Tampa’s Millennial Strategy: Denial and Delusion

By Jim Bleyer Florida is the tenth worst state for the Millennial population, according to a well-respected, untainted  WalletHub study. The media and business leadership in Orlando acknowledge the problem; in Tampa Bay the daily newspaper and business community prefer to combat reality with denial and delusion.  Orlando is more …

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Closing the Millennial Gap

Part 2 of 2   By Jim Bleyer Tampa Bay lags behind the rest of the country in attracting Millennials.  Business leaders claim to want them here but they fail to recognize what is important to that generation beyond jobs. The Tampa Metropolitan Statistical Area’s population breakdown reveals the problem. …

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Tampa Bay and Millennials: Strangers Forever?

Part 1 of 2   By Jim Bleyer Attracting Millennials to Tampa Bay has been at or near the top of the “to do” list of Tampa Bay’s movers and shakers for years. Achieving that goal to any meaningful degree has remained elusive. The reason?  A failure to accurately define …

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Fact Checking The Poynter Institute

  By Jim Bleyer The Poynter Institute, self-anointed watchdog of journalistic ethics and the public trust, has declared Apr. 2 as International Fact-Checking Day. Billed as a “global initiative,” the effort is aimed at heightening awareness about misinformation, “especially online.” But before holding itself up as the epitome of trustworthiness …

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Sharpe Promotes Transit for Innovation Place

  By Jim Bleyer Improved mass transit is the top priority of the 238 businesses that comprise Innovation Place, the economic district anchored by the University of South Florida, the organization’s Executive Director Mark Sharpe said Friday. Speaking at Cafe con Tampa’s weekly community forum, Sharpe conceded that Hillsborough County …

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Vinik Tap Dances Around MOSI Relocation

  By Jim Bleyer The relocation of the financially struggling Museum of Science and Industry to Jeff Vinik’s projected downtown Tampa mega development appears no closer to reality than it was seven months ago when the possibility first surfaced. Vinik, a retired hedge fund manager and owner of the Tampa …

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Jeff Vinik, the Media, and the MOSI Mess

By Jim Bleyer       Jeff Vinik owns Tampa Bay.  No, not just the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Tampa Bay. Besides the hockey fans who consistently cram Amalie Arena with unyielding fealty, Vinik’s acolytes include, without any known exception, state and local politicians, movers and shakers on both sides of …

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