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UF Entrepreneurship Program Aims to Attack Poverty

South Florida companies and entrepreneurs were big winners at BioFlorida’s annual conference this week in Fort Lauderdale.

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Driving Your Career Towards a Booming Sector

With a glance at the road behind him, Ben Shukman edges the car out into heavy traffic on the palm-lined streets of Las Vegas. The rain is lashing down and the glare from the city’s famous lights on the wet road make for less than ideal driving conditions. This is the first time he has driven in the area. In fact, Shukman has never visited Vegas – and he is not there now. Although he is steering the car through the city’s busy streets, he is actually 500 miles (800km) away in Mountain View, California.

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Cities are 3-D Printing Their Way to More Sustainable Futures

A mesmerizing process of tiny particles shooting out of a robotic device and sticking to each other, layer after layer, is expected to revolutionize city construction and how cities function.  Welcome to the world of 3-D printings.

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Enterprise Florida announces new jobs in Florida during United Kingdom mission

Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) announced that two companies based in the United Kingdom will add jobs in Florida. The company announcements were made this week during a business development and trade mission to the United Kingdom and Ireland led by the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

Joe York, Vice Chairman of the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors said, “International business is vital to the state’s economy. Announcements like this let businesses around the world know they can find success in Florida. Congratulations to Cloudbanter and IBP Group on their growth and we welcome them to the Sunshine State.”

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Technology and innovation is changing the workforce.  Americans are working in different ways, at more places, and in varied kinds of jobs. Emphasis continues to shift to cognitive skills, creativity, and communication. Automation, robotics, information, and the power of the internet are disrupting traditional jobs and creating entirely new ones. Formal employment at a single establishment is increasingly expected to shift to multiple, on-demand work opportunities in a “gig” economy

Florida must look toward the needs of tomorrow’s workforce.  We must leverage our quality of life and globally competitive business climate to attract and retain increasingly mobile entrepreneurs, contractors, and on-demand employees and employers. How do we nurture Florida’s entrepreneurial environment?

  • Strengthen Florida’s network of entrepreneurs and investors supporting business formation and early stage growth.
  • Increase emphasis on business formation, the creative economy, and the gig economy in regional and local economic development strategies.
  • Enhance the availability of risk, venture, and working capital to energize the expansion of existing businesses, both small and large, and to promote the
    formation of next-generation enterprises.

For information on Florida 2030 and recommendations for strengthening Florida’s economic development, download the Florida 2030 Key Targets & Strategies by visiting www.Florida2030.org

 

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Contractors say Florida is the Best Environment for Builders

National trade group Associated Builders and Contractors put out its annual ranking of state’s construction environments Wednesday and Florida topped the list.

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Since 2010, Florida has witnessed a staggering population growth of nearly 10 percent and the fastest growing gross domestic product among the five most populated states in 2016. In addition to the state’s growing population, Florida had a record breaking number of tourists in 2017 totaling 116.5 million visitors.

Large numbers of annual visitors and new residents afford the state with unique opportunities to drive economic development and innovation. It is important across all of Florida’s traditional sectors to leverage knowledge, technology and support of both entrepreneurism and innovation for testing and growth of new concepts as well as innovative approaches to product and service design, creation and delivery.

Florida boasts a number of economic development accolades including the second best business climate, second best infrastructure, third best corporate tax environment, third best in startup activity, and third in workforce size. However, in the current global economy where technology and automation are becoming the backbone to every industry including tourism and agriculture, the state’s educational attainment remains lower than competitor regions and the national average.

Diversifying Florida’s economy is key to creating jobs and opportunities. It is crucial that Florida continue to build its core industries, tourism, agriculture, and construction while diversifying Florida’s economy into next generation targeted industries.

According to the Florida Chamber Foundation report, Florida Jobs 2030, in recent years, growth within these core industries has been complemented by gains in five of Florida’s eight targeted industry clusters, which include: aerospace and aviation; health care and life sciences; manufacturing; logistics and distribution; and financial and professional services. Together, these eight targeted industry clusters make up 30 percent of Florida’s jobs and over 40 percent of the gross state product.

As we look toward 2030 and beyond, Florida must continue to attract growing and innovative industries and new technologies that will allow Florida to lead the way in high-skill, high-wage job creation. Florida wins when we continue to diversify our base of job creators and work to attract and grow targeted high-wage industries.

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