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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. 


African Mahogany mortar & pestles and handcarved bowls.

For Good: African fair-trade marketplace benefits Lutz couple's mission

Fair Trade Marketplace and Festival in north Tampa benefits One City Ministries, a nonprofit organization that's building the Light Village in Uganda as a self-sustaining model community, including a school, church, orphanage and tilapia farm.


Making sense of early intervention: A guide for Tampa Bay area families

Sometimes an experienced grandma or grandpa is key to noticing a child's delay in development. Sometimes it takes a close friend or neighbor to ask uncomfortable questions. Or maybe, as a young parent, you just sense something's not right with your child's progress. What to do? Early intervention may be the answer.  

The Florida Orchestra opens the 2015 season at The Straz.

Turnaround story: Florida Orchestra changes up concerts, music

Music as a healing mechanism. Music in the park. Music enjoyed by Classical Kids. The Florida Orchestra undergoes a transformation in performances and venues that is expanding the audience and growing its endowment.

Eileen Kamerick is CFO at ConnectWise and serves on nonprofit boards, including Eckerd Alternatives for Youth.

Inside Florida business: Smart corporate leaders value women as board members

A panel discussion at the Tampa Club tackles “Women on Boards: Actionable Strategies to Increase Gender Diversity in the Boardroom.” The event is sponsored by Women Executive Leadership and the 2020 Women on Boards Initiative in partnership with the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy and the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women.


Welcome to the 300th edition of 83 Degrees Media

To honor the 300th edition milestone and our 6th birthday coming up later in November, 83 Degrees presents authentic and sincere testimonials from a few of our readers. See if you agree with what they think about the stories we tell.

Academy Prep Center of Tampa Head of School Lincoln Tamayo samples a dish made by students.

For Good: Academy Prep transforms lives of kids at risk

What is the path to success for students considered at risk for dropping out of school? Academy Prep gets it right, achieving outstanding academic successes where others are failing. 

Roundabout at Orange and Main in Sarasota.

Sarasota creates roundabouts to improve safety, enhance traffic flow in urban neighborhoods

The city of Sarasota plans to add 16 more roundabouts on urban streets, including nine in the downtown core by 2023. Why? The simple answer is greater safety and efficiency of movement.


USF researchers develop off grid NEWgenerator to treat waste around globe

2.6 billion people in the world could benefit from a new wastewater treatment technology developed by a University of South Florida research team.

Tampa Heights near the I-4 on-ramp.

Are express lanes in Tampa Bay's future despite neighborhood concerns?

Spanning some of the busiest, most congested highways in west central Florida, new express lanes would be constructed in the outer lane of the current interstate corridors and operate as separate toll roads in addition to the existing general-use, un-tolled interstate lanes. The objective is to provide motorists with a speedier route -- the average speed would remain about 45 miles per hour.

Christie Bruner warms up the class with daughter Audrey close by.

Moving to Tampa Bay: How to plug into the running scene

The Tampa Bay Area features a melting pot of runners. Weekends year-round, competitive athletes strive for ultramarathon glory and sleep-deprived parents enter stroller 5Ks for the first time. With so many options for the fleet of foot (and the rest of us), one thing is for sure: Tampa Bay is on the run.

Brent Britton shares his experience at F*ckUp Nights Tampa.

Successful entrepreneurs swap business failure stories at new Tampa Bay meetup

Everyone is eager to share success stories in business and in life, but who wants to talk about failures? Welcome to FUNTampa Bay, a new networking group that focuses on learning from failure.

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Artists can be the "connective tissue" of a neighborhood -- but first they need a place to live

How affordable live/work housing for artists can reinvigorate neighborhoods and bring members of diverse communities together.

Tampa Bay WaVE grand opening.

Tampa Bay WaVe moves into new downtown digs

Tampa Bay WaVe's success at building, launching and growing startups is evidenced by the numbers: 107 new companies, 424 jobs, $14.2M in outside capital -- all combining to create transformational change in Florida's new economy. 


For Good: Pig Jig fires up barbecue smokers for a needy cause

Tampa’s Pig Jig started out in 2011 as a backyard barbecue for a friend who suffered from a rare kidney disease. Today it’s a major fundraising event in downtown Tampa that benefits NephCure Kidney International.

Mandy Cloninger is executive director at Trinity Cafe.

For Good: Rising stars guide Tampa Bay area nonprofits

From leading an organization of just three employees to directing one with 70, meet four women at the helms of nonprofits pursuing a variety of social missions in the Tampa Bay area.
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