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The head of Florida’s economic and workforce agency is pushing back against claims business subsidies don’t spur economic development.


Our weekly Media Roundtable included Florida Times-Union reporter Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT business analyst John Burr. Artists Tracie Thornton, Jenny Hager and Lance Vickery told us about the exhibit “Humanity: The Value of a Life,” beginning Friday at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum. HGTV star Tyler Wisler joined the program to discuss the Home and Patio show at the Prime Osborn Center and we met “Show Boat” cast members Billy Clark Taylor, Annabelle Fox and Peter Jackson. 


A Florida house budget panel recently voted against funding an economic development agency as well as the state’s tourism bureau.

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TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday requested the resignation of the state's tourism-marketing leader amid a controversy over an expired $1 million contract with a Miami hip-hop artist whom the governor praised for his "devotion to our great state."

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A hurricane that hit North Florida, the continued spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus and a horrific massacre in Orlando haven't slowed the appeal of the Sunshine State for tourists, according to state officials.

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A change to state law is making it simpler for military veterans to attend college regardless of where they call home.

In the past, veterans going to a public college or university were often considered non-residents.

But since the GI Bill only paid for in-state tuition, veterans had to pay the difference between in-state and the higher out-of-state rate from their own pockets.

VA Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity Curtis Coy, says Florida was one of the early adopters of the change that is now the standard nationwide.

Florida's public-private tourism agency has signed a deal to sponsor a professional soccer club in England's second-highest league.

The Visit Florida logo will appear on Fulham Football Club jerseys. The logo will also be on the three roofs of its London stadium, known as Craven Cottage, which is along the flight path for Heathrow Airport.

Fulham is owned by Shahid Khan, who also owns the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Florida has set a tourism record for a single quarter. Tourism marketer VISIT FLORIDA is reporting more than 28 million visitors arrived between January and March in 2015. WJCT went to the Florida Welcome Center on Interstate 95 to see what was drawing them in.

When asked why he was visiting Florida, Wayne Phillips, from Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, said he loved Florida. He said he was going to spend his vacation at Ormond Beach.

SunPass Now Available In Rest Area Vending Machines

Aug 13, 2013

Those planning a trip on Florida's major highways have a new way to sign up for the state's electronic toll system.

SunPass can now be purchased at the vending machines at three Official Florida Welcome Centers and an Interstate 4 rest area.

According to a release from Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, the turnpike is offering SunPass transponders in vending machines through a partnership with VISIT FLORIDA, the state's official tourism marketing corporation.

SunPass is currently available for sale in vending machines at the following locations: