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Richard Danielson - Economic Development, Port, Airport and Movers and Shakers Reporter

Economic Development, Port, Airport and Movers and Shakers Reporter

Since joining the Times in 1987, I’ve worked a lot of places (Dade City, New Port Richey, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Tampa) and have covered a lot of stuff (local government, including two tours at Tampa City Hall, state and federal courts, higher education, business). I grew up in Clearwater and live about a mile from my childhood home. Away from work, I row for exercise, read, play a lot of computer Scrabble, often start cooking dinner around 9 p.m. and help wrangle Frenchy, our lab-beagle-sharpei-pit bull mix.

  1. Tampa-based consumer data company Bridge is working to solve a specialty retailing problem that goes back to the end of Prohibition, and it’s getting help from venture capitalists at Florida Funders.
    Bridge specializes in providing detailed consumer data that helps producers of liquor, beer and wine target their advertising.
  2. Port Tampa Bay chairman Steve Swindal owns Marine Towing. Swindal is not seeking reappointment after his current term expires in February, so a port nominating committee is seeking applicants with maritime experience to recommend to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who will make the new appointment to the port's governing board. (Times file photo)
    Swindal, appointed to the port’s governing board by three different governors, is not seeking reappointment after his term expires in February.
  3. Spanx founder and Clearwater native Sara Blakely will be the keynote speaker at the Synapse Summit 2020 innovation convention, scheduled for Feb. 11 and 12 at Amalie Arena in Tampa. (Times file photo)
    Organizers say the Clearwater native is a game-changer for the event on Feb. 11-12 at Amalie Arena. It is expected to draw more than 6,000 entrepreneurs.
  4. The proposed Seasons Apartments, left, would rise 41 stories on the north side of E Whiting Street, and would have an eight-story podium, tinted green in this rendering, with parking, restaurants and resident amenities. The Seasons Suites, the blue building on the right, would rise 27 stories on the south side of Whiting. Both sites are about a block south of the Hillsborough County government center and two blocks east of the Fort Brooke Parking Garage. (Rendering via Hillsborough County Aviation Authority)
    The Seasons Apartments and Suites towers just south of the Hillsborough County government center won approval for their 41- and 27-story heights on Thursday.
  5. The 9-story SkyCenter One office building, expected to open in 2021, will include three floors for the offices of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, plus another 160,000 square feet of leasable space for tenants who want their businesses near Tampa International Airport. (Rendering courtesy Hillsborough County Aviation Authority)
    Construction is getting underway on the 270,000-square-foot SkyCenter One office building.
  6. Outback Steakhouse is owned by Tampa-based Bloomin' Brands. Some restaurants are operated by franchise owners. [Photo provided by Bloomin' Brands]
    The Tampa-based company is considering that option among other “strategic alternatives."
  7. The proposed Seasons Apartments, left, would rise 40 stories on the north side of E Whiting Street, and would have an eight-story podium, tinted green in this rendering, with parking, restaurants and resident amenities. The Seasons Suites, the blue building on the right, would rise 27 stories on the south side of Whiting. Both sites are about a block south of the Hillsborough County government center and two blocks east of the Fort Brooke Parking Garage. (Rendering via Hillsborough County Aviation Authority)
    The Seasons Apartments and Suites would consist of a 40- and a 27-story tower on the 600 block of E Whiting Street.
  8. Erika Paola Intriago pleaded guilty to wire fraud on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Tampa. (Dreamstime/TNS photo)
    Erika Paola Intriago faces up to 20 years in prison, federal prosecutors say. She pleaded guilty to swindling 55 people seeking representation in petitions to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration...
  9. From its factory in the heart of Plant City's agricultural district, Paradise Inc. has turned out millions of pounds a year of candied fruit, the signature ingredient of the traditional holiday fruit cake, The company sells 85 percent of the candied fruit consumed in North America. But as baking as a hobby declines, it has found the business less profitable. So it sold the enterprise and will start to lay off workers next week. [JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Times (2012)]
    For six decades, Paradise Inc. made the signature ingredient for holiday fruitcakes in a factory overlooking the Plant City State Farmers Market. Today the city’s economy is geared more toward on...
  10. Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. president and chief executive officer Craig Richard says the organization is not only changing its name to the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council, but it expanding how it pursues economic development to include helping to develop local talent and and aiding efforts to establish the sense of place sought by many younger professionals. [Tampa Hillsborough EDC photo]
    A growing quest for talent has led to an expansion of the traditional emphasis on helping companies relocate here and arranging for incentives.