Florida governor visits with Tennessee companies to 'convince them to move'
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Florida Governor Rick Scott has now spent two days in Nashville as part of an effort to woo companies from Tennessee to the Sunshine State.
According to the governor's schedule, Scott traveled to Tennessee on Wednesday morning for 'business development meetings' with Brentwood-based Tractor Supply Company, Bridgestone Americas, and Griffin Technology.
On Thursday, Scott held two other business development meetings in Nashville, including one with the building products manufacturer Louisiana-Pacific Corporation.
Governor Scott's office confirmed the meetings to FOX 17 News, saying the governor was in the state to meet with companies in an effort to "convince them to move to Florida."
The office says Scott routinely meets with companies throughout the country and internationally as part of the effort to bring jobs to the state.
FOX 17 News reached out to Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's office which responded the mayor was not aware of the visit but the office is "confident that Nashville’s great quality of life and strong business climate will not only keep jobs and businesses here, but attract more companies from around the world to our region."
FOX 17 News also reached out to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's office but has not at the time of this writing received a statement if Haslam was made aware of Scott's visit. According to a report in the Tampa Bay Times, Scott did not make a prior announcement of his recruiting efforts.
The Times report states Tennessee is just the latest state Scott has targeted to "poach jobs." California, Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania have also been paid visits by the Republican governor.