Sunday, November 18, 2018


Richard Danielson

Richard Danielson

Richard Danielson covers business news, including economic development, Tampa International Airport, Port Tampa Bay and the Water Street Tampa project near downtown Tampa. Since joining the Times in 1987, he has covered Tampa City Hall (twice) as well as local government in Pinellas and Pasco counties, state and federal courts and higher education. He also has worked as a general assignment reporter and as the Times’ Palm Harbor bureau chief and Clearwater city editor. In his last assignment at City Hall, he was the main contributor to PolitiFact Florida’s Buck-O-Meter, which tracks Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s performance on 34 campaign promises.

Florida's Brightline rail service partners with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group, will become Virgin Trains USA

Florida's Brightline rail service partners with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group, will become Virgin Trains USA

Brightline, the South Florida train and development company that wants to expand to Tampa, will change its name to Virgin Trains USA after partnering with Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group.
Published: 11/16/18
Edward Flom, a Tampa businessman who ran Florida Steel and served on a wide range of corporate and civic boards, died Nov. 9, 2018 at Tampa General Hospital. He was 88. (Photo courtesy Mark Flom)

Longtime Florida Steel CEO Edward Flom of Tampa dies at 88

Under Edward Flom, Florida Steel's 2,300 employees produced reinforcing steel — often just called rebar — for projects from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to Tropicana Field, plus countless homes.
Published: 11/16/18
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(10/15/2012) (Tampa, FL)  The ConAgra plant located at  110 S. Nebraska Avenue in Tampa has been a part the downtown Tampa skyline for years. The mill produces flour.  SKIP O’ROURKE  | Times

Port Tampa Bay negotiating to move ConAgra flour mill to Port Redwing

After 80 years in downtown Tampa, the ConAgra flour mill could be moving to Port Redwing near Apollo Beach, clearing the way for a future expansion of Water Street Tampa.
Published: 11/15/18
Florida Gov. Rick Scott this week named Hung Mai to replace Mike Griffin on the board of Port Tampa Bay. (Times files)

Gov. Rick Scott names engineer Hung Mai to board of Port Tampa Bay

If confirmed by the Florida Senate, civil engineer Hung Mai of Lutz will replace former Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce chairman Mike Griffin, who resigned from the board of Port Tampa Bay in July.
Published: 11/15/18
University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute stands in downtown Tampa during a topping off celebration recognizing a milestone in the construction on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The building is 13 stories and is 395,000-square-foot facility.

USF marks construction milestone at medical school building in Water Street Tampa

The University of South Florida and Tampa leaders Wednesday marked the "topping off," or completion of vertical construction, on the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute.
Published: 11/14/18
Updated: 11/15/18
Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson on Tuesday received a 4.5 percent raise and a two-year contract extension. (Times files)

Port Tampa Bay raises CEO Paul Anderson's salary 4.5 percent to $436,720

Tuesday's vote to give Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson a 4.5 percent raise was unanimous. The vote to extend his contract two years? Not so much.
Published: 11/13/18
Embarc Collective, the Jeff Vinik-backed innovation hub, is scheduled to open early next year in the renovated District 3 warehouse north of Amalie Arena. Renderings courtesy Embarc Collective

Jeff Vinik’s Embarc Collective, a hothouse for tech innovation, seeks startups

Embarc Collective, the planned innovation hub backed by Tampa Bay Lightning owner and entrepreneur Jeff Vinik, has a different model than you might expect from a startup accelerator or incubator.
Published: 11/13/18
Honeywell Aerospace's plant in Clearwater is expected to receive a handful of jobs from a plant being closed in Albuquerque, N.M.

Honeywell Aerospace moving a handful of jobs to Clearwater from Albuquerque plant to be closed

CLEARWATER — Honeywell Aerospace is closing its plant in Albuquerque, N.M., and a small number of those jobs are headed to its facility in Clearwater, the company said Friday."Honeywell has decided to move manufacturing and engineering...
Published: 11/09/18
Expected to open in late 2020, HRI Properties' project next to Tampa City Hall consists of a combined 17-story, 230-room Hyatt Place hotel and a 115-room Hyatt House hotel, with approximately 4,000 square feet of meeting space, 3,200 square feet of ground floor retail space and 220-space public parking garage. (Rendering courtesy HRI Properties/Baker Barrios)

Hotel developer closes on block next to Tampa City Hall for Hyatt project

TAMPA — HRI Properties has closed on its $7.6 million purchase of a city-owned block next to Tampa’s City Hall and says it plans to start construction later this month on a dual-branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel project.In 2016, Tampa...
Published: 11/09/18
A Brightline train heading from West Palm Beach to Miami pulls in at the service's station in Fort Lauderdale in August. Brightline has submitted the sole proposal in response to a Florida Department of Transportation request for proposals to create Tampa to Orlando passenger rail service. RICHARD DANIELSON  |  Times

Brightline submits sole proposal to launch Tampa to Orlando passenger rail service

TAMPA — State transportation officials on Wednesday received one proposal to run an intercity passenger train from Orlando to Tampa, and it came from Brightline, the company that proposed creating the route in the first place.Brightline already...
Published: 11/08/18