May 27, 2020

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13% of out-of-state moves are relocations to Florida

According to a new report, the majority of moves in the U.S. in 2019 were local and most people – 62% — moved within their county. For those making bigger moves across state lines, Florida was at the head of the class. The report says Florida was the top destination for people in 22 states who moved out of state in 2019. More Florida love: 13% of all out-of-state moves were relocations to Florida, the report states. More from the Business Observer.

Spotify inks lease for South Florida headquarters in Miami’s Wynwood

The music streaming company has been looking for office space in the Wynwood, Brickell and downtown Miami submarkets for months, sources said. Spotify will be taking all of the 20,000 square feet of office space at the Oasis in Wynwood, a mixed-use adaptive reuse project under construction at 2335 North Miami Avenue. More from the Real Deal.

Hurricane population declines could skew 2020 Census

For communities still recovering from Hurricane Michael, the 2020 census comes at a bad time. “It’s kind of a 10-year punishment,” said Bay County Commissioner Robert Carroll. Local leaders estimate thousands of people left after the storm, and they’re not sure how many have moved to the county since then. Hurricane-related declines that remain on April 1 - the official census count day - could prevent the hardest-hit towns from receiving their fair share of funding when their populations have been restored. More from WFSU.

How strawberries help Florida economy

As Florida residents prepare for the 72nd year of the Strawberry Festival to begin this weekend in Plant City, now is a better time than ever to learn a little bit more about Florida’s thriving strawberry industry. With the second-highest strawberry production in the country – just after California – Florida has more than 8,000 acres of strawberry fields, according to the Florida Strawberry Growers Association. Plant City is known as the “Winter Strawberry Capital of the World” because it grows more than three-quarters of the country’s winter strawberries. [Source: WFLA]

Orlando firm raises $5.8 million for its platform, which connects businesses with drivers

The expansion of the delivery economy has helped an Orlando entrepreneur raise nearly $6 million for his tech startup. OneRail connects merchants with services that complete so-called “last mile” deliveries to customers. So far, the small company works with Warehouse Anywhere, a company that stores merchandise for clients nationwide at its network of facilities. More from the Orlando Sentinel.

Florida Dining
12 can’t-miss Florida restaurant experiences

 Everyone knows one of the best parts of any vacation is the food. In Florida, we certainly know all about that. If you’re planning a trip, or if you’re already here and just looking for a weekend gastronomic adventure, this is the list for you. Here are 12 can’t-miss food experiences that are uniquely Florida:

» More from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.


Business Profile
InSync Healthcare Solutions

floridaInSync Healthcare Solutions, a Tampa company that specializes in software for managing medical records, says 2019 was a record year for it in several areas, including revenue growth, hiring and new client acquisitions. The privately held firm was founded in 2007, and although it declines to disclose its revenues, President Roland Therriault says sales have been growing by 40%, year-over-year, “over the past couple of years.”

» Read more from the Business Observer.

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Mega pantries already operate in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, serving an average of almost 4,000 people every week.
Mega pantries already operate in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, serving an average of almost 4,000 people every week.

Feeding Tampa Bay opened the new drive-through food bank — dubbed a mega-pantry — in Manatee County in response to an all-time high demand for meals and groceries from local food banks.

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