April 2014 Contents
Inside Florida Trend's print and digital issue
Florida's Film &Entertainment Industry
Florida has made a concerted effort to attract film producers over the years. The effort has resulted in many projects shot throughout the state
A new reality?
Fort Lauderdale-based Living Color Aquariums tries to parlay global exposure on reality TV into new business and new markets.
Taking a reel risk
Eight years after starting his Miami-based film studio, James McNamara feels he’s proved there is an audience for Spanish-language films in the U.S.
While their parents may not trust them to invest the family’s money, students in Stetson University’s George Investments Institute are responsible for the program’s $3.2-million endowment.
8 Florida money managers offer their insights for investing in the year ahead.
Learning from a Land Remembered
Last year, a friend at Mosaic Co. gave me the book “A Land Remembered.” I quickly saw why it is a best-seller and required in many schools.
Florida fitness fanatics
These four Florida executives take their exercising seriously, from Ironman competitions to marathons.
Some of Florida’s most intriguing successes now put dining rooms and sales floors together, smartly coordinated by a distinct personal style that makes upscale diner-shoppers swoon
Of CounseL - Florida Law
Stepping down at Ave Maria’s School
As dean, Eugene R. Milhizer oversaw a slew of initiatives at the Florida law school.
Nurse practitioners caught between
a doc and a hard place
A doctor in the Florida Legislature hopes to relax Florida’s strict limits on what nurse practitioners can and can’t do.
A tale of 2 Florida baseball cities
Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg and his management group continue, more or less, to do everything right. In Miami, well, just turn everything that’s true about the Rays inside out and that’s the Marlins.
2014 Economic Yearbook: We're Back!
Florida's economy is back. Real estate is surging, unemployment is down and tourism is rising. Some counties are hard at work diversifying their economies, while others are beginning to capitalize on major infrastructure projects.
Pensacola moves beyond the military
While a military base and tourism anchor the Pensacola economy, nearly 300 IT companies employ about 3,200 people.
The recession is fast becoming a memory for most Jacksonville residents. Employers are hiring, home values are up and tourism is on the rise.
2013 was “historic” for Tallahassee and Leon County, highlighted by economic development successes that will make an impact on the region for years.
The arrival of SunRail train service is the story of the year for Orlando and Orange County, with its impact felt throughout central Florida.
A need for skilled workers
While southwest Florida’s economy is back on steady footing, the region is grappling with shortages of skilled labor.
Fort Lauderdale is in expansion mode
The county’s construction and real estate industries have recovered and again are an important growth driver.
Much energy has been focused on creating a technology hub in the county, and the number of tech startups and second-stage companies has grown dramatically.
Port St. Lucie builds moves beyond biotech
On the heels of a year marked by the bankruptcies of companies once considered key economic players Port St. Lucie is again attracting development interest and activity.
Gainesville gets innovation-centric
In 2013, the Gainesville Chamber announced economic development projects with $140 million in new capital investment.
Space Coast growth beats state average
From Titusville to Palm Bay, Brevard County’s economy is surfing a wave of a recovery that outpaces much of the state.
Tampa area cheers a plethora of new jobs
The list of companies announcing expansions or relocations in 2013 and the jobs they represent are impressive.