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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 South Pasadena Shopping Center at 6818 Gulfport Blvd. S, which is anchored by a Walmart Neighborhood, has sold to a New York real estate investment firm for $32.65 million.
  2. MarineMax CEO and president Brett McGill stands on a 2021 32-foot Aviara luxury boat on Nov. 11, 2020. The Clearwater boat retailer has posted record revenues quarter after quarter throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
  3. This rendering shows an interior of an apartment at Cora, a new residential tower coming to 1011 E Cumberland Ave. in Tampa's Water Street Tampa development.
  4. A Ben and Jerry's scoop shop is expected to open in Midtown Tampa in late 2021. Another store is in the works in Clearwater Beach.
  5. Strom Inc. previously listed an Ybor City building as its physical location, which it no longer occupies. Pictured is the building.
  6. This rendering shows 23-story residential tower proposed for 126 Fourth Ave. NE in St. Petersburg. The developer is RaysUp, LLC, and the architect is Place Architecture.
  7. Nitti Gritti and Wuki perform on the main stage during day two of the Sunset Music Festival on May 30, 2021.
  8. Concourse Center in Tampa's Westshore district will house a new regional hub for real estate tech company HomeLight's title and escrow services.
  9. Air Canada will resume international service to Tampa International Airport on July 17.
  10. Fo'Cheezy Twisted Meltz, which opened last year in St. Pete Beach, is holding a job fair June 22 for its new location in downtown St. Petersburg.
  11. Raymond James Financial plans to bring employees back to its St. Petersburg headquarters starting in September.
  12. People check out Impulse on the dancefloor at Skipper's Smokehouse in 2012. The venue, which opened in 1980 and closed in 2020, has officially reopened in Tampa.
  13. A forklift passes through the warehouse at Pepin Distributing in Tampa in 2013. After 50 years in Florida, the beer distribution company has reached a deal to be sold to a Maryland private equity firm.
  14. Based in New Port Richey, Welbilt is the subject of competing acquisition attempts worth billions of dollars.
  15. Tampa Bay Partnership president and CEO Rick Homans was on hand for Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space flight at Spaceport America in Truth or Consequences, N.M. on Saturday. Homans was a key figure in the spaceport's development and helped recruit Branson's company to base its headquarters there.
  16. Wendy's picked ZooTampa at Lowry Park as the first test market for its new Frosty cart concept. The cart is located at the zoo's Wallaroo area.
  17. A new Whole Foods in Midtown Tampa will open on July 7.
  18. A statue of Dave Andreychuk welcomes fans to Amalie Arena on Wednesday,  26, 2021, before the game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers in game six of the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Andreychuck captained the Lightning to the franchise's first Stanley Cup Championship during the 2003-04 season.
  19. Grader Matt Quinn holds a first-edition Pokemon Charizard card at Certified Collectibles Group's Sarasota headquarters on June 8.
  20. Tampa Bay Rays owner Stu Sternberg spoke to St. Petersburg's City Council about the team's proposal to redevelop the city's Tropicana Field site on April 15. Sternberg is facing a lawsuit from several limited partners in the club, alleging he'd been consolidating control of the team and was squeezing minority owners out of profits. In a new filing, lawyers for Sternberg moved for the suit to be settled via arbitration.
  21. Tech Data, based in Largo, is one step closer to a $7.2 billion deal to merge with Fremont, Calif.'s Synnex Corp. after Synnex shareholders approved the merger on June 30.
  22. Tampa, shown here in 2019, is the best city in Florida, according to a new global study by the Resonance Consultancy.
  23. Tampa Arts Alliance chairperson Neil Gobioff poses for a portrait at the temporary home of Tempus Projects, an art gallery in Tampa. The exhibition on display at the gallery through July 9 is “Riots & Rallies, Parades & Protests” by Michael Jones and curated by K. Tauches.