February 8, 2023

Northwest

Northwest Florida's economic forecast for 2023

“For the most part, companies are hiring, but as they go into 2023, they are still hurting for people. I went to a conference recently, and I learned that in the health care field there is one nurse for every 10 open positions. In the hospitality industry, it is one person for every six job openings. It's getting better, but it's still very painful for many industries. So, a lot of companies are trying to fill the gap with automation, and inevitably everybody is going to have to go there out of desperation. Many companies have resisted doing that, but they have got to find a way to close the job gap and perhaps consider going down the artificial intelligence path. Perhaps using AI to search through resumes for keywords and things of that nature. We're a very personalized relationship-driven business, so we don't want to damage our interpersonal relationships by being too abstract or too distant or too techie, but we have had a really hard time, especially following COVID, finding quality people for quality jobs.” Read more »
Published on 1/1/2023

Construction underway for Leon County's $24-million business incubator

Construction underway for Leon County's $24-million business incubator Read more »
Published on 12/31/2022

Baptist Health Care's $650-million Pensacola hospital to open next fall

In a recent interview with FLORIDA TREND, Mark Faulkner, president and CEO of Baptist Health Care, talked about BHC's $650-million hospital and 57-acre campus in Pensacola. Read more »
Published on 12/30/2022

Sky Dreamer drone project gives students opportunity to discover, develop new technologies

Fort Walton Beach-based Hsu Educational Foundation has launched a student-oriented project called Sky Dreamer. Read more »
Published on 11/30/2022

Tallahassee-based Applied Fiber's high-performance cables are vital component of NASA's James Webb Telescope

Tallahassee-based Applied Fiber's high-performance cables are a key component of NASA's James Webb Telescope. The company supplied Northrop Grumman, a NASA contractor, with nearly 200 cable assemblies used in the sunshields that protect the lens from extreme temperatures. The company began work with Northrop Grumman on the project more than 13 years ago. Read more »
Published on 10/31/2022

BellaBots robot waiters are here to take your orders

A Pensacola restaurant has found a futuristic way to overcome staffing shortages that continue to challenge the nation's restaurants. Read more »
Published on 9/12/2022

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering researchers developing tool to predict hurricane debris road blocks

A team of researchers from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is looking to remote-sensing technology to find better ways of predicting where road clogging debris will be most severe following hurricanes. Read more »
Published on 8/25/2022

University of West Florida psychology professor James Arruda develops early Alzheimer's disease detection device

James Arruda's EEG device sends optical pulse signals to a patient's eyes then measures brain activity responses. Read more »
Published on 6/30/2022

Elevate Waste Solutions saves commercial customers from incurring penalties

Elevate Waste Solutions saves commercial customers, such as restaurants, strip malls and apartment complexes, penalties imposed by large trash service companies when dumpsters are filled beyond capacity or contain large objects like mattresses or other bulky items... Read more »
Published on 5/31/2022

Northwest Florida's four major airports all had record traffic in 2021

Airport Director Matt Coughlin attributes much of the growth to a jump in tourism brought on, in large part, by the airlines marketing Pensacola... Read more »
Published on 5/31/2022

FSU alum Joshua Esnard won a $300K partnership deal with Shark Tank investor

INNOVATION A Cut Above Florida State University alumnus Joshua Esnard, inventor of The Cut Buddy, a hair and beard grooming device, recently reached a $300,000 investment partnership deal from ABC’s... Read more »
Published on 4/13/2022

The state of banking

Stephen A. LeMay is an associate professor at the University of West Florida's College of Business. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in finance, marketing, banking and computer literacy and supply chain logistics. He spoke to FLORIDA TREND about the state's banking and finance industries... Read more »
Published on 4/13/2022

Innovation Park of Tallahassee has named two winners of cash grants

Innovation Park of Tallahassee has named two winners of cash grants under its TechGrant Competition program. Manser Edbrooke Technology, which won first place and $15,000, develops prototypes that give customers the ability to explore and refine concepts for products and demonstrate features before paying to fully develop the product... Read more »
Published on 3/15/2022

Infrastructure: Critical strategies Florida can implement as it grows

Florida is projected to gain 2.5 million new residents by 2030. Here's what that means for schools, roads, homes and other infrastructure needs Read more »
Published on 3/8/2022

Researchers at FSU and Florida A&M develop a better design for a low-gravity space simulator

Existing space flight simulators that use free-fall to generate near-zero gravity are restricted by size and typically have short low-gravity durations — from only several seconds to a few minutes — making them unsuitable for experiments that require long observation times... Read more »
Published on 2/23/2022

A snapshot of Florida

Industries across the state are reporting robust activity — some are surpassing pre-pandemic levels of growth. Read the full regional reports - Miami • Southeast • Southwest • Central •... Read more »
Published on 1/17/2022

Northwest Florida's economic forecast for 2022

“In general, hotels in urban centers are not coming back anytime soon. Everybody is looking at 2024 for some kind of sustained recovery..." Read more »
Published on 1/17/2022

Hospitals Around the State

Miami Hospital City Beds Top Executive Jackson Memorial Hospital Miami 1,550 Carlos Migoya Baptist Hospital of Miami Miami 838 Brian E. Keeley Mount Sinai Medical Center Miami Beach 672 Gino... Read more »
Published on 12/8/2021

The Hsu Innovation Institute and NWF have opened an aviation training center at Bob Sikes Airport

The facility's campus, which includes a large hangar and access to an 8,000-foot runway, will offer students several career training... Read more »
Published on 11/30/2021

AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute certified more than 50 teenagers in underwater robotics

Triumph Gulf Coast, which oversees money from the 2010 Deep Horizon oil spill settlement, is funding the AMIkids remotely operated vehicle (ROV) program... Read more »
Published on 10/27/2021

Chaos Audio's Stratus gives guitar players sound options

Chaos Audio has rolled out Stratus, its latest invention described as an “intelligent, all-in-one stomp box” for electric guitar players. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2021

Yamaha Marine execs believe a Pensacola technical college program can serve as a national model

The program, at George Stone Technical College in Pensacola, has an almost 100% graduation rate and job placement of students. Read more »
Published on 8/31/2021

FAMU-FSU University researcher received $1.4-million federal grant to study how bacteria can remove carcinogens from groundwater

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences grant calls for Youneng Tang to collaborate with researchers at Texas Tech University. Read more »
Published on 6/29/2021

EMILY devices transport flotation devices to struggling swimmers

Panama City Beach lifeguards will get some extra help this summer. Read more »
Published on 5/26/2021

FSU research team turns plant material into larger capacity batteries

By incorporating lignin — an organic compound in the cell walls of plants that makes them rigid — the team has created a type of electrolyte compound, says professor Hoyong Chung. Read more »
Published on 4/28/2021

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Big John, world’s largest triceratops, finds home at Glazer Children’s Museum
Big John, world’s largest triceratops, finds home at Glazer Children’s Museum

The 26-foot-long dinosaur made history when it was first discovered in South Dakota in 2014. And it made history again in 2021 when it fetched a record $7.7 million at an auction in Paris, the most ever paid for ancient bones that weren’t a T. rex. The winning bid came from Tampa entrepreneur Sidd Pagidipati, chairperson of Ayon Capitol and Better Health Group. He is lending Big John to the museum for the next three years.

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