Graham Brink, Business Columnist

Graham Brink

Business Columnist

My truck lacked AC when I first landed with the Times. Still, I loved pursuing stories along the backroads of Hernando County. It’s where I first began to appreciate the Times’ commitment to the Tampa Bay community. I’ve covered shady companies and way too many hurricanes. I’ve reported about Morocco after 9/11 and had a blast writing about racing a mountain bike 800 miles from the Okefenokee to the Everglades. I crossed over to editing for a dozen years and recently crossed back to become business columnist. My wife makes me laugh. My son makes me want to change the world, at least our little part of it. The truck now has AC, but a good story still fires me up.

REI coming to Tampa brings back fond memories

Outdoor retailer REI Co-op will open its first store on the west coast of Florida in 22,500 square feet at the base of the Midtown One office tower in early 2021. Rendering courtesy Bromley Companies and REI
It started more than 25 years ago with a smashed tent.

A recession can’t start with unemployment so low? Yes it can.

Florida's economy is chugging along thanks to strong job growth. But don't look to a low unemployment rate as defense against a recession. (Times | 2012)
“History shows us that," says one economist.

Can Tampa Bay’s housing void be filled by making it harder to sue banks, developers?

A view of the Ella affordable housing apartment complex in Tampa. (Times files)
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed a business-friendly rule change.

Florida’s economy: What to think after a dizzying week of financial news.

The ongoing trade war with China is putting pressure on U.S. manufacturers. How big of an effect will it have on the economy? (Associated Press)
What to watch in the months ahead.

Robots are coming for some of our jobs. Is Florida ready?

Robots and other forms of automation are taking over more jobs. Is Florida ready?
Florida’s workforce is vulnerable to automation. Here’s why.