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November 25, 2015


Port of call: Urban living in Tampa's Channel District

The last time that Port Tampa Bay began work on a master plan to guide growth and development, the idea of creating a large mixed-use community would have seemed far-fetched. Read more »
Published on 11/24/2015

A grow-slower plan at FGCU

FGCU becomes more selective. Read more »
Published on 10/28/2015

Third time's a charm? Empty 24-story building gets makeover in Fort Myers

As the rest of downtown Fort Myers began a slow resurgence five years ago, the 24-story, coral-colored Amtel building stood empty. The tallest building in town in the 1980s, the structure was designed to be a hotel-casino, but legislation to allow casinos in Florida never passed. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2015

Johnson & Johnson to open North American shared services headquarters in Tampa

Global healthcare leader to generate 500 new jobs and $23.5 million in capital investment by 2018. Read more »
Published on 8/27/2015

Looking up: Retired home buyers boost sales for WCI

Formerly bankrupt WCI is getting a boost from retiree home buyers as it builds and markets homes in 45 neighborhoods in16 master-planned communities. Read more »
Published on 8/27/2015


Three years ago, Lakeland's Carol and Barney Barnett, members of the family that founded Publix, pledged to donate $1 million annually to boost the number of Florida children who are able to read well by the end of third grade. Read more »
Published on 8/21/2015

Branching Out: Rural King plants its roots in southwest Florida

Originally a midwest farm-supply chain, Rural King is expanding in Florida. The 55-year-old family company has added stores in Hernando, Citrus, Lake, Lee and Polk counties. Read more »
Published on 7/24/2015

Cloud nine: Tampa Bay IT firm scores big with NASA contract

Cloud-based computing company Vology has been approved to compete for the government's business on everything from networking equipment and security tools to videoconferencing systems and data storage. Read more »
Published on 6/26/2015

An artists' draw: The Warehouse Arts District

A roughly 16-block area on the outskirts of downtown St. Petersburg has become a haven for artists. Read more »
Published on 5/27/2015

Cyber threats: USF takes aim at cyber criminals

In November 2013, Tech Data CEO Robert Dutkowsky wrote Gov. Rick Scott about one of the company's “most urgent and important” needs: Cybersecurity. Read more »
Published on 4/28/2015

Manufacturing surge

The manufacturing sector in Sarasota County added 600 jobs over the past year. Read more »
Published on 3/25/2015

Economic development shake-up in Tampa Bay

Joe Lopano has taken over at Tampa International Airport, Paul Anderson at Port Tampa Bay, Rick Homans at Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp., David Downing at Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, Santiago Corrada at Visit Tampa Bay, and Chris Steinocher at St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Read more »
Published on 2/26/2015

Growing presence: A women-friendly market

The number of women-owned businesses increased 50% between 2002 and 2014. Read more »
Published on 1/28/2015

German accent: Apprenticeship program modeled after one in Germany

A Tampa Bay initiative models a new apprenticeship program after one in Germany. Read more »
Published on 12/26/2014

On the waterfront: The Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa gets renewed attention

Years of suburban sprawl have virtually disconnected Tampa from its waterfront, but Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who has focused on urban renewal since being elected in 2011, is seeking $20 million in public and private money to increase recreational access to Hillsborough River. Read more »
Published on 11/26/2014

Bucking the trend: New Sarasota mall has opened

A long-stalled mall project in Sarasota has opened. Read more »
Published on 10/28/2014

St. Petersburg's new apartments offer urban lifestyle

If construction schedules hold, more apartments will be built in downtown St. Petersburg this year than in the past five years combined. Read more »
Published on 9/26/2014

Traffic Signs: Awaiting the green light in Pinellas County

Pinellas voters will decide if light rail gets a green light. Read more »
Published on 8/28/2014

Great Bay Distributors' roof will be a shining example

Great Bay Distributors' new 267,787-sq.-ft. headquarters will be topped by a 1.5-megawatt solar panel system, making it the largest rooftop solar system in the state. Read more »
Published on 7/28/2014

Neighborhood watch in Tampa

Tampa's mayor makes Sulphur Springs' revitalization a priority. Read more »
Published on 6/27/2014

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