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What's Next For Downtown Tampa? Keep Your Eye On Historic Kress Building

Transforming the long vacant, historic Kress Building on North Franklin Street into a vibrant urban gathering place complete with public marketplace, homes and offices is a key part of the vision for downtown Tampa's future.

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What Smart Cities Can Learn From Memphis

The City of Memphis is on the rise thanks to a growing startup community, investments in bike lanes, a burgeoning arts district and people moving back to the city. Through it all, the city has listened to its residents and embraced 'lean urbanism.'

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Carving Out A Niche: Skateboard Shop Features Local Indie Art

St. Petersburg's Central Arts District adds another star to its growing collection of indie artist shops, cafes, clubs and outdoor murals. An overflow crowd turns out for the grand opening of Local Longboards on Central Avenue, a cool new shop featuring handcrafted skateboards.

Jordan Raynor. - Photo courtsey of Jordan Raynor

Need Playgrounds In Your City? How About Bike Lanes? Citizinvestor Of Tampa Can Help

A Tampa-based startup is catching the eye of local governments inside and outside Florida and their community partners by attracting new investors and private funding to create more livable cities.

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Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Creates "The Miracle Theatre'' For Young Performers

As recently as 2013, the northern edge of ritzy downtown Sarasota rarely saw visitors from outside the 'hood. But today, the efforts of one intrepid theatre group are transforming a bleak, urban neighborhood into a vanguard destination for the performing arts while launching talent seen on stages across America and in Europe.

Team Hydra Robotics at work. - Julie Branaman

A Woman On A Mission To Inspire Young Makers

Gulf Coast MakerCon, a "celebration of the DIY inventive spirit'' for all ages, will be held April 5-6 at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Meet the mentor behind MakerCon and learn more about her mission of inspiring others to lead "a curiosity-driven life.''

Sustainable Living Project is located on Sligh Ave. across from Lowry Park Zoo. - Julie Branaman

Aquaponics Brings Fish To Farm To Table In Tampa

Urban gardens are springing up in small yards and large pots, on balconies and even vacant lots in the most unlikely neighborhoods across the nation. Now, a new home-sized system that merges aquaculture and agriculture has placed Central Florida at the center of the global sustainability movement.

The latest NYAS event, "Tampa Bay Mobility: Mapping The Economics of Transit'', held at Nova 535. -

Not Your Average Speakers Engage Community In Conversation On Transit

The Greenlight Pinellas plan, road construction costs and future transportation needs take center stage as 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' weigh in on "Tampa Bay Mobility: Mapping The Economics of Transit'' at NOVA 535 in St. Petersburg.

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Tampa's Powerstories Theatre Moves To National Stage

Storytelling is an art that the nonprofit Powerstories Theatre has perfected after more than 15 years in Tampa. But founder Fran Powers is ready for new challenges. She plans to stage five shows in cities across the country with a professional troupe of actors telling true stories about the lives of women.

frank Wells applauds Shaun Hopper during an Office Concert. - Julie Branaman

Music Entrepreneur Launches Concerts In The Workplace

St. Petersburg singer, songwriter and music entrepreneur Fran Snyder builds on the growing popularity of house concerts by launching something similar for the workplace. His new venture gives a whole new meaning to music while you work. Office Concerts pairs the traditional coffee break with a "short burst of live music from a world-class performer.''

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Tampa Startup Aims To Reshape Sales Of Children's Clothing

Kindermint, a Tampa Bay-based online retailer of children's clothing, seeks to solve a pain point for working parents nationwide.

Photo courtesy of Startupbus Southeast.

Microsoft Windows Replaces Computers For StartupBus Southeast Theft Victims At SXSW

Three of five teams from Tampa, including Bellelush, a makeup discovery app, advance to the semi-finals in this year's StartupBus competition after Microsoft Windows steps up to donate new computers and tablets stolen from a rental house during SXSW in Austin, TX.

Abby Paterson paints St Joseph's patient Reagan Kelly's hand during an art therapy session at the ho

Tampa Bay Hospitals Engage Arts In Healing

Tampa Bay healthcare providers increasingly engage artists -- musicians, painters, dancers, etc. -- to reduce stress and recovery time for patients and families (and medical talent) by transforming the healing experience.

Art in Health students discuss Disarm by artist Pedro Reyes. - Julie Branaman

USF Leverages Arts, Sciences To Provide Better Healthcare

In a league with Harvard, Yale, the University of Miami and other big name academic centers, USF Health leads the way in using art to teach future doctors, nurses, physical therapists and public health professionals how to sharpen their visual observation skills to become better healthcare providers.

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National Roundup: Pittsburgh's Young Entrepreneurs, Denver's Newest Breweries, Etc.

Find out what's new and what's next in America's cities as featured in Issue Media Group's 22 publications reporting on the latest in urban talent, innovation, diversity and environment.
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