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HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS: SPECIAL NEEDS -- Elderly, physically, mentally or sensory disabled, visually or hearing impaired or oxygen dependent residents should register for the Special Needs Shelters program with Volusia Emergency Management. For information go to: volusia.org/services/public-protection/emergency-management.

CHARLIE, FRANCES AND JEANNE: 10 YEARS LATER, WHAT WE’VE LEARNED – Volusia County Emergency Management will host a session on Hurricanes Charlie, Frances and Jeanne: What we have learned and how we are better prepared. The presenters will be some of the people who were on the front line during these storms. The session will be September 16 from 8 - 10:30 a.m. at Volusia County’s new emergency operations center, 3825 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach. To make a reservation email rtownsley@volusia.org or call 386-254-2500, extension 11633.

DAYTONA BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT PASSENGER TRAFFIC UP 9 PERCENT IN JULY -- Passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 9 percent in July compared with July, 2013. During the month 57,397 passengers flew in or out of the county-operated airport compared to 52,616 passengers last July. For the 12 months ending July 31, total passenger traffic at Daytona Beach International Airport increased 6 percent -- from 593,044 passengers last year to 627,788 passengers this year. The airport’s major carriers – Delta and USAir – reported 93 percent load factors for the month. For information go to: flydaytonafirst.com.

VOLUSIA COUNTY FEATURED IN FLORIDA TREND -- The Volusia County area is featured in the August 2014 issue of Florida Trend as part of a series of regional portraits written by the magazine. In his introduction, Publisher Andy Corty states: “It’s easy to see why these are days of opportunity for Volusia County, and why it is experiencing a post-recession flood of investment that will bolster its traditional economic mainstays of tourism and motorsports.” To view the feature go to: tinyurl.com/n2pa5bu.

AGRICULTURE: FLORIDA’S ‘QUIET INDUSTRY’ -- The August edition of i4 BUSINESS reports there are nearly 48,000 farms in Florida working close to nine million acres, almost a third of the state. Florida’s agriculture commissioner refers to this as “the quiet industry.” Florida agriculture contributes $104 billion to the state’s economy and supports two million jobs. Florida produces 44 percent of the nation’s sugarcane, 36 percent of the bell peppers, 25 percent of fresh tomatoes, 33 percent of squash, 25 percent of the fresh market cucumbers, and 21 percent of the nation’s watermelons.

FLORIDA TOURISM GROWING -- According to Florida TaxWatch, with the number of visitors up more than 2.8 million, Florida’s tourism industry added nearly 76,000 direct or indirect jobs in 2013 with an average salary exceeding $43,000. TaxWatch predicts the state should meet the goal of attracting 100 million visitors by 2015.

FLORIDA SECOND IN TECH JOB CREATION -- In just the first six months of 2014, Florida has created nearly as many tech jobs as it did in all of last year. This puts Florida second in a new report from Dice, a career site for technology and engineering professionals. Florida created 4,100 tech jobs through June 30, compared to 4,500 in 2013.

DSC OFFERS EXCEL CLASSES – Daytona State College (DSC) is offering Excel classes this fall. Basic Excel classes will be September 9 and September 23; intermediate Excel will be September 23; and advanced Excel will be October 7. The classes will be from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. To register, call 386-506-4224 or email parkerj@daytonastate.edu.

CALL CENTERS COMING BACK -- After years of sending call center jobs to India, the Philippines, Mexico and other countries, companies are bringing them back to the U.S. An estimated five million Americans are employed in call centers now. Industry watchers believe this trend is driven by changes in technology, rising overseas labor costs, and customers demanding better service. For more go to: tinyurl.com/ko3bpup.

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 four Volusia County firms: NASCAR, Brown & Brown, International Speedway Corp., and Halifax Media Group.  Read more >>>

  Transportation
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 >>>

  Education
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 >>>