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    Hyde Park Village's latest win: Tampa's first Capital One Cafe
    Capital One, which has put an emphasis on its retail experience in recent years, is the latest tenant to land at Hyde Park Village in South Tampa. The banking giant is bringing one of its new Capital One Cafes to Hyde Park Village in 2019. It will have free Wi-Fi, meeting rooms and nooks, and serve coffee and baked goods. Oh, and there's banking, too, in the form of "money coaching" and a cash-deposit ATM. Capital One (NYSE: COF) debuted the cafes, aimed at luring millennials back into bank branches,?

    Raymond James CEO and wife donate $1M to St. Petersburg Catholic High School for renovations
    St. Petersburg Catholic High School on Thursday announced the receipt of a $1 million gift from alumnus and Raymond James CEO Paul Reilly and his wife, Rose, that went toward renovating several classrooms. The gift is the largest ever received by the school, according to Dr. Daniel Zepp, director of advancement for the school. ?Their gift really was about gratitude, about the academic life and having the best teaching and learning environment for the future of the school,? Zepp said. Reilly?

    Feld Entertainment pitches Monster Jam-themed coaster concept to mall operators
    The Palmetto-based parent company of Disney on Ice and Monster Jam is toying with the idea of bringing its Grave Digger-themed coaster concept to mall operators. Feld Entertainment Inc. recently released its concept of the coaster, Grave Digger Freestyle Run, at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions event to pitch to theme park operators. The move was already an unusual business strategy for the entertainment company. "Typically, companies don?t come to operators?

    Tampa tosses out bids for e-scooter pilot program, will reissue request for applications
    The electronic shared scooter pilot program that the city of Tampa hoped to launch as early as February has hit a road bump. City leaders decided to reissue the request for applications to modify the indemnification language in the application, Jean Duncan, transportation and stormwater services department director, told the Tampa Bay Business Journal via email. The reissued request, which hasn't published yet, means that all the companies that originally submitted an application in mid-October?

    Sarasota blockchain company partners with medical cannabis distributor
    With blockchain technology on the rise, a Sarasota company has found a new use for it: tracking and monitoring the growing process of medicinal marijuana. LevelBlox, (OTCQB: LVBX), a Sarasota-based developer of enterprise blockchain platforms, announced it has signed a development agreement with AltMed Florida, a licensed manufacturer, cultivator and distributor of medical cannabis throughout the state. The agreement is part of the development of the Seed-to-Sale blockchain application. AltMed?

    Go inside USF's new medical engineering lab (Photos)
    With change on the horizon for the University of South Florida, the school is tacking on another new addition: a medical engineering lab. The lab opened this week on the USF Tampa campus; it was created out of a partnership between the College of Engineering and the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. The lab launch comes on the cusp of the Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute's downtown opening, slated for later this year. ?The new medical engineering facility houses a unique,?

    ConnectWise appoints president, creates new executive position
    ConnectWise, a Tampa-based software company, has appointed a new president and has promoted several from within to C-level positions. In addition, the company has created a new executive position focused on the success of its more than 24,000 worldwide customers. Jason Magee, who has served as ConnectWise?s executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2016, is now president of the company. He will continue to lead corporate strategy, operations and procurement, but will now also?

    The Austin Center, Westshore's original office park, has been sold to a new, local owner
    At just shy of 10.5 acres, the Austin Center has long been considered a massive redevelopment play ? a prime site for a mixed-use project. Here's what the new owner has in mind.

    Here's how the government shutdown is impacting the Tampa Bay area
    Tampa Bay employees and businesses that work with the government have been immensely affected by what is the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. The Tampa and St. Petersburg area has one of the highest proportion of federal workers than any region in the country, according to The Washington Post, with 15,725 federal workers. These are several agencies and businesses being impacted by the shutdown. U.S. Coast Guard: The Tampa Bay area is home to more than 1,000 U.S. Coast Guard members?

    Meet the seven companies competing at the Wave's Demo Day
    Innovation is one of the main focuses at the upcoming Synapse Summit and even the Tampa Bay Wave Demo Day is going to get its own twist. Past Demo Days have involved companies in the Wave's latest cohort inviting investors to a closed event, where the owner presents the idea to get possibly funded. A Demo Day at the Synapse Summit will be taking place, but this time the public is also invited. Previously, companies presented at Pitch Night, which is an informal pitch to interested investors and?