Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida exports down 3.4% in December
The latest international trade numbers show that $4.85 billion worth of goods left Florida for international markets in December, a decrease of 3.4 percent from November, according to Durham, N.H.-based e-forecasting.com. The December data is the most recent available. More at the Orlando Business Journal.
Last day to enroll for Florida Pre-Paid plan at current rates
The Florida Pre-Paid College Board has just announced that families have only 2 days left to purchase a Florida Prepaid College fund using current prices. Right now the prices are unchanged from last year on the lump-sum payment schedule. More at WTXL.
Miami tourism hit record numbers in 2013
Miami-Dade continued its streak of record-setting tourism numbers last year, welcoming 14.2 million overnight visitors. Brazil and other Latin American markets such as Argentina, Colombia and Venezuela continued to show strength, contributing to a total of 7.13 million international guests. More at the Miami Herald.
Florida discount airline not ready to take off
Florida Express Jet, a start-up airline focused on serving the state of Florida, will not launch in March as announced. The company had already begun selling tickets and released its inaugural routes, which would fly from Orlando to both Fort Lauderdale and Tallahassee. More at the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
Biotech company eyes Alachua for production center
A biomedical technology company aiming to remedy a global medical isotope shortage might settle in the city of Alachua, creating 164 high-paying jobs and making a capital investment of more than $227 million. More at the Gainesville Sun.
Read about how the plant operates and see a slideshow from the North Central Florida Business Report.
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