Florida Chamber of Commerce Congratulates GE on Major Jobs Announcement 500 New Jobs Slated for Jacksonville Area

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TALLAHASSEE, FL. (September 26, 2014) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today congratulates GE on their plans to bring more than 500 new jobs and more than $50 million in capital investment to the Jacksonville area.

“GE’s commitment to create 500 new high-wage, high-skill jobs in Jacksonville is another sign that Florida is moving in the right direction,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “GE is an innovation driven Fortune 500 company, and are important partners in Florida’s growing economy. Congratulations GE.”

Since December 2010, Florida has created more than 640,000 private-sector jobs, our business climate is ranked second in the nation and higher-education initiatives are placing an emphasis on college and career readiness. Florida continues moving in the right direction and with the help of companies like GE, Florida families continue to have more opportunities to succeed.





Established in 1916 as Florida’s first statewide business advocacy organization, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

GE’s Energy Management Invests $50 Million To Create Clearwater, Florida, Manufacturing Center of Excellence

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GE’s Energy Management business will create a new 190,000 square feet manufacturing Center of Excellence in Clearwater, Florida. The COE will include the existing instrument transformer facility as well as new manufacturing operations for capacitors. The expansion encompasses a capital investment of $50 million that will create 250 new jobs.

The company currently manufactures instrument transformers for use by utilities and industrial customers to protect their equipment and ensure the safe and reliable operation of electrical systems. GE’s new manufacturing COE is expected to be fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2015.

“Thanks to the support from Governor Scott, Commissioner Roche and Mayor Cretekos, we are well positioned to more quickly deliver improved outcomes for our customers and solve some of the world’s toughest energy problems,” said GE Energy Management CEO Mark Begor. “From this facility, we’ll serve customers as close as Duke Energy right here in Florida, and as far away as Southeast Asia and South America.”

Governor Rick Scott said, “General Electric Energy Management’s investment in Clearwater is great news for Florida families. The creation of 250 jobs means more Floridians will be able to provide for their families and pursue their dreams in the Sunshine state. Florida businesses have already created more than 620,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010, and we will continue to create an opportunity economy where every Floridian can love the American Dream.”

“The expansion of GE Energy Management in Clearwater is a great boost for Florida’s cleantech and manufacturing industries,” said President/CEO of Enterprise Florida Gray Swoope. “Florida’s position in both industries is rising as more and more companies in those sectors look to locate and expand here. World leaders like GE have been leading the energy industry from Florida for decades and we look forward to their continued growth.”

This project was made possible with the help of close partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the City of Clearwater, Pinellas County, Duke Energy, Pinellas County Economic Development and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio said, “GE Energy Management’s expansion is another win for Florida’s resurgent economy and a return on our investment in the state’s manufacturing industry. This is further evidence that the pro-growth and business-friendly policies of this administration are bringing high-quality jobs to Florida families in Clearwater and across the state.”

Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos said, “The City of Clearwater is committed to expanding job opportunities, and this investment by GE in our community will provide economic benefits to the entire Tampa Bay area.”

“We’re so pleased to welcome these new jobs and to celebrate GE Energy Management’s expansion and newest manufacturing ‘Center for Excellence’ in Pinellas County,” said Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche. “Manufacturing in Pinellas is a point of pride, and GE’s innovators here in Clearwater are an important part of over 30,000 experienced manufacturing professionals in our county.”

“We value our partnership with The City of Clearwater and commend their leadership and shared focus on economic development,” said Alex Glenn, Duke Energy State President – Florida. “They acted quickly to assemble the right partners to win the GE expansion, and we appreciate being a part of the team from the beginning. The GE expansion is a win for the City, the County and the Tampa Bay region resulting in new high-wage jobs and significant capital investment.”

Florida Chamber Regional Briefings Set-Up Discussions for Future of Florida Forum

This session, the Florida Chamber continued to fight against systemic and ongoing issues: water, healthcare, workers’ comp, property insurance, Florida’s pension systems and our dismal legal climate just to name a few. Thanks to the help of a proactive and focused agenda, we are able to make a difference in our state.

The Florida Chamber is currently traveling across Florida engaging business leaders on what more we can do to secure Florida’s future. These discussions are helping set the stage for the Florida Chamber Foundation’s 2014 Future of Florida Forum and Annual Meeting, held in Orlando from Sept. 2, 2014 to Oct. 1.

“At GE, we’ve found the Florida Chamber to be second to none when it comes to fighting for job creation in Florida,” said Trey Paris, U.S. Manager of State Government Relations for General Electric, Florida Chamber Board of Director Member and Chair of the Florida Caucus. “The Florida Chamber does incredible work on behalf of the business community to ensure our economy grows and that we are in the driver’s seat with a plan to secure our businesses.”

From region to region and coast to coast, we have found that Florida’s economy is improving, in part because of the efforts businesses are making to unite their communities around pro-business and pro-jobs initiatives. In fact, a recently released small business index survey shows Florida’s small businesses are feeling optimistic about their growth and opportunities in our state. And it’s exactly this feeling which we will continue to fight for and cultivate. We’ve been reminded in our travels that free enterprise isn’t free. But when we see the brave and courageous leadership of businesses like Gulf Power, General Electric, RS&H, Bank of America, Warren Averett, UF Health Shands, Disney, Chico’s FAS, Fisher & Phillips, Kitson & Partners, and many more, we are reminded of why we believe in fighting for a future that creates innovative solutions to long-term challenges.


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