July 28, 2014

Tuesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 7/8/2014

Florida business groups court more internationals for tourism, labor

Many interests in Florida want more internationals coming here and they are working hard to make that happen. International business has always been important to Florida, and the boundaries are being pushed on several levels to boost it even more. Read more from the Orlando Sentinel, the Tampa Bay Business Journal, and see also:

» Tourism group pushes to ease travel-visa restrictions


U.S. now the world's leading oil producer

The United States surpassed Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world's biggest oil producer this year and is projected to remain the top producer because domestic output is forecast to increase and production growth outside the U.S. has been lower than anticipated. [Source: Gainesville Sun]


Developers turn to crowdfunding to seed real estate deals

You can support entrepreneurs’ apps, gadgets, clothing creations, restaurants — you name it — through the exploding phenomenon of “crowdfunding.” But what can you show for your investment? A drawer full of T-shirts, tote bags and other tokens of appreciation. [Source: Miami Herald]


Florida holds first hearing on medical marijuana rules

The race to cultivate and distribute marijuana for a limited medical use began Monday when state regulators opened a day-long hearing on draft rules for the new law to allow non-euphoric, non-inhalable cannabis to be developed. [Source: Times/Herald]

See also:
» Marijuana entrepreneurs hope to influence Florida regulators
» Florida could mirror Canada's system if pot legalized


Florida Lottery sales continue to grow

Floridians sure have developed an itch for scratch-offs, spending more than $3.4 billion last fiscal year, according to figures released Monday by the Florida Lottery. That interest in scratch-offs drove Florida sales to a record $5.4 billion in sales from July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› How a federal program will help Florida schools go wireless
A new generation of online tests are coming out next year. There’s a requirement that students start using digital technology. And that’s forcing schools to add more computers and classroom technology.

› Canvs announces partnerships with UCF, Rollins
Canvs, a 17,000 square foot co-working and tech startup hub that will open this August has announced it will partner with the University of Central Florida and Rollins College on educational programming, mentorship opportunities, and a internship program for companies working in the space.

› Sarasota teen cancer survivor lobbies Capitol Hill
A 14-year-old Sarasota cancer survivor is lobbying lawmakers on Capitol Hill to fund Medicaid and other children's programs. Tony Colton recently joined more than 25 patients and families from across the country for the Children's Hospital Association's advocacy day.

› Tampa Bay area tops for renting to baby boomers
A new report says the Tampa-St. Petersburg metro area is the best market for renting to the baby boomer population. The report from RealtyTrac released last week also placed Ocala, Homosassa Springs, Lakeland and the Space Coast in the top five rental markets for baby boomers.


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