Governor Rick Scott Announces Jobs in North Central Florida
ALACHUA COUNTY - Governor Rick Scott brought his "It's Working" campaign to North Central Florida Wednesday...announcing new jobs in two cities.
The Governor's first stop was Alachua to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Nanotherapeutics manufacturing center.
The biotech company is contracted by the Department of Defense to create medical countermeasures to protect military personnel from biological and nuclear attacks.
Some of those new jobs offer incomes in the ballpark of $90,000.
But are these high-skilled, high-pay jobs a fit for our area?
Kyla Ryan, TV20: "Ok so a lot of these are really high-skilled jobs do you think that the Average Joe ever gets lost in the shuffle?"
Governor Rick Scott: "Oh no. If you look at our state, our state's growing again. We've created 365,000 private sector jobs in the last 2 and a half years. Those jobs include hospitality to high tech jobs, transportation jobs…we are expanding manufacturing..our state is on the move. We've had the second biggest drop in unemployment in the last 2 and a half years, we are adding jobs each and every day."
The Governor referred to the progress he's made in the past 2 and a half years across the state to answer questions - but some of those jobs available at the manufacturing center, were not available to people here.
Dr. James Talton, President and CEO of Nanotherapeutics: "We were able to hire from the area but in some cases we had to go out of the state for the very specialized manufacturing jobs."
The company will make an investment of $120 million into the community with the new facility.
Alachua is a community that has the third largest concentration of bio - science companies in the entire state.
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