Tampa Bay Business Journal: January 3, 2014

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner discuss some of the people and places to watch for that could have a major impact on Bay Area businesses in 2014.

The Business Journal lists 25 people to watch in 2014. On the list is Bill Edwards, Chetan "Jason" Shah and Jeff Vinik.

Citing a tough regulatory climate Edwards is closing his Mortgage Investors Corp., he still is working on turning the Shops at St. Pete, formerly called Baywalk, into a destination.

Edwards could also play an important part in the future of Al Lang Stadium after his purchase of the Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer team in December.

Chetan "Jason" Shah is very involved in getting Tampa to be the host city for the 2014 IIFA Awards. The event, better known as the Bollywood Oscars, is expected to bring tens of thousands of tourists to the Bay Area in late April.

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik makes the list because of his yet-unrevealed plans for downtown Tampa. Vinik's company continues to purchase parcels of land near the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Many believe Vinik wants to use the land to build a sports/entertainment complex similar to L.A. Live in Los Angeles. The area is rumored to be one site under consideration for a new Tampa Bay Rays stadium.

The Business Journal is also listing the 10 places to watch in 2014. On the list is Cypress Creek Town Center and the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Cypress Creek has been on the drawing boards for about a decade. Originally designed as a upscale mall in southeastern Pasco County, it now appears it will be an outlet mall once construction finally begins.

The Florida State Fairgrounds' governing board is entertaining proposals for land development. It is also one possible stadium site for the Tampa Bay Rays. The questions remains how much land can the Fairgrounds put up for development.

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

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