November 28, 2022

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Award-winning filmmaker Todd Thompson produces movies he hopes will inspire, enlighten audiences

Todd Thompson knew at a young age that he wanted to make films. He caught the bug when he was about 8, when his father took him to see Star Wars. After that, he started experimenting with his grandfather's 8mm camera and making his own “homemade, independent” films using the money he earned cutting grass to buy film. “It would take me months because it was expensive for a little kid back then,” recalls Thompson. Read more »
Published on 11/25/2022

Ybor City's Gas Worx project plans to develop homes, retail and office space on former site of Peoples Gas

For the last several years, much of downtown Tampa's redevelopment focus has been on Water Street, the $3.5-billion, 70-acre mixed-use project from Strategic Property Partners, a partnership between Tampa's Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates' Cascade Investment. Read more »
Published on 11/23/2022

Felecia Hatcher

When her high school guidance counselor said college wasn't in the picture because of academic reasons, Felecia Hatcher applied for and received more than $100,000 in scholarships, prompting her mother's friends, her church and high schools to ask her to help other students. So she created a company to do just that. Read more »
Published on 11/22/2022

FSU's nursing dean Jing Wang addresses salaries, the shortage and more

Jing Wang became the dean of the College of Nursing at Florida State University last year. She is a board member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and recently was named one of 10 Emerging Leaders in Health and Medicine by the National Academy of Medicine. Read more »
Published on 11/22/2022

Michelle Abbs

Michelle Abbs' leadership journey started 16 years ago in a fifth-grade Miami classroom. Read more »
Published on 11/17/2022

UNF's Brooks College of Health boosts hands-on training with new simulation center

Nursing students at the University of North Florida Brooks College of Health have a new simulation center for hands-on training. Read more »
Published on 11/16/2022

New program developed to help Florida job seekers find new careers based on location

CareerSource North Central Florida in Gainesville has been testing a program designed to help job seekers more easily find out location-specific information about jobs, salaries and demand. Read more »
Published on 11/16/2022

Cristie Besu

Nurse and sports nutritionist Cristie Besu started her Eat Me Guilt Free line of high-protein, low-carb baked goods in her kitchen a decade ago when her clients would confess to cheating on their diets. Besu, a Miami native, realized there was a business opportunity in making healthier treats. Read more »
Published on 11/16/2022

Redevelopment after the Dozier School for Boys

A former classroom building at the Dozier School for Boys, an institution where imprisoned children once endured desperate conditions, soon will become a place where young adults with autism will learn workplace and life skills. A former gymnasium is envisioned as a civic center; the old cafeteria as a museum. Read more »
Published on 11/15/2022

Accelerated nursing programs in Florida help get new nurses into practice faster

While nursing wasn't her first career, Proebe Ybanez always felt a pull toward the profession. As a teenager growing up in the Philippines, she recalls feeling helpless as she watched her great-aunt suffer a massive seizure. Read more »
Published on 11/14/2022

Pet product company and Shark Tank winner SwiftPaws on track to hit $1.5 million this year

Brevard County native Meghan Wolfgram graduated from high school with an associate's degree through a dual enrollment program and was been accepted into the University of Florida's veterinary program. “I was going to go into large-animal equine sciences.” Read more »
Published on 11/14/2022

Lissette Calderon

During a break in the closing for a $57.5-million construction loan for her latest residential tower, Miami's Lissette Calderon reflects on her past. In what other city, she asks, could a first-generation Cuban- American woman break ground on her first high-rise at age 28? Read more »
Published on 11/10/2022

Jane Poynter

In 1991, Jane Poynter, then 29 years old, volunteered along with seven others to spend two years living inside an airtight dome in the Arizona desert. The purpose of the privately funded science project, known as Biosphere 2, was to create a ground-based test bed for a space settlement — an enclosed habitat where humans could live for extended periods by farming their own food and recycling their air, water and waste. Read more »
Published on 11/9/2022

Florida Icon: Jim Strickland

I'm 67 years old, and at age 7, I wanted to be what I am now. I always just wanted to be on a horse. Read more »
Published on 11/8/2022

Jennifer Rominiecki

Jennifer Rominiecki knew she was in for a challenge when she became CEO of Sarasota's Selby Gardens seven years ago — but maybe not quite as big of a challenge as it turned out. Read more »
Published on 11/8/2022

Black and Hispanic women running for office are shaking up Florida's political landscape

Ashley Gantt already has two careers under her belt: Teacher and attorney. Now she's embarking on a third: State legislator. Read more »
Published on 11/7/2022

Miami unveils collection of nearly 5,000 NFTs designed by 56 Miami artists

Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez announced a partnership with Time magazine, Mastercard and Salesforce to launch an NFT initiative for the city to drive revenue to local businesses and non-profits. Read more »
Published on 10/31/2022

Constance Collins

Constance Collins is $6.1 million into a $20-million campaign to build a “children's village” across from the Lotus House women's shelter she founded in Overtown in Miami. The challenge of raising another $14 million doesn't seem to weigh on her. Read more »
Published on 10/31/2022

Tallahassee-based Applied Fiber's high-performance cables are vital component of NASA's James Webb Telescope

Tallahassee-based Applied Fiber's high-performance cables are a key component of NASA's James Webb Telescope. The company supplied Northrop Grumman, a NASA contractor, with nearly 200 cable assemblies used in the sunshields that protect the lens from extreme temperatures. The company began work with Northrop Grumman on the project more than 13 years ago. Read more »
Published on 10/31/2022

Orlando International Airport debuts its new $2.75-billion,15-gate terminal

Orlando International Airport debuted its new $2.75-billion, 15-gate terminal, which features a slew of technological touches. Among the highlights are: Read more »
Published on 10/31/2022

SMG Delivering Data gathers infrastructure data for utilities

For 12 years, Hadley Doyle-González and her pilot husband, Jorge, ran a business based in Palm Beach County towing airplane banners. That led them to the idea of using their flight skills and manned and unmanned aircraft — she's a drone pilot — to gather infrastructure data for utilities. Read more »
Published on 10/31/2022

Easing other land-use regulations is a growing trend in Florida

Only Gainesville in Florida contemplates a city-wide elimination of the single-family zoning category, but a trend toward loosening other land-use regulations is growing. At the state level, the Legislature in 2020 mandated that affordable housing can be built in zoning categories including single-family, commercial and industrial. Read more »
Published on 10/31/2022

AI-based program makes easy work of legal contract reviews

Reviewing contracts for legal purposes takes a lot of repetitive attention to detail. The use of artificial intelligence at the law firm Foley & Lardner makes that type of review easier, according to Jacksonville-based partner Chanley Howell. Read more »
Published on 10/27/2022

Affordable housing around Florida

Soaring housing costs are a hazard to Florida's economic growth, leading communities that want to sustain their workforce to respond with new initiatives. Luxury developers to non-profit agencies are stepping up with solutions — both in multifamily properties and individual homes — to address the statewide housing crunch. Read more »
Published on 10/25/2022

Closing the job gains gap of Floridians with disabilities

Research from The Able Trust, the statewide organization working to create better pathways for people with disabilities to be successful in the state's workforce, shows labor force participation is growing, but there's still plenty of room for improvement. Read more »
Published on 10/20/2022

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