Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Two Florida community colleges named Top 10 in nation
The prestigious Aspen Institute has named two Florida community colleges among the top 10 in the nation. The two are Indian River State College in Fort Pierce and Santa Fe College in Gainesville. Presented every two years, the Aspen award is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges. Read the full story.
The Winter Haven attraction is building a colorful five-story, 152-room hotel near the entrance of the theme park. It will include a pool, restaurants, kid-size buffet and interactive play areas.
U.S. private sector adds 204,000 jobs in August
U.S. companies hired 204,000 workers in August, below what analysts had projected as well as the level set in July, a report by a payrolls processor released on Thursday showed. More at Reuters.
UF rolls out university-wide rebranding campaign: For the Gator Good
University of Florida is changing its message. On Aug. 29, UF rolled out a new branding campaign called “For the Gator Good.” According to a statement from Vice President of University Relations Jane Adams, “For the Gator Good” is designed to replace The Gator Nation campaign — launched about a decade ago. More at the Gainesville Business Report.
The 10 Most Affordable Housing Markets
Buying a home is likely the largest purchase most Americans will ever make. But while in some areas homeowners are more easily able to afford to buy, in others they need to spend much more of their income on their house. More at the 24/7 Wall Street.
Employment becomes Job 1 for Central Florida nonprofits
A growing number of Central Florida charities have discovered that of all the services they provide — emergency assistance, subsidized groceries, a clothing bank, help in applying for government aid — nothing has the transformative power of a job. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
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