April 25, 2018

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Florida's economic growth in 2013 better than most of the country

Florida's economy grew slightly faster than the national average last year, according to government figures released early Wednesday. Florida's economic output — the state equivalent of the gross national product — grew by 2.2 percent based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. More at the Tampa Bay Times and the Wall Street Journal.

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» Report: Florida job creation slows slightly in May

Can Trade and Logistics Remake Florida?

Florida will soon pass New York and become the country’s third-largest state, and it’s still growing. The question for state and metropolitan leaders is how they can make sure the newly created jobs are more production-oriented and better able to withstand the economic shocks of tomorrow. More at Brookings.

NASA 'Aquanauts' to Test Space Exploration Tech


Florida's changing demographics

Hispanics fueled much of Florida’s population growth over the past decade. One telling stat (among many): Some 19.5% of Floridians are foreign-born. Just over 23% are Hispanic.

Also in this article is the CEO Sounding Board, where we ask CEOs the same question: “What one thing about yourself, as an executive, would you want to improve upon in 2014?”

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NASA is heading back to the ocean floor twice in the next three months to test out techniques and technologies that could improve astronauts' lives in orbit and help them explore an asteroid down the road. More at

UF joins online university consortium

The University of Florida has joined a consortium of public research universities looking to develop a "learning ecosystem" that would enable them to seize control of their online learning programs and map out their own future. More at the Gainesville Sun.

Florida businesses cashing in on World Cup fever

Retailers across South Florida are joining the FIFA World Cup craze — and hoping to bank off it, too. While the normal hotels, bars and stores are doing their part, some unexpected events — think poetry readings on South Beach and soccer-themed makeovers — have cropped up as well. More at the Miami Herald.

Gapingvoid: an art business with a purpose

gapingvoidCartoonist Hugh MacLeod's doodles have morphed into the colorful messages of inspiration that built Gapingvoid, the Miami office art business that has decorated the walls at Intel, Microsoft and the University of Miami. This year, it’s slated to rake in $7 million in revenues.

» Full story from the Miami Herald

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