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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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When the military and private clients need snow, they go to Florida

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Dressed in winter parkas, boots and gloves, engineers for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. used trucks equipped with special sensors, computers and weights as they drove wide circles through a snow-packed field in 10-degree weather on a recent afternoon. Scientists from the Akron, Ohio-based tire maker traveled nearly 1,000 miles in search of the cold and snowy conditions needed for the early September testing. They found what they were looking for in the Florida Panhandle. The test engineers spent their…

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F-35 fighter takes wing over Italy, first flight outside U.S.

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On Monday, Italy became the first international partner to fly an F-35 fifth-generation tactical fighter outside the United States. Known as AL-1, the F-35A Lightning II aircraft made the one-hour, 22-minute flight out of Cameri Final Assembly and Check Out facility in northern Italy. This historic milestone was possible through a joint effort by Italy, Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi manufacturing and Lockheed Martin, based in Bethesda, Md. “Italy’s ‘primo volo’ (first flight) sets a firm foundation for Italy’s F-35 program and future opportunities…

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Rick Scott says Paris air show yielded $151 million in sales for Florida companies

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Gov. Rick Scott took some flak for visiting France during a special session in Tallahassee where lawmakers narrowly avoided a constitutional crisis by passing an 11th-hour budget, but according to a release Friday the trip was not in vain: Florida aerospace and aviation industries collected some $150 million in sales during the 2015 Paris Air Show. “I am thrilled to announce the 17 Florida companies that attended the business development mission have reported $151 million in total projected export sales from the…

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July 4th Weekend is brought to you by these lobbyists and political organizations

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It doesn’t get much more American than the Fourth of July. After all, the holiday commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was then 239 years go our founders took great personal risk to declare their independence, and created this democratic republic out of their blood, sweat, and philosophical determination. The politics of 1776 were void of “registered lobbyists” but the things that we associate with Independence Day today, however — trips to recreational locales, beer &  spirits and even…

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Lockheed Martin to add 130 jobs at Cape Canaveral

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Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Corp. will add another 130 high-paying jobs at its Cape Canaveral facility, providing another boost to the Central Florida high-tech-training sector. Gov. Rick Scott made the jobs announcement today from France while attending a trade mission at the annual International Paris Airshow. “We’re here in Paris to make sure aerospace and defense companies from around the world know Florida is the best state in the U.S. for job creation,” Scott said. The jobs are in support…

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