Tuesday, May 23, 2017

South Florida poised to benefit from new self-driving delivery device legislation

A bill that would allow self-driving devices to be used by companies for deliveries is making its way through the Florida legislature, signifying the Sunshine State’s commitment to innovation. House Bill 601...

Immigration policy shift poses new obstacles for South Florida tech

A pathway to hiring skilled workers vital to South Florida’s growing technology companies has become that much more elusive, with a federal policy memorandum ushering in new restrictions. A U.S. Department of...

Airbnb strikes deals with Miami-Dade, Broward counties

San Francisco-based company Airbnb won big in Florida on Tuesday, striking deals with Miami-Dade, Broward and Sarasota counties. The short-term rental platform provider reached agreements with each of the municipalities to begin...

Column: Yes, businesses want 5G technology, but not this way

Florida's citizens and businesses need an improved wireless infrastructure to drive our economy forward. A key step to building that infrastructure is the placement of "small cell" technology — poles, antennas...

Uber lands major victory in the Florida Senate

A bill that would streamline rules for how companies like Uber and Lyft operate in Florida unanimously cleared the Senate Judiciary committee Tuesday, teeing it up for its final vote in the Senate...

Economic development leader on Enterprise Florida’s possible end: ‘We are very concerned’

A tech firm in Denver made it clear what it needs from Florida in order to establish its East Coast regional office in Titusville: incentives. Unfortunately, that option may soon be unavailable...

Proposed NIH budget cuts would be ‘devastating,’ Sanford Burnham president says

Dr. Ranjan Perera’s research is at a critical juncture. In his laboratory at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in Lake Nona, his research team has been investigating whether certain biomarkers in urine can...

Fight between local officials and Airbnb heats up

The battle between two South Florida mayors and Airbnb is heating up, and the home-sharing platform is throwing most of the punches. Its latest salvo: television commercials providing the office phone numbers...

Film Florida chief says $1.1B industry vital for state

Weeks after “Moonlight” won the Oscar for best picture, the filmed-in-Florida movie is playing an outsized role back home as advocates battle to preserve funding for the state’s film and entertainment...

House votes to kill Gov. Rick Scott’s job program

The House voted to eliminate the state’s main economic development agency and impose strict oversight measures on its tourism marketing group Friday, a move that drew a strong rebuke from Gov. Rick...
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