Water Street Tampa on track to meet Super Bowl benchmarks

The Tampa Bay area’s largest hotel complex will be finished in time for Super Bowl LV in 2021 in Tampa.

Construction is ahead of schedule for the new JW Marriott, which broke ground earlier this year, said James Nozar, CEO of Strategic Property Partners, the Jeff Vinik-Cascade Investment’s company that’s developing Water Street Tampa, the 9-million-square-foot, $3.5 billion project that’s transforming downtown Tampa.

The new hotel is across the street from the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina, where Nozar spoke at the opening session for the Dreamit-Bisnow Innovation Summit.

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Kobie Marketing lays off workers

Kobie Marketing Inc., one of the largest marketing firms in the Tampa Bay area, has laid off 25 employees.

“Kobie has experienced considerable growth in the past several years. To continue to provide the best loyalty solutions for our clients and meet our business needs, it was necessary to make modifications to our structure,” Bram Hechtkopf, CEO, said in a prepared statement.

The company ranked No. 2,586 on the Inc. 5000’s 2018 list of fastest-growing private companies, with $70.3 million in 2017 revenue and a three-year revenue growth of 164 percent

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Business briefs: Buckhorn on corporate relocations, best places to work for women

- A decade after the recession, Tampa is undergoing a transformation and it’s about more than bricks and mortar, said Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

Tampa is in conversations, around the country, that it’s never been in before, Buckhorn said. “We are in the conversation for almost every corporate relocation or expansion that’s being contemplated. That didn’t happen before, but it’s happening now.”

- Five Tampa Bay area companies made Fortune Magazine’s new list of Best Places to Work for Women.

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How two USFSP professors changed the conversation around coastal flooding and sea level rise

Last week, the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg hosted the fourth Initiative on Coastal Adaptation and Resilience (iCAR) conference. Listen as Benjamin Smet, Dr. Dixon and Dr. Johns discuss iCAR.

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The Hustle

Sue Powers Hoffman (Hashtag Creative)

Downtown St. Pete's Hashtag Creative uses inbound marketing techniques to grab and keep attention for some of St. Pete's favorite local brands.

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Trenam Law

Serving clients with agility and flexibility, Trenam Law has grown into the behemoth law firm of the Tampa Bay Area.

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The Shuffle

Destynee Bush
B2 Communications

Gaby Provenzano
B2 Communications


Roy Peter Clark
Poynter Institute

Focus: Opera

The voice: Susan Hellman Spatafora of St. Pete Opera Company

“I used to do open mics, and write cheesy music, but my voice is suited for opera,” says the Minnesota-born soprano, who’s lived in St. Petersburg for five years. “And I like to be somebody else when I’m doing something. I tried playing piano and singing in a jazz band, and it was a horrid experience. I am not cool enough.”

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'Our Voice Will Count.' Former Felon Praises Florida Passing Amendment 4 [Time]

Florida voters approved Amendment 4 on Tuesday night in the 2018 midterm elections, restoring voting rights to more than 1 million people in the state who were previously convicted of felonies.

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