September 23, 2023

Up Front - The Publisher's Column

Building a Strong Future

David Denor | 4/28/2021

As I shared in last month’s column, I am proud of our team as we continue to find new ways to strengthen our brand and provide a valuable service for our readers. At that time, I pointed you to a weekly newscast that we recently launched called the Florida Trend Business Beat, a 2-minute video roundup of the week’s most important business news. I have received terrific feedback on the Business Beat and am pleased you are finding it valuable. If you have not yet signed up to receive this FREE weekly video news roundup, you can do so at Select Florida Trend Business Beat. You will not be disappointed.

This month, I am pleased to announce yet another new feature — NextGen, an editorial piece that will appear every month in the front of the magazine. NextGen looks at the latest trends in Florida business and the interesting and innovative young pioneers behind those businesses — from millennials to first- and second-stage company entrepreneurs. NextGen is designed to keep you informed about Florida’s up-and-coming business trailblazers. In our first NextGen feature on page 8 of this issue, read about a young pioneer in the burgeoning field of e-sportscasting.

Also in this issue, Florida Trend’s editorial team highlights projects that are under way or planned at various airports and seaports throughout the state. The report also takes a look at road construction plans. Check out the Economic Backbone.

Transportation is also highlighted in our cover story. Writer Nancy Dahlberg looks at the future of space tourism and Florida’s role in this emerging part of the aerospace industry. Learn about how Florida is positioned, who the major players are and how much it will cost for a space travel adventure.

The report also examines what’s new with self-driving technology, air taxis, public transit, mobility laws and includes a report card on Florida’s roads and bridges.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we now know many of us can work remotely just as efficiently as in the office, if not more so. A feature by Associate Editor Amy Martinez looks at how Florida has benefited from this trend as financial tech companies and others flock to the state to set up offices and headquarters.

Rounding out our May issue is a profile by South Florida Editor Mike Vogel of Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin. Mike examines the role Yeargin has played at the Orlando-based company and how he’s preparing the boat maker for the future.

As you will learn from this issue, Florida is well-positioned for the future. We at Florida Trend are proud to be a part of Florida’s future and look forward to continuing to make sure you are well informed along the way.

— David Denor, Publisher


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