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. Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for a 110,000-square-foot hangar and office space at the Sheltair Aviation campus in Tampa on Thursday.
  2. KnowBe4, headquartered in Clearwater, has announced plans to purchase SecurityAdvisor for $80 million.
  3. This rendering shows the interior of Tampa International Airport's Blue Express Curbside check-in area, which will be open to travelers without checked bags on Nov. 16.
  4. St. Petersburg's Raymond James Financial has announced plans to acquire Pennsylvania's TriState Capital Holdings in a deal worth $1.1 billion.
  5. In recent years, Port Tampa Bay has expanded its cranes and other container services in attempts to boost its container business. With container ships backing up off major ports on both coasts, leading to a supply chain logjam, Port Tampa Bay and other Florida ports are making a pitch for companies to start sending more of their cargo business to Florida.
  6. When it departs from Port Tampa Bay on Oct. 16, Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas will be the first cruise ship to carry passengers out of Tampa since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
  7. A TECO Line Streetcar is reflected in a building, left, in the Water Street Tampa area on May 19. The $3.5 billion Water Street development will be a focal point of this year's International Downtown Association conference, taking place Oct. 20-22 in Tampa.
  8. The Heights Union offices at W Palm Avenue and N Tampa Street in Tampa have sold to an Atlanta investment group for just under $144.8 million.
  9. Eurowings Discover, a lower-cost offshoot of Lufthansa Airlines, will begin service to Frankfurt, Germany, from Tampa International Airport on Dec. 16.
  10. Tampa staffing and professional services company Kforce is moving to Midtown Tampa after it announced it had agreed to sell its Ybor City headquarters, pictured in the background,. [Times (2011)]
  11. Jessica Muroff, shown here at United Way Suncoast's Tampa headquarters, joined the group as CEO in November 2019.
  12. This rendering shows the remodeled lobby of the Vinoy Renaissance Resort in St. Petersburg. The hotel is expected to conclude renovations by 2022.
  13. En mayo, Frontier abrió una base de tripulación en el Aeropuerto Internacional de Tampa para aproximadamente 140 pilotos y 250 asistentes de vuelo.
  14. Frontier Airlines said Tuesday that it will add five new routes to and from Tampa International Airport by the end of 2021, bringing the total number of cities it serves from Tampa to 26. The carrier opened a crew base for nearly 400 pilots and flights attendants in Tampa in May.
  15. TD Synnex is co-headquartered in the former Tech Data offices in Largo.
  16. United Way Suncoast CEO Jessica Muroff pictured in the conference room at the United Way Suncoast office, 5201 W Kennedy Blvd, on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 in Tampa. Last December, the United Way Suncoast received a $20 million grant from MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire philanthropist and former wife of Jeff Bezos. Nine months later, they're still deciding how to spend it -- as are four other Tampa Bay organizations that got Scott grants.
  17. This 2019 aerial photo, part of a site proposal filed with Port Tampa Bay, shows the Tampa Bay Marina, which has been under development since 2011. Port commissioners on Sept. 21 approved a scaled-back proposal for the property that reduced the number of slips and docks by more than 20 percent.
  18. Mark Anthony Brand, the company behind canned alcoholic drink White Claw, will test out a new canned tequila drink called Rey Azul at select stores in Tampa starting this fall.
  19. Tampa International Airport's 49-year-old air traffic control tower, shown here on Sept. 10, is "degrading" and overdue for a replacement, said U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa.
  20. Fast CEO Domm Holland, in  pink, addresses employees and supporters during a launch for the online checkout company's new East Coast hub in Tampa on Aug. 3, 2021. He is flanked by (from left) the Rays' Kevin Kiermaier, Mayor Jane Castor and Jim Weiss, chairperson of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council.
  21. David Stuckenberg, co-founder and chief operating officer at Genesis Systems, an advanced technology company which aims to solve global water scarcity, speaks Tuesday during an event to announce the move of the company’s corporate headquarters to Tampa. The event featured a debut and demonstration of the WaterCube, a water generator which takes moisture from the air and converts it into pure drinking water.
  22. Party City organizará eventos de contratación en sus tiendas de Tampa Bay el 14 y 18 de septiembre antes de la ajetreada temporada de Halloween. [SARA DINATALE | Tampa Bay Times]
  23. Party City will host hiring events at its Tampa Bay stores on Sept. 14 and 18 in advance of the busy Halloween season.