DEO Press Releases

Governor Rick Scott to Host 2017 Jobs Summit in Orlando Next Week

Jan 27, 2017

Business, Education, Community and Government Leaders Gathering to Discuss Economic Development and Job Creation


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that he will host the 2017 Jobs Summit next week to bring together Florida business, education, economic development and community leaders to discuss how to keep bringing new jobs to Florida and ensure positive economic development across the state for generations to come. Governor Rick Scott’s 2017 Jobs Summit will be held at the Caribe Royale in Orlando on February 2nd and 3rd.


Governor Scott said, “The 2017 Jobs Summit will connect business, education, economic development and community leaders to discuss the best ways to bring more jobs to our state. A job is the most important thing to a family, and we must fight to make sure our children and grandchildren have every opportunity to succeed in the Sunshine State.”


Some of the speakers include:

  • Travis Brown, Author: How Money Walks
  • Stan Connally, President & CEO of Gulf Power Company
  • Eric Silagy, President & CEO of Florida Power and Light
  • Gary Spulak, President of Embraer Aircraft Holding
  • Al Stimac, President of Manufacturers Association of Florida
  • Syd Kitson, Chairman of the Florida Chamber of Commerce
  • Harry Sidaris, President of Duke Energy Florida
  • Belinda Keiser, Vice Chancellor of Keiser University
  • Jesse Biter, Founder & CEO of Biter Enterprises
  • Susan Amat, Founder and CEO of Venture Hive
  • John Duffy, CEO of 3C Interactive
  • Steve Calle, Co-Founder & CEO of Snow Lizard Products
  • Trey Lauderdale, Founder & President of Voalte
  • Matthew Levenson, Founder & CEO of Moocho
  • Chris Hart, President & CEO of Enterprise Florida
  • Ken Lawson, President & CEO of VISIT FLORIDA
  • Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)


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