Tag: construction

Scott PowersDecember 13, 2018

Brightline expects to start construction this winter on its planned, privately owned, higher-speed passenger railroad connecting South Florida to Orlando and envisions the first trains to start rolling into Orlando International Airport as soon as late 2021. Patrick Goddard, president and chief executive officer of Virgin Trains USA, also known as Brightline and formerly known as […]

Drew WilsonNovember 28, 2018

National trade group Associated Builders and Contractors put out its annual ranking of state’s construction environments Wednesday and Florida topped the list. The 2018 Merit Shop Scorecard measures the climate for “merit shops,” which are organizations that do not have labor unions, in each of the 50 states plus Washington, D.C. The scorecard takes into […]

Scott PowersDecember 18, 2017

All Aboard Florida canceled an emergency meeting of the Florida Development Finance Corporation set for Monday to consider backing $1.1 billion in private activity bonds for the private, high-speed passenger Brightline railroad’s South Florida to Orlando phase of construction. The company said it requested the cancellation due to the House and Senate agreeing to a tax […]

Drew WilsonNovember 16, 2016

The U.S. House passed a bill sponsored by Democratic Florida Rep. Kathy Castor Wednesday that would boost construction jobs and help develop better building materials. “Local manufacturers and many across Florida worked diligently with me to boost jobs in the concrete masonry industry through this legislation. If signed into law, businesses will have the ability […]

Drew WilsonAugust 10, 2016

Florida added 16,400 private sector jobs last month, according to a report released Wednesday by payroll company ADP. The report estimates 1,800 new jobs were added in the goods-producing sector, with the other 14,600 jobs heading to the service industry. The industry breakdown shows 5,100 jobs added in professional and business services companies; 2,800 in […]

Phil AmmannJune 15, 2016

Florida’s Board of Education will examine new rules governing charter schools set by state lawmakers last Session. LobbyTools reports the board is scheduled to meet June 21-22 at Palm Beach State College, to go over the details of HB 7029, the 160-page omnibus education bill. One potential issue is a modified rule on how charter schools can qualify for […]


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