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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. The old Turtle Club property west of St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, shown here in 2017, could be used by Clearwater boat retailer MarineMax under a proposal to build a $38 million yacht manufacturing and dock facility and 400-space parking garage.
  2. The Bayport Pier in Spring Hill is among the local projects led by Tarpon Springs marine construction company Midcoast Marine Group, which was acquired this week by Clearwater boat retailer MarineMax.
  3. The Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach was sold last week to a Kentucky hospitality company for $207 million.
  4. This year's incoming Tampa Bay Chamber chairperson Brian Butler, president and CEO of Vistra Communications, left, stands next to outgoing chairperson Andy Mayts, partner at Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick, outside One Tampa City Center on Nov. 17 in downtown Tampa.
  5. This rendering from St. Petersburg developers Eastman Equity Holdings shows a proposed 13-story, 114-room hotel at 1111 Central Ave.
  6. Joe Swanson is vice president of CTRL, a new cybersecurity and privacy compliance consultancy at Tampa law firm Carlton Fields.
  7. Port Tampa Bay president and CEO Paul Anderson, shown at a March 2020 news conference alongside Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister, will receive a 9% raise and $250,000 bonus, port board members decided Tuesday.
  8. A group tied to the Philadelphia Phillies has purchased this property at 21688 U.S. 19 N in Clearwater, directly south of BayCare Ballpark.
  9. The Palm Court Ballroom at the Vinoy St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club is reopening after extensive renovations.
  10. Tampa logistics company ReedTMS has sold to Nebraska public company Werner Enterprises, Inc., in a deal worth $112.4 million.
  11. Supporters of Gov. Ron DeSantis react as Fox News calls victory in his race against U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist during an election night watch party at the Tampa Convention Center on Tuesday.
  12. AmeriLife, headquartered at 2650 McCormick Drive in Clearwater, will acquire Acquire TruChoice Financial Group from Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America for an undisclosed sum.
  13. Clearwater auto lender Nicholas Financial announced a major financial restructuring on Nov. 3 and 4 that will include closing 34 of its 36 branches and laying off 137 employees, or 82 percent of its workforce.
  14. The headquarters of Jabil at 10800 Roosevelt Blvd. N in St. Petersburg, photographed on Oct. 20, 2022.
  15. The Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel, shown here in 2015, has sold to an arm of New York's Apollo Global Management for $45 million.
  16. Masonite, headquartered in Ybor City, will acquire door parts maker Endura Products for $375 million in cash.
  17. A rendering from St. Petersburg developers Eastman Equity Holding shows the proposed 13-story, 114-room hotel at 1111 Central Ave.
  18. The hidden "Pixie Room" at Wish Farms' headquarters in Plant City is available to employees who need a break or quiet moment.
  19. The Bromley Companies, developers of Tampa's $1 billion Midtown Tampa project, have announced a new 16-story, 400,000-square-foot office tower, Midtown East, will break ground by late 2022 and open by 2024.
  20. The Bromley Companies, developers of Tampa's $1 billion Midtown Tampa project, are planning a new 16-story, 400,000-square-foot office tower that is expected to open by late 2024.
  21. From left: Drew, Will and Sam Weatherford founded Weatherford Capital in Tampa in 2015.
  22. The Kforce corporate headquarters at Midtown, 1150 Assembly Drive, on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022 in Tampa. Kforce, a staffing and professional services company that is one of Tampa Bay's largest public corporations, is getting ready to open its new headquarters in Midtown Tampa, some 18 months after selling its Ybor property to Darryl Shaw. The new office is designed to be a little smaller, with hybrid work front of mind.
  23. Guests check in at The Tampa Edition hotel on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in Tampa.
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