July 23, 2014

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 4/17/2014

Florida gets a healthy economic boost from doctors

Florida physicians make a significant impact on the state’s economy. That’s the conclusion of a report released by the American Medical Association that shows doctors nationwide have a huge influence on national and state economic activity. [Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal]

» Read the report from the AMA


Sustainatopia opens with focus on social entrepreneurship growth

With impact investing expected to grow into a $1 trillion segment of the financial market by 2020, the social entrepreneur is no mere fluke, Calvert Foundation CEO Jenn Pryce said Wednesday at the opening of the 5th annual Sustainatopia conference in Miami Beach. [Source: Miami Herald]


Ethics bills languishing in Florida Legislature

An eclectic group of organizations, including the First Amendment Foundation, Common Cause and the Tea Party Network are urging lawmakers in the final two weeks of session to pass proposals to allow the public greater access to meetings and records, banning local officials from lobbying on behalf of other clients, and mandating that elected officials live in their districts. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]


Hotel industry faces labor shortage -- especially housekeepers

Central Florida's hotel industry may be headed for a labor crunch. Some properties are already scrambling to fill front-line jobs, and more beds will be coming online soon. Housekeepers are especially in demand, according to industry experts, with at least one company offering a signing bonus of $750. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]


Cultivating the next generation of sustainability leaders

International corporate volunteerism gives future leaders real-life experience facing challenges in emerging markets and could create self-perpetuating sustainable businesses. [Source: Ecobusiness]


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Southwest Florida home permits hit post-recession record
Homebuilders across Southwest Florida picked up the pace in the first quarter of this year, pulling more permits than at any time since the market crashed seven years ago.

› Orlando's first shared workspace plans July opening
Canvs, Orlando’s first shared workspace aimed at helping tech startups, is planning to open by July. Shared coworking spaces are a big trend around the United States and other western nations, with publications like Mashable and Forbes noting the increased number of such office facilities starting in early 2013.

› TV’s Parker Brothers move shop to Port Canaveral
Melbourne’s Parker Brothers, the reality-television personalities known for the unique concept cars, motorcycles and off-road vehicles, are moving their operations to Port Canaveral.

› Plan rolling for Miami’s grand promenade
It’s still a long way off, but plans to make Biscayne Boulevard Miami’s “grand promenade” inched closer to reality last week as Downtown Development Authority board members chose one design from myriad alternatives that have been studied over the past several years.


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