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Perhaps best known for hosting Super Bowls and Gasparilla parades, housing MacDill Air Force Base and being home to professional sports teams and high profile athletes the crown jewel of the Tampa Bay region is oh-so-much more. Tampa is on the verge of achieving many long-planned ambitions. Downtown redevelopment, the expansion of the city's port and airport, a planned and a substantial increase in research activities at the University of South Florida fuel its progress. 

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One of the festive meeting rooms at VACO.

Cool office spaces redefine what it means to go to work in Tampa, St. Pete

The Tampa Bay region is home to some of the coolest, anything-but-ordinary work spaces that especially appeal to creatives and techies.

Daniel Stein is founder of CAFE Charity Awareness  Fair & Expo.

For Good: Charity Awareness connects volunteers, nonprofits

How to match youthful volunteers with charities that need helpers? The CAFE in Tampa aims to do just that by bringing nonprofits together in a fair and expo where students can visit and find a good fit for their passions and talents.

Teacher Beth Calcaterra and a student discuss the anatomy of a worm found in the school garden.

Charter schools synonymous with alternative education in the Tampa Bay area

With 10 charter school-related bills under consideration in the 2015 Florida Legislature, parents, educators and lawmakers are paying more attention than ever to non-traditional learning programs for kids. 83 Degrees takes a closer look at some of the Tampa Bay area charter schools that are approaching education a little differently. 

The Tampa Riverwalk hosts bronze sculptures. This one features the Mound Builders of Tampa Bay.

Tampa Riverwalk nears completion, connects downtown

The Tampa Riverwalk — long envisioned by local leaders as a connector of people and places throughout downtown — is nearing completion. By 2016, the Riverwalk will become a continuous 2.6-mile path from the Heights Riverfront Development near the North Boulevard Bridge south and east along the Hillsborough River to the Channel District and Port Tampa Bay.

Broadstone Hyde Park Apartment.

Platt Street paves way for what's next in South Tampa

South Tampa’s Platt Street in the Courier City neighborhood is springing back to life in 2015 with new retail, restaurants, residences and bike-friendly roadways.

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For Good: Helping people take STEPS for Success

What STEPS do people need to take to work their way out of poverty? Sustainability, training, education, planning and support. Providing such services is the mission behind UACDC, a very special nonprofit helping Hillsborough County residents achieve success. 

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Local tech community: Growing fast, deep and strong

The tech community in the Tampa-St. Pete area is strong and growing stronger, says Daniel James Scott, CEO of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum. He shared his assessment of local tech talent and innovation at a March forum hosted by the Tampa Downtown Partnership. 83 Degrees reprints his remarks here.

Conceptual rendering of Straz Center renovation by Westlake Reed of Cleveland

Master plan envisions grand design for Straz Center on riverfront

The Tampa Riverwalk and the waterfront along the Hillsborough River would become an outdoor destination for displaying and enjoying the arts under a new master plan that guides expansion of the popular Straz Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa. 

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Cool collaborations: The 2015 guide to coworking in Tampa Bay

Create, collaborate and, of course, drink coffee at cool Tampa Bay coworking spaces. Shared workspaces continue to grow in 2015, attracting members to the dedicated desks and community tables cropping up throughout the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, Sarasota region. Here’s the 83 Degrees 2015 Guide to Coworking in Tampa Bay.

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Video: Highlights at Tampa Bay Startup Week 2015

Among the highlights of Tampa Bay Startup Week: Two local tech companies -- City Sleekers and Viral Style -- will participate in 2015 Tech Celebrate following its second local Tech Cocktail event later this year. 

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In Denver, legal marijuana spurs entrepreneurialism -- and gentrification

Florida voters interested in the medical marijuana issue take note: The Mile High City's booming marijuana industry has created and catalyzed thousands of jobs. While its impact rivals that of any single economic development initiative in the city's recent history, there are plenty of challenges and growing pains as well.

The Hydro-Dyne Engineering facility in Pinellas.

Tampa Bay area businesses expand trade with Chile, create local jobs

Chile is shaping up to be one of Florida's leading trade partners as more and more Tampa Bay area businesses are building fruitful relationships with the South American country. The result? An economic boost likely to result in more jobs in the local region.

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Video: Biyaks make a splash on the Hillsborough River in Downtown Tampa

Whether you're looking to mix a little fun with your daily exercise or you're simply searching for a better way to travel around downtown Tampa without running into traffic, check out the new biyaks on the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa.

Photographer Tim Kennedy chats with Carmen Cortes, one of his photo subjects, at Trinity Cafe.

For Good: Trinity Cafe engages community to feed hungry

Are you touched by the plight of the homeless? Want to do something to help? Go see 'Feast for the Eyes: The Faces of a Million Meals' served at the Trinity Cafe in downtown Tampa. The portrait gallery will be on display as part of an upcoming fundraiser.

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Get outdoors with locals on Tampa Bay area bicycle trails

Have bicycle, will travel? While Florida's cities increasingly invest in bike lanes to improve safety for bicyclists along streets and highways, the Tampa Bay region offers some fabulous bike trails and paths designed for non-motorized traffic. Read about and ride along on a few local favorites.  
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