Up Front, the Publisher's Column
Florida in the pilot's seat
Pilot training is central to the whole airline industry. As our cover story points out, location plays in our state’s favor, so much so that Florida has become an international hub for flight education. Most of the training in the state is in southeast Florida. Notably, Boeing has consolidated its simulator training in Miami, a location easy to reach for pilots from the U.S., Europe, and Central/South America. But others abound, ranging from undergraduate training at many colleges to retraining and brush-up for professionals. The article starts on page 44 of the December issue.
Moving freight swiftly and accurately is the heart of logistics. Deciding what seaport to use typically comes down to cost — what’s the least expensive way to ship the merchandise, including ship, rail and truck.
So I was particularly interested to attend the dedication of the CSX Intermodal Center in Winter Haven in mid-October. Despite the heavy machinery that’s typically very loud (trains, trucks, gantry cranes), the place operates almost silently. And much is driven by computers. To say I was impressed is a big understatement.
The CSX location is open and operating, but it’s no surprise that another half-dozen are in planning stages. I expect one of the south Florida locations to follow and then perhaps one in the northern tier. Read all the particulars on page 54, or click here.
The recent Sustainable Florida conference helped me understand the transition over the last decade to more environmentally sound office buildings. The LEED certification that was once the “gold standard” is now just the “standard.”
New green buildings not only cut down on electricity, but also use less water and have better indoor environments. And a sustainable building helps attract employees who want to work in a place that follows modern guidelines and keeps them healthy.
You’ll learn from the Florida Trend article on this subject that other groups are getting into the green certification businesss (in addition to LEEDS). Clearly, this is a move in the right direction. See page 72 of the issue, or click here.
The trend in restaurants is also toward environmental sustainability. Restaurant editor Chris Sherman finds farm-to-table food and vegetarian offerings cropping up at more restaurants. The Golden Spoon list of Florida’s best restaurants starts on page 86 of Florida Trend's December issue.
Almost 100 million tourists come here each year. So why would we schedule business meetings out of state? When you remember that business meetings generate jobs locally, it’s best to stay in state. We explain the trends in business travel on page 99 of the magazine, or click here for the digital version.
The Best Companies To Work For in Florida will be highlighted in Florida Trend next summer, but the time to enter the program is now.
The rating process is conducted by a national group that assesses employment policies and combines that data with results of an employee survey.
Our goal is to recognize companies that have built productive workplaces for their employees, strengthening their own as well as Florida’s competitive advantage.
Only companies that register will be surveyed. The deadline is Jan. 23, 2015, and the winners will be published in our August edition. The program is endorsed by the HR Florida State Council. Participation is free. For more information, go to bestcompaniesfl.com.
Fitness update: The weather is beautiful. I have no excuse for sloth. My Turkey Trot result will be published in the next edition.
— Andy Corty
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