Whether you’re a parent pinching pennies, or a policy-maker trying to find the best ways to allocate funds, the economy is probably at the forefront of your mind these days. Host Irene Maher meets with area economic development council directors to see how they’re weathering the storm and gearing up for President Obama’s stimulus package. Meanwhile, Carson Cooper introduces us to Sue Heinz, a married mother of four from Sarasota featured in Parade Magazine and on The Oprah Winfrey Show for her tried-and-true thrifty techniques for living. You’ll also get a chance to peek behind the counter and see what it’s like to work as a job placement counselor during tough economic times, as Larry Elliston heads to the Tampa Bay Workforce Alliance.
Every day, we hear more reports of layoffs, bankruptcies, foreclosures and public funding shortfalls. It's the chronicle of a faltering economy that is impacting all Floridians. This week, we're taking a look at the state's cycles of economic boom-and-bust. And we'll hear from local business who are doing well despite the gloom cast by the current recession.
Listen to an expanded version of our conversation with historian James Denham about Florida pioneer Hamilton Disston and the state's early land booms. (5:47)
Listen to Denham talk about the economic bust that led Florida to legalize pari-mutuel betting at horse tracks. (2:07)
Listen to Peter Buczynsky explain how his company has an impact on the local economy even though he’s not borrowing money from banks to finance the company’s growth. (0:44)
Listen to Bob Johnston talk about the Melting Pot's efforts to constantly refresh its menu without straying from the restaurant's core concept. (1:06)
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Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.
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