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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! 

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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