$46-MILLION CONTRACT – Raydon Corporation has been awarded a
government contract potentially worth $46 million to perform support
services for war-game simulation used by the Department of Defense. The
Daytona Beach-based high-tech company beat a number of bigger rivals to
win the three-year deal which involves testing, maintaining and
upgrading ground vehicle simulators for the Army, Army National Guard
and Marine Corps.
MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURER SEEKS FACILITY -- A medical device
manufacturer is seeking an existing facility of 70,000 square feet
capable of expansion to 125,000 square feet. Proximity to a hospital or
medical center is important. Build-to-suit options will be considered.
If you have or know of a facility that can meet the criteria, please
e-mail the information to
firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 386/248-8048 by January 12.
MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES -- Effective January 1, Florida's minimum
wage is $7.21 per hour, up from the $6.79 per hour minimum wage in 2008.
The minimum wage applies to all employees in the state who are covered
by the federal minimum wage. The Florida minimum wage will prevail over
the federal rate until the federal minimum wage becomes higher than the
state rate. The federal minimum wage will increase to $7.25 July 24.
Florida employers then must increase the minimum wage from $7.21 to
CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLANS ANNUAL MEETING – The
Central Florida Community Development Corporation (CFCDC) is a nonprofit
organization that provides affordable housing opportunities to persons
of low and moderate incomes, stimulates economic investment in stagnant
or declining communities and improves the quality of life for clients.
Its annual meeting January 26 will feature a presentation on CFCDC’s
2008 accomplishments and community development activities planned for
this year. Community participation is encouraged. The meeting will be at
the Ramada Inn, 1798 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach.
Space is limited. Please contact Michelle Johnson at 386/253-3232.
CORPORATE TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SAVES $$$ -- The
corporate income tax credit scholarship program produces a net savings
to the state. In fiscal year 2007-08, taxpayers saved $1.49 in state
education funding for every $1 lost in corporate income tax revenue due
to credits for scholarship contributions. For more information go to
HEALTH FACILITY COMPARISONS -- The redesigned health care website,
contains information to help users compare hospitals, ambulatory surgery
centers, health plans, nursing homes, and prescription drugs. The
website also includes Florida health care facilities, information on
health insurance, medical care resources for the uninsured, and
resources for seniors.
SCHOOLS ARE GETTING BETTER GRADES -- Florida has more schools
earning As and Bs than ever. Of 2,889 schools graded this year, nearly
three quarters (2,125) are high performing receiving an A or B grade.
The number of low-performing schools decreased significantly compared to
last year. Of the remaining 764 schools 20 percent earned a C, 5 percent
a D, and 2 percent an F. For more information go to
WORKSHOP FOCUSES ON LEAN MANUFACTURING TRAINING -- The Volusia
Manufacturers Association, Florida MEP and Daytona State College are
sponsoring a hands-on workshop to demonstrate how lean manufacturing
works and how to use it to improve operations. The session is January 27
from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Daytona State College. Please call Paula
Heiret at 407/473-3429 or go on-line to
NEWS ITEMS WANTED! – Please send your business news items to Dave
Byron, Volusia County Community Information Director, 123 W. Indiana
Ave., DeLand, 32720-4612, by fax at (386) 822-5072 or by e-mail at