SPEEDWAY OFFICIALS HOST JETBLUE DELEGATION FOR DAYTONA 500 – As part of an effort to recruit jetBlue airlines to Daytona
Beach International Airport, a nine-person delegation from the New York-based airline attended the Daytona 500 as guests of Daytona
International Speedway. The airline’s executives were briefed on the Daytona Rising, Daytona One, and other projects and met with Gov.
Rick Scott and Lesa France Kennedy, International Speedway Corporation executive. For the last two years the airport, with numerous
community partners, has made a vigorous pitch for the air carrier to start nonstop service to New York City, the area’s strongest
FINANCE ACADEMY PREPARING FUTURE BANKERS, ACCOUNTANTS, MONEY MANAGERS – The Finance Career Academy at Spruce Creek High
School, a National Academy Foundation (NAF) program, provides students the analytical mathematic and verbal skills for careers in
finance, banking, financial planning, accounting and money management through a rigorous and required internship in the local finance
community. Students in the academy are required to dress in business casual or professional attire once a week and participate in two
annual fund raising activities. For information, contact Leesa Halloway, acadademy director, at email@example.com.
LOOK SOUTH TO LATIN AMERICA WITH EXPORT.GOV -- Look South is a federal government effort to help more American companies do
business with 11 Free Trade Agreement partners in Latin America. These 11 economies – Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic,
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru – have a rapidly growing base of middle-class consumers and
diversifying industries. For information, go to: export.gov/tradeamericas/looksouth.
WORKSHOP TO COVER FINANCE OPTIONS FOR HOME-BASED BUSINESSES – The local SCORE chapter, in cooperation with the Small
Business Administration, will present a workshop for home-based businesses in need of financing. The session will be March 11 from 9 -
11 a.m. in the Airline Room on the first floor of the main terminal at Daytona Beach International Airport. For information call
386-255-6889 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DELINQUENT MORTGAGES DECLINE – According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s national delinquency survey, the seasonally
adjusted rate for delinquent mortgages is 6.39 percent, the lowest level since 2008. This figure takes into account all loans
outstanding at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013 and includes loans that are at least one payment past due. The rate for loans in
the foreclosure process was reported as 2.86 percent, 88 basis points lower than last year.
MANUFACTURERS, EXPORTERS DRIVE FLORIDA’S ECONOMY -- According to the Florida Small Business Development State Office Center
Network, Florida manufacturers and exporters are crucial drivers of the state’s economy. According to the latest data from the National
Association of Manufacturers, the state’s export of manufactured goods totaled $61.8 billion, supporting 14.2 percent of Florida’s
manufacturing jobs. Ninety-three percent of Florida’s exported goods are produced by the state’s 18,389 manufacturing firms which
employ 340,267 workers.
WHO IS DRIVING? – There were 402,025 licensed drivers in Volusia County as of January 1. Female drivers (203,377) outnumber
males (198,648) by two percent. There are 75,556 drivers in the 50 - 59 age category, the largest group. In broader age ranges, drivers
between the ages of 21 and 64 make up 69 percent of the county’s driver licensees. Following them, at 25 percent and 6 percent
respectively, are drivers aged 65 to 90+ and those aged 15 to 20. Registered vehicle data for February 1 generally indicates what
Volusians are driving -- more than 357,000 cars and pick-ups, 32,000 motorcycles, and 26,000 heavy trucks.
SUNRAIL PREVIEW MARCH 29 – Volusia County will host a SunRail commuter train service preview event from March 29 from 9 -
11 a.m. at the DeBary rail station on U.S. 17-92. For information go to the county’s website volusia.org.