Business Columnist, Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times business columnist Robert Trigaux dishes his take on the latest news and views relevant to the Tampa Bay and Florida economies.
tampabay.com — Florida's unemployment rate fell to 7.2 percent in April, the lowest since 2008. The rate fell from 7.5 percent in March and 8.9 percent from last year at this time.The state added 17,000 jobs from March to April, and 119,000 jobs from April 2012.
tampabay.com — Talk about a nuclear tale of two cities. In Washington, D.C., Duke Energy's deposed CEO-for-a-moment Bill Johnson, now head of the Tennessee Valley Authority power company, stood at the podium of this week's Nuclear Energy Institute conference to unveil the industry's secret weapon.It's a video of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear, the nuclear power industry's organization of youthful engineers and others who work at nuclear power plants.
tampabay.com — Math guts nuclear myth and Editorial: High price of nuclear fantasies | May 12A balanced energy portfolioAs a state and a country, we need to have a balanced portfolio in order to sustain and secure our energy future and a broader understanding of our reliance on natural gas in Florida as the primary source of generating electricity.Duke Energy Florida's Levy nuclear project remains cost effective when compared to building comparable natural gas-fired power plants.
tampabay.com — Does Tampa Bay have the brains and brass to transform its regional medical industry into a national hot spot of health care innovation?It's a long shot at this point. But nearly 500 regional economic development industry leaders gathered Monday to consider reaching that goal by 2023.
tampabay.com — Eight Tampa Bay area companies are finalists for the Ernst & Young "entrepreneur of the year" award this year in Florida. Award recipients will be announced June 13 at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. Statewide, 27 finalists were named Tuesday.
tampabay.com — The enduring Tallahassee myth that nuclear power is always cheaper has cost Duke Energy customers billions of dollars with nothing to show for it. A new analysis of the long-term cost of the proposed nuclear plant in Levy County - the kind that ideally would have already been done by regulators - should finally change the conversation.
tampabay.com — In the long run, nuclear power is cheap. This, for many of Florida's top decisionmakers, is the Truth. Lawmakers have cast aside their worship of the free market - which long ago lost trust in building nuclear plants - and skewed state law to favor construction of new reactors.
tampabay.com — TAMPA -- It's been a rough year for Jeff Vinik, at least by multimillionaire standards.His hockey team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, missed the playoffs. He decided to close his multibillion-dollar hedge fund, Vinik Asset Management LP.
tampabay.com — If airline flights are shrinking nationally, those in Florida are (pardon the phrase) on a crash diet. Airline mergers, belt tightening and a recession that cut demand for air travel combined to contract the number of airline departures at U.S. airports by 14 percent between 2007 and 2012.
tampabay.com — Monday, May 6, 2013 5:58pm Gazing at the business outlook through the eyes of Tampa Bay's biggest public companies, the scene ranges from inspiring to chaotic. Kind of like the 2013 economy. Let's take a tour based on comments of the area's top executives as they talk about their challenges in recent conversations with Wall Street analysts.
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