Florida ranks No. 2 in tech job creation
In just the first six months of 2014, Florida has created nearly as many tech jobs as the state did in all of last year. That puts Florida in the No. 2 spot , behind only Texas. [Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal]
Investment in Florida's tourism industry resulted in nearly 76,000 jobs created in 2013, according to a new Florida TaxWatch report. The independent analysis shows that the state should meet the goal of attracting 100 million visitors to Florida by 2015. Access the report from Florida TaxWatch, here.
The majority of insurance companies are raising the price of health plans in Florida through the Affordable Care Act exchange. State insurance officials said Monday that 14 companies filed plans, including three new insurers. [Source: AP]
Gas prices are sliding down as we head into the tail end of the summer driving season. AAA says you will find gasoline at its cheapest levels in four years for August. The national average is $3.50, 3 cents cheaper than last week. More from FOX 4 and the Bradenton Herald.
Patrik Hoffman joined the Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin in 1999 as a vice president of business development in the company’s U.S. corporate offices in Boca Raton, Florida. He says everything in his life has hinged on having a true mentor, in the old-fashioned way. [Source: New York Times]
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Tampa's Odyssey Marine is trying to win a contract from the Australian government to help find missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The Boeing 777 took off for Kuala Lumpur on March 8 bound for Beijing.
› FIU disease expert tapped for Ebola mission in Africa [Miami Herald]
A Florida International University medical professor who grew up in Miami is being sent to help fight the Ebola outbreak in Africa by gathering data and possibly treating patients.
› Deloitte confirms 1,000 new jobs in Lake Mary [Orlando Sentinel]
Deloitte, the world’s largest accounting firm, confirmed Monday that its Deloitte Consulting arm is opening a new tech center in Lake Mary, with 1,000 new jobs.
› Drone service to launch in South Florida [South Florida Business Journal]
Engineers and architects can perform dangerous inspections from afar using a new South Florida drone service. Coral Springs-based OpenSky Drones LLC launched Thursday.
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› Gulf Power wants pollutants lawsuit dismissed [AP]
Gulf Power Company is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that it's allowing pollutants from aging coal ash pits to leak into the Apalachicola River.
› AutoNation: Best July new vehicle sales since 2006 [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
With the U.S. auto market booming, AutoNation reported its best July for new vehicle sales since 2006. The Fort Lauderdale-based retail giant said it sold 27, 484 new cars and trucks in July, up 8 percent from a year ago.
› Good grades may mean another raise for Tampa International CEO Joe Lopano [Tampa Bay Times]
The CEO of Tampa International Airport, who makes $330,750 a year, could receive another raise this week. If he were to receive the same 5 percent merit raise he got last year, Lopano could be in line for a $16,537 pay bump.
› EcoTech seeks to develop incubator for ‘green’ product companies [Miami Herald]
A young startup is trying to develop an incubator for “green” product manufacturers, creating a space for them to grow and create jobs for low-income communities.