February 23, 2024

Monday's Daily Pulse

What you need to know about Florida today

| 10/2/2023

› Gainesville seeks community input for developing Climate Action Plan
Reeling from a summer of record-high heat, Gainesville has not been spared by climate change — an environmental issue that impacts every corner of the city’s population, wildlife and greenery. Gainesville is now in the developing phase of its Climate Action Plan — with a draft expected to be finalized by October 2024.

› Childcare centers in Florida saved by state legislature
Childcare centers across the country are no longer receiving government checks from the American Rescue Plan Act. It’s money that has been helping keep doors open since the pandemic. Last year, state legislature and the Division of Early Learning made the decision to retain some of our American Rescue Plan Act dollars.

› In Tampa, Florida Chamber president says businesses should do more to address early learning gaps
Florida Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Wilson urged the business community to take substantive action to help fix the state's lackluster child care system during a speech in Tampa last week. Wilson spoke at an event organized by the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County.

› Orlando’s Mills 50 neighborhood is booming with new businesses
Mills 50, once known as Orlando’s “Little Vietnam” and “Little Saigon,” is booming. A diverse mix of more than a dozen businesses has opened in the neighborhood in the past year, according to Joanne Grant, executive director of the Mills 50 Main Street program.

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