As key economic development, business and tourism agencies consider how best to tout the Tampa Bay region's assets going into the August arrival of the Republican National Convention, we think readers might enjoy sharing some of the top feature stories produced by 83 Degrees since our launch in November 2009.
After all, our goal -- much like the growing focus of the region's promoters -- consistently aims to change the narrative about the Tampa Bay region by featuring stories about thought leaders, rising stars, innovations, global diversity and sense of place in order to help shape what comes next. See About 83 Degrees
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Telling Tampa Bay's Economic Success Stories
Here is a brief summary of some top 83 Degrees
feature stories, which we encourage you to share with your connections:
• USF Research Growth Rate: Among Top Universities
-- USF's emphasis on taking complex research concepts into the marketplace is paying off with new investments and re-locations into Tampa Bay.
• Awesome Tampa Bay: Grow Food Buying Club
-- Awesome Tampa Bay awards its first microgrants for awesome ideas to make the Tampa Bay region a better place. It's time to embrace our awesomeness, Tampa Bay!
• Q&A: Rebecca White, The University of Tampa
-- Professor Rebecca White is the first to fill the Distinguished Walter Chair in Entrepreneurship at the John A. Sykes College of Business at The University of Tampa. She talks with 83 Degrees about her role as an academic and today's students.
• On A Mission: Tampa's Eric Darius Hits All The Right Notes
-- Eric Darius lets jazz sound his message as he tours schools to remind students that hard work does pay off. The 28-year-old USF marketing graduate has a few records and performances with the likes of Prince to prove it. That's why he's currently traveling around the nation, starting with Tampa Bay area schools, to champion the importance of music education.
• Redesigning Tampa's Urban Core Sparks Creativity
-- USF graduate students captured two international design awards for proposals to reclaim and revitalize neighborhoods bordering downtown Tampa that have long thirsted for the creativity, new energy and strategic investments that will be required to make such dynamic dreams become reality.
• USF CAMLS: Robots To Attract Docs From Around The Globe To Downtown Tampa
-- The primary goal of the $30 million USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in downtown Tampa will be education.
• Skincare: Peeling Back The Layers At Dermazone In St. Petersburg
-- Dermazone Solutions combines innovation and technology to produce growing lines of natural skincare and beauty products in a woman-founded, woman-run and woman-managed company in the heart of St. Petersburg.
• Meet The Twitterati Who Rule News Tweets In Tampa Bay
-- Tampa Bay's Twitterati are the first to get the news out and the first to retweet what you have to say. Is it possible that nothing escapes their spheres of influence?
• Fine Featherheads Adds A Little Color To Tampa Bay
-- Installing real rooster feathers as hair extensions, Fine Featherheads' busiest rep takes pride in "feathering" the Tampa Bay community at The Lotus Room near the University of Tampa.
• From Belarus To Brookline To Tampa Bay
-- A young engineer relocates to the Tampa Bay region with Draper Laboratory and uncovers a microcosm where cultural diversity and physical fitness are simply part of the lifestyle.
• Robots, LEGOs Grow Tomorrow's Engineers Today In Tampa Bay Middle Schools
-- Technology education starts early in Hillsborough County public schools and continues all the way up through the college level thanks to taxpayer-funded programs like STEM and FLATE. Students know they could be the ones developing the newest global technology in the future.
• The Big Ask For RNC: Andrew Smith, Tampa Bay
-- Collaborating on a marketing strategy around the Republican National Convention is a smart strategy, but what matters more is extending the effort beyond August to benefit the greater community and help shape what's next for Tampa Bay.
Diane Egner is publisher and managing editor of 83 Degrees. Comments? Contact 83 Degrees.