Tuesday's Afternoon Update
Trade deficit widens in May as exports struggle
The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in May, reflecting declines in sales of American-made aircraft and machinery as exports continued to suffer from a strong dollar. More at the AP, the Hill, and 24/7 Wall Street.
Small Odessa company Dais Analytic part of clean energy effort in China
Dais Analytic is an Odessa company of about 30 employees that is doing clean energy work in China. To clean water, Dais uses a proprietary plastic membrane to separate water molecules from pollutants and toxins. More at the Tampa Bay Times.
Commentary: The potential of Florida’s innovation system
Innovation suffers from many myths, including the one depicting the lone scientist able to radically change the world with a stroke of individual genius. In practice, innovation is a team sport with funders and nearby industry to provide partners and talent supply. More at the Palm Beach Post.
Carnival Corp. gets approval to ship cruisers to Cuba
The Miami-based cruise company plans to add a Cuba itinerary to its newly rolled out cruise line, Fathom, which will launch its maiden voyage in April 2016 to the Dominican Republic from PortMiami. More at the South Florida Business Journal and the Times/Herald.
Evaluate business schools like a business
The Brookings Institution just released a major study evaluating thousands of American colleges. To analyze the “value” students can expect, researchers looked at post-graduation salaries, rates of student-loan repayment, quality of career services, and the like. More at the New York Institute of Technology.
From Europe, With Love
Year after year, the Sarasota-Manatee region has been shattering its own records for attracting European tourists and 2015 appears to be no exception. Those year-over-year increases do not come by chance.
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Heart transplants in Florida
At any given moment, about 250 Floridians are waiting for a new heart, such as Tonya Cajuste (photo). Cajuste is a 43-year-old West Palm Beach woman whose transplant was performed at Tampa General, one of seven hospitals in the state that perform the surgery.