Jump Start: Next week in Business

News of the business week to come

By Times Staff
Published November 19, 2007

THE GOVERNATOR WILL BE BACK on your TV come Monday. This time, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to terminate climate change. Okay, maybe the Terminator jokes are tired, but he does keep coming back. This time, he's joined by fellow action heroes Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, also a Republican, and Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana. The three appear in a new, national ad campaign this week by Environmental Defense. All three have taken action to curb greenhouse gas emissions in their state. But what about Congress? "Now it's their turn," Schwarzenegger says in the advertisement. Florida's ever-greener governor, Charlie Crist, isn't part of the trio.

MEANWHILE THE GREEN MOVEMENT IN FLORIDA will be focused Monday on the Florida Energy Commission's meeting in Orlando to set guidelines for renewable energy and climate change. The nascent commission was formed late last year to advise the Legislature on the state's energy policy. Environmentalists worry that it will water down Crist's ambitious agenda, while industry lobbyists worry they'll go too far. The commission will file its report to the Legislature Dec. 31.

AS THE NEW FEDERAL SECURITY DIRECTOR at Tampa International, Gary Milano gets a chance to meet the media at a briefing Monday morning. Milano previously oversaw security at Syracuse and six other small upstate New York airports.

PINELLAS TOURISM OFFICIALS will hear about national efforts to attract more international visitors on Monday. Rick Webster of the Travel Industry Association is slated to discuss the trade group's campaign to promote America as a destination overseas and address visa and immigration barriers to foreign tourists. Pinellas tourism director D.T. Minich will report back from the World Travel Market trade show in London on prospects for more European visitors next year.

ECONOMISTS WILL BE DIGESTING the release of housing starts numbers Tuesday for insights into whether a broader slowdown is in store.

ALL MARKETS ARE CLOSED Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday. But, of course, you knew that.