It’s the Best, and Worst, of Times for Business in Florida, Survey Finds | Investing News


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(Reuters) – Florida is one of the five best states in the nation in which to do business, according to a new survey. It’s also one of the five worst, according to the same survey, thanks to COVID-19.

Every three years, Development Counsellors International, an economic development marketing firm, surveys executives to rank business climates in the various U.S. states. For the first time since they began doing the survey in 1996, a single state landed in the top five in both categories: Florida. The DCI report was released on Tuesday.

“The rationale for Florida being on both the best and worst lists was

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Meet the Central Florida candidates in the general election

Here is a look at the candidates in key races across Central Florida.

To read more about them and other election issues, including the constitutional amendments, go to and click on the online Voters Guide.


District 7

Rep. Stephanie Murphy, 42, of Winter Park, a two-term U.S. congresswoman, cited her effectiveness and bipartisanship over her two terms in office, including her work ending the ban on federal gun violence research.

Leo Valentín, 35, of Orlando, a radiology doctor, stressed his medical background and said health care, including removing government from health care decisions, is his biggest issue.

District 9

Rep. Darren Soto, 42 of Kissimmee is a two-term U.S. congressman and the first Florida representative of Puerto Rican descent. Soto, a Democrat, said the next Congress will need to help in the coronavirus response and said he wants to pass a $1.5 trillion nationwide infrastructure package.

William Olson,

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College football odds, picks, predictions for Week 6, 2020: Proven model backing Florida, Notre Dame

Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense overwhelmed LSU in an upset two weeks ago, but fell flat in Mississippi State’s 21-14 loss to Arkansas last week. The Week 6 college football odds from William Hill list the Bulldogs as two-point underdogs at Kentucky as quarterback K.J. Costello and the offense try to get back in gear. Elsewhere in the SEC, No. 21 Texas A&M will try to get back on track after being blown out by Alabama last week, but the Aggies have another top-tier opponent this week in No. 4 Florida.

The latest Week 6 college football spreads show the Gators as 6.5-point road favorites in that matchup. Where is the value in college football bets in the SEC and elsewhere around the nation? Before making any Week 6 college football picks on those games or others, be sure to see the latest college football predictions from SportsLine’s proven model.

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Trump wants to hold rally in Florida on Saturday

Trump is eager to return to the campaign trail and boost a campaign that is trailing in the national polls, and in most battlegrounds.

Trump says he is expecting to take another COVID-19 test on Friday. That would be one week after he flew to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a three-day hospitalization for the coronavirus.



The second scheduled debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden appears to be canceled. Trump balked at the Oct. 15 debate after the Commission on Presidential Debates announced Thursday that it would be held virtually because he has the coronavirus. After Trump pulled out, Biden scheduled his own ABC town hall in Philadelphia for the same date.

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‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ Season 2 Canceled at Showtime

“On Becoming a God in Central Florida” will not return for a second season at Showtime as originally planned, Variety has confirmed.

The show was originally renewed for Season 2 last September, but Showtime has now reversed that decision in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Last year, Showtime renewed ‘On Becoming a God in Central Florida’ but unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we were unable to move forward with production on the new season,” Showtime said in a statement. “The pandemic has continued to challenge schedules across the board, and although we have made every effort to reunite the cast and crew for a second season, that has become untenable. It is with great regret that we are acknowledging ‘On Becoming a God’ will not return. We extend our deepest thanks to star and executive producer Kirsten Dunst, creators Robert Funke and Matt Lusky, showrunner Esta Spalding and their fellow

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Florida locations selected for Duke Energy’s 2020 Site Readiness Program to attract jobs and spur economic development

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Three Florida properties have been selected to participate in Duke Energy’s Site Readiness Program. In Florida, the program has led to $165 million in investment and 615 jobs over the last seven years. 

The new sites are Tropicana Field Site in Pinellas County, 472 Properties in Volusia County, and Frostproof Business Park Site in Polk County. The Site Readiness Program will prepare these new sites for targeted commercial and industrial development to attract future capital investment. Since 2013, Duke Energy has selected 34 high-quality industrial sites in Florida to participate in the program.

Duke Energy works with site owners, local economic development professionals, and county and city officials to identify each participating property’s current status and develop a strategy for providing water, sewer, natural gas and electricity needed for development.

“I like to think of our Site

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Showtime reverses season 2 renewal, cancels Kirsten Dunst’s On Becoming a God in Central Florida

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On Becoming a God in Central Florida is sleeping with the alligators.

After initially renewing the Kirsten Dunst-starring series for season 2, Showtime reversed its decision  and canceled the critically acclaimed dark comedy, EW has confirmed.

The premium subscription network changed course on the Golden Globe-nominated series — about a determined water park employee, Krystal (Dunst), who, in 1992 Orlando, climbs the ladder of a business cult’s pyramid scheme after her husband (Alexander Skarsgard) is eaten by a swamp-dwelling gator — amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which prevented Showtime from moving forward with production on a new season.

Théodore Pellerin (Genesis), Mel Rodriguez (The Last Man on Earth), Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto, and Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs) played supporting parts in the series, with the likes of Skarsgard, Julie Benz, Mary Steenburgen, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph appearing in small

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Embark Safety Named 9th Fastest Growing Company in Central Florida – Press Release

Driver License Monitoring technology platform secured a top 10 slot on the 2020 Orlando Business Journal Fast 50 List: Central Florida’s Fastest-Growing Companies

ORLANDO, Fla. – October 8, 2020 – (

Embark Safety, an innovative provider of driver license monitoring solutions has been selected as a recipient of Orlando Business Journal’s 2020 Fast 50: Central Florida’s Fastest Growing Companies award. The annual list recognizes 50 of the region’s fastest-growing private companies. The firms are ranked by percentage of revenue growth between 2017 and 2019.

“We are proud to live & grow our nationwide business in Orlando. The ample talent and technology partners here in this great city allowed us to grow our revenue 50% last year,” said Edwin Sosa, President of Embark Safety.

The Orlando Business Journal Fast 50 recognizes the 50 fastest-growing private companies headquartered in Central Florida’s Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties. The firms were ranked based

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Coca-Cola Beverages Florida Honored as 2020 Minority Business Enterprise Supplier of the Year Class IV

Business receives prestigious award in its fifth year of operation as an independent company

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (Coke Florida) was named Supplier of the Year Class IV by the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council. Coke Florida received the award at the Council’s recent 45th Annual Awards Gala held virtually. The Class IV award recognizes the certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) supplier of the year that has annual sales of more than $50 million and has demonstrated solid business performance, strong community involvement, and a commitment to supporting and expanding supplier diversity.

Troy Taylor, Coke Florida’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “I want to thank the Council for this wonderful award and for its tireless pursuit of opportunities for minority-owned businesses. I also want to thank The Walt Disney Company for nominating Coke Florida for this special award. We are excited and humbled to receive this award

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Here’s who is running for school board seats in Central Florida

A number of Central Florida counties have school board seats up for grabs and voters can decide who will fill the role when they cast their ballots in the general elections.

School boards decide on how to spend district funds, what will be served in school cafeterias, and in light of the coronavirus pandemic, have a huge say in the health and safety guidelines implemented at local schools.

See who is running for a school board seat by county below and learn a little more about the candidates.

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Lake County

School Board District 4 Seat

In August, Lake County voters narrowed down the choice for the District 4 seat to two candidates. Mollie B. Cunningham and Betsy Farner made the cut during the primaries, leaving Lake County voters to decide who will assume the role. Voters

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