FACC Florida: Newsletter


Christmas i just around the corner and 2018 is almost wrapped up. At this time of the year we would like to thank all our members, guests and sponsors for your support throughout the year, you are all important to us.

 It is the darkest time of the year. In Helsinki, there is only about six hours between the sunrise and sunset at the moment. During this darkness Slush will bring some energy and enthusiasm to the city. Slush is world's leading startup event and it is held Dec 4th and Dec 5th in Helsinki. Slush connects startups & tech talent with top-tier investors, executives and media. The philosophy behind the event is to help the next generation of great, world-conquering companies. Slush is a great example of what enthusiastic and dedicated people can accomplish with a hard work. Slush is a student-driven and non-profit movement and it has grown from a 300-person assembly to a world- renowned event and now it is also spreading globally; it will be organized also in Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore this year.

 Here in South Florida we luckily have a bit more sunshine than in Finland even though it's starting to be a winter here too. The annual FACC Christmas Party is a familiar sign of winter season. This year the party was held on Saturday December 1st at Mystical Mansion. The event was a success and we'd like to thank everyone who attended! 

 We look forward to see you again next year. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


 Yours truly,

Esa Jokela

FACC President


Equinix to build data centre in Finland

US-based global interconnection and data centre company Equinix has announced a new International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in the Helsinki metropolitan area. Read more

 Finnish universities offer world-class employability

The University of Helsinki and Aalto University have been listed on the Global University Employability Ranking 2018. The ranking, designed by HR consultancy Emerging and published by Times Higher Education, includes 250 universities from 41 countries voted for by recruiters from top companies worldwide. Read more


Finnish industry at full throttle worldwide

Finnish companies Wärtsilä, Valmet, Neste, Outotec, YIT and KONE have won contracts, expanded operations and found partners around the world. Read more

Finnish design for immense Global cruise ship

Finnish companies Deltamarin and Elomatic have signed a significant agreement with shipbuilding company MV Werften for the design of a second Global-class cruise ship. Read more




Gov. Scott Announces Nearly $30 Million in Awards for Florida Job Growth Grant Fund Projects

Governor Rick Scott announced eight awards for $28.6 million in funding from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, established by Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature last year, provides funding for improving public infrastructure and enhancing workforce training in Florida. Read more


Another developer buys land in Wynwood — and could bring the neighborhood its first hotel

Real estate investment in Wynwood continues to accelerate, with yet another major firm plunking down big money for land in the neighborhood. Read more


More people now work for themselves in Miami than anywhere else, study says

A new analysis shows that Miami has the largest share of independent workers in the country when viewed as a share of contribution to metro GDP. Read more



Joint Chamber Mixer – Happy Hour Event


We had a joint event with the Greater Lantana Chamber of Commerce at Riggins Crabhouse on November 7th. The event was a success with networking with other businesses and meeting new people.


FACC Christmas Party


We had a magical Christmas event at a wonderful venue at Mystical Mansion on December 1st. Everyone enjoyed a good atmosphere and traditional Finnish Christmas dinner. We also had an exciting raffle and the main prize was Bahamas cruise donated by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line. Congratulations to winner, enjoy your two nights Bahamas cruise!


We had the honor to give a Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Business Achievement Award to our members John Piira and Peter Piira from Coastline Reality, Inc. in recognition and sincere appreciation of a lifetime of ethical and successful business leadership in the Finnish-American community.


We thank everyone for joining us, we had a blast!


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