business and development

One local Tallahassee business has been recognized by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities as an exceptional employer. The award was given to 12 businesses around Florida that hire and retain those with disabilities.

Tallahassee's new GreenWise Market.
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Publix officially opened its GreenWise Market in Tallahassee’s Collegetown Thursday. It’s the first store of its kind for the company.

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A minimum wage case before the Florida Supreme Court will determine whether Miami Beach can move ahead with an ordinance passed by the city commission in 2016.

The issue is whether a 2003 state law stopping local governments from setting their own minimum wage supersedes a 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment.

Miami Beach city commissioners voted to phase in a higher minimum wage that would reach $13.31 an hour by 2021. That would be about $5 more an hour than the state’s minimum wage.

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The City of Miami Beach is in a battle with the state that could impact hundreds of Florida municipalities. It’s about home rule and the city’s ability to set its own policy when it comes to wages.

Florida’s minimum wage is $8.25 an hour. The amount may go up each year based on changes in the Consumer Price Index.

Miami Beach leaders voted two years ago to approve a higher minimum wage than the state.

The Center of Tallahassee is advertising leasing space on its website.
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The Centre of Tallahassee is transitioning from a mall to a business complex. The building is starting to empty out to make room for new state offices. Several small stores are closing, have closed or are in the process of relocating.

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Millions of dollars in renovations are underway at the Tallahassee International Airport as more travelers are staying in town to catch their flights.

June’s passenger count was more than 12 percent higher than traffic a year ago. Airport leaders credit the city’s non-stop service to Washington, DC and the economy for the increase.

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Business owners in Florida are worried about the quality of the state’s workforce.

A survey by the Florida Chamber’s Small Business Council shows an ongoing trend of employers being concerned about finding enough skilled and educated workers.

Ability Towing employee
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The towing business can be a misunderstood heap of anger and stress ultimately leading disgruntled drivers to take out their frustrations on a small local business.

 

The state of Florida is leasing part of the Centre of Tallahassee Mall, and that means many businesses, like the Sharing Tree, will have to move soon. 

Habitat For Humanity Home
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Three Tallahassee residents received keys to their new homes Tuesday. This was part of the Big Bend Habitat for Humanity’s newest projects and highlights the city’s efforts to grow more affordable housing.

 

Man holds up a sign during the Monday CRA meeting
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Proof Brewery won’t be getting an extra $450,000 from local government.

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Seminole County is the first US government agency to accept cryptocurrency as payment for county services. And according to a coinmap.org study, Tampa and Miami are ranked in the top 10 bitcoin-friendly cities in the world. With cryptocurrency usage growing,  Florida’s Chief Financial Officer plans to regulate the industry.

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Father’s Day is around the corner, with the average Floridian family spending $133 on their dad. The Florida Retail Federation says with unemployment at a 10-year-low and a strong state economy, the retail industry remains robust for this holiday.

Groups gathered in the Florida Capitol, wearing orange, to call for higher minimum wage in the state.
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Advocacy organization The Poor People’s Campaign has taken up the cause of calling for a $15 minimum wage. A group advocating for small businesses doesn’t share that sentiment.

An oak tree recently split the historic Bradfordville Blues Club, a famous Tallahassee music venue.
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A famous Tallahassee music venue has suffered serious - possibly fatal - damage.  The historic Bradfordville Blues Club is out of commission, at least for now.

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In the last year, employment in Leon County has risen 2%, while the average weekly wage has increased by 4%. Leon County has seen significant fiscal improvements over the last twelve years.

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Hurricane season begins June 1st and the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation is reminding consumers that flood insurance does not come with every insurance plan. 

A house under construction
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Single-family home prices are climbing upward with demand, according to the City of Tallahassee. An update from the City’s Office of Economic Vitality says single-family home construction permits are at their highest number since 2007.

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One in five people over the age of 65 will fall victim to financial exploitation in Florida. 

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Florida TaxWatch announced the winners today for the Prudential Productivity Award. Going the extra mile for taxpayers, the Guardian Ad Litem Program and the Florida State Park System GIS Team won the top cash prizes.  

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The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce continues examining whether consolidating city and county services would be a good fit for the area. But it’s efforts have drawn pushback from some local officials—city mayor Andrew Gillum and county commissioner Bill Proctor most notably. But what’s the big deal?

A white house with blue shutters rests behind a picket fence covered in roses
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Housing for working class people is part of a planned Tallahassee development.  While officials passed an ordinance to support housing aimed at working class residents years ago, this is the first time it is being put to use.

Oil Rig
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Money from the BP oil spill settlement is headed to the Panhandle. The dollars will fund water and sewer lines for an industrial park, technical-education programs and an expansion of the Port of Panama City.

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The Big Bend region has seen a decrease in total homelessness over the last year. That is according to the Big Bend Continuum’s yearly Point-in-Time count. But, board members say the decreases in some categories are a result of aligning the survey’s questions and requirements to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s standards. Racquel Wiles with the Continuum of Care explains why those changes were made.