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A Bolts-Blue View of Tampa from Amalie Arena

A Lightning-blue view of the city of Tampa from the Lightning’s home, Amalie Arena!

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Posted by Amalie Arena on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The AMALIE ARENA in TAMPA is among the Top 5 Venues in the world.

In April 2015, it was ranked 5th in the world by Venues Today magazine based on ticket sales for events, conerts and family shows in venues seating more than 15,000 people.

When it first opened on October 12, 1996, its name was ICE PALACE. It was renamed ST. PETE TIMES FORUM in 2002 when it partnered with the St. Petersburg Times newspaper, then renamed TAMPA BAY TIMES FORUM in 2011 when the paper changed its name to Tampa Bay Times.

In September 2014, the venue was renamed AMALIE ARENA when Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik partnered with family-owned Tampa-based Amalie Oil Co.

AMALIA ARENA will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in October 2016.

5 Companies Create More Tampa Jobs in January 2015


Lots of restaurants, retail stores and businesses have been opening and expanding in the Tampa Bay area.  The year 2014 was a banner year. It was capped off by the well-covered launching of Jeff Vinik’s vision for the properties and vacant lands that he has acquired near the Amalie Arena.

Here are 5 companies that made their move to expand in Tampa in the first month of the year 2015:

1.   Central Florida Development will develop a 28-acre commercial and industrial center called County Line Commerce Center.

This project includes a speculative building which is set to open in June for office, warehousing and manufacturing use. It will be located near Interstate 4 on County Line Road. The estimated total capital investment is $20 million. It’s expected that the project will jump-start the opening of restaurants, retail and industrial businesses along Country Line Road.

2.   Tampa Tank Inc. and Florida Structural Steel (TTI/FSS) will build a facility and retrofit an existing building at Port Redwing, a property of Port Tampa Bay in the Gibsonton area, to fabricate steel and iron structures for export.

Tampa Tank builds steel petroleum tanks and pipelines and exports them worldwide. It has offices in Guatemala, Panama, Colombia and the Bahamas. It started operating in 1953 and acquired Florida Steel in 1984.

It will create 84 jobs at Port Redwing and will add 24 jobs at its headquarters in Ybor City. The project is also expected to revitalize Port Redwing and inspire other companies to expand in the area. Total capital investment is $18.25 million. This project is a victory for Tampa and Hillsborough County, as it was learned that Tampa Tank was considering to expand in the Bahamas.

3.   Cody Talbert Distribution, a wholesale supplier of parts and accessories for recreational vehicle dealers, service centers and campgrounds, will move its headquarters from Orlando area’s Kissimmee to Plant City. It will invest $200,000 and will employ around 30 people for technology development, distribution and technical support.

Cody Talbert plans to expand across the country and manage facilities from the
new Plant City headquarters.

4.   German company SLV Lighting, a manufacturer of residential and commercial lighting products, will expand its North American headquarters and distribution center, which is located near the Tampa International Airport. It has been operating in Tampa since 2009.

It will build a new facility along nearby Johns Road, where around 22 new employees will be hired for engineering, accounting, purchasing and project management activities.

5.   Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will move its national headquarters to

The 110-year-old organization, which has 331 affiliates nationwide, will help boost the city’s national profile with its network of donors, directors and affiliates. Big Brothers Big Sisters is that country’s biggest mentoring organization supported by volunteers and donors. It helps kids facing adversity or children of low-income or single-parent households by pairing them with screened volunteer mentors who can help them achieve greater confidence, educational success, better relationships and avoid risky behaviors.

It was former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, hired in 2014 as CEO and president of the organization, who spearheaded the move from Dallas, Texas to Tampa, her hometown.
She has committed to head the organization until 2019.  With help from the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp., which she helped found in 2009, she was connected to Parkway Properties which offered office spaces at West Shore’s Corporate Center One rent-free for five years. ROF Furniture donated office furnishings and Beck Group donated design-and-build services.

In 2014, the nine companies listed below created hundreds of Tampa jobs and are expected to continue creating jobs in the years to come:

BluePearl Veterinary Partners
Laser Spine Institute
LabTech Software
White & Case LLP
Quest Diagnostics
Acoustiblok, Inc.
Tampa Bay Brewing Company (TBBC) of Ybor City

Events in 2014 That Will Boost 2015 Tampa Real Estate Market


Great things are expected for the Tampa real estate market in 2015!
2014 was a year filled with lots of business projects that will have big impacts on commercial, residential and industrial properties in the Tampa Bay area.

The 7 top Tampa-area happenings were:

1.   Jeff Vinik’s Formal Launching of His $1-Billion Redevelopment Plan for Downtown Tampa’s Channelside District

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his team said they have the vision, the  funds and the support of public and private entities.

Vinik is expected to succeed because of the following:

  • He already owns more than 25 acres of land in the Channelside area and is poised to acquire more.
  • He has the financial support of Microsoft founder Bill Gates through his deal with Gates’ investment firm Cascade Investment LLC.
  • He has purchased the Channelside Bay Plaza and the Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina.
  • He owns Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team which has long-term lease rights to the Tampa Sports Authority-owned stadium Amalie Arena, the main anchor of the Channelside redevelopment project.
  • He has obtained approval from the board of trustees of the University of South Florida (USF) for the construction of the USF Morsani College of Medicine and USF Heart Health Institute.
  • He has signed a deal with the Tampa Port Authority for the operation of Channelside’s parking facilities.
  • The Florida Aquarium and the Tampa Convention Center are located in the district.

2.   Launching of Chain and Specialty Restaurants

. Ulele restaurant and brewery, in Tampa Heights, near the Ulele Spring, Water Works Park, Riverwalk and Hillsborough River
. Elevage at the Epicurean Hotel
. Bizou Brasserie at Le Meridien Tampa
. Rivers Smokehouse in Carrollwood, a barbecue
. Del Frisco’s Grille in Tampa
. Wing Zone in New Tampa
. Graffiti Junktion in Tampa near USF
. Culver’s in Tampa, a burger chain
. Earl of Sandwich in St. Petersburg
. Besito in Westshore Plaza
. Buffalo Wings & Rings, looking for location
. Tom+Chee, looking for 5 locations
. Twin Peaks, looking for location
. Fodder & Shine in Seminole Heights

3.   Launching of Malls and Other Retail Centers

.  RareHues design store in Carrollwood
.  Tampa Premium Outlets in Wesley Chapel in Pasco County by Simon Property Group
.  University Mall, acquired and being redeveloped by New York investor Richard Birdoff
.  Hyde Park Village
.  Seminole Mall
.  Specialty grocer Trader Joe’s opened in South Tampa
.  Spanx at International Plaza

4.   City Projects under Mayor Bob Buckhorn

. Completion of the Riverwalk
. Bike Sharing Program
. Water Works Park redevelopment
. Nehemiah Project, revitalization of Sulphur Springs
. Redevelopment of Riverfront Park
. Improvement of other city parks, trails and boulevards
. Agua Luces public art program
. Downtown park programs like the Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta

5.   Launching of Hotels and Hotel Projects

  • Aloft Hotel, in the former Mercantile Bank building in downtown Tampa
  • Le Méridien Tampa Hotel, transformation of the historic federal courthouse  in downtown Tampa, near Ybor City and Channelside
  • Epicurean Hotel, in the SoHo neighborhood of Hyde Park, part of the Autograph Collection by Marriott, developed by the Bern’s family in partnership with hotel company Mainsail Lodging and Development
  • A four-building luxury hotel to be developed by Mainsail Lodging and Development around around a 50-slip marina in Holmes Beach

6.   Residential and commercial real estate projects
. Residential Pierhouse at Channelside
. Residences at the Riverwalk
. The Martin at Meridian
. The Trio at Encore
. NoHo Flats
. Loft-style apartments in Seminole Heights by developer Wesley Burdette
. SkyHouse in Channelside
. Crescent Bayshore

7.   Company Expansions With Help from the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (EDC)

In 2014, hundreds of Tampa jobs were created and will continue to be created in the years to come by these companies:

  • BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a leading veterinary medicine company that employs more than 1,800 in 14 states
  • Cognizant, a leading information technology and consulting company that employs 200,000 employees worldwide
  • Laser Spine Institute, provider of minimally invasive spine surgery, which employs more than 900 medical and corporate professionals across the U.S.
  • LabTech Software, developer of remote monitoring and management (RMM) platform for IT service providers, with more than 350 employees worldwide
  • White & Case LLP, a global law firm with lawyers in 39 offices in 26 countries
  • Quest Diagnostics, provider of diagnostic information services for patients and doctors, with 45,000 employees across the U.S.
  • Acoustiblok, Inc. manufacturer of acoustical soundproofing solutions
  • Tampa Bay Brewing Company (TBBC) of Ybor City, producer of craft beer
  • ConnectWise, provider of business management platform for high technology companies

See Top Employers in the Tampa Bay Area 

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Florida Aquarium
Panoramic view of the Florida Aquarium and Channelside retail complex

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