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Tampa Business News 10/18/2019 12:03
The TECO Line Streetcar in Tampa has closed out the fiscal year with skyrocketing ridership numbers — up nearly 181 percent over the previous fiscal year. There were over 850,000 trips taken compared to roughly 303,000 in fiscal year 2018. Several months showed increased ridership: July ridership was 76,043 while the year before it was 26,112; September ridership also stood out with 68,412 compared to 18,038 trips taken the year before. The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority looks...
Tampa Business News 10/18/2019 10:39
It's official — e-scooters will be zipping through St. Petersburg. City council members approved a micromobility ordinance that includes the use of e-scooters in the city. The ordinance passed in a 5-2 vote Thursday with councilmen Charlie Gerdes and Steve Kornell having the opposing votes due to safety concerns. The ordinance amends the St. Petersburg city code by adding a new article to define micromobility, create regulations and licensing requirements for e-scooters. The city will start...
Tampa Business News 10/18/2019 09:59
Jordan Strawn. Chief sales officer. ReedTMS Logistics. Education: Bachelor's in finance from the University of South Florida. What was your first paid job? I worked for my father's company (A+ Growers) as a nursery laborer during the summers in high school. How do you start your day? I am an early riser, normally before 5 a.m. I check on our 9-month-old son and then my brother and I work out in my home gym that we have in our barn. On days that we don't work out I am still up early planning the…
Tampa Business News 10/18/2019 06:43
Tampa Electric Co. received state approval Thursday for two large solar-power projects in Hillsborough County, part of a multi-year plan to build solar facilities. The Florida Public Service Commission signed off on a 74.8-megawatt project and a 74.5-megawatt project, with both expected to begin operating in January. "TECO’s expanded use of solar power continues to improve its fuel diversity and sustainability, which is good for the economy, as well as the environment," Public Service Commission...
Tampa Business News 10/18/2019 05:00
Franklin Street is a family of full-service real estate companies focused on delivering value-added services to meet the evolving needs of clients. Date of completed renovation: July 2019. Design firm: ASD/SKY. Architecture firm: ASD/SKY. Property owner: Ally Capital Group. Construction firm: The Sinclair Group. Square footage: 20,000. Floor count: Two. No. of company employees: 300 companywide; 105 in Tampa. Unique and interesting features: Collaborative office spaces, dine-in break room, enhanced technology,...
Tampa Business News 10/18/2019 05:00
I recently went to an entrepreneurship conference in Tel Aviv, the capital of Israel. Unlike American conferences that are held in spacious convention centers and beautiful hotels, this was held at an old train station outside with temperatures ranging between low 90s to triple digits. No free bottles of cold water. The only way to stay cool was to go in tents and position yourself near the one of three spots where air conditioning was being pumped in. Non-Israelis like myself were swimming…
Tampa Business News 10/17/2019 14:20
Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny, will donate the largest gift ever made to the Tampa Museum of Art. The museum said Thursday that the Vinik Family Foundation will make a $5 million gift to the museum’s endowment. The landmark gift will name and endow the position of executive director, whose title will be known as the Penny and Jeff Vinik Executive Director of the Tampa Museum of Art. “We’ve been so excited and inspired by Dr. Michael Tomor’s leadership and vision…
Tampa Business News 10/17/2019 11:40
The Tampa Bay Lightning recently teamed up with Florida Blue and Feeding Tampa Bay to host "Bolts & Blue Faceoff Against Hunger." The event was held at Trinity Cafe 2 on Busch Boulevard in Tampa. Together, they helped provide nutritious food, hands-on healthy cooking demonstrations, free health screenings and flu shots, and health education to residents of the University and Sulphur Springs communities, according to Florida Blue. The Lightning’s community hockey street team was also in attendance…
Tampa Business News 10/17/2019 07:37
The alleged $5 billion dollar buyout private equity firm Apollo Global laid on the table for tech giant Tech Data was not out of character for the New York-based company. What Apollo is. Apollo Global (NYSE: APO) is a private equity firm that lists itself as one of the world's "largest alternative investment managers," and it is publicly traded. "It's not that often you have companies acquired by publicly traded private equity firms," Brian Smith, co-founder and managing partner of LCG Advisors...

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