December 17, 2014

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State could spend millions to attract medical tourists

The state will spend $5 million next year to entice people to bring their aches and pains to Florida, under a measure that completed its first Senate committee exam on Monday. The bill would require Enterprise Florida, the state's public-private business recruitment organization, and Visit Florida, the state's tourism arm, to promote healthcare options in Florida. More from the News Service of Florida and WFSU.


Majority of Floridians expect to vacation in 2014

The majority of residents in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee — 82 percent — plan to take at least one trip this year, with more than half (52 percent) preferring to travel both domestically and abroad. More at the Orlando Business Journal.


Research parks like Progress Park part of Florida economy's lifeblood

Development

Out of the Woods

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St. Joe Co. is selling the majority of its woodland property in northwest Florida, about 383,000 acres. AgReserves, a tax-paying affiliate of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, purchased the land for $565 million.

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Florida has more research parks than any other state in the U.S., with 20,000 people commuting to one each day. Those research parks play a huge role in Florida's innovative economy, creating local jobs and bringing new products to market on a national and global scale. More at the Gainesville Sun.

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» Florida TaxWatch Economic Report: University Research Parks in Florida


Entrepreneur envisions new app to help users plan adventures

Curt Bender said he has taken the best of Groupon, Living Social and Trippit to arrive at the idea for his One Spark project, “The App.” His prototype allows a person to enter a budget, choose several “Activities” and share the planned “Adventure” on social media sites for friends and family to view and attend. More at the Florida Times-Union.


Downtown Fort Lauderdale listed among top 10 downtowns

Locals aren't the only ones noticing Fort Lauderdale's bustling downtown. Livability.com has ranked downtown Fort Lauderdale at No. 7 among the Top 10 Best Downtowns in the nation. It's the first time Fort Lauderdale has made its annual list. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Out of the Box
"Candidates Academy"

politicianMiami Dade College’s professors have had enough of bad candidates and politicians. So they’re doing something about it: identifying future political leaders and training them for free in a six-month intensive fellowship. Called “Candidates Academy,” the effort comes after a bleak year for public integrity in Florida’s largest county.

» Full story from the Miami Herald


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