Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Research Florida 2014: Hydrogen Hopes
In 2004, Florida took a stab at establishing itself as a leader in hydrogen-fuel research. The state created a public-private partnership that trotted out a package of demonstration projects and tax incentives meant to provide a road map for hydrogen-fuel business development in Florida. Read the full story.
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New PortMiami tunnel’s opening is delayed
The PortMiami tunnel’s opening to traffic has been delayed until mid-June while the $1 billion project awaits a certificate of occupancy for its operations control center, additional testing and fire-safety approvals. The project’s contractor, Bouygues, is being charged $115,000 a day for the delay. More at the Miami Herald.
Small Companies Use Low-Cost Technology to Increase Foreign Sales
How will the cloud change the workplace?
Only about 5.3 percent of American small businesses with at least one employee sell to customers overseas, according to the Office of International Trade, a /÷division of the Small Business Administration. The main barriers to exporting include a lack of information and the overall cost and time involved. More at the New York Times.
Opinion: Florida needs immigration reform
The U.S. immigration system is broken and failing our economy. Meaningful immigration reform will ensure our nation’s security and drive economic growth. This is why Florida business leaders, many of them conservatives, are asking Congress to tackle immigration reform this year. More at the Tallahassee Democrat.
Everglades National Park takes climate change initiative
In order to get the message out, Everglades National Park has instructed staff to approach climate change in conversation with visitors and community members. Following a late 2010 strategy to respond to climate change, the National Park Service took a more aggressive stance when it came to communicating about climate change with guests and staff. More at Miami Today.
Out of the Box
Trekkies, prepare to swoon. A 27,000-square-foot home with a home theater modeled after the bridge of Star Trek’s USS Enterprise has hit the market in Florida for $35 million. Read more from the Florida Times-Union and Forbes.
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