July 23, 2014

Around the State

| 8/1/1998
CLEARWATER -- The First Watch restaurant chain, based in Sarasota, opened a link in Clearwater, along with another in California and Arizona, bringing the chain's total to 31. First Watch serves Southwestern or tropical-style breakfast, brunch and lunch.

PALM HARBOR -- Westin Innisbrook Resort is adding a $200,000 outdoor challenge course designed for corporate teambuilding. The course will be owned and operated by Tampa-based Teambuilders and will include rope challenges, an outdoor rock climbing tower and activities tailored to participating firms.

SARASOTA COUNTY -- The county initiated the design process on North Port High School, scheduled for occupancy in the fall of 2001. The 300,000-square-foot facility will initially house both high school and middle school students. As numbers increase, middle school operations will move to another location.

ST. PETERSBURG -- Echelon International Corp. (NYSE-EIN) broke ground on a 103,900-sq.-ft. office building in its Carillon at Tampa Bay office park. The real estate company plans growth beyond Florida in the next five years, developing or buying up to 40 apartment complexes.

TAMPA -- St. Anthony's Hospital completed phase one of its critical care expansion, renovating 30,000 square feet and adding 20,000. The $7.75 million expansion includes eight surgical suites and a new entrance for the ambulatory care unit. Construction has begun on phase two, which calls for a permanent ICU.

Price Waterhouse began construction of a new campus. The 23-acre, $52 million site, located near Tampa International, will focus on training entry-level and continuing employees in Information Technology and Information Systems. The firm received a $1,150,000 tax refund through Enterprise Florida's targeted industry refund program.

Mathews Corp., a 30-year-old Tampa construction management company, is building a new headquarters in Tampa Heights. The city has a five-year plan to revitalize this commercial and residential downtown area and is offering incentives for companies to relocate.

The 20-acre Westport office park to be built in the Westshore District will have four six-story buildings and a 300-room hotel, due to open in late 1999. The site was occupied by the MacDonald Training Center, which is moving to a new Tampa facility.

TAMPA BAY -- Southern Business & Development magazine named Tampa Bay the No. 1 market in the South for company expansions and relocations with 13 over the past year, creating 500 new jobs. Dallas/Fort Worth held the top spot for four years.

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