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Business Preservation

Nearly every county in South Florida is experiencing job growth; Fort Lauderdale metro area had a jobless rate of 2.8 percent in August and Palm Beach County was at 2.9 percent. But inflation still threatens to upturn the market.
Residents of South Carolina’s capital city are concerned about the unintended consequences and environmental impacts of removing barriers for developers and entrepreneurs in an effort to make the city more “business friendly.”
The state is receiving $119 million from the U.S. Treasury’s State Small Business Credit Initiative and will invest in supporting women and minority entrepreneurs as well as businesses that focus on cleaner energy and climate resiliency.
The bill would provide large businesses with up to $10 billion in tax credits over 20 years to promote green semiconductor manufacturing. But watchdog groups have questioned how the bill was hastily pushed by Gov. Hochul.
Due to rezoning, hurricanes and supply and demand struggles, the historic Black neighborhood in the heart of Bay St. Louis is being left out of booming growth happening just blocks away.
When urbanists gather, too often the bias is to the issues faced by coastal cities and the Sun Belt. The sense of Midwest irrelevance has always been a part of the American psyche.
It’s a fast-growing, multibillion-dollar industry that provides lots of jobs and consists mostly of small businesses. But it’s poorly understood by economic developers.
The relative success of remote work has proved that in many cases government staff are just as, if not more, productive when they work away from the office. More agile structures like holacracy might be ones to model.
The Department of General Services will relinquish approximately 767,000 square feet of office space as many state departments continue with remote work. The state expects to save about $22.5 million annually.
Turning storefronts into online-commerce fulfillment centers or pop-up spaces for artists isn't likely to bring downtowns back. But even remote workers need places to go when they take a break from their keyboards.
As the market for technology companies serving government has exploded, state and local agencies have never had more options for solutions that fit their specific needs.
While the city has become known for its cryptocurrency advancements, other Florida regions, including Broward and Palm Beach counties, are looking for ways to get involved in cryptocurrency.
The legislation would create a statewide incentive to develop and retain businesses in an increasingly competitive market. Five Democrats and 16 Republicans voted against the bill.
The trucking industry faces high turnover among drivers because its business model isn’t driver-centric. A tech company uses artificial intelligence to determine which routes are best for both the driver and revenue generation.
The Living Wage Act of 2022 would gradually increase state minimum wage to $18 by 2026. The initiative will soon begin to collect signatures to try and get the measure in the upcoming Nov. election.
Holiday markets, along with farmers’ markets, festivals and other pop-up retail events, are an underappreciated resource for identifying home-grown entrepreneurs who could fill vacant storefronts.