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Pete Antonacci takes cues from Rick Scott, Enterprise Florida board

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Expect little change in direction of the state’s business-recruitment agency under its new management. Pete Antonacci, a former general counsel for Gov. Rick Scott who was appointed last month as president and CEO of Enterprise Florida, said Monday he intends to maintain the goals of the agency’s board, which is chaired by the governor.

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CareerSource centers dealing with their own layoffs as economy rises

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In an ironic economic twist painful to some, Florida’s agencies charged with helping unemployed people find jobs are facing budget cutbacks because of the state’s declining unemployment rate — and some now are forced to lay off a few of their own workers. CareerSource Florida‘s 24 regional CareerSource agencies are facing budget cuts, some deep, and in many cases that means layoffs of those people who help other people who’ve been laid off. In pure numbers, hardest hit is likely…

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Some lawmakers worry children will suffer under new Florida work-for-welfare bill

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A bill voted favorably by a Florida House committee Tuesday would increase penalties for Floridians receiving food stamps and cash aid, but have not met obligations to find work. HB 23 would return those penalties to levels before the 2008 Great Recession. Rep. Dane Eagle, who introduced the same measure in the 2016 Legislative Session which the Senate later rejected, re-introduced HB 23 to the House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, citing instances of wanton abuse in the system. Eagle said…

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CareerSource Florida narrows in on new president

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CareerSource Florida, the corporation that serves as the state’s workforce preparation and placement agency, interviewed three finalists Friday to replace Chris Hart as president, including the agency’s current vice president of policy, Michelle Dennard. Dennard, Mikkel Dixon, the executive director of Florida Career College in Margate; and Kyla Gutierrez-Guyette, the project director of ResCare Workforce Services in Orlando; all were interviewed by a committee of the CareerSource Board of Directors Friday. The committee members will submit their scoresheets to the agency’s chairman Britt Sikes Monday, and he will…

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Florida Chamber Foundation focuses on making students ‘prosperous for the rest of their life’

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The Florida Chamber Foundation wants to make sure the next generation’s careers get a running state. The foundation will hold its annual education summit in Orlando on Thursday. The one-day Learners to Earners Education Summit is meant to bring together stakeholders to discuss how to make sure students are prepared for the workforce. “It has evolved into … what’s our responsibility to a student to make sure they’re prosperous for the rest of their life,” said Tony Carvajal, executive vice…

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Bill to recognize businesses that support disabled workers clears first hurdle

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A bill that would create a program recognizing businesses that hire or support disabled workers cleared its first Senate committee stop Tuesday by a unanimous vote. SB 388 directs the Department of Economic Opportunity to work with CareerSource Florida to develop the Florida Unique Abilities Partner Program. The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee, chaired by the bill’s sponsor, Venice Republican state Sen. Nancy Detert, voted 6-0 in favor of the bill. “The Florida Unique Abilities Partner designation will indicate that a company recognizes the important…

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Report: Defense industry had $79.8B impact in Florida, despite decline in Fed funding

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Gov. Rick Scott highlighted a state-commissioned report Friday that shows the defense industry had a $79.8 billion impact on the Florida economy last year. Commissioned by Enterprise Florida and CareerSource Florida, the report ranks defense as the fourth-largest industry in the state behind only agriculture, health care and tourism. The $79.8 billion figure accounts for about 9.5 percent of the state economy and is an increase of about $6.4 billion since 2011. Scott said the gains came in spite of…

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