Tom Hudson http://wlrn.org en The Sunshine Economy: Common Challenges, Changing Classrooms http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-common-challenges-changing-classrooms <p></p><p>T<span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(26, 26, 26); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">he school year may be over, but the next chapter in public education begins in less than three months: Common Core State Standards. </span></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:18:39 +0000 Tom Hudson 33616 at http://wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Common Challenges, Changing Classrooms Sunshine Economy: Going Through The Miami Tunnel http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-going-through-miami-tunnel <p></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kIa9Yiq9n4M" width="560"></iframe></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I'd been asked a lot of things in advance of an interview with a source, but the text from Chris Hodgkins was my first wardrobe question: "What size shoes do you wear?"</span></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 12:17:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 32164 at http://wlrn.org Sunshine Economy: Going Through The Miami Tunnel Can South Florida Boast Of Having Some Tech Cred? http://wlrn.org/post/can-south-florida-boast-having-some-tech-cred <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The technology industry remains small in South Florida, but it attracts a lot of attention. The promise of high-paying jobs, a highly educated community and a more diversified economy are powerful pulls to develop the tech industry.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">WLRN revisits the effort to grow and attract the technology industry to our region. It's the Sunshine Economy with "The Future Emerging: The Technology Industry in South Florida.”</span></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 31802 at http://wlrn.org Can South Florida Boast Of Having Some Tech Cred? Aging Gracefully - The Retirement Industry in South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/aging-gracefully-retirement-industry-south-florida <p></p><p>Today, tomorrow and all the tomorrows for the next 15 years 8,000 Americans will reach retirement age. &nbsp;If history is any guide, millions of those Baby Boomers will find their way to Florida for their golden years. The share of Florida's population 65 years old and over is the largest in the nation. For all the glamor and attention paid to youth in Florida, the retirement industry is big and growing.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:01:21 +0000 Tom Hudson 30744 at http://wlrn.org Aging Gracefully - The Retirement Industry in South Florida Bottoms Up: The Liquor & Wine Business In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/bottoms-liquor-wine-business-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">South Florida may not have the valleys and vineyards of Napa Valley nor the hollows and oak barrels of Kentucky but the wine and liquor industry is here in its own unique way. &nbsp;Think mango wine not chardonnay, rum not bourbon and you've got the idea. &nbsp;</span></p><p>South Floridians can talk about rum the way oenophiles go on about wine. There are the aromas of the rum, the notes and the finish. There may be hints of chocolate, berries or citrus. &nbsp;For many outside of South Florida rum means one company:&nbsp;Bacardi. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 01:31:03 +0000 Tom Hudson 29313 at http://wlrn.org Bottoms Up: The Liquor & Wine Business In South Florida Got Water? http://wlrn.org/post/got-water <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The good news from last summer's rains is that South Florida's water supply is running above average. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:47:50 +0000 Tom Hudson 28960 at http://wlrn.org Got Water? Commerce is Brewing: Coffee Biz in South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/commerce-brewing-coffee-biz-south-florida <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">How do you like your coffee? Cafe&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">cubano</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">? Latte? Black?</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 04:42:41 +0000 Tom Hudson 28633 at http://wlrn.org Commerce is Brewing: Coffee Biz in South Florida Bittersweet: The Sugar Industry In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/bittersweet-sugar-industry-south-florida <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">Talking about sugar in South Florida is like talking about politics and religion in polite company. Few people are without strong opinions about the sugarcane farms stretching across the eastern Everglades south of Lake Okeechobee. The industry is a mix of government price policies, environmental regulations, trade practices and the demand for food.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:58:30 +0000 Tom Hudson 28333 at http://wlrn.org Bittersweet: The Sugar Industry In South Florida Wynwood Now Banking -- In Style http://wlrn.org/post/wynwood-now-banking-style <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bank probably is not among the places you'd think of to see contemporary art. The traditional brick-and-mortar corner bank is more of a generic space with the usual teller windows, cubicles and offices. But St. Petersburg-based </span>C1<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Bank has turned the established bank space inside out for its first branch in South Florida.</span></p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 04:16:32 +0000 Tom Hudson 27384 at http://wlrn.org Wynwood Now Banking -- In Style It's a Currency. It's a Dessert Topping. It's Bitcoin! http://wlrn.org/post/its-currency-its-dessert-topping-its-bitcoin <p><span style="font-size: 13.333333969116211px;">Arrests in New York and Florida in late January indicate the global virtual currency&nbsp;Bitcoin&nbsp;has the attention of federal prosecutors:&nbsp;A top executive with a&nbsp;Bitcoin&nbsp;trade organization was one of those charged.&nbsp;The second man arrested was Robert&nbsp;Faiella,&nbsp;at his home in Cape Coral.</span></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:28:03 +0000 Tom Hudson 27268 at http://wlrn.org It's a Currency. It's a Dessert Topping. It's Bitcoin! Bitcoin in South Florida: Real Business Taking Virtual Money http://wlrn.org/post/bitcoin-south-florida-real-business-taking-virtual-money <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"></div><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><p>Bitcoin may not sound revolutionary but to its supporters and users the digital global currency could be the future of payment. To regulators, it's a curiosity they're viewing with concern. &nbsp;And for a growing number of individuals and companies in South Florida, it's an opportunity to experiment. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:37:36 +0000 Tom Hudson 27005 at http://wlrn.org Bitcoin in South Florida: Real Business Taking Virtual Money Doing Business While Black http://wlrn.org/post/doing-business-while-black <div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"></div><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The quartet pictured above own and operate their businesses. &nbsp;Some may consider them black businesses. &nbsp;Some may not. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:30:48 +0000 Tom Hudson 26624 at http://wlrn.org Doing Business While Black Staring Into The Sunshine Economy: Tourism And Business In South Florida http://wlrn.org/post/staring-sunshine-economy-tourism-and-business-south-florida <p></p><div style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;"><p>The dawn of a new year brings with it new promises and old challenges. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:07:48 +0000 Tom Hudson 26075 at http://wlrn.org Staring Into The Sunshine Economy: Tourism And Business In South Florida What Don't You Like About Yourself? http://wlrn.org/post/what-dont-you-about-yourself <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Between our finances, fitness, beauty, working -- even our souls. We can spend thousands of dollars on making ourselves better. The self-help business is booming: from personal trainers to plastic surgery, how are we spending money to help ourselves?</span></p> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 23:33:13 +0000 Tom Hudson 26353 at http://wlrn.org What Don't You Like About Yourself? The Reality Of Retail http://wlrn.org/post/reality-retail <p></p><p><em>This program originally aired on Aug. 26, 2013. &nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you've wandered the hallways of the&nbsp;</span>Dadeland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> or </span>Aventura<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Malls or walked down Lincoln Road in Miami Beach on a Sunday afternoon, you know shopping in South Florida can be a full contact sport.</span></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:46:38 +0000 Tom Hudson 19458 at http://wlrn.org The Reality Of Retail