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

Richard Danielson

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.

JW Marriott at Water Street Tampa hits construction milestone early

The 26-story JW Marriott hotel is rising across the street from the Marriott Water Street Hotel near Amalie Arena. RICHARD DANIELSON | Times
The $200 million-plus hotel is expected to be done next summer and ready to host Super Bowl visitors in early 2021.

Jabil says ex-employees stole designs for super-fast 3D printer

Jabil says it invested millions of dollars creating a 3D printer 10 times as fast as its next-fastest competitor, but the St. Petersburg-based electronics manufacturer says three former employees and one former Jabil contractor stole the design for their own knockoff. [DIRK SHADD | Times (2018)]
The St. Petersburg-based electronics manufacturer has sued Essentium, a Texas 3D printing company, three former Jabil employees and one former contractor in federal court in Tampa.

Tampa Bay area's first GreenWise Market is heading to Water Street Tampa

Publix, which owns the GreenWise Market brand, has signed a lease for 26,000 square feet of space on the ground-floor of 815 Water Street, a twin-tower residential project now under construction, and expects to open the store in 2021. (Rendering courtesy Strategic Property Partners)
GreenWise Market is not a Publix, but is owned by Publix. Developers say its emphasis on organic, antibiotics-free and fresh foods will be a good fit for Water Street Tampa's focus on healthy design.

Seminole Tribe continues to evolve with Tampa casino expansion

Seminole Tribe of Florida Brighton Councilman Larry Howard speaks during Thursday’s unveiling of a new entrance atrium, featuring a 24-karat gold-plated grand piano once owned by Elvis Presley, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
When the $720 million project is done, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will have a new 14-story hotel tower, new event center for concerts (including Keith Urban on Oct. 4), and more.

Tampa International Airport to spend $1 million on biometric face scanners

A passenger has her face scanned before getting on a recent outbound Copa Airlines flight at Tampa Internatiional Airport. The airport is testing the use of face-scanning technology at three of its international gates with plans to spend $1 million to scan all passengers leavingon flights heading out of the country. (Photo courtesy Tampa International Airport)
The scans will be used on passengers boarding outbound international flights. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expected to pay for similar technology for arriving international fliers.