Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Amazon bringing 1,000 jobs, new distribution center to Ruskin, Florida
Amazon has closed on a deal to create a distribution center in Ruskin, located in south Hillsborough County. A third of the new positions will pay more than the state's average wage, according to county economic development staff. Construction is expected to start immediately. When the center is built, the retailer will have to start collecting sales tax on items ordered in the state. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Expert says Ocala can support more business
Ocala's downtown can support 25 to 40 new stores, or about 90,000 additional square feet of commercial space, which could generate an estimated $28.6 million more in sales each year, a market analyst told downtown business owners. More at the Ocala Star-Banner.
Miami-Dade Schools may explore outsourcing transportation
The Miami-Dade school district may look to privatize its vast fleet of school buses and transportation employees. Board Member Carlos Curbelo believes the district can push savings into the classroom by possibly outsourcing the district’s fleet. More at the Miami Herald.
America's Best Small Companies lists two in South Florida
Heico Corp. and National Beverage Corp. made a list of 25 companies rated by Forbes as America's Best Small Companies. National Beverage, which makes soft drinks under the Shasta and Faygo names, came in at No. 65. Heico came in at No. 72. More at the South Florida Business Journal.
Dads step up around the house, but moms still do more
It's not your imagination: Today's dads are spending more time caring for and engaged with their children than fathers in the past, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. But even the extra time dads spend -- about triple the amount dads spent in the 1960s -- hasn't really lightened the loads borne by mothers. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
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