April 24, 2018

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| 4/18/2014

Florida's unemployment rate inches up to 6.3 percent

Florida's unemployment rate inched up to 6.3 percent in March, up from 6.2 percent a month earlier, according to state figures released early Friday. The state added 22,900 jobs over the month, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reported. More at the Tampa Bay Times and the Orlando Sentinel.

Budget Watch: Comparing Florida's House & Senate Budgets

The Florida Legislature has a lot of work to do to pass a final budget before the end of the legislative session, according to a Report from Florida TaxWatch, the independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute and government watchdog. Read the full report.

Florida's share of venture capital drops in 1st quarter

Business Profile

Cartaya & Associates

This year, Cartaya & Associates of Fort Lauderdale is celebrating its 35th birthday. During that time the firm has altered South Florida's architectural landscape, designing more than 100 public buildings in more than 20 cities. Its work includes airports, libraries, schools, city halls and cultural centers.

» Full story from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Florida's slice of the nation's venture-capital pie shrank dramatically in the first quarter as deep-pockets investors steered much of their wealth elsewhere, according to the latest survey of U.S. venture capital firms. More at the Orlando Sentinel and the Miami Herald.

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» Venture investments highest since 2001

SpaceX makes second attempt to launch Dragon Spacecraft

SpaceX will make its second attempt today to send the Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station on its third resupply mission. This launch is particularly exciting because it's the first time Falcon 9's first stage is equipped with four "landing legs," which are part of a test to see if the rocket can be recovered and reused. More at Business Insider.

Clearwater: From surf to success

An ideal place to live, work and play, Clearwater has positioned itself for continued economic growth. From surf to city, Clearwater's tale of success has no end in sight. Read on to learn why: » Exciting Clearwater. [Sponsored report]

Sports Business
Miami will be World Cup crossroads

miami world cupWith air connections to 10 of the 12 Brazilian host cities, Miami will probably experience the biggest Copa effect of any city outside Brazil. And it wants to be more than just a gateway: Tourism officials hope to convince soccer fans to tack a few extra days in Miami on to their trips to Brazil or even use the city as their World Cup base.

» Full story from the Miami Herald

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Fort Myers based drone business earns first local FAA exemption
Fort Myers based drone business earns first local FAA exemption

Soaring Sky, a local drone company is the first Fort Myers based company to earn an FAA exemption to fly commercially. Hear general manager, Ryan Cowell talk about the business. 

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