Tuesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Cybersecurity big problem for nearly half of Florida’s workforce
Small business employ approximately 43.2 percent of the state’s private-sector workforce, according to a recent report from the Florida SBDC Network. And with that mighty percentage of the workforce, small businesses are vulnerable to a big problem: cybersecurity. Full report from the Florida SBDC Network is here. Also see more at the South Florida Business Journal.
Gas prices keep rising around the state; no end in sight to surge
The price of a gallon of gas in Florida has increased nearly 2.5 cents in the past week and nearly 18 cents over last year. The upward trend is expected to continue as the petroleum futures market reacts to oil production cutbacks announced by both Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC nations. More from the Palm Beach Post and WFLA.
Florida orange crops holding steady
According to a USDA report on Florida orange production, the crops are holding steady. The forecast for the 2016-2017 period shows numbers at 72 million boxes but it does show a decrease in overall grapefruit production, which is down 3 percent from the previous year. Story from the Florida Department of Citrus is here. Also read more at Fruitnet.
Florida's overall medicaid costs rising, but individual costs down
When Florida lawmakers new and old arrive for the annual lawmaking session they’ll be faced with a $25 billion issue: Medicaid. The state’s health insurance program for low-income Floridians just keeps getting bigger, despite continued efforts to control costs. Full story from WFSU is here.
Florida is Zika-free, but don't get too comfortable, say health officials
Florida is the only state to have confirmed cases of locally transmitted Zika infection. But Texas officials, who recently reported a suspected case of local infection, said that they have identified four more cases of suspected locally transmitted Zika virus. [Source: CBS News]
› iVox Solutions relocating to Port St. Lucie
The Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County (EDC) and its partners announced today a business relocation to St. Lucie County that will fuel job growth during the course of the next 18 months.
› JAXPORT's new cranes are in business
They’re in business. JAXPORT’s new cranes have started operations at the Blount Island Marine Terminal. The electric cranes can service wider vessels, allowing JAXPORT to broaden their cargo-handling capabilities.
› FSU set to bring its entrepreneurial presence to Tallahassee's downtown
Contractors are ready to move full-speed ahead in transforming a former downtown bank site into the Florida State University Jim Moran Building.
› After $700 million Florida deal, is Harris Corp. looking to sell its government radio business?
Harris Corp. is casting doubt on the future of its public-sector business in Florida after reports emerged of plans to sell one of its key satellite communications companies.
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