The unification of two, high-profile South Florida-based technology associations has just been announced. Tech Hub, launched in 2015 as Palm Beach Tech, and Tech Lauderdale, originally formed as South Florida Technology Alliance in 1995. The two organizations will combine forces to form an expanded entity with a unified mission to promote technology and innovation in an effort to continue building South Florida’s tech hub. The new organization, South Florida Tech Hub, will service technology-focused industries in four South Florida counties – Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin. The integration is expected to be finalized by early October.
Read the complete article here: https://www.citybiz.co/article/137868/tech-hub-and-tech-lauderdale-merge-history-and-innovation-to-form-south-florida-tech-hub
Business trends to watch this summer
Cryptocurrency, inflation, and supply chains will all be in the spotlight
In just six months, the US has vaccinated over half its adult population, a remarkable feat considering how much we seemed to lag other countries in controlling the virus last year. But it’s important to remember that most vaccines have gone to wealthier nations, and just 12 countries have immunized over 20% of their population.
Not just because my mom texts me every day that her new dryer hasn’t been delivered, but supply chain bottlenecks will continue to be a hot topic through the summer. In the last two months, there have been gas, lumber, chip, ketchup, worker, and boba shortages, just to name a few that had accompanying Morning Brew pieces.
I’m with Matty. I think the big thing to watch is whether supply chains getting back to normal will cause the inflation scaries to subside. In April, consumer prices rose at their fastest pace in 13 years. Investors are concerned that higher prices could cause the Fed to wind down some of its stimulus measures or dent companies’ future profits.
Maybe I’m on Twitter too much, but cryptocurrency, and more specifically cryptocurrency regulation, is the top business topic I’ll be watching this summer. Blockchain-based currencies’ entire shtick is being the Wild West of finance—but now, there are a bunch of sheriffs coming to town.
Masks off, lipstick on. Prepare for overcrowded Sephoras as Americans get ready to party like it’s 1921. But there are other consumer trends I’m excited to watch this summer. Is home fitness here to stay even as gyms reopen? Maybe.
Read the complete Morning Brew article here: https://www.morningbrew.com/daily/stories/2021/05/28/business-trends-watch-summer
The numbers analyzed.
In February 2021, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Miami-Dade County was 7.9 percent. From January 2021 to February 2021, there was an increase of 6,500 nonagricultural payroll jobs, which is a 0.6 percentage point increase. The County had a reduction of 110,400 nonagricultural payroll jobs (not seasonally adjusted), from February 2020 to February 2021 which was an 8.9 percentage point decrease.
Non-agricultural Payroll Jobs.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, there continues to be a sharp decline in non-agricultural payroll jobs throughout most industries when comparing year over year (January 2020 with January 2021). This is particularly true when comparing the three months leading up to the COVID-19 crisis to the first two months of 2021. Year over year, every sector saw a decrease in the number of non-agricultural payroll jobs. The graph below shows the payroll data since November 2018.
From February 2020 to February 2021 there was a reduction of 110,400 non-agricultural payroll jobs. From January 2021 to February 2021 there was an increase of 6,500 non-agricultural payroll jobs.
Get the complete report from the Miami-Dade Beacon Council Website: https://www.beaconcouncil.com/february-2021-employment-report/
Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun but can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. Follow these tips to stay safe and keep those around you safe this Thanksgiving Holiday!
Wear a mask
- Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
- Make sure the mask fits snugly against the sides of your face.
Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to
spread COVID-19 or flu.
- Keeping 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others is especially
- important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Wash your hands
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Keep hand sanitizer with you and use it when you are unable to
wash your hands.
- Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Click Here for the CDC’s Thanksgiving Safety Flyer
GCUG has published an easy to analyze Florida Covid Stats Power BI Dashboard. It’s updated daily to track New Positive, New Hospitalizations, New Deaths, and Positivity Rate by Day with trend lines over the last 21 days.
Take a look at https://www.homnick.com/hsi/flcovidstats and let us know what you think. You can select which dates to look at. Please comment on what other graphs might help you in understanding the Covid pandemic effect in Florida.
With the Presidential elections less than a month away, America still needs Poll Workers!
Next to casting a ballot yourself, serving as a poll worker is the most important thing you can do to help our democracy thrive. No one eligible to vote should be turned away from the polls, and we should never have voters leaving without voting because of long, slow-moving lines or confusing rules.
America is facing a record shortage of poll workers this year due to the coronavirus. Our democracy depends on ordinary people who make sure elections run smoothly and everyone’s vote is counted. You can make sure we have a safe, fair, efficient election for all.
POLL WORKERS GET:
- PAID (Varies by district)
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