Contents – August 2014
To access the August digital edition of SpaceCoast Business online, click here. FEATURES Water: Leaders Thirsty for Answers to Impending Statewide Shortage A. Duda & Sons, Inc.: An Agricultural Heritage Deseret Ranches of Florida: Central Florida’s Rural Neighbor Florida Citrus Growers and Their Voice, Florida Citrus Mutual COMPANY & EXECUTIVE PROFILES Change This World Jeff Garcia SPECIAL SECTIONS Florida Institute of Technology Young Professionals BEST PRACTICES Economic Development The Secret Behind Success | Rick L. Weddle Leadership The Power of Discernment | Jeff Piersall Legal Preparing Your Business for Hurricanes | Michael P. Sapourn Personal Finance Retiring With Confidence | Justin Connors Digital Marketing The Need for Marketing Automation Tools | Steve Buck Agriculture Becoming More Agriculture-Conscious | Joseph Duda Regional Development More Than Citrus | Lynda Weatherman DEPARTMENTS What’s GOIN’ On Publisher’s Note Business Fashion Tourism Up Close with Adam Putnam One on One with Michael ...
Water At Risk
Leaders Thirsty for Answers to Impending Statewide Shortage By Eric Wright “The Quiet Industry” is how Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam refers to the state’s agribusiness. But as Florida moves past New York to become the third most populous state in the nation, the issues farmers have been grappling with for generations are getting amplified, particularly in the realm of resource conservation and water management. Now, the industry is taking center stage and may be positioned to provide key solutions in what could be one of the most extensive public-private partnerships in the state’s history. Putnam, along with incoming Speaker of the House Steve Crisafulli, ...
Deseret Ranches of Florida
Central Florida's Rural Neighbor By David Wright Central Florida is well-known as a global tourist destination, with 59 million visitors last year. It is also known for its Space Coast, boasting a cruise port that is projected to soon be the largest in the world and an evolving spaceport that will see more than a dozen private launches this year. Additionally, it is known for its emerging biotechnology cluster in the Medical City area, with over a billion dollars of investment in the ground. And, of course, it is known for its beaches and sunshine. In most circles, however, Central Florida is not known ...
A. Duda & Sons, Inc.
An Agricultural Heritage By Susan Howard “People who drive by our office in Oviedo probably wonder why a sod company needs a two-story building,” David Duda, president and CEO of A. Duda & Sons, Inc., says with a chuckle. Located in front of a vast field of commercial turf grass, Duda’s office on Aloma Avenue is actually the headquarters of a highly diversified land company with a presence in some 21 states across the country. Sod is just one of the agricultural products produced and marketed by the family-owned and -operated company that began growing celery in 1926, where turf grass now sprouts. ...
One On One with Michael D. Minton
Dean Mead Past President and Current Shareholder Most of Florida’s agribusiness leaders and those that help shape the state’s agriculture policy grew up in and around the industry. Michael Minton, the past president of Dean Mead, who serves as the firm’s chair of the Agribusiness Industry Team, is no exception. He represents family businesses with an emphasis on generationally-owned agribusinesses, assisting with their organizational structure, tax, business, estate and succession planning. His 30-plus years of experience in Florida agribusiness makes him one of the most authoritative voices on tax, land and water resources and innovative approaches to these complex issues. EW: Tell ...
Up Close with Adam Putnam
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam has served as Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture since 2010, after ten years in the U.S. House of Representatives. As Commissioner, he has been a passionate supporter of Florida’s flourishing agribusiness and a tireless advocate for the state’s water quality and supply. During his time in office, Florida’s agricultural production increased nearly $150 million in cash receipts, $20 million in tax revenues and helped create 5,000 jobs. In addition, his highly publicized achievements in working with members of the Florida Legislature to transfer the state’s school food and nutrition programs to the Department of Agriculture and ...
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To access the August digital edition of SpaceCoast Business online, click here. FEATURES Water: Leaders Thirsty for Answers to Impending Statewide Shortage A. […]
Leaders Thirsty for Answers to Impending Statewide Shortage By Eric Wright “The Quiet Industry” is how Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam refers to […]
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