Preston was promoted to his position with Enterprise Florida in 2008. Enterprise Florida is a public-private partnership that serves as that state’s economic recruiting arm.
Hutchinson plans to hold a formal press conference at the capitol at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday to make the appointment. On Wednesday night, he hosted a reception of economic developers to introduce Preston as his pick.
Florida is considered one of the more active states in terms of economic development. According to the Enterprise Florida website, there have been six significant announcements so far in March, with almost 500 new jobs expected from the new deals.