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June 2010 Blog Archive

Stimulus cash awarded to Orlando Companies and organizations: $254.4 M Mon, Jun 21, 2010 Companies and organizations within Orlando got $254.4 million in stimulus cash during the first quarter 2010. The Orlando area is No. 3 on the list to receive the federal funding during that time period.  Tallahassess was No. 1 in the state, wit... Read More

Sunshine State's solar rebate program: FL lawmakers fail to renew funding Mon, Jun 21, 2010 Florida lawmakers failed t renew funding for the Sunshine State's solar rebate progaram before the legislative session ended on April 30th, leaving the future uncertain for local solar firms. The program which paid solar panel system installation re... Read More

Industrial Vacancy Rates in Orlando market on a steady upward trend Mon, Jun 21, 2010 The industrial real estate market in Central Florida showed minimal signs of improvement, with a ways to go toward recovery.  Seven of the area's 10 submarkets showed a better first-quarter net absorption than the previous year, meaning more vac... Read More

Florida VA Loan Programs Mon, Jun 21, 2010 A guest post from Robert of VAMortgageCenter.com: Veterans and their families in the Sunshine State have access to one of the most flexible and affordable home loan programs on the market. VA loans offer those who have served a unique opportunity ... Read More

New Health care Legislation impact on business owners Fri, Jun 11, 2010 The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 was signed by President Obama this year.  The Reconciliation Act amends various provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health care reform act that was signed by ... Read More

Rollins College listed as Top Party School Fri, Jun 11, 2010 Rollins College located in Winter Park, FL is known for the quality of their facilities, their illustrious alumni, innovative curricula and state of the art facilities.  Along with that it is listed at No. 7 as one of America's top par... Read More

Firm purchases Downtown Orlando's Crowne Plaza, plans upgrades Fri, Jun 11, 2010 A Canadian firm bought the downtown Orlando Crowne Plaza in May and intends to invest up to $2 million for upgrades.  The property was originally a Holiday Inn and was damaged by the hurricanes in 2004 and then converted to a condo-hotel known a... Read More

$161M Horizon West Village to be built near Walt Disney World Fri, Jun 11, 2010 A $161 million dollar project in southwest Orange County near Disney World may start to be built later this year.  Sun Terra Communities LLC and it s New York-based equity partner Jen Partners LLC are seeking county approval to begin work on the... Read More

Plans for Lake Nona's 70,417 SF Neighborhood Shopping Center Wed, Jun 09, 2010 Lake Nona is one of Central Florida's hottest-growing developments and a local developer plans to build a new grocery-anchored shopping center on the southeast side of the 7,000 acre Lake Nona community southeast Orlando.  If approved, the city ... Read More

Multifamily Real Estate Sector Recovering in Central FL Wed, Jun 09, 2010 Multifamily is one of the only real estate sectors in the Orlando area that is starting to experience a recovery.  The Orlando area had 20 multifamily investment sales during the last 12 months through the end of the first-quarter 2010, which re... Read More

Still Unclear whether South Florida will remain Unblemished from Oil Spill Wed, Jun 09, 2010 As of now South Florida and the Keys have avoided any oil from the tragic spill on April 20th.  South Florida and the Keys are home to world-class natural treasures and multibillion dollar tourist industries but currents churning in the Gulf sti... Read More

Top 5 List of Central Florida's Largest Hospitals Wed, Jun 09, 2010 As of 2009, the following is a list of the largest hospitals in Central Florida ranked by number of acute care beds: 1.  Florida Hospital:  Located in Orlando, FL with 1,080 acute care beds and 46,876 acute care admissions.  Services ... Read More

Top 10 Poorest Cities in the US Fri, Jun 04, 2010   According to the US Census Bureau in 2007, the following is a list of the poorest cities in the United States.   City, State, % of People Below the Poverty Level 1.  Detroit,  MI 32.5% 2.  Buffalo,  NY... Read More

Tips on Cutting Energy Costs for Businesses Fri, Jun 04, 2010 Heating, lighting and air conditioning account for approximately 70 percent of energy usage in most commercial buildings.  Businesses can save on expenses by doing simple things such as turning off lights, computers and other appliances when the... Read More

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