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    Tampa software developer acquired, expands international reach
    One Tampa-based tech company has been acquired and its worldwide spread will only increase in the coming years.  AgileThought, a custom software development and consulting firm, has been acquired by Irving, Texas-based AN Global. AN Global is a digital services firm and the two will now be branded under the AgileThought name. Its headquarters will be in Irving, Texas.  ?We believe the combined strengths and aligned cultures of the two organizations create a company with a very compelling end-to-end?


    Into the great o-zone: Navigating national opportunity zones
    Thousands of neighborhoods are primed for an investment surge. Will a rising tide lift all boats, or will our poorest, least-educated communities be upended in the name of economic development?


    Tampa Bay home prices outpace income
    Earnings in Tampa Bay are simply not keeping up with housing prices. According to a report from ATTOM Data Solutions, average earnings in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties fall considerably short of the annual income required to buy a house, based on a 28 percent front end debt-to-income ratio and 3 percent down. The average resident in Hillsborough County earns slightly more than $54,000, compared to a required annual income (for a house) of $58,258. In Pinellas County, the average income?


    Giving Back: Outback Bowl?s 2019 efforts to-date
    Name of project: The Outback Bowl Charitable Giving Initiative has donated over $500,000 in 2019 to area nonprofit organizations throughout the Tampa Bay area and has committed to contributing at least $500,000 annually over the next seven years. This is in addition to more than $6 million contributed to universities each year. Beneficiary organizations: Multiple organizations in the Tampa Bay area. Featured in the photo gallery are Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Metropolitan Ministries and Big Brothers?


    TBBJ launches qualifying round for 2019 Battle of the Brews
    The Tampa Bay Business Journal is on the hunt for the next great brewery ? and one of them is already here in the Bay area. The 2019 Battle of the Brews qualifying round is up. Vote for your favorites ? multiples are allowed ? until 11:59 p.m. on July 26 and then the TBBJ will use the results to seed the top 16 breweries to begin the bracket competition. There are 87 breweries to choose from, so choose wisely ? think atmosphere plus beer. Sorry Yuengling and Sea Dog fans, but while both?


    Clearwater?s AmeriLife acquires majority stake in Illinois capital management firm
    AmeriLife Group LLC, a Clearwater-based insurance marketing and brokerage firm, has acquired a majority interest in an Illinois capital management group. The deal with Brookstone Capital Management is expected to create a combined $3.5 billion in annual life, health and annuity premiums and $2.7 billion in assets under management. Brookstone?s founder, Dean Zayed, will continue to serve as CEO of Brookstone, and will assume responsibility as the president of AmeriLife?s new Investment Advisory?


    Editor's Picks: Five things that happened while you planned a summer road trip
    Eight Tampa Bay women business leaders have been named Athena Society officers.


    By the numbers: Construction pipeline continues to be robust, construction spending drives growth
    Demand for nonresidential construction services remains elevated, the report said.


    Florida sees decade-long spike in business applications
    The Sunshine State has been open for business. New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the number of business applications in the state of Florida has increased by about 62 percent within the last decade. There were 98,867 business applications statewide in the second quarter of 2019, up from 61,068 in the second quarter of 2009. Florida?s decade-long growth mirrors the national rise in business applications over the last 10 years, from 596,991 to 866,033, a gain of 45 percent. The Census?


    Tampa's e-scooter program kicks off with more than 50K rides, but not everyone is happy about it
    From abandoned scooters affecting a local event venue to riders bumping into residents, there's a mixed bag of thoughts about e-scooters on Tampa's streets.