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Florida No. 2 for tech job growth in 2021
Florida ranked second among all states in technology job growth last year, according to a new industry association study. The Sunshine State added 10,522 new tech jobs in 2021, more than any state besides Texas, which added 10,851, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association, or CompTIA. Both Texas and Florida gained more than twice the number of tech jobs as the No. 3 state on the list, California, which added 5,165. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
Unionized journalists at McClatchy’s Florida newspapers stage a 24-hour work stoppage
More than 75 unionized journalists at the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and Bradenton Herald announced they were walking off the job Friday morning in protest of protracted first contract negotiations. The walkout, which is scheduled to last 24 hours, comes after more than two years of bargaining at the One Herald Guild, which represents workers at the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, and over a year and a half of negotiations at the Bradenton Herald NewsGuild. More from Poynter.
Which U.S. airports have the longest wait times? The top two are in South Florida
Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport have the two longest wait times for security and passport control among the nation’s largest airports, according to a survey examining Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection data over the past year. More from the Miami Herald.
The riverfront vision for parks in Downtown Jacksonville
There are nine parks along the St. Johns River in development Downtown, what officials say will be a valuable asset in attracting development. The push for parks started in September 2020 when the DIA board committed to reserve most of the city-owned Shipyards as public park and open space in response to lobbying from community and activist groups. More from the Florida Times-Union.
Feds want back $4.3 million CareerSource misspent in Tampa Bay
The U.S. Department of Labor is demanding CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay repay $4.3 million in taxpayer money that was misspent under the direction of the fired CEO of both organizations, Edward Peachey. It remains unclear who will cover that bill, or how, but some of the expense could be paid using public dollars. Either the two publicly funded CareerSource offices or the taxpayers of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties will be on the hook. More from the Tampa Bay Times.
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Tech entrepreneur envisions a better way to hire
As the COVID-19 crisis recedes, will more people be willing to go back to work? Tampa entrepreneur Vaishnavi More isn’t waiting around to find out. An architect by training, she created Archslate, a new kind of job-search website for the AEC industry. Headquartered at the Embarc Collective innovation hub in Tampa, it links employers to job seekers but also provides e-learning services and uses artificial intelligence to “automate” recruitment and hiring processes.
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