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December 19, 2018

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'Rebuild Florida' program offers additional funding for Irma victims

The state Department of Economic Opportunity on Monday launched a new program providing $616 million to help the most vulnerable in the hardest-hit areas rebuild their homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma. More from the Miami Herald, Florida Trend, and FOX13.

Marking National Voter Registration Day all over Florida

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, the largest one-day effort in America to register new voters for the Nov. 6 general election. Across Florida, county election supervisors are sponsoring registration drives and people of all perspectives are using social media to promote taking part in democracy. More from the Tampa Bay Times.

Hearing set on Florida workers' comp rate cut

The state Office of Insurance Regulation has scheduled an Oct. 17 hearing on a proposal that could lead to an average 13.4 percent reduction in workers’ compensation insurance rates next year, according to a notice published Monday in the Florida Administrative Register. More from WLRN.

'Shark Tank'-backed app gets a boost from Florida group

Pay off your student loan early with less interest — that’s the idea behind the ChangEd mobile app, which is partnering with Miramar-based Tropical Financial Credit Union to provide the student-loan payment service free to customers with checking accounts. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Distribution center on Jacksonville’s Westside could get $3.3 million incentive

A proposed $3.3 million incentive package for construction of a 1-million-square-foot distribution center at Cecil Commerce Center is headed to City Council for a vote after the Mayor’s Budget Review Committee gave its support on Monday. The agreement would make an exception to the city’s incentive policy because the average annual wage for the 250 new jobs would be $33,000, which is below the Florida average. More from the Florida Times-Union.

Business Profile
OZK Labs

 At least from the outside, OZK Labs seemingly sits nondescriptly among a cadre of hipster-cool downtown St. Petersburg tech companies. But with digs that include a culture doodle wall drawn by noted area artist Chad Mize, cushy couches and a nap pod, OZK Labs diligently holds its own among its techie peers.

» More from the Business Observer.


Florida 500
Florida's Most Influential Business Leaders

floridaChristine Barney, CEO & MANAGING PARTNER at RBB COMMUNICATIONS in FORT LAUDERDALE says “ I come from a background of blue-collar workers and never knew anyone who owned a business. With the strength of colleagues and supportive clients, rbb was born, and I have no regrets."

» Read more at Florida 500.

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Climate gentrification: Is sea rise turning Miami high ground into a hot commodity?

Miami is the first city to study the impacts of climate gentrification, a shift in consumer preferences for higher ground as climate change sends sea levels rising that displaces residents in Miami’s few high elevation communities.

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