Friday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Once this year’s harsh weather has faded, the U.S. economy could be poised for a breakout year — its strongest annual growth in nearly a decade. The combination of an improving job market, pent-up consumer demand, less drag from U.S. government policies and a brighter global outlook is boosting optimism for the rest of 2014. [Source: AP]
The number of workplace harassment and discrimination charges in Florida dropped nearly 13 percent last year, to 7,597 from 7,940 in 2012, according to new figures from the U.S. Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission. [Source: Miami Herald]
Florida led the nation by far in cash sales for residential real estate in February. All eight markets in the state that in the Top 100 markets nationwide exceeded 50 percent cash sale deals. [Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal]
Gov. Rick Scott's chief elections official is suspending Florida's efforts to remove noncitizens from the voter rolls, citing changes to a federal database used to check voters' citizenship status. [Source: Times/Herald]
Once you decide to engage in social networking set your goals and develop a strategy for each platform. You may find that some platforms work better for your brand than others. Without goals you are unable to measure your success. [Source: Florida Today]
ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:
› Start-Up City: Miami returns with new focus
Back for a second year, Start-Up City: Miami, presented by The Atlantic and The Atlantic Cities, will explore the national urban tech revolution and its impact on South Florida.
› Downtown St. Petersburg businesses ready for Firestone Grand Prix
It's been a decade since the Grand Prix first took over downtown, bringing the roar of IndyCar and thousands of fans to the Sunshine City. Though the event is just three days, construction of the 1.8-mile waterfront track begins more than a month ahead of time, creating a familiar headache — or boon — for downtown businesses.
› Florida companies expected to reap rewards from Singapore Airshow
Florida aviation and aerospace companies generated about $62 million in projected sales as a result of last month’s Singapore Airshow, a major expo for the global industry.
› Florida’s angels take a different flight path
Funding for young entrepreneurial firms in Florida is strong, despite the state and region’s relatively poor showing in a recent report on angel investments.
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