DAYTONA BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TRAFFIC UP 5 PERCENT IN SEPTEMBER -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 5 percent in September compared with September, 2013. During the month, 46,393 passengers flew in or out of the county-operated airport compared with 44,270 passengers in September, 2013. For the 12 months ending in September, passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 6 percent -- from 597,920 passengers last year to 632,095 passengers this year. Passenger loads for Delta Air Lines and U.S Airways also increased from 87 percent last September to 91 percent this year.

DOD CONTRACT AWARDED TO PORT ORANGE BUSINESS – The U.S. Department of Defense has announced that U.S. Foods, Port Orange, has been awarded a maximum $312.5 million, two-year contract for the U.S. Navy.

HOMELAND SECURITY LAUNCHES CYBER SECURITY CAMPAIGN -- Stop.Think.Connect. is a national public awareness campaign conducted by the Department of Homeland Security in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance. According to the campaign, cybercrime costs the world significantly more than the global black market in marijuana, cocaine and heroin combined. For information, go to:

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR COMPANIES TO ATTEND HOSPITALAR 2015 -- Enterprise Florida can assist qualified local companies who want to participate in Hospitalar next May in Brazil, a health fair with almost 90,000 visitors and more than 1,250 exhibitors. Brazil is the largest economy in South America and the Brazilian healthcare market exceeds $125 billion annually. Imports account for approximately 25 percent of the market, with the U.S. providing 50 percent of all imports to that country. The health fair is targeted to companies in advanced medical equipment, disposables, diagnostic devices, and implants and components. For information call Leigh Shapleigh at Volusia County Economic Development at 386-248-8048.

GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR BUSINESS STARTS IN BRAZIL -- Enterprise Florida has a limited number of Florida-Brazil Market Entry Grants to small and medium-sized companies interested in establishing a presence in the Brazilian market. These $1,050 grants cover the cost of a two-day Gold Key (one-on-one business matchmaker service) for companies that are new to exporting to Brazil. For information call Leigh Shapleigh at Volusia County Economic Development at 386-248-8048.

VOLUSIA FUTURES PROGRAM HIGHLY RANKED -- The FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools has been ranked as one of the top K-12 education foundations in the nation, and first in its division based on eight performance categories. FUTURES was ranked first in Division Four which includes foundations with less than $500,000 in revenue and within the top 50 in numerous categories in this national study of K-12 education foundations.

FLORIDA POPULATION GROWTH BUOYED BY NET MIGRATION -- According to the Demographic Estimating Conference, Florida’s population grew by 185,109 (0.97 percent) between April 2012 and April 2013, the highest increase since 2007. Annual population change now is now expected to reach 244,298 net new residents (1.27 percent) in 2014. The net migration share of Florida’s FY 2013‐14 population growth is expected to be 86 percent, up from a 25.7 percent share in fiscal year 2008-09. For information go

OLDER ROAD USERS SUBJECT OF SURVEY -- Florida’s Safe Mobility for Life Coalition has conducted an Aging Road User Survey to identify the habits, needs and concerns of Florida’s aging road users that include drivers, pedestrians, and transit users. The telephone and internet survey was a random sample of 1,056 residents 50 and older. Most aging road users consider Florida’s roads to be safe while 28 percent of families with older family members who drive said they were concerned about that family member’s ability to drive safely. For information go to:

Surprising Volusia County

  Area profile
Volusia County is known worldwide for the irresistible surf and sand of Daytona Beach and for the equally popular events surrounding Bikeweek and the Daytona 500. Read more >>>

  Business overview
Florida Trend’s list of the 350 biggest companies in Florida includes five Volusia County firms: NASCAR, Brown & Brown, International Speedway Corp., Consolidated Tomoka Land Co.; and Halifax Media Group.  Read more >>>

With I-95 (which runs  through more states than any other interstate highway) as an anchor, Volusia County links the Atlantic states from Maine, all the way to Miami. Read more >>>

Post-secondary education: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Stetson University, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona State College and the UCF Daytona Beach have a national reputation for excellence.  Read more >>>