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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. 


Libya Pugh leads the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival Auditions Workshop at The Straz.

Playwrights, performers stage new experiences at Tampa Theatre Festival

The second annual Tampa Bay Theatre Festival set the stage for the Tampa-St. Petersburg area as a theater community with top quality actors, playwrights and performing venues.


Taste of Florida wows national food critics

Over the years, members of the national Association of Food Journalists have feasted their way through Seattle, New York, Boston, San Francisco, San Juan — and now the Tampa Bay region’s emerging food and drink scene. 


Innovation drives biofuel industry investments in Tampa Bay region

The growth of green industries throughout the Tampa Bay area in recent years is igniting a local surge in biofuel innovation -- an important step toward providing consumers with cleaner, more environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional fossil fuels.

Platt Street bike lane.

Pay now or pay later for Hillsborough County transportation solutions

No one who drives a motorized vehicle can seriously dispute the Tampa Bay area's growing traffic congestion. The question for Hillsborough County taxpayers is whether to pay their fair share for solutions or roll the costs over to their children and grandchildren. 


Meet 3 artists leaving their mark on the Tampa improv scene

Tampa Bay's improv community has come a long way in recent years. Three local teachers and performers open up about the area's thriving improv comedy scene, including ways for you to plug in.

Flying into Tampa International Airport.

Want to visit Europe? Lufthansa makes it easy from Tampa

For travelers visiting many European destinations, new non-stop Lufthansa flights to Frankfurt, Germany from Tampa will eliminate the need to make a connection in another city before or after crossing the Atlantic. 


UT startup team innovates mobile education solution for urban slums

University of Tampa team Tembo competes to win the Hult Prize, including $1 million in seed funding to help educate children in urban slums around the world.


Tampa neighborhoods surrounding downtown prepare for rebirth

Not everyone can afford to live in the new upscale residential towers going up in downtown Tampa, the Channel District and Port Tampa Bay. Enter Scott and Heidi Shimberg -- owners of Hyde Park Builders -- who plan a building spree of new housing construction in east Tampa neighborhoods that put affordability and urban living together in one package.

The Franciscan Center of Tampa.

For Good: Franciscan Center appeals for help to renovate quiet oasis in center of city

A tree-fllled sanctuary near downtown Tampa that has served all comers -- the sick and the needy, the down-trodden and the elderly, and even stressed-out business executives -- for 45 years turns to the public in search of its own kind of special assistance.


Helicopter design challenge fuels STEAM learning for middle, high school students

A $1,000 scholarship contest challenges Tampa Bay area students to invent and design an eco-friendly helicopter.

Florida Aquarium from inside the tank.

Moving to Tampa Bay: The diving scene

If you want to get involved in scuba diving, one of the most fascinating and adventurous of the water sports in Florida, here’s what to expect and how to go about it.


Popular Tampa airport busier than ever while construction moves forward

Pardon our dust when arriving or leaving the Tampa Bay region via TIA as construction continues on expanding terminal restaurants and shops, car rental spaces, parking and new airsides to accommodate the area's growing tourism and business opportunities. 

Ignite speaker Rachel Mallett 14, was awarded the Girls’ Inc. Girl of the Year for 2014.

Ignite Tampa Bay talks tackle STEM education, social media, silence

At least 20 speakers will take the stage to entertain, educate and inspire the crowd at 2015 Ignite Tampa Bay, touching on topics from the trials and tribulations that arise from the use of modern technology to the social media mythos of “Florida Man.”


Tampa Bay area professional women share personal work-life balance stories

With hundreds of women flocking to Tampa in September for the annual Working Women State Conference, 83 Degrees shares the stories of three leading local career women who successfully achieve their own unique work-life balance.

Mario Simoes is Chief Engineer at Tampa Bay Research and Innovation Center at CAMLS.

Disney for docs: CAMLS leads training in biotech, medical devices

CAMLS, an innovative medical simulation center in downtown Tampa, is one of the world’s largest free-standing centers fully dedicated to training healthcare professionals. 
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