September 23, 2014

Thursday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 9/4/2014

U.S. economic outlook brightens during summer

Economic activity largely picked up during the summer after hitting a soft patch at the start of the year, though the Federal Reserve's latest survey of regional conditions showed few signs of pressure on wages. More from the Wall Street Journal and the AP.


Greg Welch and a RoboThespian
UCF professor Greg Welch with a RoboThespian. Story. [Photo: Steve Williams]

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Computer simulation firms in Florida are playing doctor

With future defense-related spending unsure, many Florida simulation firms are turning to commercial markets -- with a particular focus on the health care field. Interviewed in this story: Carol Wideman, CEO of VCom3D; UCF professor Greg Welch; Beverly Seay, UCF trustee, and others. Access full story.


Gas could sink below $3 a gallon this year

Remember $2.99 gas? How about, $2.50? Or $2.47? That last number comes from July 27, 2009, during the summer, when prices traditionally spike with travel. But as a result of the United States' booming oil production, a drop below $3 could become a reality this year. [Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune]


Are women as business savvy as men?

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), women are rated as highly as men, sometimes higher, when it comes to being effective leaders. “When all leadership contexts are considered, men and women do not differ in perceived leadership effectiveness,” said lead researcher Samantha C. Paustian-Underdahl, PhD, of Florida International University. [Source: ZDNet]


Florida wins federal grant for small business exports

Florida won a $311,000 federal grant Wednesday to help small businesses increase their foreign exports. The Small Business Administration doled out $8 million to 24 states out of 49 that applied for the grant money. [Source: South Florida Business Journal]


ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Florida TaxWatch and FSU’s Learning Systems Institute name Florida’s top six principals
The Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance & Accountability and the Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University announced the top six performing principals in Florida’s high-risk public schools.

The honorees are:

  • Susan Cavinee, Mill Creek Elementary School – Osceola
  • Deborah Crotty, Rutledge H. Pearson Elementary School – Duval
  • Kelli Hunter-Sheppard, Leisure City K-8 Center – Miami-Dade
  • Sheila Windom, Memorial Middle School – Orange
  • Cassandra Robinson, Dillard High School – Broward
  • Benny Valdes, Miami Senior High School – Miami-Dade

› Tampa Bay Times Forum has a new name: Amalie Arena
After a dozen years as the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the Tampa Bay Lightning's home arena has a new name. Amalie Oil Co. is assuming naming rights of the downtown Tampa entertainment arena and concert venue.

› As Sarasota has grown, so has number of high rises
They stand as symbols of growth and prosperity — high-rise buildings which silhouette the skyline, as if announcing: “All is well here, at least financially.”

› New CEO named for Silver Airways
The Fort Lauderdale-based airline’s board of directors announced Wednesday that Sami T. Teittinen, Silver’s chief financial officer, has been named to the CEO position effective Friday. He will also join the board.


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