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Business briefs: Economic development conference this week

News of the business week to come


Economic Development Council, along with statewide partners Workforce Florida, Enterprise Florida and Space Florida, will host the Florida Economic Development Conference in Tampa this week at the Intercontinental Hotel,

4860 W. Kennedy Blvd. Breakout sessions will

dig into such issues as business recruitment, demographics, energy production, and foreign trade and investment. For more information on the event, which runs through Tuesday, go to


THE GRADE: The Tampa Bay Partnership will present its latest Regional Economic Scorecard at 9 a.m. today

at its Tampa headquarters. The scorecard offers a

snapshot of how the bay area's market is faring based on such indicators

as employment and work force, income and productivity, housing, innovation and education. New to the equation this round is an indicator that examines transportation issues

such as congestion, commute time and transit


TRIBUTE TO TOURISM: Hillsborough County

kicks off its annual salute

to Tourism Week today

with the Hospitality Olympics at the St. Pete Times Forum Plaza. Teams from local hotels and attractions will compete in events like the Water Waiter Relay, Laundry Cart Race and Toilet Paper Toss. The public is invited for the festivities. Games start at 4 p.m. On Wednesday, winners of hospitality honors — the Gonzmart Family Ambassador of the Year and Bern Laxer Awards of Excellence — will be named at the tourism week lunch at the

Hyatt Regency Tampa.


MOGUL LOU PEARLMAN could be sentenced to up

to 25 years in prison on Wednesday, when he is scheduled to face U.S. District Judge Kendall Sharp. Pearlman pleaded guilty to stealing more than $300-million from banks and investors and many of his victims are expected to speak at the sentencing. Pearlman is best known as the creator of the Backstreet Boys and other boy bands. His Orlando empire collapsed in January 2007.

DOES FLORIDA NEED MORE NUCLEAR POWER? The Florida Public Service Commission will begin hearings on Wednesday to determine whether the

state needs two new

nuclear reactors planned

by Progress Energy Florida in Levy County. The hearings start at 9:30 a.m. at the

Public Service Commission

headquarters in Tallahassee. For a Webcast,

go to www.psc.state.


WITH THE TECH CROWD? The Tampa Bay Technology Forum is holding a free orientation for new and current members from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Centre Club, 123 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa.

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