Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis applauded Gov. Ron DeSantis and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry late Thursday after the GOP confirmed the party would relocate its national convention from North Carolina to Jacksonville.
“Before this pandemic, Florida was welcoming 900 people a day to our state,” Patronis said. “While they were coming to Florida because of our beaches, our communities, and our low taxes they were also escaping states that were indifferent to business and opportunity. With the Republican National Convention now headed to Jacksonville, the state of North Carolina is going through the same emotions that the democratic leaders of New York and New Jersey have experienced over the past few years – the feeling of losing their businesses, their capital investments, and their people to the state of Florida. “
President Donald Trump and North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper feuded over crowd sizes and potential safety measures for the large-scale, high-profile gathering.
Jacksonville was selected over other contenders including Savannah, Dallas, Nashville, and others.
Florida has become a landing zone for many business and organizations amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Governor DeSantis and Jacksonville’s Mayor Lenny Curry deserve a huge round of applause for this major accomplishment. With President Trump now a Florida resident, this was an easy decision,” Patronis added. “As Florida continues to recover from the COVID-19 shutdowns, the economic opportunities that will arise from the convention coming to Florida will help in getting our state’s revenues back.”