Scott influenced tech, scientific job increases

Job creation wasn't just about numbers. The 7-7-7 plan also emphasized growth of high-paying, high-skill jobs in technology and biotech with a goal of growing wages and salaries.

Gov. Rick Scott entered the fray at a point when tourism was the strongest industry in Florida and the state was operating in a deficit compared with the national economic scenario.

In 2011, the job trend turned positive for several industries.

Florida business, labor leaders praise Obama jobs plan

WASHINGTON — In job-starved Florida, President Barack Obama's nationally televised address to Congress sparked renewed hope on Friday that a burst of federal spending and tax incentives would prompt companies to begin hiring again.

Obama's jobs speech: President expected to propose $300 billion in tax cuts, aid

WASHINGTON — For five months, Bob Bloom has watched his business spike and dip, just like the stock market. After a great April, he suffered his worst July in six years. There was so little work "we sat around looking at each other," he said. Then, sales skyrocketed in August.

Earlier this week, Bloom worked until 9 p.m. to keep up with orders at his business, Ink & Toner USA in suburban West Palm Beach. He's again thinking of adding another employee to his four-person team.

Legislature produced few direct jobs this session

TALLAHASSEE — When state lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott talk about their priorities, creating jobs in Florida always ranks at the top. But by the end of the 2011 legislative session last week, state leaders could point to little in the mountain of bills passed that will provide immediate help for Florida's struggling economy.

Study claims Amendment 4 will cause a $34 billion impact on Florida economy

When Florida voters head to the polls on Nov. 2, 2010, aside from casting votes for public office, they’ll also have six state constitutional amendments to mull over.

One of the proposals up for a vote, Amendment 4, aims to put land use changes before local voters, and has sparked heated debate.

Racing series' tourism impact comes to a screeching halt

The Indy Racing League's likely exit from the Homestead-Miami Speedway next year won't have a significant impact on Homestead, but the departure comes at a difficult time for the cash-strapped city, city leaders and economists say.

``I don't think we see that much business down here from the Indy races,'' said Yvonne Knowles, executive director of Homestead Main Street, a nonprofit that spruces up Homestead's historic district. ``But any time we lose tourist dollars, it hurts us.''

Nine Winn-Dixie store closings could be blow to Consumer Sentiment

Winn-Dixie’s announcement this week that it is closing 30 of its underperforming stores — nine of which are in Palm Beach County — has local residents wondering what the closures could mean for their community.

While 30 closures represents less than 6 percent of Winn-Dixie’s total store count, the move is significant because it means that more than a third of the current Winn-Dixie stores in Palm Beach County will be gone by Sept. 22.

Retailers try to recover in tight economy

Many Americans are concerned about their budgets, but retailers are also keeping a close eye on their wallets as well. In a tight economy, retailers are becoming increasingly innovative when it comes to getting you in the door and saving your money. From $1.50 brewed coffee at Starbucks to cheaper options on restaurant menus, retailers are offering a variety of deals to motivate customers to shop with them. Bureau of Economic and Business Research Research Economist David Denslow says that retailers are having to compete with the world wide web.

Small-Area and Business Demography

A chain of supermarkets decides to launch a new line of ethnic foods. Where should it concentrate its marketing efforts? A school district is plagued by increasingly crowded elementary schools. Is this a temporary phenomenon or a continuing long-run trend? A hospital considers adding an obstetrics unit. Will anticipated service demand cover the additional costs? A metropolitan transportation agency plans to expand its rapid transit system. Where should new routes and transit stops be added? A manufacturer needs to build a new plant.

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Smith, Stanley K.; Morrison, Peter
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