October 20, 2014

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Florida unemployment falls to 6.1 percent in June

Florida's unemployment rate dropped from 6.3 percent to 6.1 percent in September, reaching the lowest point since June 2008. In a news release, Gov. Rick Scott said Florida created 12,800 private-sector jobs last month. The release did not incorporate the change in government jobs over time. More at the Tampa Bay Times.

Fort Lauderdale-area businesses forecast rising wages, growth

With tourism, retail and construction booming, Fort Lauderdale-area businesses forecast solid growth through 2014, according to a quarterly report Thursday by the Council of Economic Advisors. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. and the South Florida Business Journal.

Disney World's biogas facility: a model for converting food waste into energy

Northwest Florida Roundup
Port Business

A new manufacturing facility will be coming to the Port of Pensacola. DeepFlex, in partnership with Offshore Inland Marine & Services, is establishing a new manufacturing facility on 3 ½ acres at the Port.

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Millions of people a year visit Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, the world’s most popular theme park. These days, some of the food that they don’t eat – as well as some of the food they do – ends up being used to make electricity for the resort’s theme parks and hotels. More at the Guardian.

Gender equality? Not in business branding

In a modern era, when receptionists, stewardesses, and maids have given way to administrate assistants, flight attendants, and house cleaners, is it smart to give gender-neutral services outdated—and arguably sexist—branding? More at Fortune.

From the World to Winter Haven: Leaders Cheer New CSX Logistics Facility

The opening of the state-of-the art Central Florida Intermodal Logistics Center was applauded Thursday by several hundred people who gathered on CSX property. More at the Lakeland Ledger.

Out of the Box
Florida Scientists Design 3-D Printed Insect Traps

pest Florida has been waging a war for years against the pests that threaten their rich agricultural industry. Now, a team of scientists at the Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services (FDACS) are employing creativity, plastic and 3-D printing technology to take pest traps to the next level.

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Jacksonville's Maxwell House plant
Jacksonville's Maxwell House plant

A riverfront icon for 104 years, the Maxwell House plant in downtown Jacksonville is getting some national attention thanks to a new marketing campaign.

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