Florida Governor Rick Scott said he is aware of the successful economic development efforts happening in Port St. Lucie

Florida Governor Rick Scott said he is aware of the successful economic development efforts happening in Port St. Lucie, and that those efforts are helping improve the economic condition of the state.

Posted: Jan. 30, 2014

In a letter to Mayor JoAnn Faiella last week, Florida Governor Rick Scott said he is aware of the successful economic development efforts happening in Port St. Lucie, and that those efforts are helping improve the economic condition of the state.

“I keep hearing about the great things you’re doing in Port St. Lucie and hope to see you again soon,” Gov. Scott said. “Your efforts, along with the Sunshine State's economic turnaround, are helping Florida create an opportunity economy where dynamic, growing industries create jobs and careers for generations to come.”

The Governor also offered congratulations for the city earning the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA award, and said the state’s unemployment rate is at its lowest in more than five years.

The letter also said, “We will continue to work tirelessly to make sure Florida families can pursue their dreams by getting a great job and having access to a quality education.”

Some of the recent economic good news in Port St. Lucie includes:

  • Bass Pro Shops – 250 jobs
  • Martin Health System, Tradition Hospital – 700 jobs
  • Burlington – 120 jobs
  • Aegis – 650 jobs
  • Guitar Center – 3,000 customers opening night
  • New Achievers Institute - 50 new teachers hired
  • AC Moore Arts & Crafts – hired in 2013
  • QVC – hired in 2013
  • Tesla Motors – stock up 76 percent since announcing plan to open charging station in Port St. Lucie

Read the letter from Gov. Rick Scott