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


Twitter: @JeffMHarrington

  1. Survey: Florida and Georgia not so neighborly behind the wheel


    Drivers from Florida and Georgia are apparently driving each other crazy.

    Florida ranked 23rd and Georgia 25th among states with the rudest drivers based on a new survey by consumer insurance information website

    But when drivers from individual states were asked where their rudest counterparts resided, Florida road warriors pointed to Georgia as the worst of the worst … while Georgians pointed right back to Florida....

  2. United Insurance buying AAA's downtown St. Petersburg location for new HQ


    United Insurance Holdings is buying AAA Auto Club's downtown St. Petersburg office building for $2.6 million with plans to convert it into the insurance company's new headquarters.

    United Insurance has been housed in leased space nearby at 360 Central Ave. but was running out of space.

    CEO John Forney noted that since he began running the company in 2012, its employee base has grown from fewer than 50 to 120, and it's now licensed in 14 states, up from two....

  3. St. Petersburg credit union firm hosts 24-hour tech brainstorming contest


    ST. PETERSBURG — What happens when you mesh together a bunch of creative minds in the credit union industry for a 24-hour brainstorming session, with teams competing to find the next transformational idea?

    Mike Kelly can't wait to find out.

    As president of PSCU, a St. Petersburg-based company that handles customer service and technology issues for hundreds of credit unions nationwide, Kelly on Thursday morning kicked off the company's third annual "Knockout" competition. ...

    Mike Kelly is president and CEO of St. Petersburg-based PSCU.
  4. RealtyTrac: Foreclosure starts up 24 percent in Florida

    Real Estate

    Signaling that Florida's housing woes are far from over, foreclosure starts rose 24 percent statewide in August, according to figures being released today by industry data tracker RealtyTrac.

    In Tampa Bay, one in every 407 housing units had a foreclosure filing in August, the seventh highest rate among metro areas nationwide. Filings include default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions....

  5. ADP report: Florida job creation gets back on track in August


    After a tepid July, creation of private sector jobs in Florida got back on track last month, according to a report released Wednesday.

    Florida added 17,900 private sector jobs in August, about double the number added in July, national payroll processing company ADP said. That's much closer to the monthly total of jobs Florida was adding in the spring.

    ADP said Florida in August continued to be among the leaders in generating jobs, trailing only Texas (up 26,690 jobs) and California (up 19,680 jobs)....

  6. Tampa company embraces new Amalie Arena boost to its image



    To find Amalie Oil Co.'s headquarters, journey deep into the downtown Tampa industrial labyrinth known as Port Tampa Bay.

    Hidden beyond a cluster of massive storage tanks and warehouses, there lies a nondescript, one-story gray building that housed the port's offices 60 years ago. Though they've expanded multiple times as the company continues to grow, Amalie's offices have a well-worn appearance. ...

    Amalie Oil Company president Harry Barkett stands in his office at 1601 McCloskey Blvd in the Port of Tampa on Tuesday.
  7. HSBC will lay off 83 workers in Tampa



    HSBC will lay off 83 Tampa office workers

    HSBC is laying off 83 workers in its offices at 10210 Windhorst Road in Tampa, the British financial services company said in a notice filed with the state Monday. The cuts will occur between Dec. 31 and April 30, the filing indicated.

    HSBC spokesman Rob Sherman said the jobs were part of the company's software development team, which is being consolidated. Half of the jobs are being relocated to Buffalo, N.Y., and half to other global sites....

  8. Times' annual business quiz will test your savvy of regional economy


    Up for a challenge? It's less daunting than the new Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens. It won't cost you a single bitcoin. And best of all, if you accept you don't have to dump a bucket of ice water on your head. It's time for the Times annual Biz Quiz, a mental melange testing your recollection of recent newsy events near and far. So, buckle up. Stay dry. Oh, and give yourself a point for every correct answer....

    A waterfront mansion on the Sarasota Bay island of St. Armand’s Key undergoes demolition in July. Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik bought the home for more than $4 million.
  9. State regulators approve lower rates for most homeowners with Citizens Property Insurance


    State regulators have approved lowering rates for most homeowners covered by Citizens Property Insurance, the first widespread rate cut by the state-run insurer in years.

    Homeowners with multi-peril policies in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Citrus counties are all pegged to receive average rate cuts of 8 percent or higher, far better than the statewide average cut.

    The decision reflects a broader improvement in Florida's long-suffering property insurance market after eight hurricane-free years and a big drop in sinkhole claims, thanks to a new state law....

  10. Florida regulators approve biggest-ever removal of policies from Citizens Property Insurance


    Florida insurance regulators have approved a dozen private insurers to assume more than 425,000 policies from Citizens Property Insurance, the single largest one-time removal of Citizens' policies.

    Thursday's decision by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation is viewed as a significant step toward Citizens' goal of shrinking its presence in Florida.

    The state-run insurer, which has about 933,000 policies and receives about 4,000 new applications a week, is the largest property insurer statewide. That's been a statewide albatross for years because every Floridian with an insurance policy is on the hook to be assessed if Citizens cannot pay claims after a major storm. ...

  11. Tampa Bay Times Forum has a new name: Amalie Arena


    TAMPA — After a dozen years as the Tampa Bay Times Forum, the Tampa Bay Lightning's home has a new name: Amalie Arena.

    Amalie Oil Co. is assuming naming rights of the downtown Tampa entertainment arena and concert venue effective immediately, Lightning chairman and owner Jeff Vinik announced Wednesday. The Tampa Bay Times is shifting to become the exclusive print sponsor of the recently renovated 19,204-seat arena....

    In this file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, left, welcomes National Hockey League legend Phil Esposito to say a few words as he's honored with an unveiling of statue as a co-founder of the Tampa Bay Lightning. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times (2011)]
  12. Florida trails smaller states as an exporter of goods


    Goods exported from Florida supported more than 275,000 jobs last year, putting it on the top 10 list but below a handful of much smaller states, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    This was the first time the Commerce Department reported on the number of jobs supported by goods exported from all 50 states and 387 metro areas. Nationwide, goods exports supported 7.1 million jobs....

  13. Report: Growth of wages for high-paid Florida workers outpace those of low-paid workers

    Working Life

    Put this one in the "rich get richer" category.

    Since 1980, wages of the highest-paid quarter of Florida workers have grown nearly three times faster than those at the bottom fourth of the pay scale.

    In fact, the bottom 25 percent of wage earners saw their pay rise less than $2,000 between 1980 and 2013, a 14 percent increase. In contrast, the highest-paid 25 percent saw wages rise more than $28,000 over the same 33-year span, a 47 percent jump....

  14. AT&T to fill 40 jobs in Tampa Bay as part of 460 hires statewide

    Working Life


    AT&T to add about 40 bay area jobs

    AT&T plans to fill more than 40 new jobs in the Tampa Bay area — and 460 positions throughout Florida — to support its growing retail business.

    Most jobs will be technicians and retail employees, the telecom company said Friday.

    AT&T hired about 1,230 people between January and June, bringing its total workforce statewide to more than 15,000....

  15. Sticking with New Tampa headquarters, Syniverse's new CEO preps for global growth


    Under newly named interim CEO Steve Gray, Syniverse is on the move.

    The Tampa company started out tracking international routing so cellphone companies knew how to divvy up phone call and text message charges. Today, it's getting a piece of the action in practically every way that mobile devices connect: video sharing, mobile banking, or social media like LinkedIn.

    "We can help connect more people in more ways to do more things than anybody else out there," said Gray, who sat down for an interview Thursday with the Tampa Bay Times. The company is already "a big part" of every carrier's network, hand­ling billions of transactions daily. And it's getting bigger. ...

    Steve Gray says the company is committed to New Tampa.