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. American Airlines flight 173 from Miami lands at Tampa International Airport at approximately 1:49 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2020. It's the first Boeing 737 Max to touch down in Tampa since the plane was grounded due to safety concerns in March 2019.
  2. A look out toward the channel from an area near Port Tampa Bay's cruise terminal and Sparkman Wharf on Oct. 19, 2020 in Tampa.
  3. Renderings from Orlando developer Unicorp National Developments show a reimagined vision of St. Petersburg's 87-acre Tropicana Field site, including new parks and retail areas built around an expanded Booker Creek. The design is by Zyscovich Architects; the rendering is by Imerza.
  4. The U.S. Treasury Department building is viewed from the Washington Monument on Sept. 18, 2019. The Small Business Administration will begin accepting a new round of applications for Paycheck Protection Program loans through all participating lenders on Jan. 19, 2020.
  5. Norwegian Airlines has announced it will focus on short-haul European flights rather than international flights, which will cost Tampa International Airport a direct route to London's Gatwick Airport.
  6. The scene heading down the escalator from the main terminal toward the baggage claim area at Tampa International Airport on Nov. 24. Traveler traffic was down throughout 2020 at Tampa International and St. Pete-Clearwater International due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  7. A "Help wanted," sign is shown in the window of a souvenir shop in Miami Beach on Jan. 7, 2021.
  8. El Aeropuerto Internacional de Tampa celebró cuando Copa Airlines lanzó un servicio directo a la ciudad de Panamá, Panamá, a fines de 2013.  Tras 10 meses de suspención de los vuelos debido al coronavirus regresan dos veces a la semana.
  9. Envelopes from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance Program are photographed on Nov. 5 in Surfside.
  10. The U.S. Small Business Administration will start taking new Paycheck Protection Program loans on Jan. 11, 2021.
  11. Copa Airlines will resume direct service from Tampa to Panama City, Panama on Jan. 8, 2021.
  12. The U.S. Treasury Department building is viewed from the Washington Monument on Sept. 18, 2019. Late Wednesday, the Small Business Administration outlined new guidance for small businesses hoping for a first or second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans.
  13. A Help Wanted sign is posted at a Designer Eyes store at Brickell City Centre Nov. 6, in Miami.  [Lynne Sladky | Associated Press]
  14. Ground has broken on a 32-story, $117 million hotel and apartment tower on a long-vacant patch of downtown St. Petersburg. Early construction on Ascent St. Petersburg began in December at the northwest corner of Second Street N and First Avenue N, next to the Duke Energy headquarters and across from Jannus Live, on a plot thatÕs sat empty since 2005.
  15. 'Top Chef' host and chef /restaurant owner Tom Colicchio signed autographs  at the 2009 Taste of the NFL event at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Taste of the NFL will go virtual in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  16. This rendering shows a living room in the west tower of Heron, a new apartment tower opening at 815 Water Street in Tampa.
  17. The Marriott Airport Hotel, left, and the Air Traffic Control Tower at Tampa International Airport, photographed on Aug. 14, 2020, in Tampa.
  18. An American Airlines Boeing 737 Max jet plane is parked at a maintenance facility in Tulsa, Okla. on Dec. 2. The 737 Max will make its return to Tampa International Airport with American Airlines flights to and from Miami on Jan. 19.
  19. Change is coming to Tampa Bay in 2021, as evidenced by this view of the Water Street Tampa development beyond Amalie Arena, as seen from the Presidential Suite terrace balcony of the JW Marriott Tampa Water Street on Dec. 18, 2020.
  20. Travelers walk across a nearly empty skyway bridge towards the Uber and Lyft shared ride pick-up point at Logan Airport in Boston on Nov. 20. Gig workers, like those in the ride-sharing industry, are among those who will see additional federal benefits through the government's new $900 billion coronavirus relief and stimulus package, which extends Pandemic Unemployment Assistance through March 14.
  21. Signs for social distancing are spread throughout a waiting area at Tampa International Airport's airside E terminal on July 2.
  22. In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, housing activists erect a sign in front of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's house in Swampscott, Mass. A moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control in September that protects certain renters from eviction was extended from Dec. 31 to Jan. 31 as part of the government's new $900 billion coronavirus relief and stimulus package. 
 (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
  23. Work areas are spaced apart as part of preparations for employees returning to in-office work. Employees must request time to work in the building and capacity is limited to 40 people, at CBRE, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 in Tampa.