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Syniverse, IBM team on blockchain project

IBM and Syniverse, a Tampa technology company, completed a successful blockchain pilot program with two international telecommunication companies, Orange and Mobile TeleSystems. Syniverse and IBM designed a blockchain network that allowed smart contracts to be executed between mobile operators. By using the blockchain technology, IBM and Syniverse looked to improve customer efficiencies and reduce friction between businesses, a press release said.

New owner for Carillon building

The Feil Organization purchased the Transamerica building at 570 Carillon Parkway for $36.8 million. Transamerica did a partial leaseback, taking back nearly 52,000 square feet of the 245,000-square-foot property, Commercial Property Executive reported. Tata Consultancy Services brought 430 employees to the building last year as part of an agreement with Transamerica to transform the administration of its U.S. insurance and annuity business lines. Newmark Knight Frank facilitated the transaction.

3 Daughters, Mazzaro’s headed for airport

The Pinellas County Commission voted Tuesday to award a 10-year master concessionaire agreement to SSP-Hudson PIE Concessions LLC at the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. The agreement includes an initial capital investment of $4.2 million to refurbish and develop retail, food and beverage facilities, including brands such as Dunkin, 3 Daughters Brewing and Mazzaro’s Italian Market.

Tampa hospital lays off workers

Shriners Hospitals for Children will lay off 60 workers at its Tampa hospital, on the USF campus. The hospital cited industry-wide changes in the delivery of healthcare, in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The layoffs will take place on Aug. 1, the WARN said.

Hospital laundry firm shutters Tampa facility

Sixty workers will lose their jobs when Novo Health Services close its facility at 4501 Acline Dr. E. in Tampa. Novo, an Atlanta-based company that provides laundry services to hospitals, told the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity that it has seen "a significant decline in business in the greater Tampa services market." The company plans to lay off the entire workforce in phases, beginning on June 28 and continuing until Aug. 23. 

Tampa, St. Pete rank high for startups

Tampa ranks No. 5 and St. Petersburg ranks No. 14 on WalletHub’s new report, “2019’s Best Large Cities to Start a Business.” The personal finance website compared 19 metrics in 100 cities. Tampa was No. 16 in business costs, No. 20 in business environment and No. 39 in access to resources. St. Pete was No. 11 in business costs, No. 32 in business environment and No. 68 in access to resources.

SiteZeus nabs restaurant chain

Roy Rogers, a Western-themed quick service restaurant chain, has selected SiteZeus to support the company's expansion throughout the MidAtlantic and Northeast. Tampa-based SiteZeus has technology to help restaurants chose the best brick-and-mortar locations. 

Sinclair to buy Fox Sports Florida

Sinclair Broadcast Group is buying 21 regional sports networks, including Fox Sports Florida, from Disney in a deal valued at $10.6 billion. Disney was forced to sell the regional channels because of antitrust laws following its earlier purchase of Fox’s entertainment assets for $71.3 billion. Fox Sport Florida broadcasts Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers games.

Patel-backed Tampa medtech gets FDA OK

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration granted "Breakthrough Device Designation" to Concept Medical for MagicTouch, a drug-coated balloon catheter to open up the coronary arteries of the heart that have re-clogged following the placement of a stent. The device already is in use by patients worldwide, and the designation allows it be used in the United States, said Dr. Kiran Patel, chairman of the Tampa medtech company. Patel invested $60 million in Concept Medical earlier this year.

St. Petersburg City Council adopts Complete Streets Implementation Plan

The St. Petersburg City Council adopted the Complete Streets Implementation Plan Thursday after a two-year process of planning and community feedback. In spring of 2017, the City gathered public input via community surveys and four open houses. With a draft plan established, the City undertook the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. pilot project. The City held a final public input meeting in late 2018, and brought the finalized Complete Streets plan to City Council in early 2019. The adoption passed the City Council 7-1. Read the full plan here. 

Raymond James advisor killed in Texas plane crash

Jeffrey Weiss, senior vice president of investments at Raymond James & Associates in Houston, was one of six people killed in a plane crash in Texas. The plane left West Houston Airport in Katy bound for the Kerrville Municipal Airport near San Antonio but crashed about 10 miles outside of the airport, Bisnow reported.  Weiss was the pilot and co-owner of the plane. An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

TIA gets 500+ signups for new access program

More than 500 people have signed up for Tampa International Airport's new All Access program. It's designed to give people who don't have plane tickets to get through security so they can eat or shop at one of the 70 new concessions at the airport. Up to 100 people every Saturday can get an an All Access airside pass by signing up here. There are a handful of spots left in May and June is filling up quickly, TIA said.

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