Tuesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
American Express began the Small Business Saturday campaign in 2010, encouraging consumers to “shop small” on the day after Black Friday. In the three years since, the White House, Small Business Administration and hundreds of corporations and community groups have joined the effort. [Source: Washington Post]
The Florida Park Service won its third National Gold Medal for Excellence from the National Recreation and Park Association this October. Florida state parks hosted a record 25.2 million visitors in the 2012-2013 fiscal year and produced $1.2 billion in economic impact. [Source: WUFT]
Google Inc. has reached a settlement with Florida and 36 other states, including Washington, D.C., over Internet privacy practices. The settlement stems from the search engine giant’s setting of cookies on certain Safari Web browsers during 2011 and 2012. [Source: Jacksonville Business Journal]
As some 400 guests dined on rack of lamb, chanterelle ragout and truffles, the prince and princess presented the Juan Ponce de Leon 500th Anniversary award to Miami Dade College President Eduard Padron for the educator's efforts to preserve Hispanic heritage in Florida and across the United States. Read more from the AP and the Miami Herald.
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A public hunt for Burmese pythons in Florida's Everglades won't be repeated next year, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman said Monday. Instead, the state is beefing up established programs that train licensed hunters and people who regularly work in areas known to contain pythons to kill or report exotic snakes. [Source: AP]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Why do Canadian banks come to Florida? Because Canadians do
You probably won't hear bankers humming "O Canada!" at any Southwest Florida bank branches -- even though one Canadian bank has already established a Top 10 presence here and another is considered a likely candidate to move into the region.
› Tampa Bay ranks among fastest-growing metro economies this year
Tampa Bay's economy ranks among the top 20 fastest-growing in the country this year and the momentum is expected to carry into 2014, according to a report released Monday. Out of 363 metros ranked in the U.S. Conference of Mayors analysis, Tampa Bay is 16th fastest-growing, up 3.2 percent this year.
› Hertz unveils modern, green architectural designs for Estero headquarters
Large sheets of glass will dominate the front, side and interior sections of rental car giant Hertz’s Estero headquarters building. Hertz is designing an open-concept, three-story building with few walls and doors so their 700 future employees can better collaborate.
› AutoNation CEO wins Horatio Alger award
Mike Jackson, the former auto mechanic who built Fort Lauderdale-based AutoNation into the country's largest vehicle retailer, has won a prestigious Horatio Alger award. The award honors outstanding Americans who have overcome adversity, and it provides about $9 million in college scholarships to at-risk youth yearly.
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