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Tampa Innovation Alliance Innovation Gathering at MOSI.

Tampa Innovation Alliance: Creating synergy through actions, connections, collaborations

Through a focus on transit and technology, the Tampa Innovation Alliance aims to help change the narrative about the entire Tampa Bay region. The idea is to engage students, startup businesses and community connections and collaborations in a combined effort.

Derenz Thomas, 10, creates a guitar sculpture during Amanda Fleischbein's art class at Academy Prep Center of Tampa.

Making doodads: Creative sculpture competition engages serious thought, learning

Local kids and teens are gaining a hands-on experience in critical thinking and problem solving through a unique sculpture competition open to all Hillsborough County students.

William Dean Chocolates

Made in Tampa Bay: Chocolate treats like none other can help you express your love

Tampa Bay is home to a chocolate scene full of rich buttercream, world-famous bonbons and a wide variety of decadent creativity. There’s even the coconut filled outlier, if you’re into that sort of thing. 

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Startup Week to focus on creating tech community connections in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Startup Week, powered by Chase and Techstar, will take place Feb 8-12, 2016, and focus on creating tech community connections in Tampa Bay with startup events for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Charley's Steak House on Cypress near I-275.

Visionaries see Westshore transit hub as connector to city's future

FDOT's purchase of property to build a multimodal transportation hub in the Westshore area of Tampa could help transform travel options for local commuters and Florida visitors looking for alternative means for getting around the Bay area.

Downtown Tampa bike lane.

Vision Zero: Sharing the road safely for everyone in Tampa Bay

No more deaths of bicyclists trying to share busy local roads with trucks and cars. That's the goal for Vision Zero, a national initiative being adopted in Tampa and Hillsborough County.  

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Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: Bioscan R

Wearing one’s heart on his/her sleeve is never a good idea. But wearing a personal monitor can save your life. Bioscan R is a biomedical device developer working to increase patient engagement and save lives with wearable devices. 

Stetson's Moot Court Board competes thourghout the U.S. and the world.

Stetson: First law school in Florida, #1 in advocacy nationwide

Law school students from around the globe will compete in the International Finals of the 20th Annual Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition in April in Gulfport. This year’s theme is confiscated poached elephant ivory, a pressing moral and ethical issue with international implications.

Big Brother John Fontana and spends time with little brother Isaiah Hopkins at Bricks 4 Kids in Tampa.

For Good: Young professionals find community, greater good through volunteerism

Volunteering your time and talent to local nonprofits can result in transformational change for those helped -- as well as for you as the helper. Meet four thriving young professionals who give of themselves to make the Tampa Bay region a better place.

Mauricio Faedo's Bakery; Seminole Heights mural; Red Star Rock Bar pup; Fodder & Shine bbq.

Experience 24 Hours in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa

Ask 10 locals to name the hippest urban neighborhoods surrounding downtown Tampa, and Seminole Heights is sure to be on their short lists. Come along as 83 Degrees experiences what you can find there.   

Darlene has been an Uber driver for 16 months.

Tired of driving? Ride-hailing services ready to help transform Tampa Bay transportation scene

Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft increasingly offer alternatives for getting around town to Tampa Bay area residents tired of driving themselves or depending on traditional cab companies.

Construction of an eight-story, 300-unit luxury apartment complex along Kennedy Blvd. at 12th Street.

Channel District in downtown Tampa: 'Hottest real estate market in region'

More than 5,000 people will call the waterfront Channel District home when development projects currently underway in downtown Tampa are completed by the end of the decade. More projects are planned. And more are expected as investments continue.

Sommer Woods

Who is shaping the future of cities?

Across the country, passionate people are working every day on the little things that lead to big changes.

Artspace's Mount Baker Lofts

Is affordable artist live/work housing the new normal?

Since Artspace pioneered affordable artist live/work housing in the 1990s, disrupting the SoHo Effect in communities across the U.S., demand for such projects has grown. Which begs the question: Is affordable artist live/work housing becoming the new normal?

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Top research taking place in Tampa leads to national recognition for innovation, patents

It may not have the reputation of Silicon Valley or Princeton, but the Tampa area, led by the University of South Florida, is becoming a national center of technical and scientific innovation, largely but not solely in the health care field.
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