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08/27/2012 - 12:37pm in Industry News
QUESTION:Orange County’s mayor is headed to Colombia this week. Gov. Rick Scott visited Panama and Brazil last year and is planning his own excursion to Colombia in December. What kinds of goods Florida is buying and selling in Central America and South America?
FISHKIND: We buy a lot of agriculture products, and we sell substantial amounts of machinery and high-level services – financial services, information services and that kind of thing. The total exports are worth more than $40 billion, so they’re very significant. Primary amongst them are phosphate fertilizers, machinery, information technology.
08/17/2012 - 1:58pm in Industry News
This week, a new advocacy group called the Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition (FNGVC) announced its entrance into the natgas transportation policy arena, outlining its intentions to help create a strong set of state incentives for NGVs and natural gas refueling infrastructure.
The FNGVC is coming onto the scene in response to many familiar factors. The fuel-cost differential between diesel/gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) is where it all starts, especially for fuel-hungry fleets. This key motivator dovetails with more universal goals, such as creating jobs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For more of this story by Michael Bates, go to:
08/13/2012 - 9:38am in Industry News
The economic recovery may seem slow around here, but the growth of Southwest Florida's economy outpaced the state in the first quarter, according to one measure.
The Econocast index -- which counts an array of economic statistics, from housing starts to unemployment claims -- showed Charlotte County's economy growing at triple the statewide rate and the Sarasota-Bradenton economy doubling the state pace.
08/10/2012 - 9:38am in Industry News
The population in Lee and Collier counties is estimated to have increased since 2010, likely due to an increase in baby boomers looking for second homes, retirees moving to Florida, people taking advantage of lower housing prices and a slightly stronger job outlook.
06/11/2012 - 12:00am in Industry News
The wealth of the median American family shrunk to 1992 levels as of 2010, according to a Federal Reserve report that singles out Florida as one of the states hit hardest by the Great Recession.
11/03/2011 - 11:41am in Industry News
The state doesn’t have enough money to fund Medicaid, the counties are in budgetary stress, and the state is attempting to get the counties to pay more for the programs. More than the state says the counties, in fact, owe. / GANNETT