Florida's workforce growth rate exceeding four times national average

Florida's workforce growth rate exceeding four times national average

The metropolitan areas of Orlando, Tampa, and Miami, are the top three in economic growth and jobs creation in Florida, according to a recent government data. With Florida's workforce growth rate exceeding four times the national average, the state now focuses on reducing taxes and decreasing regulations to attract businesses.

The state's economy continues to grow steadily, and Florida's business sector was one of the most prosperous in 2017, Gov. Rick Scott said. 127,400 new jobs were created in October and the unemployment rate fell to 3.6%, the lowest rate since February 2007. Since December 2010, Florida companies have created 1,448,300 new jobs in the private sector.

Governor Scott noted that the "effort to make Florida a friendly state for business is working, and it’s a sign of continued economic growth.” He also added that they “will continue to work to reduce taxes and reduce regulations, so more companies will choose to move to Florida.”

The number one job

Amid the job categories, education and health services had the largest increase in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, with 18,000 jobs. The 4.7% growth in South Florida represents a 2% difference than the national average.

The sector is followed by trade, transportation, and utilities which had the second-largest year-to-year increase over the 12-month period, growing by 8,600 jobs, which was a 1.5% gain. Nationally, the same sector gained just 0.4%.

Professional and business services also saw an increase regarding the job amount with 7,700, construction, with 7,500 and other services with 7,600.

Paramount Miami is halfway to the top

Paramount Miami is halfway to the top

Construction is moving along quickly at the Paramount Miami Worldcenter, with the project recently hitting its halfway mark. Miami's future amenities king is currently 70 percent sold with over 48 nationalities represented amid the buyers, per a representative.

The building is the first condo tower for sale within the Miami Worldcenter development and encompasses over 500 units. Among its selection of amenities, the future residents will enjoy tennis courts, swimming pool, hiking trail, playground, picnic area, and pool cabanas starting at $295,000. On the 9th floor of the tower, a football field will be available to the residents who may want to risk kicking the soccer ball while enjoying the beautiful city view.

The project is located on a 27 acres site, and it’s promised to transform the downtown area upon completion. Paramount is expected to top off during the summer of 2018, now the completion is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.

For more details, please visit www.brgintl.com.

Government approves stretch for high-speed train between South Florida and Orlando

Government approves stretch for high-speed train between South Florida and Orlando

The Brightline high-speed train linking South Florida to Orlando may begin to operate even earlier than planned. According to a statement from the company, the next phase of the rail passenger service has been approved by the federal government and is expected to begin construction in the first quarter of 2018.

Recently, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a statement including the route from Miami to Orlando in the next phase of construction of the company. "This is the most critical and final step in extending Brightline's service to Orlando, and we look forward to moving forward," Brightline CEO Dave Howard said.

The construction phase between the routes of Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach is still in testing and was expected to start operating in 2017, but with a week to the end of the year, both ticket prices and the start date of the operation are announced as "Soon" by the company.

The train ride from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale will be made in 30 minutes and another 30 minutes to Miami. Now the trip from Miami to Orlando will take three hours, one hour less if you compare the trip by car or bus, officials estimate.

Success in NY and LA, the Ice Cream Museum Arrives in Miami

Success in NY and LA, the Ice Cream Museum Arrives in Miami

Woke up this morning feeling like you need to swim in a pool of ice cream sprinkles? Don’t you worry, because after Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, it is Miami Beach's turn to win the Museum of Ice Cream. The interactive (and delicious) attraction that will showcase some of the world's most famous frozen dessert story.

Some of the Museum highpoints include the colorful and super attractive rooms with a swimmable pool filled with 100 million sprinkles, a gummy bear mural, a banana split made of 10,000 "bananas," and a jungle of melting ice pops. Miami’s décor version plays with the art deco architecture, key lime pie, and palm trees.

According to the creators, the gallery it's a place where creativity can be transformed into real experience. "Our mission is to bring people together and provoke their imagination." Of course, whoever visits the museum will have the chance to taste delicious samples (included in the cost of admission).

The museum opened its doors on December 13 as part of Art Basel Miami 2017, the city's largest art event, and it is in the Faena District at Mid-Beach - 3400 Collins Avenue, Miami.


Museum of Ice Cream

Where: Faena District, 3400 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Tickets: $38 plus tax

For more information visit: museumoficecream.com; or call: 855-258-0719


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