September 14, 2014

Wednesday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 9/3/2014

Florida exports create 275,000 jobs

Goods exported from Florida created more than 275,000 jobs in 2013, according to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This is the first time the Commerce department has released such data, intended to highlight jobs created by the $2.3 trillion in goods exported from the United States in 2013. Read more from the Palm Beach Post and the Tampa Bay Times.

See also:
» Tampa metro scores big on national export report
» Orlando area ranks 76th for U.S. goods exports


Avon Park Air Force Range
An HH-60G Pave Hawk hovers above airmen during a medical evacuation exercise at Avon Park Air Force Range. Story here. [Photo: Defense Department]

Home on the (bombing) range

A 106,034-acre site in rural central Florida is routinely bombed, blasted and shot to pieces. Naturally resplendent, the Avon Park Air Force bombing range is a unique asset for both the military and environmentalists. Access the full story here and see a photo gallery.


How Common Core is playing out in all 50 states

The Common Core standards are math and English benchmarks describing what students should know after completing each grade. They were developed by states to allow comparison of students’ performance. See a state-by-state look at how governors and educators are dealing with the standards. [Source: AP]

See also:
» Florida school district cancels testing opt-out


High court weighs campaign cash in judicial races

The Florida Bar said it stands behind its position that judicial candidates should not personally solicit contributions, but that appellate courts across the country have taken differing positions. [Source: Miami Herald]


Companies work with colleges to prepare future workforce

difficulty of finding technology workers is an issue among employers. The state of Florida recently acknowledged a shortage, awarding grants to better align college resources with employers' growing need for graduates with computer-science and engineering skills. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Meet Florida’s 100 fastest-growing firms
The privately held companies that qualified for the list showed tremendous growth between 2011 and 2013, are headquartered in Florida and provided documentation to verify their revenue figures.

› Norwegian Cruise to acquire parent of Oceania, Regent lines
The world’s third-largest cruise ship company is about to get bigger. Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced Tuesday morning that it will acquire Prestige Cruises International.

› Mascara company Blinc expands internationally
Blinc International, which sells its products in about 30 countries, was recently named one of Florida's "companies to watch" by GrowFL, an economic development organization.

› Judge Belvin Perry to join John Morgan law firm
Many court observers have been wondering what one of America's most famous judges -- Belvin Perry -- would do after his recent retirement. The answer: Go back to work ... for one of Florida's most famous trial lawyers: John Morgan.


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