April 24, 2014

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What you need to know about Florida today

| 9/11/2013

Better days lie ahead for the U.S. economy

The U.S. economy is poised to accelerate towards the end of the year and maintain its momentum through 2014, making a significant dent in unemployment, according to a Reuters survey. The survey of around 70 economists forecast GDP growth stepping up to a 2.5 percent annualized rate in the final quarter this year and reaching 3 percent by the fourth quarter next year. More at Reuters.


Florida insurance program mulls Obamacare distinction

After five years and more than $2.6 million, Florida is on the brink of setting up a state-sponsored, one-stop health insurance marketplace. But state officials have a problem: distinguishing their program from the similar-appearing Obamacare health insurance exchange set to open October 1. As a result, officials might pull back on their program because of bad timing. More at the Orlando Sentineland read Florida Trend's Special Report on Health Care Insurance:

» Health Insurance Overhaul
» Opportunity amid uncertainty in Florida's health care
» Employers taking 'wait and see' attitude toward health insurance
» A disrupted health care market in Florida


NY Film Academy to Miami Beach

International Trade

Argentina - On the Edge of Crisis

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The South American nation's economy continues to crumble, leaving foreign companies nervous about doing business there and sending capital fleeing. Leftist President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has nationalized companies in industries from oil to transportation, instituted price controls on hundreds of consumer products and banned Argentines from buying dollars.

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The New York Film Academy, founded in 1992 and now teaching about 7,000 students per year in locations from Paris to Abu Dhabi, has chosen Miami Beach for its next campus. The school has leased 3,500 square feet at 420 Lincoln Road and expects a soft opening this month, with classes to follow shortly. More at Miami Today.


Millennials offer a lot to employers but have their own expectations

Look around your office and it’s likely you will see young faces who want an entrepreneurial culture where their ideas are listened to and their voices heard. But new research shows managers often feel millennials want too much too soon and don’t know how to keep them on a career path that keeps them engaged. More at the Miami Herald.


Florida sets goal of attracting 100 million visitors

Imagine Orlando's Amway Center having sold-out crowds every day for 365 days in a row — with more than 3,000 other people stuck outside each time, wishing they had tickets. That's how many additional travelers — 23,300 —- Florida would have to lure each day for a year to meet a new challenge from its governor: persuading 100 million people to visit the state in a single year. More at the Orlando Sentinel.

Out of the Box
Norwegian asks fans: Name our new ships

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Will Norwegian Cruise Line’s pair of new ships be called the Dreamaway and Sailaway? Or Bliss and Muse? Or maybe Passion and Treasure? The Miami-based cruise operator is asking fans to weigh in on Facebook, voting for their top two picks out of a list of 10 options that touch on nautical, travel and adventure vocabulary: Bliss, Discovery, Dreamaway, Escape, Journey, Muse, Passion, Sailaway, Treasure and Triton.

» Read more from the Miami Herald and vote in the contest.


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