December 6, 2023

Amy Keller

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Amy Keller

Amy Keller is an associate editor for Florida Trend. She writes the magazine’s monthly Tallahassee Trend column and covers a wide variety of business topics. Keller joined Florida Trend in 2005, after more than a decade covering Congress as a reporter for Roll Call newspaper. Keller’s writings have also appeared in Salon, The New Republic and the Atlanta Jewish Times. Keller graduated from The Ohio State University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Keller has won numerous journalism awards over the years, including being part of the team that won a 2010 first place Green Eyeshade Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for general news reporting for “Medical Makeover,” which covered trends reshaping healthcare in Florida. The same year, she won a second place Green Eyeshade for investigative reporting about Florida’s role in international adoptions.

Articles by Keller:

Testing Ground
Draper, a non-profit engineering research company based in Cambridge, Mass., is building a 5.3-acre aerospace and defense campus near the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Titusville. The 37,000-sq.-ft. facility will house one of the world's largest centrifuges and serve as the company's test site for guidance, navigation and control technologies.
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Paving a Path
Each semester, more than 200 people apply for 106 spots in Seminole State College's nursing program, but the school has been hard-pressed to accommodate additional students. It simply doesn't have enough physical space.
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UCF's New Nursing Digs
The University of Central Florida will break ground in early 2024 on its new College of Nursing building in Lake Nona. With $43.7 million committed by the state of Florida and $26.2 million raised through contributions, the school is close to meeting its goal for the $70-million project.
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The Butterfly Effect
With more than 10 million specimens of butterflies and moths from around the world, the Florida Museum of Natural History's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the University of Florida is the most active lepidoptera research center in the world. It is arguably also among the fastest growing collections, adding about 200,000 specimens per year.
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Candy King
Inside an Orlando confection factory that would make Willy Wonka proud, a conveyer belt is rolling with rows of Hoffman's Chocolates chocolate-covered pretzels. Without missing a beat — or a pretzel — a female employee meticulously oversees the march of sweets, hand-drizzling each treat with far more ease than Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz mustered in the iconic bit that made TV history.
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Optics Tech Training
Valencia College is launching a 15-week accelerated training program in September to meet growing demand for skilled precision optics and photonics technicians in Central Florida.
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Office Optional
Coastal Cloud, a Palm Coast technology consulting company with several major offices across the country, embraced remote work long before the COVID-19 pandemic came along. The business still does, says CEO Tim Hale, though an increasing number of staff are returning to the office — not because of a policy change but “because many people are re-discovering they enjoy the camaraderie and team learning of an office environment.”
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Office Optional - The Evolving Workspace
The heads of Florida's Best Companies have mixed feelings about hybrid work arrangements, but most would agree the trend is here to stay.
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Saving Sea Cows
Brevard County has been at the center of a historic wave of manatee deaths in recent years: More than one-third of the 1,900 sea cows that died in Florida between 2021 and 2022 were recovered in Brevard County, where algae blooms in the Indian River Lagoon have decimated the seagrass that the mammals rely on for food.
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Key Milestone
Two hundred years ago this month, the Florida Territorial Legislature created Monroe County — which contains all but one of the Florida Keys — as Florida's sixth county. Five years later, Key West was incorporated as a city and became the county seat. The Florida Keys include 1,700 islands stretching over 220 miles. The Calusa and Tequesta tribes were the original inhabitants of the islands.
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Sea turtles experiencing 'cold stun' flown to rehab in Florida
Sea turtles experiencing 'cold stun' flown to rehab in Florida

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