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Florida hopes to play a big role in World Cup 2026

The 2026 World Cup is coming to the United States — and Miami is expected to be one of the venues. Miami and Orlando are among the 23 cities in the running to host matches, and Hard Rock Stadium — built for soccer and known as a host to sold-out international matches — is expected to be selected. More from the Miami Herald, News Talk Florida, and Florida Today.

Column: Florida is in a must-win fight for talented workers

Florida’s economic future hinges on talent — nurturing and retaining the homegrown kind and attracting it from other places. As the state grows, we need more entrepreneurs, engineers, doctors and good teachers. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Deloitte Consulting seeks foreign workers for Lake Mary center

A tech consulting firm that has received government incentives while bringing high-paying jobs to Central Florida has been seeking non-U.S. workers for some positions. A subsidiary of Deloitte LLC has filed preliminary paperwork required for the annual H-1B visa lottery for foreign workers that favors its Lake Mary location and second only to its primary address in Philadelphia. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Semi-finalists announced for Broward startup competition

The StartUp Expo (SUP-X) has selected 36 startups to compete in its annual competition. The semi-finalists announced this week include early-stage companies based in cities across four states, and one that's international. More from the South Florida Business Journal.

Developer offers Sarasota payment plan for $49.8 million verdict

The private developer that was awarded nearly $50 million last month in a historic judgment against the city has offered Sarasota a payment plan it claims could save taxpayers millions. More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Political Business
Miami Beach seeks to host 2020 Democratic National Convention

 Miami-Dade County – specifically Miami Beach – has expressed interest in hosting the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Beach Mayor Dan Gelber told the city commission last week. The commission agreed unanimously to move forward to become an official contender.

» More from Miami Today.
Correction: The source for this story is Miami Today, not the Miami Herald, as previously noted.

 

What's In A Name?
Miami-based Burger King trolls ‘IHOP’ with ‘Pancake King’ name change

florida Burger King is taking a shot at “IHOP” for temporarily changing its name to “IHOB ” to promote the debut of its new burgers. This week, Burger King changed its name to “Pancake King” on both Twitter and Facebook.

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