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Gov. Scott Fires Enterprise Florida President

In a late afternoon news dump, Governor Rick Scott thought it was time Enterprise Florida president John Adams needed to go:

Gov. Rick Scott has quietly fired Enterprise Florida president John Adams, saying he wants a new leader to help promote his job-creation and economic development agenda.

In response to a public records request, Scott’s office Friday released a letter dated Wednesday informing the Orlando-based public-private partnership of his decision.

Its president serves at the governor’s pleasure. Enterprise Florida assumed responsibility for the state economic development when the Department of Commerce was dissolved in 1996.

The new Republican governor announced plans to revive that agency at an Enterprise Florida board meeting Thursday.

The letter referred to Adams, first appointed by former Gov. Jeb Bush, only as “the current appointee.”

I guess the words for a new direction has changed to: “You’re Fired”

It happen during the 2010 election and now those elected are doing the same thing. A local example, would be my county (and now a near-by town) council firing our county manager.

I also think it’s kind of silly to have a sudo-cabinet company when you can have the cabinet. The Orlando Sentinel lays out a good case for the return of the DOC:

Gov. Rick Scott wants to re-create the state’s Department of Commerce to give him more control over statewide efforts to bolster economic development.

The state’s Department of Commerce was abolished back in 1996. Today, Enterprise Florida, the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development and the Agency for Workforce Innovation lead the charge for jobs, commerce and growth.

However, Gov. Scott believes the state’s economic development efforts are disjointed, and with good reason. Business boosters have long complained that Florida’s matrix of agencies, state and local, public and private, has become ineffective. A reorganization is justifiable.

The Legislature should strongly consider Scott’s plan. As we saw with the Burnham Institute, a government that’s busy luring industries here can pay dividends.

I am reminded of an example resently here in Lake County where one such private group brought in another company, but didn’t consult any of the local governments that would be impacted. Not only have these groups become ineffective, but disruptive as well.

Still, there may have been a very good reason why the DOC was abolished back in 1996. One in which I can’t find. I was also in high school worrying more about girls and homework than about state politics. So if anyone here can give me a good reason why we shouldn’t have a DOC, I’m open to hear it. I’m not interested in expanding government just for the shake of expanding government.

[Cross-Posted On Practical State.com]

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