April 13, 2024

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Florida jobless claims remain low

The number of first-time unemployment claims in Florida remained relatively low last week, after three months of the state having a 3.1 percent jobless rate. The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday issued a report that said an estimated 5,080 claims were filed in Florida during the week that ended March 23, down from a revised count of 5,351 the previous week. Since the start of December, Florida has averaged 5,741 new claims a week. More from the News Service of Florida.

Japanese drugmaker Noven gets county aid to expand in Miami

Miami’s pharmaceutical world is gearing up for an expansion of Japanese-owned Noven Pharmaceuticals Inc. as county commissioners last week approved a $709,420 incentive to grow Noven’s South Dade operations. The company plans to add 24,500 square feet to its current operations in 118,600 square feet at 11960 SW 144th St. and increase employment by 10 persons to grow pharmaceutical manufacturing at the site. More from Miami Today.

Disruptive apartment-like hospitality brand targets St. Pete

A New York hospitality-tech company with a model that’s one part Airbnb, one part extended-stay hotel, seeks to make a mint in Florida, partially with a focus on St. Petersburg. The company is called Mint House. Its strategy, officials say, is to combine "the best features of a private apartment (with a) premium hotel” for either short or long term rentals. More from the Business Observer.

CSX Baltimore operations impacted by bridge collapse

The Port of Baltimore is a major hub for CSX Corp., and the Jacksonville-based railroad company said the March 26 collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge will affect freight shipments. “While freight traffic has not been entirely halted in the region, certain commodities have been affected by the incident. CSX is actively communicating with customers to provide updates on their shipment statuses as the situation evolves,” the company said. More from the Jacksonvile Daily Record.

Florida Keys fish kill: 28 endangered sawfish dead. Scientists perplexed by the cause

Since Jan. 30, 28 sawfish have been found dead in the Keys, according to the FWC. Biologists with multiple agencies and universities are investigating if the deaths of the sawfish are related to the broader fish kill. The fish kill so far has impacted more than 20 species, from silver mullet to tarpon, snook, mangrove snappers and even lemon sharks. More from the Miami Herald.

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The Florida Housing Summit brings together industry leaders, policymakers, experts, and stakeholders to discuss the pressing issues and solutions in housing today. Hosted by the Florida Policy Project (FPP) and presented by the Tampa Bay Builders Association (TBBA), the premier event aims to address Florida’s housing challenges and share innovative solutions to pave the way for a brighter future. Join us at the Florida Housing Summit: Blueprint for Better Outcomes.

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End of an era as final Delta IV Heavy closes out 63 years of launches

The Delta family of rockets have been responsible for launching Mars rovers, space telescopes, solar probes, weather satellites and more during a 63-year-run that began when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. It has one more to go as United Launch Alliance aims to send up the final Delta IV Heavy rocket on the NROL-70 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 37 at 1:40 p.m. Thursday during a window that runs through 5:45 p.m.

» More from the Orlando Sentinel.


Florida MBA Programs
Empowering entrepreneurs

Jose Brache, an assistant professor and the academic director of the Huizenga Business Innovation Academy at NSU, says most of the students who typically enroll in this MBA program are already involved in building a company or a non-profit or have an innovative role inside their companies. A program pillar is “active learning,” and students are encouraged to work on their own projects as they progress through their MBA, Brache says.

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