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Personnel note: Charlie Crist appoints Austin Durrer Chief of Staff

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U.S. Representative-elect Charlie Crist announced Thursday that experienced Capitol Hill veteran Austin Durrer will head his new congressional office. Durrer has served in senior roles in both the legislative and executive branches over the past 15 years. He was a longtime aide and Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim Moran, a senior Member of the Appropriations Committee, and currently serves as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA), overseeing the Department’s data technology mission. “Austin…

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FSU to receive largest-ever $100 million gift for new entrepreneurship school

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Christmas came early at Florida State University on Friday, as President John Thrasher nabbed the biggest donation in the school’s 164-year history — $100 million for a new entrepreneurship school to be named after the late billionaire philanthropist Jim Moran. “This is a really big deal,” Thrasher said during a board of trustees conference call. “It’s a great day for Florida State and for our students.” The board approved an exception to the university’s naming policy, which mandates a seven-year…

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