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August 17, 2018

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Aftermath of deadly storm brings extra money to state

Florida will get a one-time boost in tax money as residents across the state slowly rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Irma. Florida's economy has been improving over the past few years, but state economists believe that Florida will see a spike in sales tax collections as the recovery takes place. More from WUSF.

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Battery Powered: Saft's battery plant was a victory for Jacksonville

Saft battery plant

In 2015, President Barack Obama visited French battery maker Saft’s Jacksonville office and touted the company as a leader in clean energy with its production of lithiumion batteries. Landing the facility was a win for Jacksonville economic development officials. Full story here.

Tampa Bay Startup Week looks to draw 3,000 entrepreneurs

Some 3,000 entrepreneurs will converge on downtown Tampa to participate in the third annual event. Business owners and self-starters will trade knowledge on all aspects of starting a business, from social media management to recruiting and hiring. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Jacksonville City Council to reboot Northwest Jacksonville CRA

On a quiet Jacksonville City Council agenda Tuesday, the highlight, arguably, will be the passage of two bills to reboot the KingSoutel Community Redevelopment Area. Though conservatives in the Florida House have said that CRAs are often slush funds for connected people, city leadership in both the executive and legislative branches draw a different picture. More from Florida Politics.

Orange County Convention Center's Kathie Canning sees strong business as exit nears

“How could the square dancers perform without disturbing the barbershop quartets?” Orange County Convention Center executive director Kathie Canning once worried. Such logistical challenges will fade away for Canning when she retires this month. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Business Profile
Riley Reporting & Associates

 Susan Riley, owner of Riley Reporting & Associates Inc., on Feb. 1 celebrated the 30th anniversary of her company. Building a legal support services business with offices in Jacksonville, Orange Park and Orlando wasn’t her original intention.

» More from the Jacksonville Daily Record.


Business Plan Challenge

florida originalsIf your business is less than 2 years old or is in the planning stages, you can enter the 20th Annual Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge, co-sponsored by Florida International University’s Eugenio Pino & Family Global Entrepreneurship Center.

» Read more from the Miami Herald.

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USA’s biggest palm collection faces future of sea level rise
USA’s biggest palm collection faces future of sea level rise

Montgomery Botanical Center in Miami has the country’s biggest collection of palms and cycads. After Hurricane Irma, the garden’s director wondered what it would look like with a century of sea level rise.

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