March 2019 Contents

Inside Florida Trend's print and digital issue


Profile: Nikki Fried

Nikki Fried

The New Face of Florida Agriculture

The state's new agriculture commissioner brings a focus on weed, water and weapons. She and the state's traditional ag community - farmers, packers and ranchers - are still getting to know each other.

Florida Space Industry
Renaissance on the Space Coast

In less than a decade, the Space Coast has rebounded by attracting companies such as plane maker Embraer to join longtime Defense Department contractors Lockheed, Northrop Grumman and Harris.

The Rocket Lineup

Who's Zooming What


To reach the target of 100-plus annual launches that industry leaders dream of, Florida will have to overcome some obstacles.

Keeping Millennials in Space

The industry needs young engineers — and Millennials like a certain lifestyle.

Higher Education

14 recent grads put their MBAs to use.

Dog Breeders
Golden Opportunity

As governments restrict sales of commercially bred puppies, a cottage industry of mom-and-pop dog breeders has emerged to meet the demand.


Up Front
An Introduction

Since this is my first column as publisher of Florida Trend, I thought it would be appropriate to formally introduce myself.

Thaddeus Bullard

“People invested in me when they had nothing to gain in return. So, now I invest in others, and I expect nothing in return.”

Editor's Page
The 'Grater' Good

A healthy economy gives rise to serious conversations about a city's future.

2019 Legislative Preview

2019 Legislative Preview

A Kinder, Gentler Legislature?

The new governor and this session's House and Senate leaders are playing nice so far. Here's what to watch over the next couple of months.

What to watch over the next 60 days

Power in the Senate is heavily concentrated in small oligarchies; in the House, there are three dominant leaders...

The Issues

Water, health care, gambling and higher education top the legislative agenda this year.

Economic Backbone

Workers with Disabilities
A Triple Win

Companies that move beyond misconceptions about workers with disabilities can reap rewards.

Around the State

A State in the Arts

The Knight Foundation steps up its investments in Miami's arts groups.

A Lasting Impact

Husband-and-wife physicians create a non-profit to train health care workers in Haiti.

Building on the Past

The architect of a computer science building pays tribute to Florida Southern's history.

A Ray of Sunshine

A property-value boost from SunRail offers hope for the commuter line.

Solar Flare

JinkoSolar moves in as NextEra steps up its solar production.

Expanding IT's Appeal

Working to close IT's gender gap.

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Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

WWII Eau Gallie B-24 bomber crash that killed 10 airmen marks 75th anniversary
WWII Eau Gallie B-24 bomber crash that killed 10 airmen marks 75th anniversary

South Florida Historical Society Secretary James Cox has researched the story of a B-24 bomber that crashed in Eau Gallie in March 1944.

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