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Port Canaveral Car Manufacturing Partnerships


Port Canaveral isn’t out of the car manufacturing partnership game just yet, according to port officials, even though earlier this month, it lost out on 100 new jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact when Volkswagen Group of America chose to locate a vehicle import complex at the Port of Jacksonville instead of Canaveral. Port CEO John Walsh currently is trying to woo seven other car manufacturers to occupy a future $85 million auto assembly facility by this year. That facility would put out 350,000 cars a year and could create thousands of jobs.
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Lockheed Martin Grant For STEM Programs


Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin, which has a large local presence, will give a $2 million multi-year grant to support the expansion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, programs for Orange County Public Schools. It’s a move Lockheed Martin hopes will build interest in technology careers. The firm wants to hire 100,000 engineers in the next 15 years, and according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, STEM jobs are expected to grow 17 percent by 2018. Based on that, 1.2 million STEM job won’t be filled due to a lack of skilled workers.
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New Luxury Resort To Be Built In Lake Nona


Orlando-based Tavistock Development Co. and Miami-based Crystal Lagoons have joined forces to build a large-scale man-made recreational lake as the centerpiece of a new luxury resort in Lake Nona. The 11-acre Caribbean-style beachfront lagoon, to be built near Lake Nona’s new U.S. Tennis Association complex, will be the largest planned Crystal Lagoons Lake in the U.S. to date. The sites are ideal for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing and more. The projects also help boost real estate values for developers of nearby properties, bringing a sought-after luxury amenity.
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Loews Sapphire Falls Resort & Mears Transportation Group


Loews Hotels & Resorts isn’t letting Universal Orlando’s newest attractions hog all the spotlight — it’s got big plans going on, too. The long-time partner of Universal is working toward opening the 1,000-room Loews Sapphire Falls Resort by 2016, which will be the fifth hotel the company oversees at Universal Orlando Resort. That hotel will incorporate a strong Caribbean theme of British influence, and it’s being designed by the same creative teams that worked on Harry Potter, Despicable Me and Transformers. In addition, Loews plans to add more than 55,000 square feet of meeting space at Royal Pacific.
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BookThatDoc.com and Publix Real Estate Investments


The city of Orlando gave the OK for incentives for BookThatDoc.com to move from Altamonte Springs to downtown. The city’s Community Redevelopment Agency will give $250,000 to lure the firm into downtown space, with plans to grow to as many as 200 employees by 2021, up from its current staff of 12. Long-term plans for BookThatDoc.com include eventually becoming one of the first tenants at the future Creative Village development.
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UCF Hotel and FedEx Distribution Center


It’s looking like the University of Central Florida will get a boutique hotel and conference center sometime in the next couple of years. UCF expects to negotiate a contract for a boutique hotel with KUD International LLC, pending a protest filed against the award by a competitor. The $24.2 million dollar, six-story hotel will have 100 to 130 rooms and will be built on 4.4 acres with 15,000 square feet of conference space. Hotel amenities would include a restaurant, cocktail lounge, fitness center, pool and a water feature.
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