Tampa Bay Business Journal: September 21, 2012

TAMPA - In this week's Tampa Bay Business Journal report, editor Alexis Muellner discusses the continuing efforts to develop Tampa's waterfront, the big win for local technology firms, and why companies are evolving their social media guidelines for their employees.

The City of Tampa has received an $11 million grant to complete the remaining portion of the Riverwalk from south of Kennedy Boulevard up to Tampa Heights. There are also efforts to build a fourth museum at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park along the Hillsborough.

That news comes as business people and commercial real estate professionals are renewing their effort on creating a downtown renaissance that attracts new jobs, new residents and other economic development.

A regional partnership led by the University of South Florida was awarded $1 million by the U.S. Commerce Department to support new Web and mobile app ventures.

The project, one of six i6 Challenge grants awarded nationally this year, is designed to launch new companies and create hundreds of high-wage jobs in the greater Tampa Bay region.

Companies are evolving their social media guidelines for employees. Many businesses encourage employees to use Facebook and Twitter at work, if it promotes the good word of the company.

Charles Love, director of service operations for Big Sur Technologies Inc., says companies benefit from setting firm social media guidelines.

For more information on these stories, click on the video player on the left to watch this week's report.

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