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Castor: MacDill could be impacted by Trump action

The $3.1 million appropriated for flight simulator training at MacDill Air Force Base could be impacted by President Trump’s emergency declaration, said Rep. Kathy Castor. The Tampa democrat said it’s part of the $3.6 billion Trump plans to use to build a wall on the southern border.

29th Street Capital makes first Tampa Bay buy

29th Street Capital bought Calais Park Lofts Apartments, a 261-unit multifamily community in St. Petersburg. The real estate investment firm did not disclose a purchase price. It’s 29th Street Capital’s first area acquisition.

Clearwater cyber group creates CPE program

(ISC)² launched its Professional Development Institute to address a global shortage of trained cybersecurity professionals. PDI offers a free portfolio of continuing professional education courses to members and associates of Clearwater-based (ISC)2.

Bloomin’ Brands boosts profit

Bloomin’ Brands reported $107.1 million in net income for 2018, a 5.7 percent gain over 2017. Revenue was $4.1 billion, down 2.3 percent from 2017, which had one extra week in the fiscal year. Bloomin’ in Tampa is the parent of Outback Steakhouse and other casual dining chains.    

BayCare, Publix on ‘best companies’ list

Publix Super Markets is No. 12 and BayCare Health System is No. 37 on Fortune’s new list of 100 Best Companies to Work For. Publix moved up from No. 47 a year ago, while BayCare moved up from No. 65. Hilton holds the top spot on the list.

Clearwater treasure-hunter sells coins

Endurance Exploration Group sold some rare coins recovered from the SB Pulaski shipwreck. The purchase price was not disclosed, but Clearwater-based Endurance said it recouped costs and has working capital for the 2019 salvage season.

Patel company buys Jackson Hole resort

KDG Capital, a private equity firm in Tampa, bought Snow King Resort Hotel in Jackson Hole, Wy. and plans to invest $5 million in capital improvements, Hotel News Resource said. Dr. Kiran Patel is the principal of KDG, according to state records.

Poynter taps NBC anchor for MediaWise

Lester Holt, anchor of NBC Nightly News, will join The Poynter institute's MediaWise project as its first MediaWise Ambassador. The project is designed to to teach teenagers how to sort fact from fiction online, according to Poynter, a St. Petersburg-based nonprofit focused on excellence in journalism.

Tech Data launches cloud portfolio

Tech Data Corp. (Nasdaq: TECD) in Clearwater has put together a portfolio of end-to-end cloud solutions. The company's "Cloud Solutions Factory" features a host of click-to-run solutions, a news release said. Early partners include Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, among others.

Bank of Tampa builds new office

The Bank of Tampa plans a new office at 4400 N. Armenia Ave., the site of its current Armenia branch. It will have a 5,000-square-foot full-service banking office and a 40,000-square-foot support center for all employees in support functions. It will open in summer 2020.

New HQ in St. Pete

CP Communications, a broadcast and live events production service provider, opened its headquarters  in St. Petersburg,  at 9965 18th St. N. The office will house business and technical operations and a production studio, TVTEchnology reported.

Area home prices climb in 2018

The median sales price for a single family home in the Tampa-St. Pete metro in 2018 was $235,000, a 6.8 percent increase over 2017. There were 48,161 closed sales for single family homes in 2018, about on par with the previous year, a report from Florida Realtors said.

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