December 12, 2019

Monday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 10/21/2019

› Synapse conference gives Orlando’s tech sector hope for more collaboration
Some business leaders say Orlando’s future economy should focus more on high-tech companies that have been growing here, including simulation, sensors and virtual reality. But, for that to happen, the industries, which have worked in isolation, must come together. A daylong summit in downtown Orlando on Friday might have been the biggest step taken thus far in that effort.

› New CEO returns to North Florida to guide emerging Orange Park Medical Center
A longtime executive with HCA Healthcare, which owns the hospital, Lisa Valentine held management positions at hospitals in South Carolina and Virginia. But she grew up in nearby Live Oak, graduated from the University of Florida, still has family in the area and wanted to return. Now she’s the Orange Park hospital’s first female CEO.

› American Airlines won’t have its name on Heat arena but has a new deal with the team
Just because American Airlines is taking its name off the downtown arena where the Miami Heat play doesn’t mean the airline’s relationship with the team is over. Despite choosing not to renew its naming rights to the Heat’s arena, the airline company announced Saturday an international partnership with the basketball franchise.

› The staggering consequences of Florida hit-and-run crashes
Since Jan. 1, 2018, there have been 102,756 hit-and-run cases in the Sunshine State, with 215 fatalities and 21,511 injuries. Miami-Dade County, the most populous region in Florida with 2.7 million people, ranks first in hit-and-run crashes with 19,841. Sarasota County is 17th with 1,507 and Manatee County is 21st with 1,275.

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