Thursday, May 24, 2018
Business

Tampa named top city in Southeast in latest Money magazine survey

Tampa was named the "best city" in the Southeast by Money magazine, one of five cities with at least a 300,000 population across the country that Money calls "urban gems" that offer an "abundance of amenities at livable prices."

Money crunched the numbers on 63 urban centers, putting a premium on a robust job market, affordable housing, and factors such as accessibility to health care, culture and open space. It then picked five based on regional locations.

"Earlier this year the Tampa Bay Lightning nearly beat Chicago for the Stanley Cup — yes, that's ice hockey," Money states. It went on to cite the recent Bollywood Oscars event held in Tampa, the Tampa Museum of Art's collection moving to new digs in 2010 and, in 2017, the hosting of college football's national championship game. Money dubbed Tampa the "Sunbelt beach city with international aspirations."

The city survey also praised Tampa International Airport for its major expansion plans and growth of overseas flights, the city's success in recruiting major drug manufacturer Bristol Myers Squibb's North America Capability Center and for Amazon's large-scale expansion and hiring in the area.

The magazine also quoted Lightning owner and real estate developer Jeff Vinik predicting the city would boom, and quoted Moody's forecast of 15 percent job growth in the next five years.

Tampa's in good company. Pittsburgh was named the best city in the Northeast, Omaha in the Midwest, Mesa (Ariz.) in the Southwest and Denver the best of the West.

Some people like small towns, Money noted. "But there are plenty of folks — from millennials searching for that first job to boomers eager for big-city convenience — who want something different.

"Now that the hard work is done," Money said, citing its top five city picks, "all you have to do is pick a place and start packing."

Comments
Behind the deal: $52 million boutique hotel coming to Ybor City started with cafe con leche at La Tropicana Cafe

Behind the deal: $52 million boutique hotel coming to Ybor City started with cafe con leche at La Tropicana Cafe

TAMPA ó Joe Capitano Sr. invested in the 1400 block of E Seventh Avenue in 1985, never doubting the huge potential of the property for Ybor City.But the deal to build a $52 million boutique hotel on the site didnít start to come together until six ye...
Updated: 15 minutes ago
Sprouts Farmers Market to open new store in Riverview

Sprouts Farmers Market to open new store in Riverview

RIVERVIEW ó Sprouts Farmers Market is opening a new location in Riverview, the chain announced Thursday. The new store will be located at Summerfield Crossing Shopping Center, though Sprouts did not have a specific opening date.The announcement comes...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Tampa Electric to shut down Big Bend coal unit that killed 5

Tampa Electric to shut down Big Bend coal unit that killed 5

APOLLO BEACH ó Tampa Electric Co. is taking a big step away from coal. The Tampa-based utility is spending $853 million to convert its coal-fired Unit 1 at its Big Bend Power Station to natural gas and retire coal-fired Unit 2 in 2021.Five workers di...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Hooper: More than a restaurant, Lee Roy Selmonís was a meeting place

Hooper: More than a restaurant, Lee Roy Selmonís was a meeting place

Itís where former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Doug Williams had lunch with current Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.Itís where University of South Florida fans often gathered to watch the programís biggest road games.Itís where folks showed up in...
Updated: 3 hours ago
An Amazon Echo recorded a familyís conversation, then sent it to a random person in their contacts, report says

An Amazon Echo recorded a familyís conversation, then sent it to a random person in their contacts, report says

A family in Portland, Oregon, received a nightmarish phone call two weeks ago."Unplug your Alexa devices right now," a voice on the other line said. "Youíre being hacked."Apparently, one of Amazon.comís Alexa-powered Echo devices in their house had s...
Updated: 3 hours ago
As home sale prices rise, a lack of homes makes it tough on buyers

As home sale prices rise, a lack of homes makes it tough on buyers

Home sale prices continued to rise both nationally and statewide in April as a prolonged dearth of available homes on the market is making it tough on buyers. A total of 24,804 single-family homes changed hands across Florida last month, up 4.1 perce...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Brink: A 25-cent hike in the federal gas tax is a rotten idea for Florida

Brink: A 25-cent hike in the federal gas tax is a rotten idea for Florida

No matter your politics, the proposed 25-cent hike in the federal gas tax is a lousy idea.Itís regressive, burdening the poor and working class more than the rich.Federal interference with state transportation projects can raise costs, layer on regul...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Tutor looks to empower athletes in Wesley Chapel

Tutor looks to empower athletes in Wesley Chapel

Rashay Hudson operates a tutoring business in Wesley Chapel, and NaDorian Hudson has played basketball his entire life, including in college and the ABA. Now, the husband and wife duo are combining their areas of expertise with a new program for kids...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Bar builder finds solid success in Tampa

Bar builder finds solid success in Tampa

TAMPA ó Ever since he was a little boy, Chris Davenport loved to build things with Legos and erector sets. As he grew older, he spent time working with his dad, a carpenter, and then took welding classes in high school. While in college studying engi...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Metro Diner brings fare to South Tampa

Metro Diner brings fare to South Tampa

Metro Diner, having already established several locations across Florida, including St. Petersburg, now brings its large portion-sized comfort food options across the bay.The local diner is slated to open Tuesday (May 29) at 4011 W Kennedy Blvd and w...
Updated: 8 hours ago