Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Gov. Scott proposes $30 million for worker training
Gov. Rick Scott is in Jacksonville Thursday promoting yet another aspect of his "It's Your Money Tax Cut Budget." Scott wants the Legislature to allocate $30 million next year for a new workforce training initiative focusing on careers related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations. More at the Tampa Bay Times.
Florida TaxWatch honors top Florida principals in high-risk schools
The Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance & Accountability, in partnership with the Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University, honored six recipients of the 2014 Elite Principals Awards. The inaugural awards program recognizes the top performing principals in Florida based on student achievement gains in reading and mathematics in high-risk schools. Read more...
Near Disney World, number of homeless families soars
Out of the Box
Amnesty offered to exotic pet owners
The program is an effort to reduce the number of non-native species that are being released into the wild by pet owners who can no longer take care of them.
In the shadow of Walt Disney World, Osceola County has one of the highest rates of homeless families in the nation, and the problem continues to grow at an "astonishing" rate, officials told more than 300 community leaders Wednesday. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
Event celebrates products 'Made in Brevard'
No this isn’t Silicon Valley or Redmond, Wash., so there are no iPads or Microsoft systems to showcase. Still, there was plenty of innovation, entrepreneurship and enthusiasm on display Wednesday as companies and their community supporters gathered in Melbourne for an event showcasing products “Made in Brevard.” More at Florida Today.
AutoNation courts millennials as customers and employees
To attract the Millennial generation as customers, don't call and leave a message. Text. And reduce their anxiety over face-to-face meetings by focusing with them on a computer screen. Those were just two tips from "The Gen Y Guy," Jason Dorsey, an expert invited to South Florida this week to advise AutoNation store managers. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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