FORWARD Florida http://forwardflorida.com Economic Development News Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:27:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 Orlando’s Pro Bowl: New Life or Last Gasp?http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/orlandos-pro-bowl-new-life-or-last-gasp/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/orlandos-pro-bowl-new-life-or-last-gasp/#respond Sat, 28 Jan 2017 15:57:16 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=26367 The Pro Bowl comes to Orlando tomorrow, amid some uncertainty about whether this will be the beginning of a great new relationship between the city and the National Football League or the final effort by the NFL to breathe life into what many consider the least relevant all-star game in professional sports. It is difficult […]

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Miami’s Orange Bowl – The 10 Best (Revised)http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/miamis-orange-bowl-10-best/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/miamis-orange-bowl-10-best/#respond Fri, 30 Dec 2016 16:56:19 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=26285 Before the CapitalOne Orange Bowl kicked off yesterday we wrote: “Tonight’s matchup between traditional powerhouses Michigan and Florida State continues this rich tradition. A national championship isn’t on the line (last year was the Orange’s turn to host a semifinal), but the Orange is still one of the most widely anticipated bowls of the season.” […]

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Creepy Clowns: No Laughing Matter This Halloweenhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-news/creepy-clowns-no-laughing-matter/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-news/creepy-clowns-no-laughing-matter/#respond Fri, 28 Oct 2016 02:35:56 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=26226 Clownin' around takes on a whole new meaning.

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U.S. Election Night(mare)http://forwardflorida.com/legislative/u-s-election-nightmare/ http://forwardflorida.com/legislative/u-s-election-nightmare/#respond Thu, 27 Oct 2016 02:08:20 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=26083 Take a cauldron of violence, obscenity, name-calling, lies, suspicion of Russian cyber-crimes, intra-party political fights (red and blue), social media wars, lawsuits, media bashing, Julian Assange as criminal or hero, accusations of everything imaginable and then some, illicit political party activities – stir them all together and you have the perfect brew for Halloween – […]

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Flesh Eating Fly Lands in Floridahttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-agribusiness/flesh-eating-fly-lands-in-florida/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-agribusiness/flesh-eating-fly-lands-in-florida/#respond Thu, 27 Oct 2016 02:02:30 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=26073 The screwworm infestation in the Florida Keys is a nightmare come to life.

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Halloween Florida Stylehttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-tourism/halloween-florida-style/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-tourism/halloween-florida-style/#respond Thu, 27 Oct 2016 01:50:45 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=26184 Halloween happens to be a sweet treat for the economy.

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Death of a Florida Industry?http://forwardflorida.com/economic-development/death-of-florida-film-industry/ http://forwardflorida.com/economic-development/death-of-florida-film-industry/#respond Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:41:30 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=26043 Is Florida's film and TV industry as good as dead?

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McKinley CEO: “2008 was a HORRIFYING Time for Real Estate”http://forwardflorida.com/real-estate/mckinley-ceo-2008-horrifying-time-real-estate/ http://forwardflorida.com/real-estate/mckinley-ceo-2008-horrifying-time-real-estate/#respond Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:51:35 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=26147 A burning platform is a great opportunity to make transformational changes to a business.

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The Birth of Florida Swim Networkhttp://forwardflorida.com/entrepreneurship/the-birth-of-florida-swim-network/ http://forwardflorida.com/entrepreneurship/the-birth-of-florida-swim-network/#respond Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:38:30 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=26018 It's not all about the numbers.

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With Big 12, Florida May Get Last Laughhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/with-big-12-florida-may-get-last-laugh/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/with-big-12-florida-may-get-last-laugh/#respond Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:43:46 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=25930 Big 12 expansion hopes dashed, but Florida schools may have the last laugh.

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Florida-Tennesse Rivalry: Showtimehttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/florida-tennesse-rivalry-heats-up/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/florida-tennesse-rivalry-heats-up/#respond Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:48:10 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=24451 When Florida takes the field in Knoxville later today against Tennessee, there will be an urgency surrounding the game not seen in nearly 20 years. That’s in part because the Volunteers, after several years of mediocre-to-downright-awful play, are ranked higher than Florida (No. 14 vs. No. 19), are a 4.5-point favorite to break the Gators’ […]

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Panama City Company Lands Largest Coast Guard Contract Ever: $10.5Bhttp://forwardflorida.com/economic-development/panama-city-company-lands-10-5-billion-coast-guard-contract/ http://forwardflorida.com/economic-development/panama-city-company-lands-10-5-billion-coast-guard-contract/#respond Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:11:35 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=24405 For Eastern Shipbuilding, its ship has come in. And then some.

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The Big 12, Florida and Televisionhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/the-big-12-florida-and-television/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/the-big-12-florida-and-television/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:15:35 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=24336 In the first of our stories on the Big 12 Conference’s potential expansion and the possibility of the University of Central Florida or the University of South Florida joining the conference, we cautioned that only the presidents of the Big 12 universities have any idea of how the expansion process will play out – and […]

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Big 12 Expansion Hopes for UCF and USFhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/big-12-expansion-hopes-ucf-usf/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/big-12-expansion-hopes-ucf-usf/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 02:57:08 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=24277 Discussion of the Big 12 Conference’s likely expansion – and what it might mean for the University of Central Florida and the University of South Florida – bring two conversations to mind. The first occurred in December 2008 when a reporter approached a top candidate for a Cabinet post in the new Obama administration and […]

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Florida Wine By The Numbershttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-agribusiness/florida-wine-by-numbers/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-agribusiness/florida-wine-by-numbers/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 02:49:42 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=24051 (Part 2 of our look at Florida’s $1 billion wine industry.) When Charles Cox’s family opened Lakeridge Winery in 1989, there were only one or two other wineries in the state, he said. Cox is president of Seavin, which operates both Lakeridge Winery in Clermont and San Sebastian Winery in St. Augustine. Today, Seavin and […]

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A Deep Dive at Disney Springshttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-tourism/a-deep-dive-at-disney-springs/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-tourism/a-deep-dive-at-disney-springs/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 02:47:35 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=24162 Disney Springs is rapidly creating its own legacy while building on the success of its predecessor, Downtown Disney.

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Innovating From Within = Expanding Your Businesshttp://forwardflorida.com/entrepreneurship/innovating-within-expanding-business/ http://forwardflorida.com/entrepreneurship/innovating-within-expanding-business/#respond Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:48:32 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=24040 New businesses seeking to survive in today’s marketplace must come up with innovative ideas, products and/or services regularly to thrive. This is no different in the government contracting realm, although government does tend to adopt innovation at a slower pace than other types of business. For a government contractor in Florida, the competition is fiercer […]

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Clinton, Trump Eye the Florida Prizehttp://forwardflorida.com/legislative/clinton-trump-eye-florida-prize/ http://forwardflorida.com/legislative/clinton-trump-eye-florida-prize/#respond Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:10:38 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=24042 Late-night comedians have spent the better part of the past decade and a half ribbing the Sunshine State’s electoral mishaps and for good reason.  Even our well-heeled counties have found ways to offer comedic fodder with voters misunderstanding the mechanics of voting and creating embarrassing delays in Election Day vote tabulation.  But comedy aside, based […]

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No Contest: Beauty is Big Business in Floridahttp://forwardflorida.com/entertainment/no-contest-beauty-big-business-florida/ http://forwardflorida.com/entertainment/no-contest-beauty-big-business-florida/#respond Thu, 07 Jul 2016 01:44:45 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23882 The world of pageantry may not be what you think it is. Yes, it’s hair, makeup, gowns and beautiful women. But it’s also a business. The economic impact of pageants in the Miss USA System at all levels in the state is quite impressive. As the current Miss Melbourne USA, I have been privileged to […]

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Florida Wine Industry Continues to Maturehttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-agribusiness/florida-wine-industry-continues-mature/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-agribusiness/florida-wine-industry-continues-mature/#respond Thu, 07 Jul 2016 01:19:55 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23766 It’s an industry with a nearly billion-dollar impact in Florida. And yet, many people don’t even know it exists. The Florida wine business has been slowly chugging along—aging and maturing, just like a fine wine—and only now is starting to see the fruits of its harvest. While still not a powerhouse like California or other […]

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Sunshine State Secret Travel Spotshttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-tourism/sunshine-state-secret-travel-spots/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-tourism/sunshine-state-secret-travel-spots/#respond Thu, 07 Jul 2016 00:57:32 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23801 Everyone knows about the beautiful beaches of Florida, the world-famous amusement parks and lively nightlife found in the big cities across the state. However, sometimes the typical tourism destinations aren’t enough to satisfy the need for adventure and discovery. If a trip to the beach or amusement park starts to feel like déjà vu and […]

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Brexit, the Panama Canal and Floridahttp://forwardflorida.com/international/brexit-panama-canal-florida/ http://forwardflorida.com/international/brexit-panama-canal-florida/#respond Wed, 06 Jul 2016 23:35:10 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23812 Two world-changing events in the last two weeks – Britain’s stunning vote to leave the European Union and the opening of the widened Panama Canal – are poised to reshape Florida’s economy, for better and for worse. That the Panama Canal widening ultimately will benefit our state is virtually beyond dispute. The question is how […]

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‘The Bluffs’ Real Deal in Northwest Floridahttp://forwardflorida.com/economic-development/the-bluffs-real-deal-northwest-florida/ http://forwardflorida.com/economic-development/the-bluffs-real-deal-northwest-florida/#respond Wed, 06 Jul 2016 06:16:37 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23748 Proposed 6,000-acre master-planned project north of Pensacola The numbers are staggering. According to the master plan, 10 projects will be recruited to occupy more than 3.9 million square feet of building space on 295 acres of land. There will be nearly $400.5 million in construction, with companies creating 6,000 jobs, which will pay some $2.1 […]

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Orlando: Innocence and Inactionhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-news/orlando-innocence-inaction/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-news/orlando-innocence-inaction/#respond Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:35:17 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23708 A photo of an innocent little girl spurs reflection and a call to action in light of the Orlando tragedy.

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Orlando Tragedy: What Do I Tell My Children?http://forwardflorida.com/florida-news/orlando-tragedy-what-do-i-tell-my-children/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-news/orlando-tragedy-what-do-i-tell-my-children/#respond Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:25:24 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23671 My family and I were all packed into the car on our way to church yesterday morning. We happily chatted about heading off to the pool and celebrating my mom’s birthday, then we got a phone call. The call was from my husband, who drove separately, and I picked it up on my bluetooth so […]

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Terror Visits Orlandohttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-news/terror-comes-orlando/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-news/terror-comes-orlando/#respond Sun, 12 Jun 2016 19:50:36 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23647 There are moments that transcend all barriers and labels. All of us who call Central Florida home are living through such a moment. We’re supposed to be an economic development media company, but right now we’re like everyone else who lives in this region – we’re just trying to grasp the terror that came to […]

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Super Bowl, a Record and Big Bucks Return to Floridahttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/super-bowl-a-record-big-bucks-return-to-florida/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/super-bowl-a-record-big-bucks-return-to-florida/#respond Wed, 25 May 2016 22:43:53 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23599 The Super Bowl is heading to South Florida in 2020. The region is expected to score big in economic impact.

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Finding Florida’s Next Agricultural Boom Crophttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-agribusiness/finding-floridas-next-agricultural-boom-crop/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-agribusiness/finding-floridas-next-agricultural-boom-crop/#respond Thu, 19 May 2016 03:51:57 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23312 Citrus, the long-hailed king of Florida agriculture, has hit some hard times with the effects of citrus greening. Caused by the Asian citrus psyllid, a bug that could fit on your fingertip, greening has destroyed acres upon acres of Florida citrus, leaving farmers feeling gutted. Citrus continues to have a $10 billion-plus economic impact in […]

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Restoring the Evergladeshttp://forwardflorida.com/environment/restoring-the-everglades/ http://forwardflorida.com/environment/restoring-the-everglades/#respond Thu, 19 May 2016 03:50:09 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23324 Water is the key to our economic future.

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UCF’s Multiplier Effect: $10 Billion Economic Impact Projectedhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-education/ucf-multiplier-effect-10-billion-economic-impact-projected/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-education/ucf-multiplier-effect-10-billion-economic-impact-projected/#respond Thu, 19 May 2016 03:49:12 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23314 UCF is transforming lives with “collective impact.”

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Florida Ports in Actionhttp://forwardflorida.com/trade/florida-ports-action/ http://forwardflorida.com/trade/florida-ports-action/#respond Thu, 19 May 2016 03:39:01 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23501 Florida’s 15 seaports make a big splash economically for the state. According to the recently released Florida Ports Council Five-Year Seaport Mission Plan, waterborne trade was valued at $86 billion in 2015. The ports handled 103 million tons of cargo last year and nine of 10 of the state’s cargo ports increased tonnage. At long […]

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Focus on Palm Beach County Developmenthttp://forwardflorida.com/real-estate/focus-on-palm-beach-county-development/ http://forwardflorida.com/real-estate/focus-on-palm-beach-county-development/#respond Tue, 17 May 2016 23:39:23 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23303 During the next couple of years, Palm Beach County is expected to build more than 50 new buildings with nearly 4,000 units announced. For those who measure success strictly by the numbers, that would place Palm Beach third in the tri-region that also includes Miami-Dade and Broward counties. In terms of sheer excitement, though, Palm Beach can […]

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Small Business is Big Business in Floridahttp://forwardflorida.com/small-business/small-business-big-business-florida/ http://forwardflorida.com/small-business/small-business-big-business-florida/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 04:22:32 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23199 Dream big, start small.

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Florida’s Space Coast, Taking Offhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-space/floridas-space-coast-taking-off/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-space/floridas-space-coast-taking-off/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 00:58:34 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23208 Having made history throughout its 54 years, NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Merritt Island finds itself at the forefront of a burgeoning new industry. A potent formula of resiliency mixed with “The Right Stuff,” has KSC in the pilot’s seat and on course to keep making history in the growing $200 billion […]

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Miami Hits Accelerator for (Women) Entrepreneurshttp://forwardflorida.com/entrepreneurship/miami-hits-accelerator-women-entrepreneurs/ http://forwardflorida.com/entrepreneurship/miami-hits-accelerator-women-entrepreneurs/#respond Thu, 05 May 2016 00:51:14 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23123 The paradox is widely apparent. Women entrepreneurs are increasing in numbers and in economic power across the United States, yet they continue to face an extraordinary number of roadblocks along the way. On one hand, women are now the majority owners of 38 percent of U.S. businesses, according to the most recent State of Women-owned […]

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Three Reasons Why Firms are Relocating to Tampahttp://forwardflorida.com/economic-development/three-reasons-firms-relocating-tampa/ http://forwardflorida.com/economic-development/three-reasons-firms-relocating-tampa/#respond Wed, 04 May 2016 01:25:16 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23125 (Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog from Chase Pattillo of CBRE’s Tampa office.) In August 2015, Gov. Rick Scott announced that corporate giant Johnson & Johnson will open its North American shared services headquarters in Tampa, bringing 500 new jobs and investing $23.5 million in the community by 2018. If you’ve been following the […]

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Invictus Warriors Come to Floridahttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/invictus-warriors-come-to-florida/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/invictus-warriors-come-to-florida/#respond Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:02:39 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=23030 Too often the “impact” of sporting events is measured purely in economic terms. With the 2nd Invictus Games, slated for this Sunday (May 8) through May 12 at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports at Disney World in Orlando, the impact actually is beyond measure. Britain’s Prince Harry, the event’s founder, will be there. So will […]

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Miami’s New $375 Million Train of Thoughthttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-transportation/miamis-new-375-million-train-of-thought/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-transportation/miamis-new-375-million-train-of-thought/#respond Thu, 21 Apr 2016 05:19:39 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=22938 Back in the late 1890s, when Henry Flagler extended tracks of the Florida East Coast Railway through the hinterlands of Florida down to Miami, mosquitos and water moccasins were likely more prevalent than people. Flagler’s vision helped create one of the world’s great cities. Flash forward to today, and rail may be on the verge […]

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Springtime in Tallahassee: A Cultural Affairhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-tourism/springtime-tallahassee-cultural-affair/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-tourism/springtime-tallahassee-cultural-affair/#respond Thu, 21 Apr 2016 04:56:46 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=22839 Tourism is the state’s bread and butter. (There’s nothing quite like good ole Southern comfort food.) It is Florida’s largest industry, accounting for almost one-fourth of the state’s sales tax revenue, and remains a powerhouse for job creation. According to VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing organization, an estimated 1.2 million direct travel-related jobs […]

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Florida’s Poseidon Adventurehttp://forwardflorida.com/environment/floridas-poseidon-adventure/ http://forwardflorida.com/environment/floridas-poseidon-adventure/#respond Thu, 21 Apr 2016 04:45:17 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=22777 Kevin Costner taught us “If you build it they will come.” It’s hard to imagine a place where this is truer than Florida. Consider Disney and Viera, Universal and Avalon Park, Palm Coast and Splendid China (maybe not Splendid China). When built, they came. And they brought their wallets with them. If you build something […]

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New Seminole County Sports Complex Kick-Starts Local Economyhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/new-seminole-county-sports-complex-kick-starts-local-economy/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/new-seminole-county-sports-complex-kick-starts-local-economy/#respond Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:36:13 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=22814 It was a lucky Friday the 13th of May with the grand opening  of the $27 million Seminole County Sports Complex in Sanford. The offerings of the complex are vast, boasting 102 acres of land and 15 fields on which youth baseball, football, soccer and lacrosse tournaments will be played. The complex is owned by Seminole […]

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UCF Incubator’s Datanautix Driving Business Decisionshttp://forwardflorida.com/entrepreneurship/ucf-incubators-datanautix-driving-business-decisions/ http://forwardflorida.com/entrepreneurship/ucf-incubators-datanautix-driving-business-decisions/#respond Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:15:02 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=22779 Essay or multiple choice? What college student, past or present, doesn’t have an opinion as to which they prefer? The real question, though, was always which allowed the professor to better assess their students’ performance. The challenge isn’t all that different in the business world. Open-ended surveys (the post-collegiate equivalent of essay exams) can provide […]

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Florida’s Stanley Cup Paydayhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/floridas-stanley-cup-payday/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/floridas-stanley-cup-payday/#respond Fri, 08 Apr 2016 05:23:52 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=22737 The 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs mean big dollars. Nyquist wins the Florida Derby. The Hurricanes and Eagles score for their conferences.

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Fighting Sunny Day Flooding in Miami Beachhttp://forwardflorida.com/environment/fighting-sunny-day-flooding-miami-beach/ http://forwardflorida.com/environment/fighting-sunny-day-flooding-miami-beach/#respond Thu, 07 Apr 2016 04:04:46 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=22598 For my money, the best movie about life under the sea is Finding Nemo. Marlin is looking for Nemo. Dori lost her mind. And the sea gulls just want to get what was theirs. There’s a lot of moving parts in that story, but my big takeaway was “all drains lead to the ocean.” And […]

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Akerman First Tenant in Brickell City Centrehttp://forwardflorida.com/real-estate/akerman-first-tenant-brickell-city-centre/ http://forwardflorida.com/real-estate/akerman-first-tenant-brickell-city-centre/#respond Wed, 06 Apr 2016 19:58:12 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=22651 Legal Eagles Soar on Top 7 Floors of $1 Billion Mixed-Use Project “The project itself, Brickell City Centre, is one of the greatest projects to be built in America in recent decades.” Neisen Kasdin, Akerman’s Miami Office managing partner, has lots of insight about the law firm’s move into 110,000 square feet in Brickell City […]

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Broward County’s Robust Condo Markethttp://forwardflorida.com/real-estate/broward-countys-robust-condo-market/ http://forwardflorida.com/real-estate/broward-countys-robust-condo-market/#respond Tue, 05 Apr 2016 17:52:44 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=22262 Don’t look now, but Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy F. Cooper has designs on making her city another Miami Beach. There’s a bit of exaggeration in that statement, of course, but not much. For starters, in the 10 years since she took office, the median age in Hallandale Beach city has declined from 70-plus to the […]

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Miami Open: Economic Acehttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/miami-open-economic-ace/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/miami-open-economic-ace/#respond Fri, 01 Apr 2016 14:38:29 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=22539 What began in the 1960s as a dream by a few top players for an international tennis tournament in South Florida — one that was later dubbed the Winter Wimbledon — has become a real economic winner. Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, last year’s women’s and men’s champions, respectively, couldn’t have aced things much better. […]

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Creativity Draws Visitors to Orlando Crayola Experiencehttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-tourism/creativity-draws-visitors-orlando-crayola-experience/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-tourism/creativity-draws-visitors-orlando-crayola-experience/#respond Thu, 31 Mar 2016 16:45:13 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=22474 My second-grade class was a test market for Model Magic. I grew up taking school field trips to the original Crayola Experience, when it was called The Crayola Factory and shared space downtown with the National Canal Museum. The real factory, where the crayons are made, is a short trip up Bushkill Drive, where Crayola […]

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STEM & Tech Sassy Girlzhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-technology-industries/stem-tech-sassy-girlz/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-technology-industries/stem-tech-sassy-girlz/#respond Thu, 24 Mar 2016 03:47:58 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=22298 Collegiate Pathways Inc. paves the way for STEM-savvy, college-bound girls.

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Florida’s Babcock Ranch: First Solar Powered City in U.S.http://forwardflorida.com/real-estate/floridas-babcock-ranch-first-solar-powered-city-u-s/ http://forwardflorida.com/real-estate/floridas-babcock-ranch-first-solar-powered-city-u-s/#respond Thu, 24 Mar 2016 03:36:28 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=22206 On April 22, Earth Day, the sun will begin to rise on a brand new world in Florida. Babcock Ranch, the country’s first solar-powered city will celebrate the unveiling of its 18,000-acre mixed-use development in Southwest Florida’s Charlotte county. The development, which will be completed across 25 years, is the result of the largest conservation land […]

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Orlando’s Tourism Land Grab Endinghttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-tourism/orlando-tourism-land-grab-ending/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-tourism/orlando-tourism-land-grab-ending/#respond Tue, 22 Mar 2016 17:05:50 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=22159 For the past 25 years, Robbie McEwan has been omnipresent in metro Orlando’s tourism-related commercial real estate market. He’s recorded more than $1 billion in property sales there during that time, and if McEwan hasn’t “seen it all,” he hasn’t missed much. According to McEwan, first vice president of Orlando-based CBRE Land Services, the final […]

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Florida in Hot Waterhttp://forwardflorida.com/environment/florida-in-hot-water/ http://forwardflorida.com/environment/florida-in-hot-water/#respond Mon, 21 Mar 2016 04:14:45 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=22074 As a kid I was fascinated by the idea of California falling into the ocean.  So notorious is this concept that it was recently featured on ABC’s Scandal. The president, annoyed and questioning why he’d been interrupted, sniped “Why, did California fall into the ocean?”  Tectonically speaking, that’s not possible.  As an adult, I know […]

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WrestleMania Returns to Orlandohttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/wrestlemania-returns-to-orlando/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/wrestlemania-returns-to-orlando/#respond Fri, 18 Mar 2016 13:37:37 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=22022 Anyone trying to gauge how far professional wrestling has come need look no farther than last week’s announcement that WrestleMania 33 is coming to the Orlando Citrus Bowl in April 2017. Gov. Rick Scott, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs all were on hand to join World Wrestling Entertainment Chairman/CEO Vince […]

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Mapping Florida’s Primarieshttp://forwardflorida.com/legislative/mapping-florida-primaries/ http://forwardflorida.com/legislative/mapping-florida-primaries/#respond Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:10:15 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=21974 What does this election season mean for Florida?

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Florida’s Big Dance Paydayhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/floridas-big-dance-payday/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/floridas-big-dance-payday/#respond Fri, 11 Mar 2016 07:02:21 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=21882 Sunshine State teams will count cash even if they’re not cutting down nets.

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Doral and The Donaldhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/doral-donald/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/doral-donald/#respond Fri, 04 Mar 2016 06:40:29 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=21752 It’s hard to imagine that the PGA Tour’s leadership saw this one coming, but professional golf is on a collision course with the wildest presidential campaign in recent memory. Things will come to a head this Sunday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at the National Doral in Miami. Or, as it has been known since 2012, […]

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Mary Bethune’s Influencehttp://forwardflorida.com/legislative/mary-bethunes-influence-in-florida-and-the-nation/ http://forwardflorida.com/legislative/mary-bethunes-influence-in-florida-and-the-nation/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2016 05:39:38 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=21646 The discussion of race in the U.S. has been front and center of late. Chris Rock hosted the 88th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday night, where he tackled the issue of diversity in Hollywood and the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Monday was the official end of Black History Month, an event that, too, has brought out differing […]

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Florida’s Spring Training Bonanzahttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/floridas-spring-training-bonanza/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/floridas-spring-training-bonanza/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2016 05:39:35 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=21499 Baseball’s Annual Ritual Generates Millions for the State On Tuesday (March 1), the new year began for those who live by the baseball calendar, as major league teams squared off against each other for the first time in 2016. For Florida, it also signaled the beginning of an annual economic bonanza for the state. Spring […]

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Florida Drug Discovery’s Big Needhttp://forwardflorida.com/healthcare/florida-drug-discoverys-big-need/ http://forwardflorida.com/healthcare/florida-drug-discoverys-big-need/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2016 02:00:50 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=21536 Kevin Nash, Ph.D., an assistant professor of molecular pharmacology and physiology at the University of South Florida’s Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, is on a mission against disease. Nash studies a small protein called Fractalkine, which essentially can quiet the immune system, and he’s searching for drugs that can achieve the same results in patients with Alzheimer’s […]

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Approved! UCF Downtown Campushttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-education/approved-ucf-downtown-campus/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-education/approved-ucf-downtown-campus/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2016 00:54:14 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=21531 “If there is anything that I have learned in more than 22 years, it is that our greatest danger lies not in dreaming too large, but in dreaming too small. At UCF, we dream big. Our greatest limitations are those we place on ourselves,” said University of Central Florida President John Hitt this past December. On […]

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Fracking’s Secret Saucehttp://forwardflorida.com/energy/frackings-secret-sauce/ http://forwardflorida.com/energy/frackings-secret-sauce/#respond Thu, 25 Feb 2016 04:36:35 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=21393 Editor’s Note: The Florida Legislature appears to have tabled legislation that would have permitted, and  regulated, fracking statewide. However, the debate is likely to continue at the local level. No urban legend has captured the hearts and minds of marketing executives, branding operatives and conspiracy theorists quite like the legend of Coca-Cola’s secret formula. So […]

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Economic Development: The Battle in Floridahttp://forwardflorida.com/economic-development/economic-development-the-battle-in-florida/ http://forwardflorida.com/economic-development/economic-development-the-battle-in-florida/#respond Wed, 24 Feb 2016 15:57:45 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=21344 Editor’s note: Just after we published this morning, the House announced passage of HB 1325. The old adage that says, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” may get twisted every possible way today (Feb. 24) in Tallahassee. At issue is HB 1325, legislation to establish the process by which Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed Florida […]

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Daytona’s Speedway Legacy Races Onhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/daytonas-speedway-legacy-races-on/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/daytonas-speedway-legacy-races-on/#respond Fri, 19 Feb 2016 03:22:46 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=21264 Just like last year, the familiar No. 24 car will occupy the pole position at this Sunday’s Daytona 500. But instead of two-time Daytona 500 champion Jeff Gordon, the Rick Hendricks-owned car will be piloted by the not-so-familiar Chase Elliot. He’s the son of legendary Daytona 500 and NASCAR champion Bill Elliot and, perhaps more […]

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Florida Drug Discovery Translates to Healthy ROIhttp://forwardflorida.com/healthcare/florida-drug-discovery-translates-to-healthy-roi/ http://forwardflorida.com/healthcare/florida-drug-discovery-translates-to-healthy-roi/#respond Thu, 18 Feb 2016 05:25:31 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=21128 The irony sticks out like a hypodermic needle. For all the science wrapped up in the Florida Translational Research Program (FTRP), its proof point of impact is most evident in simple numbers. Scientifically, FTRP is focused on drug discovery to close the gap in what’s often referred to as the “valley of death.” It’s the […]

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Downtown Miami Development is Hothttp://forwardflorida.com/real-estate/downtown-miami-development-hot/ http://forwardflorida.com/real-estate/downtown-miami-development-hot/#respond Thu, 18 Feb 2016 04:58:20 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=21047 1010 Brickell is rising in the heart of Miami’s financial district. Stand nearby and listen — you may just hear another pulse drawing louder. Not scheduled to open for another year, the 50-story, 387-unit complex (from one to three bedrooms and penthouses) will offer three floors dedicated to activities and relaxation, including a rooftop that […]

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The Legacy of Mary McLeod Bethunehttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-education/mary-mcleod-bethune-legacy/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-education/mary-mcleod-bethune-legacy/#respond Thu, 18 Feb 2016 04:42:16 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=21131 Some people’s stories are so compelling that the facts alone weave a tale far more interesting than any writer’s pen. Such is the case of the remarkable Mary McLeod Bethune. We will divide this article into two parts. Here we look at her early life and how she came to be on the path to […]

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Intro to Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking 101)http://forwardflorida.com/energy/intro-to-hydraulic-fracturing-fracking-101/ http://forwardflorida.com/energy/intro-to-hydraulic-fracturing-fracking-101/#respond Wed, 17 Feb 2016 18:29:03 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=21039 Imagine 300 million years ago, just about the end of the Carboniferous period. Pangaea is coming together nicely and you are a simple phytoplankton floating in the upper sunlit layer of the ocean. You are not alone; this is a multicultural pelagic zone. Floating or swimming along with you are an assortment of zooplankton, cephalopods, […]

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Wolverines on the Hunt in Floridahttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/wolverines-on-the-hunt-in-florida/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/wolverines-on-the-hunt-in-florida/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 15:59:49 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=20896 UCF’s football schedule includes a Sept. 10 game in Ann Arbor against the University of Michigan. That sounds like a daunting, though financially lucrative, challenge for a team coming off a 0-11 season. The Knights will need every edge they can get, so maybe a little advance scouting during Michigan’s spring practices would be in […]

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Raising the Chocolate Bar in Floridahttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-news/raising-the-chocolate-bar-in-florida/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-news/raising-the-chocolate-bar-in-florida/#respond Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:47:53 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=20841 Florida has a major sweet tooth for chocolate.

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Will The Super Bowl Return to Florida?http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/when-will-the-super-bowl-return-to-florida/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/when-will-the-super-bowl-return-to-florida/#respond Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:31:46 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=20742 FORWARD Florida highlights past Super Bowls in the Sunshine State and looks into the next possible landing spot for the "Big Game."

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The Big Recruiting Businesshttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/the-big-recruiting-business/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/the-big-recruiting-business/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:03:41 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=20627 Florida schools spend top dollar to sign prize athletes.

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Florida’s Hospital Construction Boom: Part 1http://forwardflorida.com/healthcare/floridas-hospital-construction-boom-part-1/ http://forwardflorida.com/healthcare/floridas-hospital-construction-boom-part-1/#respond Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:11:13 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=20481 The official state bird should really be the construction crane.

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Common Myths About Leadershiphttp://forwardflorida.com/nonprofits/common-myths-about-leadership/ http://forwardflorida.com/nonprofits/common-myths-about-leadership/#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:49:52 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=20521 Companies spend more than $14 billion annually on leadership development. Not coincidentally, organizations essentially rise and fall with leadership. Good leaders motivate and push their teams to do better. It doesn’t matter who the leaders are on the team. Great leaders serve others, inspire, encourage, motivate and make what was impossible, possible. Are you a […]

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Lift Off for Florida Space Day in Tallahasseehttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-space/lift-off-for-space-day-in-tallahassee/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-space/lift-off-for-space-day-in-tallahassee/#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:15:15 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=20537 William Shatner once called it “the final frontier.” Space is front and center today in the Sunshine State. It is the annual Florida Space Day, and aerospace leaders from across the state are in Tallahassee to promote the economic opportunity their companies and industry generate. The event is hosted by Space Florida, established by the legislature in 2006, […]

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Florida Exodus: Part 2http://forwardflorida.com/arts/lets-get-reel/florida-exodus-part-2/ http://forwardflorida.com/arts/lets-get-reel/florida-exodus-part-2/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:53:11 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=19925 The doors of opportunity in Florida film work are closing.

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Florida Top NFL Breeding Groundhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/florida-top-nfl-breeding-ground/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/florida-top-nfl-breeding-ground/#respond Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:02:58 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=20348 Florida is leading the way with some top titles.

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Otronicon v.11 = Orlando Innovation & Tech Culturehttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-technology-industries/otronicon-celebrates-orlando-innovation-and-tech-culture/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-technology-industries/otronicon-celebrates-orlando-innovation-and-tech-culture/#respond Wed, 27 Jan 2016 06:10:31 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=20207 Orlando is known for theme parks and tourist attractions. Its thriving travel and tourism industry is responsible for an annual economic impact of $60 billion. Last year, the City Beautiful welcomed a record-breaking 62 million tourists. However, there is much more to Orlando than the Mouse and the Boy Who Lived. In the shadow of tourism […]

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Football Wars: L.A. Awakenshttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/football-wars-los-angeles-awakens/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/football-wars-los-angeles-awakens/#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2016 14:59:43 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=20127 California poses a challenge to Florida's Super Bowl supremacy. The National Football League is back in Los Angeles.

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Miami International Boat Show Hits the Waterhttp://forwardflorida.com/economic-development/miami-international-boat-show-hits-the-water/ http://forwardflorida.com/economic-development/miami-international-boat-show-hits-the-water/#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2016 22:00:34 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=20031 The waves between South Beach and Virginia Key (near Key Biscayne) were threatening. For five decades, the Miami International Boat Show had been anchored at the venerable Miami Beach Convention Center. Then an announced move to a new location some 16 nautical miles south prompted mounting ripples of contention. Both the City of Miami and […]

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Florida Universities Launch #ThinkFloridahttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-education/florida-universities-launch-new-social-media-campaign/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-education/florida-universities-launch-new-social-media-campaign/#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:52:03 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=19995 Campaign promotes state universities & economic growth When it comes to innovation and economic development, Think Florida. That’s the message behind a new social media marketing campaign, established by the State University System of Florida, launching tomorrow (Jan. 20). During the 14-week program, set to conclude April 22, each of the state’s 12 public universities will develop its […]

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Transformedhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-tourism/kennedy-space-center-visitor-complex-transformed/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-tourism/kennedy-space-center-visitor-complex-transformed/#respond Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:33:37 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=19880 There are some who assume the U.S. Space Program ended when the last shuttle, STS-135 Atlantis, announced “wheel-stop” at the end of its final mission in 2011. However, the space industry is alive and well, as evidenced by the ongoing construction of facilities by aerospace companies SpaceX and Blue Origin, the recent historic landing of […]

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Florida Exodus: Part 1http://forwardflorida.com/arts/lets-get-reel/florida-exodus-part-1/ http://forwardflorida.com/arts/lets-get-reel/florida-exodus-part-1/#respond Sun, 17 Jan 2016 16:40:58 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=19923 State’s Film Workers Reluctantly Leave to Find Jobs Nicole Ziobro left her home in Chicago in 2001, to be a part of Disney’s college internship program. She was going to be a performer, and what better place to hone your talents than in front of the thousands of guests that visit Walt Disney World daily? […]

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The Case for Gasehttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/the-case-for-gase/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/the-case-for-gase/#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2016 04:41:25 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=19790 So, it’s Adam Gase’s turn to try to return the Miami Dolphins to glory. He certainly sounds like he’s ready for the challenge, despite becoming the league’s youngest coach at 37. “I’ve been in this profession since I was 18 years old, so that’s really more than half of my life right now,” Gase said […]

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Daytona Rising Reaches Finish Linehttp://forwardflorida.com/economic-development/daytona-rising-reaches-finish-line/ http://forwardflorida.com/economic-development/daytona-rising-reaches-finish-line/#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2016 03:35:59 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=19715 The world’s third-largest, single-lit outdoor sports facility now has a new face. Drive towards Daytona Beach along U.S. 192 and a massive new, lighted sign that measures longer than a football field welcomes you to Daytona International Speedway (DIS). It’s the crowning touch on the three-year-renovation of Daytona Rising that’s replaced much of the iconic […]

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A Tale of Three Florida NFL Teamshttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/a-tale-of-three-florida-nfl-teams/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/a-tale-of-three-florida-nfl-teams/#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2016 06:49:22 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=19610 Floridians love their football, but for a long time now NFL football has not loved Florida. For the fifth straight year none of the three – the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Jacksonville Jaguars – had a winning record. (The Dolphins had two .500 seasons and the Jaguars one during that stretch.) One has […]

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To Frack or Not to Frack in Floridahttp://forwardflorida.com/energy/to-frack-or-not-to-frack-in-florida/ http://forwardflorida.com/energy/to-frack-or-not-to-frack-in-florida/#respond Thu, 07 Jan 2016 01:34:15 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=19415 Hydraulic fracturing is a hotly debated issue. With fracking, as it’s commonly known, around in some form since the 1940s, the Environmental Protection Agency has given very careful consideration to the technology. With so much potential economic benefit and so much environmental risk in play, the EPA is working with states and stakeholders to help […]

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Gainesville’s Commercial Real Estate Boomhttp://forwardflorida.com/real-estate/florida-commercial-real-estate/gainesvilles-commercial-real-estate-boom/ http://forwardflorida.com/real-estate/florida-commercial-real-estate/gainesvilles-commercial-real-estate-boom/#respond Thu, 07 Jan 2016 00:24:30 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=19519 There were signs in 2014 that good news was on the horizon in Gainesville. Commercial real estate sales prices were up nearly 30 percent while pent-up demand for properties resulted in a sales-volume increase of 60 percent, according to reports. Then activity in 2015 removed most remaining doubt, as the market continued to surge with […]

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Florida’s Faith, Hope and Charityhttp://forwardflorida.com/charities/faith-hope-charity-and-coffee-in-florida/ http://forwardflorida.com/charities/faith-hope-charity-and-coffee-in-florida/#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2016 22:01:21 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=19409 With the holidays behind us, and the memories of wonderful meals with our families, it is hard to stomach the fact that so many people in the U.S. are what is known as food insecure. The USDA defines food insecurity as a state in which “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack […]

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Making Cents of the Censushttp://forwardflorida.com/legislative/making-cents-of-the-census/ http://forwardflorida.com/legislative/making-cents-of-the-census/#respond Tue, 05 Jan 2016 04:00:31 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=19378 We’re about to talk about census data. Stop. Don’t click on another link or start to doze. We promise it will be interesting. OK, then, here it goes: In mid-December, the Census Bureau released revised data (through June 30, 2015) showing Florida is still growing at a rapid pace. The Sunshine State grew faster than […]

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Florida MIA in Florida Movieshttp://forwardflorida.com/arts/lets-get-reel/florida-mia-in-florida-movies/ http://forwardflorida.com/arts/lets-get-reel/florida-mia-in-florida-movies/#respond Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:39:16 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=19280 For the Louisiana Film Industry, it’s “Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler” As many Floridians spend the week between Christmas and New Year’s watching football and going to the movies (some of which are set in our very own galaxy), here’s something to ponder. This year saw the release of two major, award-nominated films focusing on […]

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Unique Gift Ideas for the Florida-phile in Your Lifehttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-news/unique-gift-ideas-for-the-florida-phile-in-your-life/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-news/unique-gift-ideas-for-the-florida-phile-in-your-life/#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2015 00:31:20 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=19114 The mascot football stockings are hung, the tree is richly decked and the annual light displays are a-glow. With the holidays fast approaching, some of us may find ourselves scrambling to find the perfect gift, particularly for that Florida-centric friend or family member. Not to worry, FORWARD Florida has got you covered. The Sunshine State […]

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Florida Takes the Cake this Holiday Seasonhttp://forwardflorida.com/retail/florida-takes-the-cake-this-holiday-season/ http://forwardflorida.com/retail/florida-takes-the-cake-this-holiday-season/#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2015 20:10:21 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=19081 It’s the time of year when visions of sugarplums dance in people’s heads. And there is no sweeter state than Florida when it comes to sharing those special holiday baked goods. With Florida having passed New York as the third most populous state, 20 million consumers are attractive to retailers, restaurants and, in some cases, […]

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Art Basel’s Paint by Numbers in Miamihttp://forwardflorida.com/arts/the-business-of-art-basel-in-miami-beach/ http://forwardflorida.com/arts/the-business-of-art-basel-in-miami-beach/#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2015 03:29:00 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=18899 With just two related events in December, Miami Beach is in impressive one-billion-dollar territory. The 14th annual Art Basel fair took place, Dec. 1 to 6, bringing to the city 77,000 visitors (4,000 more than last year) with many arriving on nearly 800 private jets, a new record. That is more private jets than those flying to Super […]

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Seasons Greetings from Port Tampa Bayhttp://forwardflorida.com/trade/seasons-greetings-from-port-tampa-bay/ http://forwardflorida.com/trade/seasons-greetings-from-port-tampa-bay/#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2015 03:28:21 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=19001 This economic development message was provided by Port Tampa Bay.

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Groundbreaking: USF Health & Downtown Tampahttp://forwardflorida.com/economic-development/groundbreaking-usf-health-downtown-tampa/ http://forwardflorida.com/economic-development/groundbreaking-usf-health-downtown-tampa/#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2015 02:16:11 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=18919 First, a confluence of circumstances appeared on the horizon. Forming one side, the University of South Florida Health’s Morsani College of Medicine critically required a new facility to adapt to contemporary medical training requirements. Its focus was directed at students, with meeting their academic, professional, social and health needs viewed as not just paramount to […]

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Latino Leaders want Florida to help Puerto Ricohttp://forwardflorida.com/legislative/latino-leaders-want-florida-to-help-puerto-rico/ http://forwardflorida.com/legislative/latino-leaders-want-florida-to-help-puerto-rico/#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2015 02:03:28 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=18828 When Latino leaders met in Orlando this week to host a series of activities to demand Florida’s Congressional delegation support territorial bankruptcy protection for Puerto Rico, Sunshine State politicians had to take notice. As Puerto Rico’s financial troubles grow – the Wall Street Journal noted recently that the Commonwealth’s economy has shrunk every year since […]

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Florida Holiday Tourism will Break Recordhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-tourism/florida-holiday-tourism-will-break-record/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-tourism/florida-holiday-tourism-will-break-record/#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2015 18:45:38 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=18804 December Visitors Should Push 2015 Total Past 100 Million Not everyone dreams of a White Christmas. For some visitors, there’s no place like Florida for the holidays. And this season’s influx of tourists will likely drive the state’s total annual visitor count to a new record and exceed Gov. Rick Scott’s goal of 100 million. […]

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Florida Researcher, a Real “Live Wire”http://forwardflorida.com/florida-technology-industries/ucf-researcher-wins-oscar-of-inventions-award/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-technology-industries/ucf-researcher-wins-oscar-of-inventions-award/#respond Wed, 16 Dec 2015 18:26:58 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=18746 Jayan Thomas, Ph.D., first emerged on the radar of FORWARD Florida in 2013 as an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida’s NanoScience Technology Center in Orlando. At the time, he was featured in Advanced Materials, one of the world’s leading peer-reviewed scientific journals for his work on energy storage for supercapacitors unlocking potential for  […]

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Florida Bowl Game Bountyhttp://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/bowl-game-bounty/ http://forwardflorida.com/florida-sports/forward-friday/bowl-game-bounty/#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2015 08:26:13 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=18625 Selection Sunday (Dec. 6) may have been a big day for college football fans but it was an even bigger day for the economies of the cities that will host a record 40 bowl games this December and January and for the bottom lines of the teams that play in those games. With Florida staging […]

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Not Your Father’s Charityhttp://forwardflorida.com/nonprofits/not-your-fathers-charity/ http://forwardflorida.com/nonprofits/not-your-fathers-charity/#respond Wed, 09 Dec 2015 23:34:41 +0000 http://forwardflorida.com/?p=18390 Perhaps Ben Stroup said it best. Stroup, a writer, entrepreneur and business executive, commented: “[Wayne Elsey] has the confidence of a business mogul, the attitude of a coach and the heart of a pastor. To sum it up, he is a force of humanity that will lift you up and take you places you never […]

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