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Richard Danielson - Economic Development Reporter

Economic Development 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. Evanyriss Arce, teacher at the PromiseLand Early Childhood Education Center at Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa reads the book "How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?," by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague, to Katheryn Snoody, 3, middle, and Ilianis Delgado, 2, right, both of Tampa in January. Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has donated $3 million to an initiative to evaluate ways to improve private child care for very young children, and PromiseLand is one of the participating centers, and Arce said the coursework has led her to change the way she handles transitions, such as going to lunch or cleanup time. Instead of just stopping one activity and starting another, she gives the children a little warning, so they're thinking about what's coming up next and what they need to do. She also breaks down the transition into steps, so children are focused on each part of what they're doing. SCOTT KEELER | Times [SCOTT KEELER  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES]
  2. Cott Corp. of Tampa changed its name earlier this year to Primo Water Corp. as part of a pivot to become a company built purely on delivering bottled water and filtration systems to customers in 21 countries. (Photo courtesy of Primo Water Corp.) [Cott Corp.]
  3. A Jabil factory in Taichung, Taiwan makes a protective mask to be used in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has shifted production toward medical devices such as ventilators and protective supplies to meet health care needs caused by the outbreak. (Jabil) [Jabil]
  4. People hold signs during a "Right to Work" rally outside Fort Lauderdale's Elbo Room bar, which remains closed, during the coronavirus pandemic, on June 16, 2020. Across Florida, bars were part of the Phase 2 reopenings that occurred earlier in June, except in three counties in South Florida. [LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP]
  5. Raymond James Financial chief executive officer Paul Reilly. [Raymond James Financial]
  6. The container ship MV Wild Lotus delivered the first shipment of bananas to arrive at Port Tampa Bay in 21 years in early 2018. They were unloaded at the Port Logistics Refrigerated Services cold-storage warehouse. (Port Tampa Bay)
  7. A Cosco container vessel docks at Port Tampa Bay in February. [Port Tampa Bay]
  8. Check tampabay.com for the latest breaking news and developments.
  9. Jeff and Penny Vinik greet Margaret Norman in 2016 after announcing a record $2.5 million donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay. DIRK SHADD   |  Times (2016)
  10. A small group of demonstrators protested the Florida unemployment benefits system on Wednesday at Lake Eola Park in Orlando. Many Florida unemployed workers are still trying to apply for and receive unemployment benefits from since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Raoux) [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  11. National coworking real estate company Industrious is coming to three floors at 200 Central in downtown St. Petersburg. [Third Lake Capital] [Third Lake Capital]
  12. Fisher Investments' new Tampa office is at the Tampa Bay Park corporate center near Raymond James Stadium. [Google street view]
  13. Through October, flights taking off or landing at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport are using the airport's secondary runway That's the one shown here in roughly the 2 o'clock position. The change will take place as a contractor works on a nearly year-long job to repave the airport's main north-south runway. The change means residents in Feather Sound, Pinellas Park, Largo, Seminole, Redington Shores, Redington Beach, and North Redington Beach likely will see — and hear — more flyover traffic. But it comes at a time when flight operations are down because the COVID-19 pandemic has driven down demand for air travel. (Visit St. Pete/Clearwater) [Visit St. Pete/Clearwater]
  14. A lone traveler heads toward the SkyConnect train at Tampa International Airport on May 7. The airport's passenger counts have dropped by as much as 97 percent this spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, which will cost the airport an estimated $31 million this year. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  15. In this Wednesday, June 3, 2020 photo, Juan Santos stocks shelves at the Presidente Supermarket in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.  The U.S. government is set to issue its latest report on the layoffs that have left millions unemployed but have steadily slowed as many businesses have begun to reopen and to rehire some laid-off workers.  [Wilfredo Lee | Associated Press] [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]
  16. The CMA CGM Dalila, the largest container ship ever to call at Port Tampa Bay, sailed under the Sunshine Skyway bridge on June 12, 2019. The 1,096-foot-long vessel was the first container ship to call at Tampa from the CMA CMG Group, a global shipping company based in Marseilles, France. Port Tampa Bay officials announced in February that the shipper was adding Tampa as a weekly stop on a route that includes calls in China, Singapore, Vietnam and South Korea, then, after passing through the Panama Canal, Houston, Mobile, Ala., New Orleans and Miami. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE   |   Times (2019)
  17. Barbara Friesl, of Dunedin, center, shops on May 22 at Clearwater's Westfield Countryside Mall where a large image of Tampa Bay Lightning star forward Steven Stamkos anchors the end of a second-floor breezeway. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  18. Airplanes are pictured on the tarmac as a Southwest plane takes off behind them at Tampa International Airport on May 7. The Federal Aviation Administration is considering changes to the routes over North Pinellas that westbound flights take after they leave the airport. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  19. Hillsborough County Library Service employee Stephen Duran wears a mask and gloves to protect himself from the coronavirus outbreak as he hands out unemployment paperwork to residents on April 4 at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Public Library in Tampa. An economic recovery task force is recommending focusing on retraining and support for workers in hard-hit industries like food service, hospitality and retail. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP]
  20. Tech Data reported $8.2 billion in global sales for the three months ending April 30. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  21. Tranzact, which has been in Tampa for a little more than a decade, employs about 250 people who usually work out of an office on W Waters Avenue near the Veterans Expressway. It is looking to hire 240 more. (Google street view) [Google street view]
  22. Aurora Ortega picks up an unemployment form at a Miami-Dade County library last month. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) [LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP]
  23. Eric Carrasquillo, 35, the general manager of Butter's Burgers, 777 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, on Tuesday. Butter's Burgers bar and restaurant opened March 13th, just days before it would be forced to close because of the pandemic. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]