Monday, February 6, 2023

Friday afternoon update

Florida ports denied federal funding

The US Department of Transportation last week announced about $241 million in federal funding for ports across the country. Missing from the list of recipients? Florida Ports. Not a single one of the state’s 15 ports has received funding from the Maritime Administration’s Port Infrastructure Development Program. Federal funds are there to ease supply chain issues. More from biz journals.

Camping grew in popularity across America, including Florida

Over the years, especially as the pandemic disrupted normal life, many travelers have left the comforts of hotels and resorts, finding the joy of escaping the crowds in a tent or RV. In the five-year extension ending in 2020, data from shows that camping reservations on US public lands across the country increased by 68 percent. Over the same time period, Florida saw a 15.6 percent increase in reservations in 2020 with more than 45,000 total bookings — and that’s only on public land through More Orlando Sentinel movies or TV shows

Brevard employers are facing difficulty in filling wide job opportunities

Brevard County’s unemployment rate soared to 13.2% in April 2020 after several employers laid off employees as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But it has steadily declined since then, falling to 3.4% by November, the latest-available figure. “It’s too low. It’s a job-seekers’ market,” said Marcy Murphy, president of CareerSource Brevard, a nonprofit, regional public/private partnership that operates a workforce development system within Brevard County. CareerSource Brevard works with both employers and job seekers. More from Florida Today.

Tech talent gap creates challenges, opportunities in Tallahassee

Tallahassee is home to over 60 technology-based companies. But, most people don’t know it. Insiders say this is a common reality they have faced and, in their own ways, have tried to move forward with some success. Many feel that more can be done. “I met someone over the past few days who said, ‘Eddie, there is no technology zone in town,’” said Eddie González Lumit, president and CEO of Ruvos, a leading provider in the healthcare IT industry. More from Tallahassee Democrats

Cigar City Brewing sold to parent Monster Beverages for $330 million

The deal is to sell the parent company of Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing, a fundamental part of Tampa Bay’s craft beer landscape, to Monster Beverage Corporation for $330 million in cash. The deal covers all breweries and seltzer companies operating as Canarkey Craft Brewery Collective – Oscar Blues Brewery of Cigar City, Colorado, Deep Ellum Brewing Company of Texas, Perrin Brewing Company of Michigan, and Squatters Brewery and Wasatch Brewery of Utah Are included. And more from The Tampa Bay Times.

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Fight Club: Tech company leader beats the competition

FloridaStan Liberatore, 36, is the founder and CEO of Vsummits, a Tampa-based digital event management company, and president of IT services firm No Limit Technology Inc. Liberator has additionally worked in industries such as staffing, finance and mortgage debt management. For serving as board chair at Save the Kids Foundation, a non-profit raising awareness and funds for the fight against pediatric cancer.

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