Monday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
How businesses benefit when part of an innovative community
Many communities believe innovation is the path forward for them. It seems like it’s happening everywhere, including here in Florida. Miami, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, and Gainesville have developed innovation districts, while other areas including Hillsborough County and Mount Dora are planning to roll out innovation districts. More from columnist Ron Stein.
Gov. Scott orders Florida DEP to notify public, local governments, following pollution incidents
Following the sewage spill in Pinellas County and the sinkhole at Mosaic’s New Wales facility, Gov. Scott is directing Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Jon Steverson to issue an emergency rule that establishes new requirements for public notification of pollution incidents. This emergency rule will ensure the public, local governments and DEP are notified within 24 hours by all responsible parties following a pollution incident. See the full statement from Gov. Scott, here.
Large medical research facility opens in Fort Lauderdale
Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale has opened the Center for Collaborative Research. The $100 million, 215,000-square-foot, six-story facility has wet and dry labs. As part of opening the doors last week, NSU announced a gift from AutoNation to name NSU’s AutoNation Institute for Breast and Solid Tumor Cancer Research, located within the CCR. The gift brings Autonation's cumulative giving to NSU to more than $10 million. Full statement from NSU is here. Also read more at the Orlando Sentinel and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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Mote Marine Laboratory surpasses $50M fundraising goal
Some of the most cherished donations that Michael Crosby received in reaching Mote Marine Laboratory’s ambitious $50 million fundraising goal came from children. Crosby said the young donors were some of the 23,000 people who made financial contributions that helped Mote surpass the $50 million goal. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Small Business Advice
Structure incentives to benefit the employee (and not abuse the customer)
Small businesses should make sure that if they have an incentive system in place, that the incentive is effective and not abusing the company's customers and that employees are not cheating. More from Jerry Osteryoung.
Aldi trying to stand out in Florida's crowded market
It has been eight years since the low-cost German grocer Aldi opened its first store in the Sunshine State. Of its roughly 1,600 stores in 34 states, about 100 locations will be in Florida by the end of the year. Read a Q&A with Aldi regional vice president Dave Rinaldo at the Tampa Bay Times.
Florida Trend wins 9 "Charlie Awards" from the Florida Magazine Association
Florida Trend attended the Florida Magazine Association's annual conference on Friday, September 23 at the Swan at Disney in Orlando and was awarded nine "Charlie Awards." The conference celebrated the work of magazines from around the state. In 2016, there were more than 600 award entries.
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