August 20, 2014

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| 3/13/2013

› JIA named top five among North American airports in customer service
Service at Jacksonville International Airport is so good that the facility is ranked among the top ten best airports in North America for service quality. The Airports Council International named JIA as the fifth best airport on the continent as part of the Airport Service Quality Awards for 2012.

› For tourism, February still a reminder of better days
Amid record tourism counts, Miami-Dade still awaits another milestone February. New numbers may reveal one any day now, but so far February 2007 remains the record in terms of a key industry benchmark: revenue-per-room. It was $192.69 during February 2007, when Super Bowl came to town and the recession was still nine months away from starting in December.

› Florida business mission to Chile set for May
Gov. Rick Scott is preparing to lead a Florida business mission to Chile from May 20 to May 23, the state’s economic development group Enterprise Florida announced. About 100 business and government leaders are expected to travel to the South American nation of 17 million people, the latest of more than half a dozen overseas mission led by Scott since he took office in 2011.

› Boca Raton stem cell bank to expand
With a new infusion of capital, AssureImmune plans to expand by opening a public bank. That would enable hospitals and doctors to find a potential match for a patient who needs a procedure. It can be difficult to find a match in a diverse region like South Florida, the company's top executives say.

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