December 2023 Contents
Inside Florida Trend's print and digital issue
Floridian of the Year
Mark Wilson has broadened the Florida Chamber of Commerce's influence, setting ambitious goals to strengthen the social fabric of the state amid its surging growth.
One Man's Trash
A Tampa Bay electronics recycler is helping to bridge the digital divide by rehabbing cast-off computers
TGH and Tampa's Next Big Thing
At times, John Couris sounds more like a chamber of commerce pitchman than the president and CEO of a growing hospital network.
A seven-story, 375K sq. ft. hospital in Orlando is the first stand-alone orthopedic hospital in the southwestern U.S.
Memorial Regional Hospital marks significant progress in its $88M renovation.
Jackson Memorial Hospital is tripling the size of its emergency department.
Baptist Health Care is up and running at its new Brent Lane Campus.
UF Health continues its geographic expansion with the acquisition of Flagler Health+..
Sarasota Memorial is building a $75M center for research and training.
Legal Elite NOTABLE
Women Leaders in Law
In the U.S. in 1968, women comprised 4% of students in law schools. Last year 56% were women, in the U.S. and in Florida. Profiles of 92 women leaders from firms across the state.
The Impact of a Floridian
One of the editions I treasure most each year is our annual Floridian of the Year issue.
"The lab is my happy place."
The Incredible, Invisible Women
Working women still answer the call, even when the work is largely invisible...
Seven up and coming executives to watch.
Mandy Weitknecht, Skanska
Hong Potomski, Florida Blue
Sherrel Sampson, Canviiy
Richard Lavina, Taxfyle
Chanel T. Rowe, Johnson & Johnson
Austin and Grant Gappelberg, Hampton Chocolate Factory
Regional Economic Profile
One could use a playful pun and say that Brevard County, aka the Space Coast, is in the midst of a takeoff — launching a new era of economic growth.
Around the State
St. Johns County is celebrating the history and achievements of the Gullah Geechee community.
Pitbullish on Jai Alai
Pitbull is the latest celebrity investor in the World Jai-Alai League.
Streamlining School Spending
AdoptAClassroom.org helps funnel money to teachers to buy supplies.
Shells for Shorelines
Tampa Bay Watch is launching a recycling program that turns oystershells into reefs.
Monitoring Indoor Crops
Acreage Farms hopes to offset challenges facing the vertical farming industry.
Beating the Heat
UF researcher Yi Luo works on ways to cool down cities.
A paper plant closure in Taylor County leaves hundreds of locals jobless and will have ripple effects across the state.
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