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Jeb Bush’s biotech foresignt a catalyst to grow Florida’s economy

A catalyst is an agent that spurs a reaction. Much like air conditioning and the automobile were catalysts for Florida's post-war growth, the state's investment in life-science research institutes was and...

Uber, Lyft, IBM team up with this South Florida county to tackle its mass...

Miami-Dade County is teaming up with Lyft and Uber to tackle mass transit inefficiencies, bringing them onboard to bridge the gap between home, transit stops and back. Together, they’ll work to affordably...

GOP feud could logjam legislative session

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott is accusing House Republicans of “not caring about jobs.” A Senate leader is claiming the House is violating the constitution, and the House speaker is daring the Senate to sue them. Read more here.

Florida jobs chief: No incentives means 50,000 jobs lost

Florida’s budget battle turned into a heated war of words Saturday, as the state’s top economic development chief accused the Legislature of costing the state 50,000 potential new jobs. House and Senate...

Orlando searches for funding ideas for local tech groups

The city of Orlando has decided to seek ideas on how to best support the local burgeoning tech community. Initially, the city was going to give $115,000 from its fiscal 2017-2018 budget...

UCF, UF planned to partner on taking over Sanford Burnham

UCF planned to join the University of Florida in its now-delayed quest to take over Sanford Burnham, Orlando’s leading medical research center, internal emails from the two universities show. The emails leading...

Tech Data HQ expansion is a first for Largo’s new economic development tool

Tech Data Corp. is the first company to take advantage of a new economic development initiative by the city of Largo. Tech Data (NASDAQ: TECD) will get a property tax break each year...

Jacksonville’s Moran Institute seeking nonprofit organizational leaders for upcoming classes

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in Jacksonville is taking applications for its nonprofit executive program. The institute was opened in Jacksonville in the fall by the Florida State University College...

Amazon says HQ2 call drew 238 bids from across North America

Amazon.com said its call for second headquarters proposals received 238 bids from cities and regions in 54 states and provinces across North America. The Seattle-based internet retailer and cloud computing giant launched...

Why this medical tech firm hasn’t created the jobs it promised yet

Orlando city commissioners will vote Sept. 21 on whether or not to revise an agreement with a pharmaceutical tech firm to create dozens of jobs. SMRxT Inc., a company that was based in...
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