First key anchor of planned Viera Town Center

With United States Specialty Sports Association’s recent move to nearby Space Coast Stadium, the hotel helps fill an increasing demand for hotel rooms in Viera and Brevard County.

County Commissioner Curt Smith said the hotel will provide a “synergy” with the USSSA, the world’s largest amateur sports organization. The USSSA is moving from Kissimmee to the stadium, which formerly hosted the Washington Nationals for spring training and the Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League from April through early September. The Nationals and Houston Astros moved to a new stadium complex in West Palm Beach this year, and the Manatees relocated to the USSSA’s old headquarters at Osceola County Stadium and were renamed the Florida Fire Frogs.

“They’re going to guarantee 175 game days, but more than that, for the first two years they’re going to guarantee 75,000 room nights in the motels and hotels here in Brevard County,” Smith said of the USSSA.


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Kauffman Startup Activity Index 2017


The Startup Activity Index is a comprehensive indicator of new business creation in the United States, integrating several high-quality sources of timely entrepreneurship information into one composite indicator of startup activity. The Index captures business activity in all industries and is based on both a nationally representative sample size of more than a half-million observations each year and on the universe of all employer businesses in the United States—which covers approximately five million companies

A large amount of data in interactive files with ranking for States and metro areas:


Former Luke Planning vision clients in the top 40 include: Atlanta-12, Charlotte-17, Orlando-22, Jacksonville-30, Virginia-Norfolk-33

Henry Luke 5/18/2017

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Schuylkill Youth  Summit: Students float  ideas for changes in county

More than 100 high school students gathered Monday at Penn State Schuylkill with one goal: make Schuylkill County better. Nearly 3,000 students had identified the four areas they wanted to concentrate on this year through an online survey late last year.


May 16, 2017

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What Are the Best States for Millennials? The Answer May Surprise You

When you think about the ideal state for Millennials to live in, you likely imagine them traipsing around California or New York. But a recent study shows the best state for young folks these days is actually…wait for it…North Dakota? Four states with regions that were  clients of ours at Luke Planning Inc. are on this list.

Henry Luke 5/13/2017

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60% of Unauthorized immigrants lived in 20 metro areas in 2014

Pew Research Center has estimated the total population of the 155 Metro area in 2014 with more than 5,000 unauthorized immigrants.  Below is a sort alphabetically by metro area and then below that my sort by size of unaurthorized immigrant population.

Top20_and_AllUSMetroAreas_2014_for_distribution (2) alphabetical sort

Top20_and_AllUSMetroAreas_2014_for_distribution (2) aaa  unauthorized immigrant population sort.

Henry Luke 5/8/2017

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US sought names of 1,934 Americans in intelligence reports

American names unmasked by intelligence agencies

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Much that passes as accepted fact about climate is based on fallible models and simulations!!

“Anyone who has read the 2014 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change knows that, while the modest (0.85 degrees Celsius, or about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit) warming of the earth since 1880 is indisputable, as is the human influence on that warming, much else that passes as accepted fact is really a matter of probabilities. That’s especially true of the sophisticated but fallible models and simulations by which scientists attempt to peer into the climate future. To say this isn’t to deny science. It’s to acknowledge it honestly.” See below for more from the New York Times:

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