Tuesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Dozens of education leaders, from the state commissioner of education to teachers, packed into a tight conference room Monday along with parents to kick off what was billed as a historic three-day summit tackling Florida's most nagging and controversial education issues. On the agenda (deep breath): helping the state make some key decisions on new learning standards, testing, school grades and teacher evaluations. More from the Tampa Bay Times, Florida Today, and StateImpact Florida.
With more than 2,270 miles of tidal shoreline, more than 11,000 miles of waterways, and year-round weather ideal for outdoor activities, Florida is world-renowned for its recreational fishing.
Florida's the fishing capital of the world, says Florida Tax Watch. » See the special report.
What is less known is the economic impact of all the differing types of fishing activity in our state. Read the industry report from Florida Tax Watch, here.
More than 34 million people are expected to travel this Labor Day weekend as the national average for a gallon fueled good news at the gas pumps: The price of regular gasoline is about 30 cents less than this same week last year. [Source: Ocala Star-Banner]
An improved economy and housing market has spurred an upswing in the state's retail development, especially in parts of South Florida. Miami leads the way with about 1.15 million square feet of shopping center space under construction. At the bottom? The Tampa Bay area with no major projects under construction and the most available retail space of Florida's six major markets. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]
A new school year is underway for children across Florida. A new year brings with it the potential of new learning, new skills, and new challenges. Are our kids learning what they need to in order to compete in the global job market of the future? More from StateImpact Florida and WLRN.
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Air Force awards Harris Corp. $27.3 million
Harris Corp. has landed a $27.3 million addition to an existing contract to perform advanced communications work for the Air Force Space and Missile Center in California, the company has confirmed. The Melbourne-based electronics and communications company was awarded the deal on Friday, according to the Department of Defense.
› FloridaWorks brings innovative training program back to Gainesville
FloridaWorks is trying to show that workforce training money spent on entrepreneurship training is a good investment of taxpayer dollars, said Kim Tesch-Vaught, executive director. After starting a pilot program to train educated professionals who are unemployed or underemployed in how to start a business around research inventions, the local workforce agency has expanded the program to other workforce regions.
› Visit Orlando to expand marketing reach in Canada, Brazil
Visit Orlando is extending its international push in two key areas: The region's largest international market and one of its fastest growing ones. The tourism-marketing organization is planning new efforts in the Canadian cities of Montreal and Quebec, as well as the Brazilian cities of Brasilia, Recife, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba and Porto Alegre.
› Tampa Bay home price jumps among highest in the state
Tampa Bay homes last month posted some of the biggest price jumps in the state, but gaunt supplies of homes for sale continue to stifle the market, Florida Realtors said.
» Related: Florida Realtors data released after 5-day delay
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