Tuesday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Financial services giant USAA to add 1,200 jobs in Tampa Bay
In the latest signal of regional economic momentum, financial services giant USAA has announced it will add up to 1,215 jobs and build a 420,000-square-foot facility in Brandon. USAA is investing $164.3 million in the facility, which will become the largest build-to-suit office project in Hillsborough County since 2001. "USAA is growing as the demand for our financial products and services among the military community increases," chief executive officer Joe Robles said. More at the Tampa Bay Times, or read the news release here.
Executives rank Florida's business climate among nation's best
Florida has the No. 13 business climate in the nation among Site Selection’s 2013 Top 25 State Business Climate study. The state’s highest ranking in the study came from the survey of executives, which pegged the Sunshine State at the No. 5 business climate. More at the Orlando Business Journal and see the full results from Site Selection.
More bad news for unemployment benefit recipients
Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity director Jesse Panuccio told legislative committee members on Monday that it could take another two months for the new online unemployment filing system Connect to be in working order. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Florida’s largest private property insurer sees income jump
Universal Insurance Holdings, the owner of Florida’s largest private property insurer, had its most profitable third quarter ever. The Fort Lauderdale-based company (NYSE: UVE) had net income of $14.4 million, up from $8.3 million in the same period a year ago. More at the South Florida Business Journal.
Florida businesses & organizations celebrate Florida Recycles Day
Florida businesses and organizations are gathering in the Capitol on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 to celebrate Florida Recycles Day, a day dedicated to promoting recycling statewide. More at WCTV.
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