Friday's Afternoon Update
What you need to know about Florida today
Florida businesses created nearly 30,000 private-sector jobs in December
Statewide, Florida businesses created nearly 30,000 new jobs in December. Cissy Proctor, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, said, “Florida businesses had strong job growth in 2017, creating nearly 205,000 jobs for families throughout the state." December 2017 was the 89th consecutive month with positive over-the-year job growth. The industry gaining the most jobs over-the-year was professional and business services (+47,200 jobs, +3.6 percent). Full news release from Gov. Scott is here. Also read more at the Space Coast Daily and see the report from Florida's DEO.
Cuba’s tourism is booming despite Trump’s tougher policy
2017 was a record year for tourism, with 4.7 million visitors pumping more than $3 billion into the island’s otherwise struggling economy. The number of American travelers rose to 619,000, more than six times the pre-Obama level. More from the AP.
PGA Tour reveals plans for new Jacksonville headquarters
The PGA Tour unveiled plans for its expansive new global home, which will consolidate area staff under one roof in Ponte Vedra Beach. The new 187,000 square-foot headquarters, which is expected to be completed in 2020, will be located on a portion of the Tour’s existing property. More from the Jacksonville Business Journal.
Kissimmee research facility BRIDG, Siemens to announce deal
A high-tech research facility in Kissimmee, which hopes to establish itself as the Southeast hub for companies looking to research sensors, optics, photonics and advanced manufacturing devices, announced that it has landed a deal to collaborate with Siemens. More from the Orlando Sentinel.
Why Miami could still be a winner even if it loses the Amazon headquarters
Miami was always seen as an underdog for Amazon’s headquarters, given its thin roster of heavy corporate hitters, lack of a tech-savvy workforce and low marks on certain urban perks, like a vibrant transit system. More from the Miami Herald.
Jacksonville’s Good Dough makes a Jaguars-Patriots bet
Sunday’s game between the Jaguars and Patriots will be 11 on 11, but the football bet between Jacksonville’s Good Dough and Kane’s in Boston is 12 against 12: their best doughnuts against ours — may the best box win.
» More from the Florida Times-Union.
'American Pickers' is coming to Florida
Know someone with a cool collection of antiques, collectibles or dust-covered old “junk” they’ve been holding onto for years in the hopes of someday cashing in? The time may be now. American Pickers, the A&E reality series following collectors Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they scour the country in search of “rusty gold” is coming to Florida.
» Read more from the Tampa Bay Times.
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