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Hot spots for international trade in Florida

Restaurants, aviation, agriculture and the creative fields capitalize on demand in international markets. Read our reporting on Florida's trade hot spots:

» Agriculture: Exports on the Hoof
» Creative Sector: Untrackable Trade
» Restaurants: Evolving Tastes
» Aviation: Flying High

Miami art fair attracts growing Latin American market

As art aficionados and collectors descend on Miami Beach this week for one of the world's top contemporary art fairs, galleries are counting on the rising affluence of Latin American buyers. Latin America's millionaires and billionaires, many newly minted thanks to booming commodity prices and investments from Asia, are making a splash in the global art market. More at Reuters.

Max Planck science institute opens

Business Profile

Chimney sweep's job is dangerous, but essential

The most wonderful time of the year brings important visitors up on the rooftop. It also means more work for the businesses that keep chimneys clean so present bearers can make their way to the Christmas tree.

» Read a profile of one Florida chimney sweep from the Florida Times-Union.

Neuroscience research institute Max Planck opens its Jupiter center across from Scripps Florida on Wednesday. Max Planck currently has under 100 employees, but has plans to grow to more than 135 plus employees by 2015. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Feds funnel millions into Gulf Coast

Days before a newly formed council focuses on long-term Gulf of Mexico cleanup, a report released to The Associated Press shows that one federal agency has committed more than a half-billion dollars to the region in the past two years, nearly one-fifth of it on projects directly linked to recovery from the 2010 oil spill. More at the AP.

Ed Price: A gentle, tireless statesman

Those who admired his statesmanship often thought former Democratic legislator Edgar H. Price Jr. could have — and should have — been elected governor of Florida. Price, who died Saturday at age 94, did not seek higher office after his eight years fighting for civil rights, public education and other causes in the state Senate. Known for his gentle, even-handed personality, Price could also be dogged and relentless regarding the causes he was passionate about. Read more at the Tampa Bay Times and see our Florida Icon Profile of Ed Price.

Trade Mission

pillars hotelMaggie Caruso, Senior Market Director for Florida Trend, was with Gov. Rick Scott and the Enterprise Florida delegation on their trade mission to Colombia this week. The mission includes more than 190 participants representing 116 Florida companies, statewide organizations and higher educational institutions.

» Read more and see pictures from Colombia