April 23, 2014

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 8/15/2013

› With another record tourism year in sight, Florida scrambles to sustain momentum
Florida is on track for another record tourism year, reporting its best numbers ever for the second quarter and the first half of 2013. The state's tourism industry is on an impressive run the past few years – each a record breaker – given the less-than-stellar U.S. and global rebound from the recession. But is Florida's record-smashing performance sustainable?

› Two high-tech firms set sights on Brevard for major expansions
Two high-tech companies are focusing on Brevard County for major expansions that they say would lead to them adding more than 400 jobs to the local economy, most relatively high-paying. The expansions also could spur the creation of more than 350 spinoff jobs locally at other companies.

› Forbes: Dolphins not gaining in value
Forbes released its annual estimate of the finances of NFL teams. The numbers offer another measure of a disappointing 2012 season for the Miami Dolphins.

› Business networking event at Port of Manatee
Businesses of Manatee County are preparing for one of the largest networking opportunities of the year. The Manatee Chamber of Commerce expects hundreds of people to attend its Ship-Shape Showcase Thursday at Port Manatee.

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