Richard Danielson, Economic Development, Port, Airport and Movers and Shakers Reporter

Richard Danielson

Economic Development, Port, Airport and Movers and Shakers Reporter

Since joining the Times in 1987, I’ve worked a lot of places (Dade City, New Port Richey, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Tampa) and have covered a lot of stuff (local government, including two tours at Tampa City Hall, state and federal courts, higher education, business). I grew up in Clearwater and live about a mile from my childhood home. Away from work, I row for exercise, read, play a lot of computer Scrabble, often start cooking dinner around 9 p.m. and help wrangle Frenchy, our lab-beagle-sharpei-pit bull mix.

Tech company Pipedrive opens second U.S. office in St. Petersburg

Pipedrive is joining the roster of tenants at 490 First Ave. S in St. Petersburg that includes the Tampa Bay Times, the Penny Hoarder, L3 Technologies, and Bank OZK. (Times files) CHRIS URSO | Times
Pipedrive offers sales management tools for small sales teams that need to manage lengthy or complex sales processes.

Four managers leave leadership team at Port Tampa Bay

In three months this spring, Port Tampa Bay saw four members of its leadership team resign: two vice presidents (operations and finance) and two directors (information technology and public relations).  The departures came as the port’s growth picked up momentum, with milestone gains in both cruise ship and cargo business. [RICHARD DANIELSON | Times]
The resignations were coincidental and reflect normal turnover, port officials say. But two employees indicated on their way out that they felt not all was right at the port.

REI Co-op headed to Midtown Tampa

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. With its emphasis on outdoor recreation, classes and programs, the store is expected to help activate the lake and fitness trail next to Midtown One. Rendering courtesy Bromley Companies and REI
The outdoor retailer will have a 22,500-square-foot store at the base of the Midtown One office building near N Dale Mabry Highway and Interstate 275.

Chances of a Florida recession are on the rise, chamber economist says

Jerry Parrish, chief economist of the Florida Chamber Foundation (Courtesy of Florida Chamber of Commerce) Susan Taylor Martin  |  Jerry Parrish
In April, Florida had roughly a 21 percent chance of slipping into a recession in the next nine months, according to the chief economist for the Florida Chamber Foundation. Now thatís grown to 34...

Construction picking up speed at Midtown Tampa

Demolition began Wednesday on the old Men’s Wearhouse, clearing the way for the 7-story Midtown One office building. Nearby, 400 apartments, a dual-branded hotel, stores and a parking garage are already on the rise. [RICHARD DANIELSON | Times] Richard Danielson  |  RICHARD DANIELSON | Times
Demolition began Wednesday on the old Menís Wearhouse, clearing the way for the 7-story Midtown One office building. Nearby, 400 apartments, a dual-branded hotel, stores and a parking garage are...