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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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YouthBuild is all about character, hard work and achieving success

YouthBuild, a solutions-oriented government program designed to give struggling teens and 20-somethings extra chances to succeed, engages education, skills and a team of patient professionals who insist on long-term caring relationships with the students.

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Book excerpt: Make Tampa ___ by Tony DeSisto

What better way to find solutions to urban problems than to actively engage citizens as thought leaders and innovators? Tony DeSisto of Tampa suggests a path to success in his book, "Make Tampa ___''.

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What is a wellness district? Vinik-Cascade project in downtown Tampa promotes healthy lifestyle

Designers of downtown Tampa's Wellness District are looking to create innovative spaces and places that promote a healthy lifestyle. Think air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

(L-R) David Doble, Vicki Doble and John Doble.

SBA loan success: Tampa Bay Brewing Company grows with help from small business loan

After 20 years of producing award-winning beer and operating a brewpub in Ybor City, the owners of Tampa Bay Brewing Company, one of the area’s first craft breweries, decided it was time to expand their operation and open a second location. Learn how they did it.

A "Before I Die" wall is installed along the Tampa Riverwalk. Leadership Tampa Bay is behind the project that will soon host anonymous "Before I Die" wishes.

What's on your bucket list? Post it on Before I Die Wall coming to Tampa, St. Pete

Leadership Tampa Bay class brings "Before I die I want to ____'' global art project to Tampa Riverwalk. You're invited to fill in the blank.

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Local craft beer industry, scientific passion fuel growth of Florida hops

As experiments to grow hops in Florida find success, demand created by the growing local brew scene may prove to be a boon to the state’s struggling citrus growers.

Adults Brian A. Butler and Woodland Johnson work with students.

How to help kids learn? Community engagement brings success to local K-12 education

What is the solution for helping Florida's schools better educate children? The Council for Education Change encourages collaborative efforts that engage schools, corporate and business leaders, volunteer and parental support though collaborations designed to nurture transformational change.

Grand Opening of El Barrio

How affordable artist housing can help cultural communities "celebrate themselves"

Artspace enjoys a long history of working with culturally distinct groups in the development of affordable artist live/work housing and community spaces. From El Barrio in New York to Honolulu, Hawaii, these projects allow artists to celebrate themselves.

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Book excerpt: Unlocking the Labor Cage by Vinny Tafuro

In Unlocking the Labor Cage, Tampa Author Vinny Tafuro explores how information age technologies are providing corporations with an aggressive, holistic and fiscally sound opportunity to lead our way into the new age. Read an excerpt.

William Cooper says goodbye to Dr. Mary Dorritie at the Tampa VAMC domiciliary care facility.

Coalition provides help, homes for local vets living on streets

Because Florida has one of the highest populations of homeless veterans in the country, the Tampa Housing Authority, the VA and the local Homeless Initiative are collaborating to find permanent solutions toward ending veteran homelessness in our community.

North Shore Aquatic Complex in St. Pete hosts a variety of swim meets.

Splash on! Local swim scene extends beyond Tampa Bay

The diversity of water fun and fitness opportunities in the Tampa Bay region are as vast as the water it surrounds. From beginners to fitness lovers to up-and-coming Olympians, all find a place. No matter your level of swim prowess, there’s a pool, a program and a body of water beckoning. Let’s dive in.

World of Beer on Fowler Ave.

University area neighborhoods of North Tampa prepare for transformation

Federal and private grants beginning to flow into the University area of North Tampa are designed to help create jobs, educate and train residents and spur additional investments in emerging neighborhoods. Some call it progress; others credit higher powers. 

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From beer to batter, entrepreneurs capitalize on social nature of sharing food

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.

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Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: In10did

DecaTxt enables users to type, text or send emails with one hand by using a pocket-sized, blue-tooth connected gadget ideal for people with medical conditions that make typing on a full-sized qwerty keyboard difficult.

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What's next in downtown Tampa? Rebirth of West Bank of Hillsborough River

Tampa’s city government and the Tampa Housing Authority are embarking on a grand experiment: Rebuilding a neighborhood from the ground up.
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