How has the local, state, or federal government promoted economic growth in your area (Montgomery, AL)? In what ways do you think it was a success or a failure? The federal government made and attempt to significantly increase economic growth in the Tampa Bay area where I live and throughout Florida by allotting federal funds to the state in order to build a high speed rail system that would connect all major Florida metropolitan areas, namely, Tampa, Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville. Then governor, Rick Scott would not accept the funds and never started the high speed rail projects. This was a big mistake, many economists have gone on the record to say, Florida missed a huge opportunity for economic growth by passing on the high speed rail project. Many Floridians hope that the new governor will start the high speed rail project and accept any funding offered by the federal government.