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Gov. Rick Scott touts expansion of BBVA Compass in Florida

Scott credits trade mission to Spain for luring company to Florida, creating new jobs

MIAMI – Gov. Rick Scott was in Miami on Wednesday touting the expansion of BBVA Compass in Florida.

Scott said the company has added 80 new jobs in Miami, Orlando and Tampa since 2012 and has 450 positions statewide in its 45 branches throughout Florida.

"We are proud to be the home of great companies like BBVA Compass who are expanding across the state," Scott said. "I met with BBVA Compass in 2012 during our trade mission to Spain to promote job creation in Florida. Economic development trips across the U.S. and the globe are very important to growing more jobs here in the Sunshine State."

Scott ran for office in 2010 on a platform of bringing more jobs to Florida, and he made it the focus of his re-election campaign last year.

Unemployment has fallen to 5.7 percent statewide. Unemployment in Broward County is slightly less, at 5.6 percent, while Miami-Dade County is 6.1 percent.

"This state is on a roll," Scott said.

Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff said he has been a Scott supporter "because he understands the role of government."

"And the role of government really is not to serve the food, but to set the table for dinner," Sarnoff said.

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