Tampa Bay Business Journal: January 11, 2013

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner discusses usage issues of personal mobile devices by employees, the hot new Tampa neighborhood to live in, and the national exposure the Columbia Restaurant is receiving.

It is called BYOD -- "Bring Your Own Device." Many companies thought it would save money if employees used their own personal cell phones and tablet computers to conduct business on.

However there is a major drawback.

"Security is a concern within the financial industry," said Rob Keatts, vice president of information technology. "Access to our members' data is what we do. If that got compromised that would be an issue for us."

Security challenges can add support costs to the BYOD phenomenon. That is leading some companies to rethink asking employees to use their own devices.

The hottest Tampa neighborhood to live in might be one you do not expect. About 1,700 apartment units are under construction or development in the Westshore business district.

"What's happening in Westshore is a reflection of what's happening across the country," said Brad Lutz, a designer with Humphreys & Partners Architects.

The lure of avoiding congested commutes from suburban locations to the district's more than 93,000 jobs makes Westshore a draw for future residents.

Ybor City's Columbia Restaurant is about to get some national exposure.

Chef Emeril Lagasse's new series, Emeril's Florida, features the restaurant on an episode premiering January 20 on the Cooking Channel.

Lagasse stopped by in September with a television crew to film the episode. Lagasse and owner-operator Andrea Gonzmart cooked paella in the kitchen and Gonzmart served him sangria in the café.

Emeril's showcasing of the Columbia is more proof that Tampa is becoming a "destination" city for visitors.

For more information on these stories, click on the video player on the left, click youtu.be/wCuCPh9QNEU or pick up this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal available on newsstands.

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