October 31, 2014

Thursday's Afternoon Update

What you need to know about Florida today

| 1/2/2014

There’s economic optimism for 2014 …but not a lot

Analysts point to a relatively strong finish to 2013 as a sign that positive momentum will continue into 2014. But temper expectations, they warn, that this year will restore the region to pre-2007 prosperity. More at the Miami Herald.


Last-minute gifts big for charities

As the days counted down to 2014, many decide to write checks or make donations for those last-minute tax write-offs. For charities, the end-of-year "busy season" can be a boon. "We always experience an uptick, really with the entire month," said Karen Phillips, Goodwill Industries of North Florida chief administrative officer. More at the Jacksonville Daily Record.


Florida population growth begets environmental challenges

Business Profile

Orlando lawyer goes extra mile to provide work-life balance for women

marianne downs
When young lawyers go to work for Mayanne Downs, they're in for a shock. Downs, a former Florida Bar president, has established four guidelines for her staff at GrayRobinson in Orlando and they're not the ones you typically find in an workplace environment.

» Full story from the Orlando Sentinel

Florida’s population didn’t overtake New York when the U.S. Census Bureau released estimates this week, but it will eventually and when it does there are environmental concerns that come with it. Water and land conservationists say as Florida grows, it becomes more important to protect quality land for conservation and to keep a watchful eye on development. More at the Jacksonville Business Journal.


Consortium threatens to stop Panama Canal expansion

A Spanish-led consortium threatened on New Year's day to halt a massive, $5.3 billion expansion of the Panama Canal. Spanish builder Sacyr, leader of the Grupo Unidos por el Canal consortium, said work will stop unless the canal pays $1.6 billion in cost overruns for work on the 50 mile waterway. More at the South Florida Business Journal and AFP.


Column: Handle your employees with care

No matter what size or type of business you own, your success depends largely on the people who comprise your team. The decisions you make in all phases of the employment cycle — recruiting, hiring, training, retaining, evaluating, and promoting, laying off or firing — are critical. More at the Miami Herald.

Out of the Box
Bitcoin in real estate?

bitcoinThe future of home buying in America may include fewer traditional greenbacks A Manhattan-based real estate brokerage that specializes in residential rentals, sales and commercial leasing announced Thursday it will now accept bitcoin as payment for real estate transactions.

» More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune


Tags: Daily Pulse

In case you missed it:

Digital Access

DIRECT DIGITAL ACCESS
Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single ditgital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.

ACCESS THIS ISSUE »

Florida Trend Video Pick

Roberto Muñoz - Banking in Florida
Roberto Muñoz - Banking in Florida

Roberto Muñoz, president of the Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA), talks about FIBA, services the organization provides to the state's banks and issues facing banks today.

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

Walmart and Amazon are kicking off the holiday shopping season Nov. 1. Your thoughts?

  • It's too soon!
  • This news doesn't surprise me
  • Good for them - l like shopping early

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe