Tampa Bay Business Journal: April 25, 2014

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner discusses the challenges facing business owners who are hiring Millennials, the business development growth wanted by the Mayors of Tampa and St. Petersburg, and the new hotel about to open in St. Pete Beach.

The next generation of workers is not like previous ones. Millennials, born between 1982 and 2004, are tech-savvy, educated and diverse. However, managers complain they area also self-absorbed and detached.

Businesses are adapting to the needs of Millennials by providing collaborative workspaces where they can get work done in a social environment.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman both appeared on a panel at the Business Incubator TampaBayWaVE. They and tech innovation leaders discussed how best to get the entire Bay Area together to attract more venture capital.

The hope is to develop a start-up culture and not rely so much on traditional tourism and construction industries.

The new Hotel Zamora will soon open on St. Beach Beach. The boutique hotel is the first new hotel opening in the city in two decades. The opening is a good sign investment is coming back to the area following the downtown after the 2008 recession.

For more information on these stories, click on the video player, go to youtube.com/watch?v=eMVvV09kNKc or pick up this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal available on newsstands.

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