While business and trade groups have come out in favor of President George W. Bush's "guest worker" immigration plan, smaller restaurants, janitorial companies and other entrepreneurs are not so sure the plan will work. One small business owner says she is worried her competitors will still turn to cheaper illegal immigrant labor, and many immigrants are concerned about what will happen to them after the three-year grace period expires.
While the leaders of the 34 nations signed the Free Trade Area of the Americas pact, there is no deadline for implementing its goals, contrary to the plan proposed by the U.S. Leaders of many South American countries disagree with President George W. Bush's assertion that "trade is the most certain path to lasting prosperity."
Idaho-based Washington Group International and its partner, Kansas-based Black & Veatch won a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contract for design, construction and engineering work to be performed overseas. The contract can be worth up to $1.5 billion over five years.
The 1.3 million-square-foot retail center, planned for a location outside downtown Orlando but still awaiting local and state approval, would become the largest open-air mall in central Florida. Winter Garden Mall at Fowler Groves would be the first giant project in a region that industry experts consider ripe for growth.