Tampa Bay Finally Getting Traction

Some interesting news this week in the Tampa Bay area.

Home Shopping Network was acquired by rival QVC: https://www.apparelnews.net/news/2017/jul/06/home-shopping-network-being-acquired-qvc/

Tribridge technology firm acquired by Dxc: http://www.reuters.com/article/brief-dxc-technology-acquires-tribridge-idUSASA09W0R

My former company sub-contracted work from Tribrdige so I worked with some of their resources for a while.  A project to integrate SSRS reports into SharePoint.

I never worked for HSN, although I interviewed there a while back and backed out of the interview process.

An Ohio technology company is relocating headquarters to Tampa: http://www.tbo.com/news/business/corporate/ohio-technology-company-relocates-headquarters-to-tampa/2329403

Another big company in the area Tech Data acquired a company in February Avnet Technology Solution's: http://investor.techdata.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1014680

This is probably a win for the local tech company and a positive sign for the region.  I may have interviewed here in 1996 or 1997 for a Crystal Reports or Visual Basic position.

World Wide Technology opens office in Tampa May 1, 2017: https://www2.wwt.com/latest-news/world-wide-technology-opens-tampa-bay-office-to-bring-it-innovation-to-local-enterprises/

Another local company Fair Warning is sponsoring Ignite to spark innovation: https://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2017/06/05/fairwarning-named-presenting-sponsor-of-ignite-tampa-bay-2017-58315

Fair Warning CEO Kurt Long has been an advocate to allow technology to flourish at the grass root education levels.  I think we played tennis a few times in 2005 or so and he's quite a good player!  As well as a NASA alumni.

We've got the Tampa Bay Innovation Center in St. Petersburg: http://www.tbinnovates.com/

By the way, if you haven't noticed, downtown St. Pete has revamped and grown tremendously since I worked there in 1995-6 and 1998.  The nightlife is amazing, the number of new condo's and townhomes going up is incredible.  It's got art, museum's, USF St. Pete, nightlife along with Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Rowdies.  Downtown "burg" has really transformed, I can attest to that.

Tampa Bay Wave supports up and coming innovators at the grass roots:  http://www.tampabaywave.org/

There's a push to make Ybor City the Cyber Security hub: http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/push-in-works-to-make-ybor-city-a-cyber-security-hub/449685906

Last but not least, the Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's has some goals to transform downtown Tampa with multi billion investment: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/08/sports/hockey/jeff-vinik-lightning-wants-to-build-to-last-in-tampa-and-on-ice.html

There's a lot happening here in Tampa Bay.  I've been a resident since 1982 and it seems the "next up and coming city" is finally getting traction.

Thanks for reading~!

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