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Florida Chamber Praises Gov. Scott for SunRail OK, Creating Jobs

By Newsmax Wires   |   Friday, 01 Jul 2011 11:49 AM

The Florida Chamber of Commerce is praising Gov. Rick Scott for approving SunRail, touted as creating 10,000 jobs almost immediately.

“SunRail is a smart infrastructure investment,” said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “This is another example of Governor Scott and the legislature putting Florida’s long-term goals ahead of the short-term interests of a few.”

During the next 30 years, SunRail will create more than 250,000 jobs and generate an economic impact of more than $8 billion, the chamber said.

The chamber also lauded Jacob Stuart, president of the Central Florida Partnership, as one of SunRail’s biggest advocates.

Every dollar invested in transportation yields about $5.60 in economic benefits to the state of Florida, the chamber noted.

Florida’s transportation system is one of the most diverse and multimodal in the world, including an extensive highway network, 3,000 miles of rail, 14 deepwater ports, 19 commercial service airports, and the nation’s largest and most capable spaceport, according to the chamber.

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