September 14, 2014

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| 5/19/2014

› Sarasota tourism leaders urge county not to divert promotion funding
Arts need promoting. Beaches need renourishing. The stadium needs maintaining. As Sarasota County officials attempt to use their tourist tax receipts to draw as many visitors as possible, they are considering shifting 3.5 percent of tourism dollars from promotions to events and capital projects like a convention center.

› Beef on the rise: Businesses, consumers adjust to record prices
Record high beef prices are causing some restaurants, businesses and consumers to make changes as the summer grilling season approaches. On the other hand, it has provided a welcome boost to cattle growers.

› 5 perceptions of Orlando in New York: A swamp?
Orlando businesspeople recently traveled to New York to boost efforts aimed at rebranding the region as a business hub. It’s part of the campaign titled “Orlando: You don’t know the half of it,” by the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission.

› How Tampa Bay won key Bristol-Myers Squibb expansion
There are business recruitments. And then there are game-changing business recruitments. A big example of the latter is the January arrival in Tampa of pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb and its opening of its North America Capability Center promising 600 jobs in office space near Tampa International Airport.

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