Feb. 21, 2014
This week we made two exciting transportation announcements for Florida families. The Orlando International Airport will receive $213.5 million in funding to develop a South Airport People Mover Complex and an Intermodal Transit Facility. This project will serve aviation, rental car, rail, private automobile, taxi, bus, and shuttle transportation, while creating approximately 1,900 construction jobs and 380 permanent jobs for Florida families.
We also announced that thanks to more than $131 million in state funding through the Department of Transportation, the Gateway Express Project in Pinellas County will be completed 20 years sooner than previously expected. This project will make roads safer and allow families to spend more time together, and less time sitting in traffic. These crucial transportation projects will help to continue to grow our economy and bring more tourists, trade and business travelers to Florida every day.
Florida state employees are working hard for Florida families.
I would like to congratulate Sergeant Telesa Scott Gibbs, of the Department of Corrections, for being awarded the 2014 Corrections USA Medal of Valor. Sergeant Gibbs was recognized for consistently going above and beyond the call of duty to keep Florida safe.
I would also like to applaud Michael Baugher, of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, for being named the Star Employee of the Year for the Sunland Center Developmental Disabilities Defendant Program. Michael was recognized for his teamwork and dedication to serving Florida families.
Thank you for all your great work.