Wednesday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
Obamacare premiums in Florida to rise 45 percent on average next year
Florida regulators said most of the average rate hike — 31 percentage points — came from standard plans sold on the ACA exchange at healthcare.gov. Insurers raised rates for those plans due to the political uncertainty that has plagued the healthcare debate. See the full news release from Florida's Office of Insurance Regulation, here. Also read more at the Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and the AP.
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In search of a better battery
A startup company in Volusia County is trying to develop a lightweight, environmentally friendly battery. It all started when Andrew Heath, while investigating alternative energy sources, came across the research of a University of Central Florida associate professor, Lei Zhai, who worked with nanotubes — carbon formed into tube-shaped structures with minuscule diameters thousands of times thinner than a human hair. Ultimately, Andrew Heath and Sigrid Cottrell launched HyCarb in 2014 and bought rights to commercialize Zhai’s work. Full story from Florida Trend, here.
Part two of a three-part series on energy in Florida.
Florida ranks as one of the worst states for teachers
A new report ranks Florida as one of the worst states for teachers in the country. According to WalletHub.com, Florida ranked overall 47th out of 51, all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, for teachers in the nation. See more findings from the study, here.
Japan’s space, tech companies seek new business in Florida
About 30 Japanese manufacturers plan a trip to Orlando in October to check out the new commercial space race and other business opportunities in Florida. The meeting will start Oct. 25 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport for morning of networking and speakers. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]
| Florida's Movers & Influencers
See some of Florida's top executive moves, board appointments, civic accomplishments, and more at Florida Trend's Movers & Influencers. Each profile appears in three places: in a weekly eNewsletter, online at FloridaTrend.com and in a monthly print issue of Florida Trend. Read more here.
“Unanswered questions” remain for Florida blueberry industry after Irma
As was the case with much of Florida’s agricultural industry, the blueberry sector seems to have taken a hit from Hurricane Irma that pounded the state earlier this month. [Source: Fresh Fruit Portal]
› When it comes to home price increases, South Florida trails most of the country
Home prices in South Florida rose 5.1 percent in July from a year ago, although that’s one of the smallest annual increases in the country, a new report shows.
› Wawa to hire 200 employees for its northeast Florida stores
Wawa will be opening the first northeast Florida stores in a few months and to prepare it will be hosting two job fairs to fill positions for those stores.
› Over 20 Florida top chefs unite to help Florida Keys tourism workers
A heartfelt Facebook post from Chef Adam Brown of The Cooper to help the tourism industry decimated by Hurricane Irma in the Florida Keys has inspired chefs restaurants across South Florida to come together.
› Khan increasing Jaguars’ earnings
Forbes magazine’s annual look at the value of NFL franchises, released last week, showed the Jaguars have become a lot more profitable since Shad Khan bought the team.
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