Thursday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Construction jobs growing as economy rebounds
Florida's construction employment grew by 8.9 percent in 2014, adding 34,300 construction jobs. As construction firms expand their payrolls, reports of shortages of construction labor are growing. More than 1 million workers left the industry over the past four years. More at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Governor Rick Scott's cabinet remarks
Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet met in Tampa on Thursday and discussed how to improve their procedures to prevent a repeat the forced resignation of a top police official, demands for investigations and a lawsuit alleging Sunshine Law violations.
"While I wanted to bring in new leadership at FDLE as we transitioned to a second term in office, it is clear, in hindsight, that I could have handled it better," Scott said in prepared remarks. "The buck stops here, and that means I take responsibility." More from Tampa Bay Times and read the text of Governor Rick Scott's cabinet remarks, here.
Bouncing back from failure
Did you make an expensive mistake in 2014? Did you experience a setback in business or in a personal relationship? Now is a great time to bounce back while you still have most of 2015 ahead of you. Cindy Krischer Goodman offers advice for how to turn things around with your business, career or home life. More at the Miami Herald.
Hispanic media industry leading way for tech firms
As tech community leaders rally behind an effort to build a tech hub in South Florida, Miami’s Hispanic media and entertainment industry may be able to teach them a thing or two. That’s because Miami already has become a hub for the Hispanic media industry. More at the Miami Herald.
UF/IFAS Extension working to help farmers and ranchers keep it all in the family
Agriculture Saves (or AgSave$) is designed to help farmers and ranchers make the transition from one generation to the next. It is so important that Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and state agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam are issuing a proclamation on Feb. 5, declaring February 23 – 28, 2015, as Florida Saves week. More at IFAS News.
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