Tuesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Push made to get more Floridians college education
Two out of three Floridians don’t have a college degree. A state panel is recommending strategies to raise the number of degree or certificate holders to 55 percent over the next eight years. To bring that number down, the chairman of Florida's Higher Education Coordinating Council (HECC), Alan Levine, said the state needs to highlight the value of trade degrees. [Source: WJXT]
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Healthier connections for Florida cities
Health considerations, and health impact assessments, are becoming part of the planning process in more and more civic and business contexts: In road and highway planning, for example, where the route and type of road can affect the health of residents nearby. The full column by Florida Trend 's Executive Editor Mark Howard is here.
SpaceX launches ISS resupply mission, lands rocket at Cape Canaveral
SpaceX’s launch is part of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services Contract and is the first of two planned for this week. United Launch Alliance has a launch scheduled for 8:03 a.m. Friday from Launch Complex 41 in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. According to NASA, the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that launched Monday is also carrying research materials to the International Space Station. One of the experiments on the way to the ISS is aimed at seeking a better understanding of Parkinson’s disease. Another is seeking the origin of cosmic rays. Full story from NASA is here. Also read more at the Orlando Sentinel.
Opinion: Protect forestry economics in tax reform
Although Florida is widely recognized for its beautiful beaches, our state also owes a debt of gratitude to its more than 17 million acres of healthy and productive forestlands that provide a host of benefits both economic and environmental. They are also key to the production of more than 5,000 items consumers use every day. [Source: Tallahassee Democrat]
South Florida emerging as U.S. aviation leader
While NYC and LA are considered the typical hotspots for private aviation in the US, Miami and South Florida are surprising the industry. And it’s not just an improving economy that’s fueling this surge – it’s technology. South Florida is seeing the largest number of private jet departures than any other state during Q2 of 2017, according to Argus TraqPak. Read more in a press release.
› Florida ranks 7th as 'Worst State to Have a Baby' says WalletHub
With August being one of the most popular months for newborn arrival and Americans paying the highest birthing costs in the world, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst States to Have a Baby.
› Titusville landmark will flip into urban hub for software company
It's been a mystery for years — what's in the upper levels of the old Walker Hotel in downtown Titusville. The near century-old building is a landmark in downtown, housing a handful of businesses on its ground floor. But despite it's bustling lower level, a certain secrecy looms above. Also see more in the news release from the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast.
› Florida homebuilder’s sales decline after best month
Homebuilder Neal Communities sold 85 homes in July. In June, the homebuilder had 116 sales. According to a press release, June was the company’s best sales month of 2017.
› Alex Rodriguez kicks off real estate conference in Florida
Former major league baseball player Alex Rodriguez knows a lot about home runs. It turns out he also knows a lot about homes of the real estate kind.
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