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Christopher Simmons

Christopher Laird Simmons is the founder and CEO of Neotrope® which is involved in entertainment and technology publishing and other media. He is a current member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He has written for a wide variety of national and regional print publications since 1984.

OpenClose, an enterprise-class end-to-end loan origination system, successfully implements QM and ATR Rules

PALM BEACH, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- OpenClose, an enterprise-class end-to-end loan origination system provider, today announced that is has implemented the functionality necessary for lenders to adhere to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new Qualified Mortgage (QM) and Ability-to-Replay rules. The company's client base is successfully processing QM loans.

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott Announces $30 Million Commitment for High-Skill/High-Wage Job Training in ‘It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget’

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced $30 million in funding for a new workforce training initiative focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations and other high-skill/high-wage jobs as part of the 2014-2015 “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget.”

Tampa Bay History Center hosts 150 maps from the 15th century through today charting six centuries in Florida

TAMPA, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- Before the South was “The South,” there was only La Florida. Indeed, nearly 100 years before the English arrived in Virginia, Spanish and French explorers charted a course for “The Land of Flowers.” Marking the quincentenary of Ponce de León’s 1513 landing on Florida’s shores, the Tampa Bay History Center presents Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps, one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Florida cartography ever assembled.
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All 11 of Florida’s Regional Planning Council’s have completed their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- This week, the Florida Chamber Foundation announced that all 11 of Florida’s Regional Planning Council’s (RPCs) have completed their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) using the Foundation’s Six Pillars framework and will become the Foundation’s strategic partner in demonstrating the value of the Six Pillars across the state.

Intellectual Property Expert Scott Austin joins VLP Law Group LLP

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- Today, VLP Law Group LLP has announced that trademark attorney Scott R. Austin, Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Intellectual Property Law, has joined the firm from Gordon and Rees LLP.

Statement from Florida Governor Scott Regarding the International Driver’s License Repeal

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- Today, Fla. Governor Rick Scott today made the following statement regarding the progress of international driver’s license legislation: “I applaud the Florida House of Representatives and the Senate Committee on Community Affairs for passing legislation to amend a state statute to improve driver’s license provisions for international visitors."
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Florida Gov. Scott Announces Turbine Controls Expansion to Bring 60 Jobs to Miramar

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Connecticut-based Turbine Controls, Inc. (TCI) – an industry leader in providing aircraft engine component maintenance, repair and overhaul services to aviation and industrial customers across the globe – has announced an upcoming expansion to Miramar, Fla. that will create 60 jobs.
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Fla. Gov. Scott Awards Two Governor’s Business Ambassador Awards at JMI

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- On Thursday, Governor Rick Scott awarded Governor's Business Ambassador Awards to The James Madison Institute (JMI) President and CEO Dr. Robert McClure, III, and to board member Robert Gidel, Sr. for their work in creating jobs for Florida families. The Governor presented the award at JMI's 25th Anniversary Gala.
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Fla. Governor Rick Scott Statement on the Resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- On Wednesday, Fla. Gov. Rick Scott today made the following statement at a media availability, following the resignation of Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll: "Local, state and federal law enforcement officials just held a press conference in Orlando, announcing that 57 individuals were charged with illegal activity linked to a $300 million conspiracy orchestrated by Allied Veterans of the World.'
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Fla. Gov. Scott: More than 260,000 Job Openings Statewide – February Online Job Vacancies Increase by 8 Percent

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the number of available online job openings in Florida increased by 8.8 percent in February 2013 compared to the previous February by 21,366, for a total of 263,240 openings (seasonally adjusted). Job postings in Florida also increased over the month compared to January 2013 by 256 openings (+0.1 percent).

Fla. Gov. Scott Presents $15 Million in School Recognition Funds to Broward County Schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- On Monday, Florida Governor Rick Scott acknowledged Broward County's public schools that sustained high student performance or demonstrated substantial improvement in student performance by presenting a check totaling more than $15 million in School Recognition Program funding to Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. The check presentation was made before an audience of educators and community leaders at Piper High School in the City of Sunrise.