Weekly Roundup: top biz news of the last five days

Algenol partnered with South China’s Fujian Zhongyuan New Energy Company Ltd. (ZYNE) to develop projects throughout Southern China, utilizing carbon emissions to create renewable fuels. The goal is to provide solutions for China’s three biggest challenges: access to clean air, clean water and sustainable fuels. Algenol’s patented Direct to Ethanol® technology process utilizes industrial CO2 emissions directly from power plants as a feedstock for proprietary algae to produce the four most important renewable transportation fuels (ethanol, gas, diesel and jet).

Florida ranked among the top 15 states to add a substantial amount of construction jobs between August 2014 and August 2015. In that time, Florida construction jobs increased by 6.4 percent, from 400,800 in August 2014 to 426,500 in August of this year. However, construction employment declined 0.3 percent in the state from 427,900 jobs in July. The Associated General Contractors of America have outlined a plan to reinvigorate the craft worker-training pipeline.

Harry Chapin Food Bank Chief Al Brislain is leaving for the West Coast.

Florida SouthWestern State College is renovating its science building, appointing Wright Construction as the general contractor of the project. State Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) dollars paid $5 million to revamp Building H, a two-story structure with 27,777 square feet under air. The first phase of the project is the whole renovation of the building’s second floor and is scheduled for completion for classes in January 2016. Framing work for the 16,009-square-foot floor is under way. The second floor will include four general-purpose labs, three faculty research mini labs, one physics lab, one organic chemistry lab, one general classroom, six faculty offices and an office for adjunct faculty. The project’s second phase, which will include completely renovate the ground floor, is set to begin early next year.

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