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Gov. Scott touts high-paying jobs coming to Clay County

The governor announced new high-paying jobs are coming to the area. (Deanna Bettineschi)
The governor announced new high-paying jobs are coming to the area. (Deanna Bettineschi)
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Updated: 9/04/2013 1:17 pm
CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott visited Orange Park Wednesday with a big jobs announcement.

He tells Action News the R J Corman Railroad Group based out of Kentucky, will be opening up shop and bring 50-plus jobs to the area over the next three years.

RJ Corman Railroad Group leaders say they already have nearly 1,100 employees across the US and they can't wait to expand in Florida.

Bill Garrison, president of he Clay County Economic Development Council, says the employees will be paid around $75,000.

He says that's nearly double the average wage that locals make in Clay County.

The president of the R J Coreman Railroad Group says he wanted to come here because of the talented educated workforce.

"They understand pleasant living and they want to stay here. We want their talents and abilities and that's a large part of hey we are here," says Craig King.

Scott says there are also more incentives offered in Florida.

"They like the fact that we have no income tax for our families like the fact we have a low business tax less regulations, but they also like our workforce," says Scott.

Scott says the private sector job growth has been big in the last couple of months, and he wants to keep Florida competitive, so other companies will come to Florida as well.

Florida Representative Travis Cummings says this will keep more Clay County workers local, instead of having them travel to work in Duval County.

Scott says right now the revenue coming into this state is the highest in the history.
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