“It’s very difficult to get a visa,” said Lotringer, president of the Central Florida-based Live Israel Tours. About 331,000 Israelis visited the U.S. last year, but Lotringer said many more would come “if it wasn’t so hard.”
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State policymakers are lining up behind a $50 million plan to tie together biking trails throughout Central Florida. Many see it both as an bonus for residents and a new draw for tourists who want to enjoy the state’s natural beauty.
The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes awarded a team of engineering students from the University of Florida $20,000 from a competition the group sponsored in Orlando in November. Team Florida Mitigators, as it’s called (a play on disaster mitigation and Florida Gators), also pitched its proposal last week to the Florida Chamber of Commerce insurance summit in Orlando.
Regardless of how big or small, gifts should be viewed as investments in our community. Research shows that every dollar spent on prevention saves $7 on intervention. Now, that’s a solid return on investment.
Real estate is one of the most powerful engines driving Florida’s economy. For those of us fortunate enough to own a home here, it is likely our biggest investment. For the many who have purchased a home in Florida to retire or in anticipation of retiring, their homes often are the largest parts of their retirement portfolios.
The federal Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires increasing amounts of ethanol to be blended into all U.S. gasoline, places a heavy burden on many of Florida’s businesses and conflicts with state energy-policy goals. In this crucial time of economic recovery, business owners and their families cannot afford the uncertainty and increased costs associated with this outdated policy.
Florida’s new “standard” high school diploma doesn’t meet the “college and career ready” benchmarks promised by Common Core and will leave students ill-prepared, a new study says.
A hot topic among Florida’s education leaders is our state’s “talent pipeline,” a term that is often mentioned when we discuss the preparation of Florida’s students for jobs in sectors that anticipate growth.
Low taxes have long been a carrot Florida dangles in front of businesses looking to relocate or expand. We’re the fifth most tax-friendly state in the country, according to the Tax Foundation, and the second best in which to do business.
Citizens Property Insurance Corporation has become one of the largest insurance companies in the country even though it only insures property in the state of Florida. Unlike the privately-held companies it is measured against, Citizens is run by the state of Florida.