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    Cigar company to close Tampa operations after $62M acquisition
    The oldest mail order cigar company in the United States, Thompson Cigar, which was recently acquired, is shutting its doors. The company, filed under the name Lilly Distribution LLC, gave its Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Notice to the state on March 22 that it plans on closing the Tampa location at 5401 at Hanger Court. The closure will result on 112 layoffs that will take place on June 29 through Dec. 31. The majority of the layoffs will take place on June 29, according?

    USF's new president has long history of supporting businesses, entrepreneurship
    While technology and innovation have been long-revered in the startup community, there is one player in the education sector looking to break into the space: Steve Currall. Currall, the now-former provost of Southern Methodist University, was named the president-elect of the University of South Florida Friday after a week of interviews. During each of his interviews with the presidential search committee as well as the Board of Trustees, Currall continuously mentioned his work with fostering entrepreneurial?

    Meet Ryan Companies, a 2019 Best Places to Work honoree
    Large (50-99 employees) Ryan Companies US Inc. Location: Tampa What is your company culture in a #hashtag? #WeBuildStories Ryan Companies manages all aspects of commercial real estate projects including construction, architecture and engineering, development, real estate management and capital markets. Are you currently hiring? Yes, we have 4 open positions in the Tampa office: project coordinator, project manager II, senior project manager and superintendent. When hiring, what do you look?

    Meet KnowBe4, a 2019 Best Places to Work honoree
    Extra Large (100+ employees) KnowBe4 Location: Clearwater What is your company culture in a #hashtag? #kb4people How would you describe your company to someone outside of your industry? KnowBe4, the provider of the world?s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 24,000 organizations worldwide. Founded by data and IT security expert Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness of ransomware,?

    Major Tampa landlord merges with Dallas-based REIT in $7.8 billion deal
    The deals gives Dallas-based TIER REIT an instant presence in Florida ? including some marquee buildings in Tampa's Westshore business district.

    Meet VHB, a 2019 Best Places to Work honoree
    Small (10-20 employees) VHB Location: Tampa What is your company culture in a #hashtag? #ourpeoplemakeusgreat VHB?s professionals include engineers, scientists, planners, and designers who partner with public and private clients in the transportation, real estate, institutional, and energy industries, as well as federal, state, and local governments. Are you currently hiring? Yes, we are always looking for great talent to add to our team. When hiring, what do you look for in the ideal candidate??

    U.S. Supreme Court turns down Pinellas development dispute
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by a developer in a long-running battle about a residential project in the Pinellas County community of Safety Harbor. The Richman Group of Florida, Inc., filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case, contending that Pinellas County had violated equal-protection rights. The Supreme Court, as is common, did not explain its reasons for turning down the case. Florida?s 2nd District Court of Appeal in 2017 overturned a circuit-court?

    In the works: Universal explores use of automated vehicles for theme park guests
    The technology could be used to transport people at resorts and/or theme parks.

    By the numbers: Where Florida's jobs are
    From the Keys to the Panhandle, the jobs picture in Florida varies. The state Department of Economic Opportunity on Friday released unemployment figures for February. Here?s how the counties stacked up: Monroe County: 2.4 percent St. Johns County: 2.9 percent Okaloosa County: 3.0 percent Wakulla County: 3.0 percent Collier County: 3.1 percent Lafayette County: 3.1 percent Orange County: 3.1 percent Seminole County: 3.1 percent Walton County: 3.1 percent Alachua County: 3.2 percent Bradford County:?

    Five minutes with Hillsborough transit authority's new CEO
    Today is the new Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority CEO's first day.