Tuesday, December 18, 2018
From his perch on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., worked with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry to steer the money to Northeast Florida. 
Castor announced on Wednesday that Tampa Bay Wave is getting a $300,000 grant from the Economic Development Administration in order to start a regional investor collaborative.
Taking part in a trade mission to Ireland and the United Kingdom spearheaded by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) announced on Wednesday that four Irish companies will be doing more business in the Sunshine State.
Florida TaxWatch released a report on Tuesday looking at the Independent Medical Review (IMR) program in California and examining if a similar effort in the Sunshine State could keep workers’ compensation costs low in Florida. 
At the end of last week, representatives from Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia wrote to retiring U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who is expected to take over as speaker in January, on the matter, calling for agricultural assistance from the federal government by the end of the year. 
The Florida Chamber of Commerce launches its Business Development and Trade Mission to Ireland and the United Kingdom with an event in Dublin on Monday. 
Florida TaxWatch released a report on Thursday examining how other states lure film and television projects to do business in their states and what Florida can learn from them. 
The James Madison Institute (JMI) released “Roadmap to Reform” from Christian Cámara, a senior fellow at JMI, which finds “three areas of needed insurance reform
Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) and FloridaMakes announced a partnership “for mutual cooperation, leveraging each other’s programs and services to create impact and benefit manufacturers, suppliers and innovative enterprises across the state.”
The Central Florida Democrat, who is Asian-American, will be the first woman of color to lead that organization.