Tampa Bay Business Journal: August 1, 2014

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner discusses why needs to occur to make Channelside "cool", how Tech Data designed its new headquarters to keep employees happy, and the website allowing you to reserve a parking spot at Tropicana Field.

There were only 11 people living in the Channelside district in 2000. Within seven years that number had increased to about 500. Now there are almost 3,500 residents living in the area.

With ninety percent of the Channelside apartments filled, the area has evolved into an urban neighborhood.

However, it still is not the "coolest" place to live. The problem is still lacks the large number of retailers that are needed to support the population growth. Among the necessities is a grocery store.

What might help put the Channelside area over the top are the plans Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeffrey Vinick has for the Channelside shopping complex. His company just gained control of the mall following years of legal battle.

The Business Journal got a sneak peek at Tech Data's new $6 million headquarters expansion.

The Clearwater-based corporation is a $24 billion company that is a worldwide wholesale distributor of electronics.

Tech Data incorporated interesting design choices including an eight-foot wide conference table to water-chilled air conditioners. The thought is to choose designs to keep employees happy and loyal.

You can view a slideshow of the Tech Data building at www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/slideshow/2014/07/30/take-a-sneak-peek-inside-tech-datas-6m.html .

There is a new way to park at Tropicana Field. Parking Panda will allow fans to reserve parking spaces at the stadium.

The company is already operating in more than forty cities nationwide. In the Tampa Bay area, it has parking inventory at 26 locations with about 3,000 spaces.

Parking Panda hopes its easy-to-use website will ease the frustrations drivers can feel about finding a parking spot before going to a Tampa Bay Rays game.

For more information on these stories, click on the video player, go to youtube.com/watch?v=bXj8vvAqXeE or pick up this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal available on newsstands.

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