Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Graham Brink, Business columnist

Graham Brink, Business columnist

Graham Brink is business columnist for the Tampa Bay Times. Graham, who earned a master's degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, joined the Times in 1997 as an intern, and spent the next 10 years as a reporter. He became an assistant metro editor in 2006, the business editor in 2008 and the metro editor in 2014. Before joining the Times, he eked out a meager living as a freelance photographer and ran a small lawn care company. The best decision he every made was asking his wife to marry him. They live in St. Petersburg with their son.

Amazon has chosen its second headquarters. Tampa wasn’t the winner. (Associated Press)

Dear Amazon, from Tampa Bay: Why don't you love us?

Seattle-based Amazon decided to open a second headquarters, splitting it between New York City and the Washington, D.C., area. Tampa Bay never had a chance.
Updated: 6 hours ago
A home sale report for September shows greater Hartford is not showing the signs of a typical housing recovery. (Dreamstime/TNS)  1243546

First-time millennial homebuyers willing to wait for Florida's market to cool

Millennials want to buy homes, but they are cautious, waiting to see if prices might fall.
Published: 11/13/18

What the Florida midterms tell us about paying for our economic priorities

Three takeaways from the midterms
Published: 11/09/18
Traffic backs up on I-275 in Malfunction Junction in Tampa. Times files.

What the Florida midterms tell us about paying for our economic priorities

Thereís a lot to unpack from the midterms.Will the recounts change the outcome of any of the statewide races?Can polling find a better model, one that predicts the actual winners?Will felons who have served their sentences really...
Published: 11/09/18
Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson

Florida election results for U.S. Senate race between Rick Scott, Bill Nelson

Follow along as the Times' politics team tracks the election results.
Published: 11/06/18
Updated: 11/07/18

Sale of businesses in Tampa Bay on track for record year

The number of businesses sold in the Tampa Bay area has jumped this year, following a national trend.The area has recorded 425 small business sales through the end of September, 100 more than for the same period last year, according to
Published: 11/05/18
FEMA is exploring ways to revamp how it sets flood insuracne premiums.  [AP Photo/David J. Phillip]

Five questions with one of the nationís top flood insurance officials

David Maurstadís official title is a mouthful: deputy associate administrator for insurance and mitigation for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The job includes making sure communities are as ready as possible for natural disasters.
Published: 11/02/18
Yogi Goswam, a mechanical engineer at the University of South Florida, developed the world's first molecular air purifier, which not only traps pollutants in the air, but also breaks them down into natural compounds like water and carbon dioxide. Photo courtesy of Molekule.

Molekule: An air purification company with Tampa Bay ties scores $25 million investment.

Molekule, an air filtration company with roots in Tampa Bay, has come a long way in the past few years.The company says it has grown to 80 employees and hit more than $1 million in sales every month since launching its flagship portable...
Published: 11/01/18
Updated: 11/05/18
U.S. stock markets moved lower again on Friday. (Associated Press)

Falling stock markets take toll on Tampa Bay area companies.

October hasnít been kind to stock prices. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is off nearly 7 percent, the S&P 500 almost 9 percent and the Nasdaq 11 percent. The sell off has ensnared many of the Tampa Bay areaís largest companies. Raymond...
Updated one month ago
Inflation is eating into Florida's anemic wage growth.

Floridians canít get ahead on wages. Blame inflation and a gut punch from Great Recession.

Ten years ago, Florida had already begun its alarming descent from full employment to jobless netherworld.Fueled by a bursted housing bubble and resulting banking crisis, the unemployment rate reached a scary 11.3 percent in early 2010.
Updated one month ago