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Gov. Rick Scott takes jobs talk to rural Panhandle counties

MARIANNA — Gov. Rick Scott toured the Panhandle Monday, visiting with community and business leaders in a series of "roundtable" meetings focused on the unique challenges Florida's small counties face in creating jobs.

Biz roundtableThe meetings were held in a part of the state where gubernatorial visits are rare occurrences. Scott used the opportunity to outline his economic development vision and learn about the unique challenges that Gadsden, Jackson, Walton, Calhoun, Washington and Holmes counties face.

"Today really is your day," the governor told the group in Gadsden County (pictured at left). "I'm here to try to answer any questions."

Although the governor requested the meetings in each county, the local chambers of commerce were relied upon to invite the guests. The attendees were generally local government officials, school administrators and area business owners.

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