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Jay Cridlin - Economic Development Reporter

Economic Development Reporter

I grew up in a small town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, graduated from Wake Forest University, and am now the Tampa Bay Times’ economic development reporter, covering local industry, business development and unemployment. It’s a bit of a leap from my previous role as the Times’ entertainment critic, covering music, pop culture and the performing arts. But in a post-coronavirus world, the economy and job market are topics no one can ignore. I’m still happy to talk music. But what I really want to know is how your bank account is doing right now. Are you out of work? Investing in a local company? Trying to launch Tampa Bay’s next big business? Let’s get into it.

  1. In this Jan. 9, 2019, photo, guests watch a show near a statue of Walt Disney and Micky Mouse in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista. The Walt Disney Co. said Friday that in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, employees who may need to travel to receive an abortion will receive a "travel benefit" designed to reimburse some or all of their expenses.
  2. Tampa consulting company MGT Consulting, led by former state Rep. Trey Traviesa, is acquiring an Atlanta information technology solutions and cybersecurity company Layer 3 Communications.
  3. Port Tampa Bay, shown here from an area near its cruise terminal and Sparkman Wharf on Oct. 19, 2020, may consider increasing its property tax rate in order to fund the purchase of more waterfront property, commissioner Patrick Allman said during a meeting Tuesday in Tampa.
  4. Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux at Midtown Tampa held its grand opening on Monday. The chain is planning at least five more locations in Tampa Bay in the coming years.
  5. After hitting around $4.90 per gallon, gas prices in Florida are falling, with costs in Tampa Bay nearing what they were on June 6, when this Sunoco gas station at the corner of 16th Street N and Central Avenue in St. Petersburg sold fuel for $4.79 per gallon. The average price per gallon in Tampa Bay was at $4.80 on Monday morning.
  6. Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos celebrates with the bench after his goal against the New York Rangers during the third period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup playoffs' Eastern Conference finals on June 11. Game 1 of the Lightning's Stanley Cup finals series against the Colorado Avalanche is setting resale ticket records on ticket marketplace Vivid Seats.
  7. Customers shop at Hitchcock's Green Market at 6765 22nd Ave N in July 2020 in St. Petersburg. Hitchcock's has announced it will close this month, just two years after replacing the former Lucky's Market at Tyrone Square Mall.
  8. Tampa health insurance tech company Benefytt Technologies has named Todd Baxter its new CEO.
  9. Fans are seen in the plaza outside of Amalie Arena just prior to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers Tuesday in Tampa.
  10. Walk-On's Sports Bistreaux at Midtown Tampa features 84 TVs all over the restaurant. The fast-growing chain backed by Drew Brees will open in June.
  11. An employee's Shih Tzu named Bear, walks through the lobby at Achieva Credit Union in Land O'Lakes on Oct. 20, 2021. Achieva on Tuesday launched a new app offering cryptocurrency services.
  12. The price for a regular gallon of gasoline is posted at a Sunoco gas station located at the corner of 16th Street N and Central Avenue on Monday, June 6, 2022 in St. Petersburg. AAA is predicting that the price for a regular gallon of gasoline in Florida could hit $5 this summer.
  13. From left: Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Drew Rasmussen, pitcher Corey Kluber, first base coach Chris Prieto and manager Kevin Cash stand in front of the dugout for a moment of silence honoring the victims of the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, at Tropicana Field on May 26. The team issued a statement about gun violence prevention and devoted a night's worth of social media activity to gun violence facts and statistics. After vetoing funding for a proposed $35 million spring training home for the Rays in Pasco County, Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state shouldn't "subsidize political activism of a private corporation."
  14. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) is mobbed by his team after making 49 saves to earn the shutout and defeat the Florida Panthers 2-0 in Game 4 of the second round to advance to the Eastern Conference Final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on Monday, May 23, 2022 in Tampa.
  15. A rendering shows 3 Daughters Brewing's new pub at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. Announced in 2019, the bar and restaurant officially opened Wednesday.
  16. Florida's weather and outdoor amenities, like St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park, are part of what has attracted remote workers during the pandemic, according to a new survey by freelance marketplace Fiverr. Tampa Bay, Miami and Orlando all rank among the nation's fastest-growing markets for independent workers since 2016.
  17. Novel Midtown Tampa, a 390-unit apartment complex at the heart of Midtown Tampa, has been sold to CBRE Investment Management.
  18. Early in the pandemic, Outback Steakhouses like this one in Palm Harbor quickly pivoted to delivery and takeaway, though many reopened just a couple of months later. Outback's parent company, Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands, is planning to open 100 new restaurants in the coming years, said CEO David Deno.
  19. Reedy Creek Improvement District Fire Department Station 4, on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021.
  20. Former mayor of Sacramento and former NBA player Kevin Johnson, speaks at the podium, during a press conference Thursday, May 19, 2022 in St. Petersburg by local Black pastors announcing their official endorsement of Sugar Hill Community Partners developers as their choice for the redevelopment of the Tropicana Field site. A group of pastors were flown out to Sacramento by Sugar Hill to see their developments.
  21. CoinFlip, a Chicago cryptocurrency exchange company, is opening a, 8,000-square-foot office and "crypto experience center" at Tampa's Sparkman Wharf this summer, the company announced Thursday.
  22. Sunda New Asian offers spins on South Asian, Japanese and Chinese fare, like this dish of crispy rice with spicy tuna. The restaurant will open at Midtown Tampa in late 2022.
  23. This rendering shows a design for One Tampa, a proposed 633-foot, 311-unit residential tower at 507 N Ashley Drive that would be the tallest skyscraper on Florida's Gulf Coast.
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