Growth in South Florida trade up but cooling down
South Florida is the only area nationwide that consistently exports more than it imports. South Florida trade with the world remains on pace for a record this year, but a slowing world economy means gains likely will be smaller than last year's 11 percent jump, new trade data shows. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
National railroad services company bringing regional HQ to Florida
R.J. Corman Railroad Signaling will locate its regional headquarters in Clay County, investing $100,000 in capital improvements and creating 58 engineering jobs with an average wage of $75,000. Gov. Rick Scott, Florida Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope and Clay County officials welcomed the company today at an economic development luncheon in Orange Park. More at the Jacksonville Business Journal and the Florida Times-Union.
Soccer team touts attendance, but turnstile counts far lower
Orlando City Soccer Club recently celebrated a milestone: Average attendance at its games surpassed 8,000. But city turnstile records show average attendance was less than half that — at 3,987. That's not unusual in the world of professional sports, where announced attendance has little to do with how many fans actually attend a game. More at the Orlando Sentinel.
Best-selling novelist creates scholarships for education students
James Patterson believes one way to champion books and reading for children is by supporting our future teachers, which explains why his Patterson Family Foundation has donated $48,000 for scholarships benefiting eight elementary education students at the University of Florida. More at UF News.
Welcome to the age of cellulosic ethanol
America’s ethanol makers are in the doldrums. Facing high prices for corn, low prices for ethanol and growing imports of sugarcane ethanol from Brazil, producers have mothballed scores of plants over the past two years. More at Forbes.