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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.

Florida’s John Cannon Homes Named 2016 Best Residential Builder, for 24th Consecutive Year

SARASOTA, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — The Reader's Choice Awards 2016, an annual event presented by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, was held last Thursday evening. John Cannon Homes once again received the first place award for Best Residential Builder in both Sarasota and Manatee Counties for the 24th consecutive year.

Lowry Park Zoo Gets Rare French Poitou Donkey from Brayfield’s Farm

TAMPA, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ — Tom Krueger, owner of Brayfield's Farm, recently provided the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa with a rare French Poitou Donkey named Geraldine. The livestock conservancy lists the Poitou Donkey as critically endangered. In fact, in 1980, it was estimated that there was fewer than 80 of these delightful animals in the world.
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Florida Jobs Report: Miami Area Added Over 42,000 Jobs Over the Year in Jan. 2015

MIAMI, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- This week Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that the Miami - Miami Beach-Kendall metro area gained 42,900 new jobs...
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Florida Gov. Scott says Tamiami Trail Project Will Help Move Water South

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently issued a permit to the...
Governor Rick Scott

Fla. Gov. Scott Presents Escambia County Public Schools With $1.4 Million

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- At Blue Angels Elementary School earlier this week, Governor Rick Scott presented 22 schools in Escambia County with $1.4...
Governor Rick Scott

Fla. Gov. Scott Announces Merritt Island Boat Works to Create 380 New Jobs

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- On Tuesday, Fla. Governor Rick Scott announced that Merritt Island Boat Works will open a new manufacturing facility in...
Fla. Governor Rick Scott

Fla. Gov. Scott Announces $5B Over 20 Years to Restore Everglades

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- This past week, Florida Governor Rick Scott proposed a dedicated source of revenue that will provide more than $5...
Governor Rick Scott

Fla. Governor Scott Announces Proposed $470M in Cell Phone and TV Tax Cuts, Expected $40 per Family Savings

ORLANDO, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- Today, Fla. Governor Rick Scott announced his proposal to cut $470 million in state cell phone and TV taxes...
Fla. Governor Rick Scott

Florida Gov. Scott Presents Shine Awards to Nine Reading and English Educators

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- During today's Cabinet meeting, Fla. Governor Rick Scott recognized nine outstanding educators for their contributions to education with the...
Governor Rick Scott

Fla. Gov. Rick Scott and Florida CEO Chester Spellman award six Floridians with Champion of Service Award

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- During today’s Florida Cabinet meeting, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman awarded six Floridians with...
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Florida Gov. Scott Announces Highest Per-Student K-12 Education Funding as Part of ‘KEEP FLORIDA WORKING’ Budget

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- Today, Governor Rick Scott announced his proposed K-12 per-pupil funding in the 2015-2016 “KEEP FLORIDA WORKING” budget of $7,176,...
Fla. Governor Rick Scott

Fla. Gov. Scott to All Aboard Florida: The Voices of Our Communities Must be Heard

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- On Monday, Florida Governor Rick Scott sent the following letter to Michael Reininger, President of All Aboard Florida, urging All Aboard Florida to listen to the voices of local communities as they plan their private-sector rail service. The letter is available below and online here.
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Fla. Gov. Scott Signs Legislation that Lowers Tuition for All Florida Students

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- On Monday, Fla. Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 851 that lowers tuition for all Florida students. Governor Scott said, “Making sure all Floridians have access to an affordable higher education is one of my top priorities."
OPENCLOSE Florida

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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
Fla. Governor Rick Scott

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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