Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
More companies plan to add jobs this summer
More small and mid-sized business owners in Florida and across the country plan to add to their payrolls this summer, a new study found. The brightening employment outlook comes on the heels of a winter when frigid weather conditions and political strife kept many smaller employers on edge. More at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
State fair attendance drop blamed on bad weather
Attendance at February's Florida State Fair, plagued by this year by poor weather and rampaging teens, was down 11 percent compared to last year, its governing authority said. Attendance this year was 382,418 during the 12 days of the fair. It was 442,910 last year. More at the Tampa Bay Times and the AP.
Stadson Tech growing a year after winning FAU contest
With its $55,000 in cash and prizes from last year’s FAU business plan competition, Stadson Tech built its management team, marketed its product at trade shows and landed its first major contract with a security company. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Miami’s economy outpacing rest of Southeast
Steady job growth and a strong real estate market make South Florida’s economic outlook brighter than the rest of the U.S. Southeast, according to the chief of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. More at the Miami Herald.
FPL proposes a new solar pilot program
Florida Power & Light Co. on Wednesday proposed a pilot program that would build community solar energy projects — some with panels spanning the size of half a football field — in select cities including Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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