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About $2 billion has been invested in downtown redevelopment since the late 1990s, establishing St. Petersburg as among Florida's coolest cities to live, work and play. The Dali Museum, Crislip Arcade, USFSP and the Morean Arts Center have helped spark the city's rebirth as a hub for marine science, academics and the arts. Other diversions include visiting an array of funky stores and restaurants, the Museum of Fine Arts, American Stage, the Palladium Theater and Tropicana Field for a Tampa Bay Rays' game. Housing choices range from historic bungalows to high-end waterfront condominiums to college dorms.

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Moving to Tampa, St. Pete: How to plug into local sailing scene

What makes the Tampa Bay Area a port of call for so many sailors? Whether you’re a cruiser, a kid, an expert sailor or a true beginner with dreams of the open Gulf, this is a great place to embark. Cue Styx on the playlist -- let’s sail away.

Claudia Gunns with Metropolitan Ministries, left, and Latisha Lomax.

For Good: Women helping women buck poverty

Unequal wages force many Florida women into poverty, but Tampa Bay Area community service organizations are working to improve their lot.

Second Saturday Art Walk trolley through The Deuces.

Warehouse Arts District, Deuces Live collaborate on revitalization plan

Two iconic downtown St. Petersburg communities -- the Warehouse Arts District and Deuces Live Main Street -- are putting together a joint action plan to revitalize their respective areas, draw more visitors and attract business investment.

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New technology, web apps engage users in making local streets more accessible, safer

Want to report a pothole or a traffic snarl? Want to borrow a bike for a ride across town? Want to know when the next bus arrives? Check out new mobile apps and interactive maps offered by Tampa Bay area cities and counties.

Curtis, Kimberly and Caleb Darby are graduates of the Family Promise of Pinellas County program.

For Good: Family Promise works with interfaith congregations to help homeless families

Fourteen host congregations set up make-shift living quarters for homeless families inside their houses of worship. Volunteers take turns supplying the guests three meals a day, as well as helping in whatever ways are needed, including taking kids to school, donating personal and household items, or offering social and emotional support. 

Johns Hopkins All Children's research facility.

Tampa Bay Area: Most anticipated development projects in 2017

In addition to the much anticipated groundbreaking for the Vinik development on the waterfront in Downtown Tampa, several other major development projects around the Tampa Bay Area expect to see tremendous progress in 2017. Here are a few. 

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Midtown comes into focus as USFSP students share neighborhood stories

Since 2006, the Neighborhood News Bureau, a USFSP student-run newsroom, has served as a voice for residents of Midtown, an historic and economically disadvantaged African-American neighborhood in St. Petersburg.

Scott Adams and Aaron Palermo work at the Louise Graham Regeneration Center.

For Good: Social enterprise employs intellectually disabled in St. Petersburg

Roughly 70 disabled adults spend six hours a day at the Louise Graham Center for Regeneration learning work tasks and social skills that can help them land a job in a local workplace.

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For Good: Social enterprise ventures help local nonprofits prosper, serve more people

Tampa Bay Area nonprofits can compete for prize money to start and sustain new for-profit businesses that can financially support the nonprofits’ missions.

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Ferry connecting Tampa-St. Pete adds new option for pleasure rides, potentially commuters

The new and long-awaited Cross-Bay Ferry service now deploys a 98-foot catamaran to connect St. Petersburg and Tampa via the water. The cost is $10 each way. Some free rides are available for a limited time.

Nidia Morales is Production Team Leader at Cardio Command in Tampa.

Employers, educators encourage women to land manufacturing jobs

Not just for men: Tampa Bay area manufacturing companies seek women employees as the industry rebounds with newly created jobs paying higher salaries for those willing to consider them.

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Looking for family friendly outdoor activities this fall?

Fall festivals featuring seafood, international music and culture, fireworks, outdoor concerts and car shows are among the fun things to do in the Tampa Bay region in late October through November.

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For Good: Road to Recovery volunteers drive cancer patients to lifesaving treatment

While family and friends often provide rides to treatment for cancer patients, they can't always be there every day. That's when volunteer drivers step up to make a difference.

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Internship program gives USFSP students competitive edge in workforce

Internships with local Tampa Bay companies help University of South Florida St. Petersburg students gain experience, make valuable contacts and “test drive” their future career choices.

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Neighborhood care centers aim to enhance patient experiences while lowering costs

As part of the strategy to reduce medical care costs, local healthcare providers are building more neighborhood care centers staffed with skilled professionals who can treat injuries and illnesses that don’t require a visit to more expensive hospital emergency rooms and highly trained physicians.
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