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Marco Rubio D.C. office to make several personnel changes, new hires

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Marco Rubio is announcing several new promotions and staff hires in his Washington, D.C. office. Lauren Reamy, a member of the Florida Senator’s staff since 2015, has been promoted to Legislative Director. Robert “Bobby” Zarate will lead Rubio’s foreign policy team after joining the staff as a Senior Foreign Policy adviser in December 2016, and Matt Wolking has been promoted to Senior Communications adviser and Press Secretary. In addition to the promotions, Olivia Perez-Cubas is rejoining the Senate office as…

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Pat Neal: Florida must commit to the future and invest in high-tech jobs

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The world around us is constantly changing as technology evolves. Investing in high-tech jobs can set Florida up to succeed far into the future while providing people with high-wage jobs that will keep the American dream alive and well in our great state. Other states have already committed to investments in the future, with millions of dollars being poured into high-tech centers that boost the economy and create hundreds of jobs. Luckily, our state leadership is committed to this goal,…

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Susan Ward: Disability Employment Awareness Month offered reminder that employers need to put differently-abled to work

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Ahh, the Sunshine State — where it’s just another day in paradise and theme parks whisk visitors to fantasies where dreams come true. Problem is the reality isn’t so fancy for the many unemployed Floridians with a disability. Statistics from the Florida Scorecard Research report show that 63 percent of residents with a disability who want to work aren’t working. That’s a particularly disheartening lowlight considering the state last month observed Disability Employment Awareness Month. What gives? Let’s start with…

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Tampa region leads state in demand for STEM jobs

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Looking for a STEM job? Tampa Bay might just be the place to be. The region added more than 39,000 private sector jobs over the year, and leads the state when it comes to high-skill, high-wage STEM jobs. According to the governor’s office, there were 15,727 openings in STEM fields in August. “I am proud to announce today that the Tampa area added 39,500 new jobs over the year and also led the entire state in job demand with nearly…

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Today on Context Florida: Climate change & kids, STEM preparedness and breaking free from the screens

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Today on Context Florida: Dr. Lynn Ringenberg, a pediatrician for 35 years, has witnessed first-hand the effect of a changing climate on young patients. With more ozone and pollution in the atmosphere, there are worsening respiratory problems, allergies, and asthma. Many infants and children take medications every day just so they can breathe better. That’s what compelled her to write. We need to address climate change now, Ringenberg says. Teresa Barber sees the need for a STEM (science, technology, engineering and…

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Rick Scott says new Accusoft HQ in Tampa will create scores of new jobs

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Gov. Rick Scott announced on Tuesday the opening of a new Accusoft headquarters will bring some 125 new jobs to the Tampa Bay area. According to a release from the Governor’s Office Accusoft, a “global provider of document, content and imaging solutions,” will expand its base of operations in Tampa, where the company was founded in 1991 under the moniker Pegasus Imaging Corp. Scott said in a statement the move is in keeping with his employment-centric mission as governor. “Each job that…

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Duke Energy to donate more than $265,000 in STEM grants to Pinellas schools

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Duke Energy is doling out $1 million across the state of Florida for programs furthering science, technology, engineering and math learning. A good chunk of the money is coming to Pinellas County. According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, $267,222 is being allocated to the Pinellas County Education Foundation. That group organized in 1986 to help support Pinellas County public school teachers and students. The group has raised more than $10 million since its inception. It’s a coalition of business…

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