we know the state’s Cabinet, Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Dean Cannon are also all committed to putting Floridians to work and reducing impediments to job creation. By working together, we can forge a better future for the Sunshine State, so “Let’s Get to Work!”