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Rick Scott, Titus O’Neil to join area students at construction job fair

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Gov. Rick Scott and WWE wrestler Titus O’Neil will be the top-billed guests at the second annual Build Tampa Bay Tradeshow and Job Fair at the Port of Tampa Thursday. In addition to Scott and O’Neil, organizers expect other state leaders and 900 students from across the Tampa Bay region to come to the event promoting careers in the area’s construction industry. The job fair is scheduled to go from 9 am to 1 pm at the port’s cruise terminal.…

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When the neighborhood is owned by billion-dollar companies

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Many of the single-family homes in the Piedmont Park neighborhood of Apopka, Florida, used to be owned by families — the Vargases and the Townes, the Pierces and the Riddles. Now, they’re owned by Blackstone, American Homes 4 Rent and Colony Starwood Homes, companies associated with big real estate investment firms. And the occupants are tenants, not owners. In the decade since the housing boom deflated into a bust, financial firms recognized an investment opportunity in hard-hit areas like this…

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