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Meet a few chalk artists sketching images, portraits on urban sidewalks everywhere

Local art festivals often feature a special display by chalk artists or street painters who attract admirers young and old to see amazing creations flowing over cracks and concrete blemishes. 

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Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: e-Quality Recycling

Want to do two good deeds at one time? e-Quality Recycling, a division of MacDonald Training Center, offers businesses and consumers a trustworthy way to “scrap” their computers, cell phones, telephone systems and other high-tech equipment. 

Scenario figure for Hurricane Phoenix.

Preparing for climate change: Pinellas County, local towns take steps to get ready

In the second in a series of stories about climate change, 83 Degrees Media explores how government officials in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties as well as more than two dozen municipalities are preparing for rising sea levels and the potential impact on infrastructure and neighborhoods. 

A team from NOAA installs a water level meteorological station in St Pete.

Tampa Bay Area scientists, policymakers plan for rising sea levels

Over the next several weeks, 83 Degrees Media will bring stories of regional climate leadership to the fore, diving deeper and looking closer at how individuals and industries, business and government are taking innovative steps to rethink and retrofit the Tampa Bay area to meet the challenges raised by climate change.

Streetcar Live powered by Gasparilla Music Festival brought the Ries Brothers to the TECO Line "stage".

Gasparilla Music Festival expands influence year-round

The Gasparilla Music Festival takes place for one weekend in March in downtown Tampa, but its foundation’s ongoing, long-term commitment is to music exposure, education and enjoyment throughout the Tampa Bay region.

The ornate decor of Plant Hall.

Chiselers carve out philanthropic niche to help preserve Tampa's most recognizable building

Thanks in large part to a group of Tampa women called the Chiselers and the annual Chiselers Market taking place this weekend, UT’s Plant Hall, a vintage-1891 building best known for six Moorish-style minarets, is sure to live on well into the future.

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Tampa skateboarders get ready to try new Bro Bowl on edge of downtown Tampa

The new Perry Harvey Sr. Park on the northern edge of downtown Tampa is a tribute to Tampa’s Civil Rights movement and historic Central Avenue business district and includes upgraded features: a reinvented Bro Bowl, a history walk with monuments, water features, green lawns and a community center for kids. 

Edgardo Dangond and wife Adriana, with sons Felipe ( at  left)  and  Nicolas in Colombia, 2009.

Bridging Cultures: Edgardo Dangond moves from Colombia to Florida

The Tampa Bay region's wealth of diversity enriches the local economy through a variety of ways, including culture, food, dance, music, job skills and perspective. In this first in an occasional series originally published by FORUM magazine, Edgardo Dangond tells his family's experience in moving to the Tampa Bay region from Colombia so he could pursue a college degree. 

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Yes Tampa Bay Express (TBX): Key to future transportation mobility

Ray Chiaramonte: TBX will be an effective “right-now” congestion mitigation strategy for converting the failing segments of I-275, I-75 and I-4 from facilities that break down whenever volume approaches capacity, to an efficiently operated system where speed and reliability of travel time are better maintained.

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No Tampa Bay Express (TBX): A road back in time

Rick Fernandez: We are caught in a vicious, car centric cycle. Absent transit alternatives, more people will use more cars to create more traffic, more pollution and more congestion. There is no road wide enough, nor toll high enough, to change that fact. 

George Papabeis demonstrates drone flying techniques at Curtis Hixon Park.

Popularity of drones rises in Tampa Bay area

Drones have come a long way since the Austrians first used a primitive type of aerial device in 1849. In recent decades, technology has gotten smaller, less expensive, more reliable and far more user friendly -- making drones common at local events and around urban neighborhoods.

Drone Radio Show podcast.

Information meets inspiration: Locals make Tampa a hotbed for podcasting

“California has film and New York has TV. We’re trying to make Tampa Bay the place for podcasting, to be a leader in this growing medium,” says Chris Krimitsos, a local business booster who founded the Florida Podcasters Association along with a handful of other content creators.

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Temple Terrace rekindles efforts to design town center for future

The city of Temple Terrace plans to build a new town center that is urban, eclectic and walkable, and designed to create a sense of place. Restaurants, shops, the arts and technology jobs will link Temple Terrace to a broad vision to transform an entire neighborhood tied in with the University of South Florida, Busch Gardens and University Mall.

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Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: Computer Mentors

Computer Mentors works to make I.T. happen. The nonprofit works to empower youth with the technology, tools and talent they need to be successful in the 21st century workforce. Instructors and mentors provide training in coding, software development, app development and video production.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn kicks off Tampa Bay Startup Week.

Tampa Bay Startup Week fosters connections through conversation, community building

Did you attend Tampa Bay Startup Week? What was the highlight of the week’s more than 80 events, spread across five days in mid-February? Tell us about it! 
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