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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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Food entrepreneur takes prepared meals to market

Problem: When it comes to prepared meals, most big food manufacturers aren’t producing the products that people want, i.e. fresh food that tastes great and makes you feel good about eating. Solution? Healthy packaged meals using natural and organic ingredients.

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Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: Eureka! Factory

What are makerspaces and why are they trending? Makerspaces offer enriched learning environments and resources for the community. Meet Eureka! Factory.

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Local hackers gather in Tampa to find solutions to problems of Bay Area homelessness

How to provide technical solutions to problems that confront the Tampa Bay Area homeless population? Invite local hacker volunteers to a 3-day event, called CodaPalooza, in observance of the National Day of Civic Hacking, sponsored in part by Code for America.

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Food entrepreneurs in Florida start from scratch

While starting any business is no easy task, becoming a food entrepreneur is a special challenge. Find out what makes a food-based venture cook with lessons from some of our most recent Tampa Bay startups.

Councilman Charlie Miranda purchased this Ybor street sign at an auction. It now hangs above his office door.

Tampa stories: Former residents of public housing share paths to success

What do Tampa’s Chief of Police, the longest-sitting member of the Tampa City Council, a local entrepreneur and a new homeowner have in common? All four share a common bond of having spent time in public housing, and serve as inspiration for others seeking success.

Jack Ross is Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center.

Neighborhood community center emerges from West Tampa historic space, nurtures startups

A new Jewish Community Center being built inside the old Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory is expected to lead an economic resurgence in West Tampa neighborhoods.

John Richardson prepares his Jon's Gourmet Products Jerk Smoked Turkey Spread.

Local food entrepreneurs find recipes for success

Ever dream that your grandpa’s signature hot sauce might be your recipe for success? While starting any business is no easy task, becoming a food entrepreneur is a special challenge. Find out what makes a food-based venture cook with lessons from some of our most recent Tampa Bay startups.

Richard Gonzmart with his pups Rex and Rusty at Goody Goody in South Tampa.

Sense of place, history motivate Tampa native in recreating iconic restaurants

A resurrected Goody Goody in Hyde Park Village in South Tampa is just one of many projects undertaken by Tampa native Richard Gonzmart.

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Where to find urban farming in the Tampa Bay region? Here are 3 places to go

The nationwide farm-to-table movement grows in the Tampa Bay region as a small but feisty group of intrepid farmers convert small parcels of acreage into bountiful crops teeming with organic produce, healthy plants and food-producing livestock.

The Wonder Studio art.

How to delight children and inspire adults at the same time? Visit Tampa Bay Area creative places

Every local parent probably knows about the Lowry Park Zoo, Glazer Children’s Museum, MOSI Tampa, the Florida Aquarium and Great Explorations as terrific places to visit, but the Tampa Bay region is also home to lots of smaller, lesser-known venues and activities where kids can be kids and learn something in the process. 

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New Tampa Bay Health Alliance aims to restore doctor-patient relationships

The network, called the Tampa Bay Health Alliance, will include the USF Physicians Group and four other practices with various specialties and primary care -- Florida Medical Clinic, Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Pediatric Health Care Alliance and Women’s Care Florida. 

The Nguyen family at a Vietnamese New Year festival in 1981 at the University of South Florida.

Bridging Cultures: Phuong Nguyen moves from Vietnam to Florida

The Tampa Bay region's wealth of diversity enriches the local economy through a variety of cultures, food, arts, job skills, experiences and perspective. In this third in an occasional series originally published by FORUM magazine, Phuong Nguyen tells her family's experience in moving from Vietnam to the Tampa Bay region. 

Landscape architect Laurie Potier-Brown at her home in Seminole Heights.

Career changers: How to reinvent yourself? 3 local professionals tell their stories, give you tips

Prepare yourself financially. Go back to school if necessary. Be realistic about the new job. Those tips and more are part of the advice offered by three Tampa Bay area professionals who decided later in life to transition into new careers. 

View from the outdoor seating at The Attic.

Looking for signs of Tampa's growing urban scene? You gotta see 500 E Kennedy Blvd

The transformation of 500 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa into one of the area's coolest office/retail spaces shows the potential that exists in other historic and architecturally significant properties yet to be renovated.

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Co-Working spaces expand, attract talent in the Tampa Bay region

Collaborative co-working spaces are hot in places like Chicago, New York City, San Francisco -- and in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater. Local entrepreneurs share why this new type of business arrangement works better for them than traditional places to work.
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