Jeff Harrington, Times Staff Writer

Jeff Harrington

Jeff Harrington has been an editor and reporter at the Tampa Bay Times since 1998. In 2008, as a national fiscal crisis erupted, he shifted gears from editing to become lead staff writer on the economy, banking, insurance and other money issues.

A native Ohioan, Jeff graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a dual major in American Studies and French. He worked at the City News Bureau of Chicago, Toledo Blade and Cincinnati Enquirer before winding his way down Interstate 75 to the Tampa Bay area.

He has received numerous awards for business and metro writing, including recognition by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and the Associated Press, among others. He was a past finalist and a winner of a Gerald Loeb award honoring the best business writing in the country and his work was included in the Best Business Stories of the Year series in 2003.

Phone: (727) 893-8242

Email: harrington@tampabay.com

Twitter: @JeffMHarrington

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  1. Inc. 500: Medical software firm, dog washing company rank among Tampa Bay's fastest-growing private companies

    Corporate

    MedHOK is the fastest-growing private company in Tampa Bay and 25th-fastest-growing nationwide, according to the just-released annual Inc. 500 report looking at three-year revenue growth.

    The Tampa health care software company surged in revenue from $185,000 to $17 million between 2010 and 2013, a 9,109 percent growth rate. MedHOK, which stands for Medical House of Knowledge, provides a cloud-based service covering both prescription and medical care needs....

  2. In proud Hendry, Florida's hardest-hit county searches for economic boost

    Agriculture

    CLEWISTON

    Beyond the relentless fields of sugar cane stalks, past the sign heralding Clewiston as "America's Sweetest City," just south of a cluster of aged mobile homes and modest ranch-style houses sits the weather-worn Lighthouse Apostolic Church.

    Above a church notice offering Escuela Domingo (Sunday school) is another placard urging passers-by to "FROG — Fully Rely on God."...

    After a day of ferrying skydivers, Paul McGurr, left, and Roland Steadham tie down their plane Wednesday at AirGlades Airport. Hendry County hopes to turn AirGlades into a major cargo hub.
  3. While Florida unemployment rate stays unchanged at 6.2 percent, Tampa Bay's falters

    Working Life

    Just five months ago, during a brief stop at a metal fabrication plant at Port Tampa Bay, Gov. Rick Scott and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn both sang the praises of Tampa Bay for leading all Florida metros in job growth.

    They better change their tune.

    The latest jobs report out Friday shows Tampa Bay lost 7,000 jobs last month and is fourth in year-over-year job growth behind Miami, Orlando-Kissimmee and Fort Lauderdale. While Florida's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.2 percent in July, Tampa Bay's jobless rate jumped from 6.3 percent to 6.8 percent. ...

  4. Cushman & Wakefield's Larry Richey promoted to statewide leadership role

    Real Estate

    Larry Richey, longtime head of Cushman & Wakefield's Tampa Bay operation, has been elevated to the role of statewide market leader for the commercial real estate firm.

    Richey, 57, has been with C&W for 33 years, the past 23 as market leader of its corporate offices in Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville. As he adds South Florida offices to his responsibilities, he will remain stationed in Tampa....

  5. Flood insurer suspends writing new policies in Tampa Bay area

    Banking

    Tampa Bay area residents seeking cheaper flood insurance options have lost one of their lifelines. At least temporarily.

    The Flood Insurance Agency, a Gainesville-based company offering flood policies backed by Lloyds of London, told insurance agents Wednesday that it had stopped writing new policies effective immediately in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee and Sarasota counties because it had reached capacity....

  6. C1 Bank sets offering price ahead of going public Thursday

    Banking

    The St. Petersburg-based parent of C1 Bank on Wednesday put a price on its initial public offering that could raise more than $44 million.

    C1 Financial, Inc. said it is offering 2,631,579 shares of common stock at $17 per share. Its underwriters have a 30-day option to purchase up to 394,737 additional shares at the public offering price less the underwriting discount. C1's common stock is expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday under the symbol BNK....

  7. Walter Investment shares fall more than 12 percent on disappointing earnings

    Banking

    TAMPA — Stock in Walter Investment Management tumbled more than 12 percent, closing at $24.75 Monday after the Tampa-based mortgage financing company reported disappointing earnings.

    Walter posted adjusted net income for the second quarter of $45 million, or $1.19 per diluted share, compared to $88.6 million, or $2.36 per share, in the year-ago quarter. That figure, which missed Wall Street estimates by 5 cents a share, includes a goodwill adjustment of $82 million among other tax adjustments....

  8. Delinquent Wells Fargo homeowners invited to workshop in Tampa

    Banking

    A nascent recovery in the housing market aside, Tampa Bay still has more than its share of residents struggling to stay in their homes.

    Example: Wells Fargo shipped out more than 4,000 letters to customers who are either 30 days past due or have indicated they are struggling to make their mortgage payments, inviting them to attend a "home preservation workshop" next week.

    As with past events, about 75 Wells Fargo loan specialists and HUD-approved credit counselors will be available to meet with delinquent homeowners who might qualify for a loan modification or the federal government's Home Affordable Modification Program. ...

  9. WellCare shares drop sharply after disappointing earnings report

    Corporate

    Shares in WellCare Health Plans plummeted nearly 20 percent Friday after the Tampa managed care company released second-quarter earnings and lowered expectations for the remainder of the year.

    WellCare, which provides services for government-sponsored Medicaid and Medicare programs, reported a second quarter net loss of $7.5 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared with net income of $46.9 million, or $1.07 per diluted share, for the year-ago period....

  10. Raymond James posts record quarterly profits, revenues

    Banking

    Raymond James Financial hit a fiscal trifecta Wednesday as it reported record quarterly profits and record revenues while exceeding analyst's expectations.

    The St. Petersburg-based brokerage and financial services firm reported net income of $122.7 million for the fiscal third quarter ended June 30, up 33 percent from the year-ago period, which also included acquisition-related expenses of $13 million. ...

  11. Tampa job fair remains needed for those still searching

    Working Life

    TAMPA

    Rosibel Pineda thought she was entering an "in-demand" industry when she graduated in June with a medical assistant degree from Keiser University.

    More than three weeks and 30 applications later, she's still on the hunt for any job in the medical field or customer service.

    "Online, they all say you need a year or two years of experience. But how do you get it? … The job market is still tough," Pineda, 27, said while visiting booths at a job fair Wednesday morning in Tampa. ...

    Dennis Threats, 52, of Trinity talks with Tina Cortes, 42, human resources manager at Computer Generated Solutions, about opportunities during state Rep. Janet Cruz’s job fair Wednesday. Close to 1,000 applicants showed up for the event.
  12. Florida unemployment drops; job creation picks up

    Working Life

    Florida's growth industry is once again, well, growth.

    Figures released Friday show the state added 37,400 jobs in June, the single strongest month in four years, helping to push the state's unemployment rate down a notch to 6.2 percent.

    One clear driver of that broad-based resurgence: Florida is once again a magnet for residents in other states and other countries. Florida's 16-and-up population has increased by 210,000 over the year, including 17,000 new Floridians in June alone. ...

    Construction workers work on a house in the Waterset community in Apollo Beach on Friday morning. The construction industry, struck hard by the economic downturn, is rebounding. 
  13. Venture capital investment soars to decade-high, but not in Florida

    Banking

    Venture capitalists are pouring money into companies at levels not seen in more than a decade, nearly hearkening back to the dot-com era.

    But Florida continues to largely miss out on the party.

    Nationwide, venture capitalists put $13 billion into 1,114 deals in the second quarter of 2014, according to the latest MoneyTree Report being released today by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association....

  14. Businesses take a broader role in shaping higher education

    Working Life

    TAMPA — Sri Sridharan is on a daunting mission: to create the state's first cybersecurity center at the University of South Florida, developing a curriculum by this fall for an inaugural class of master's degree candidates.

    Over the past year, he examined 181 different institutions offering at least one cyber-security course and assembled a team of 10 expert faculty members.

    But Sridharan also reached outside academia, getting advice from corporations like IBM, Raymond James Financial and Bright House. And he met with two colonels from U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base. Among their suggestions: Infuse the study of psychology and digital forensics into his curriculum and expose students to the fast-emerging field of cybersecurity law....

    USF provost Ralph Wilcox says there is a delicate balance that has to be maintained when companies and universities forge partnerships.
  15. 30 percent of Tampa Bay homes face storm surge damage from low-level hurricane

    Real Estate

    Homes

    Vulnerability to storms still high

    Nearly 30 percent of Tampa Bay area homes are considered vulnerable to storm surge damage from even a low-level hurricane, according to an analysis by real estate research firm CoreLogic.

    Almost 131,000 of the 445,000 properties in the bay area fall under the "extreme" risk category, which is susceptible to storm surge damage by even a Category 1 hurricane with wind speeds between 74 and 95 mph....