December 2021 Contents

Selected features from Florida Trend's print and digital issue


Floridian of the Year

Floridian of the Year

A Hyper-Local Approach to Poverty

The non-profit Lift Orlando is revitalizing a poor, crime-ridden neighborhood around Camping World Stadium.

Rising Executives
Stepping Up

A new generation of executives — from a former ballerina to a former teenage line cook — is making its mark across the state and beyond.

Raising the Barre

One-time ballerina and college professor Alix Miller takes an unlikely path to lead the Florida Trucking Association.

Freezing out the Competition

Gian Carlo Alonso takes aim at 'Goliath' as CEO of cooler business AmeriKooler.

Economic Backbone

Room for Robots

The 300,000-sq.ft. Taneja Center for Surgery includes room for robotic-surgery equipment.

Venturing Out

Orlando Health is betting millions on health care startups.

Hospital Boom

A 100-bed Clay County facility is one of six planned for the region.

Hospital Behemoth

Baptist Health Care adapts to the community's needs as it works toward completing its Pensacola facility.


Up Front

I am looking forward to the new year bringing a bit more normalcy.

Robert Metzger

"It's amazing to see people who are near death get a successful organ transplant and then go on to live a successful life."

Editor's Page
Help Wanted

One of the most perplexing developments has been The Great Resignation.

High Price to Pay?

High Price to Pay?

The Dimensions of Employee Pay

Reports of falling median pay at some Florida-based companies may reflect the effects of the pandemic rather than real trends.

Pay Differences

85 of the largest Florida-based firms in the Russell 3000.

Forward March

ShaKeia Kegler learned in the Navy how to respond quickly to opportunity and pivot when necessary.

Special Section
Florida Travel

Pack your bags for a getaway close to home.

Around the State

Targeting Productivity with A.I.

In the past two decades, the construction industry has seen an average annual increase of worker productivity of only 1%.

Home-School Boom

Time4Learning's online home-schooling platform grows to 175K students..

Instant Purchases

Fast introduces digital feature that allows cosumers to buy directly from sellers.

NeoCity's Stride

Ocala County is near a deal with the American subsidary of a South Korean semiconductor firm.

Elevating Physical Therapy

UNF creates department of physical therapy to help expand PT academic programs.

Aviation Partnership

The Hsu Innovation Institute and NWF have opened an aviation training center in Crestview.

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Florida Trend Video Pick

Gator with missing jaw finds home in Florida park
Gator with missing jaw finds home in Florida park

A Florida reptile park has taken in an alligator that lost its nose and upper jaw to a fight or boat propeller. Gatorland Orlando said over the weekend that the injured alligator came from a lake in nearby Sanford, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Orlando. “She had basically no chance of surviving in the wild with such a severe injury,” the park said in a social media post.

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