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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. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch both voiced cautious optimism Thursday after Major-League Baseball announced it had denied the Tampa Bay Rays' proposal for a split season with Montreal.
  2. Port Tampa Bay, viewed here from its cruise terminal area in October 2020, has approved several potential manufacturing expansions over the coming years.
  3. Gary MacMath, 70, from St. Petersburg, is pictured outside of the Boley Centers' Butterfly apartments, 715 Fifth Ave. N, on Jan. 18, 2022 in St. Petersburg. MacMath is retiring after 42 years at the Boley Centers, which provide housing to at-risk individuals, including more than two decades as its CEO.
  4. Exhibit designer Joseph Wetzel, left, Florida Aquarium president Bill Crown and Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman look over a model of the planned aquarium in 1989. Crown, a driving force behind the aquarium, died Jan. 12 at age 80.
  5. Lakshmi Shenoy is the CEO of Embarc Collective, a Tampa entrepreneurship and startup acceleration hub.
  6. Cigar City Brewing's parent company, CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective, is selling to Monster Beverage for $330 million in cash.
  7. Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of the Tampa Bay Times, celebrates two of the newspaper's Pulitzer Prize wins, for feature reporting and national reporting, in 2009. It marked the first time the Times had won two Pulitzers in one year. Tash retired as CEO of the company on Thursday and will step down as chairman in July.
  8. TD Synnex formed from the merger of Largo's Tech Data, shown here in 2019, and California's Synnex, and is now the Tampa Bay area's largest public company.
  9. The Tampa Bay area scored highly on U.S. News and World Report's annual "best jobs" survey for 2022, released Tuesday.
  10. Fast-casual brand Capital Tacos, which has five locations around Tampa Bay, is launching a franchise program with eyes on markets as far north as North Carolina and as far west as Arkansas and Louisiana.
  11. Jan. 7• Business
    Corey Neil, left, will take over as CEO of the Bank of Tampa, replacing Bill West, right. West will remain CEO of the bank's holding company, Tampa Bay Banking Company.
  12. Jorge Brea is the CEO of Tampa music distribution and technology company Symphonic Distribution.
  13. This rendering shows a rooftop area at the Moxy Hotel by Marriott, part of a mixed-use development called the Edge Collective that's planned for the 1200 block of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg's Edge District. Developers are planning a groundbreaking for spring 2022.
  14. New high-rise buildings are clustered at Water Street Tampa on Nov. 30, 2021. The $3.5 billion development is nearing the end of its first phase of development, and will begin Phase 2 in 2022.
  15. Bemetra Simmons, formerly of the United Way Suncoast, has been named CEO and president of the Tampa Bay Partnership.
  16. Jeff Vinik, quien pagó 170 millones de dólares por el Lightning en 2010, se negó a decir qué porcentaje del equipo Arctos ahora posee.
  17. Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik holds the Stanley Cup while celebrating the Lightning’s 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on July 7, 2021 in Tampa.
  18. The Current hotel at 2545 Rocky Point Drive in Tampa has sold for $85 million to Caspers Company, which owns more than 60 regional McDonald's franchises as well as the Oxford Exchange.
  19. Joseph Liberatore, right, will take over for David Dunkel, left, as CEO of Tampa professional staffing services firm Kforce on Jan. 1.
  20. The Atlas, a 32-unit apartment complex at 2800 Fourth St. S, was among a group of seven apartment properties in south St. Petersburg sold by local investors to a New York investor in December.
  21. The Largo Town Square shopping center at 3690 E Bay Drive in Largo has sold for nearly $8.4 million.
  22. Tampa's Rivergate Tower — also known as the "Beer Can Building" — was the home of Sykes Enterprises, which sold this year for $2.2 billion to a private Miami company. It was just one of a number of billion-dollar sales, acquisitions, mergers and valuations that reshaped the top of Tampa Bay's corporate world in 2021.
  23. Tampa International Airport will receive $21.7 million in the first batch of Federal Aviation Administration funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, sometimes called the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework.