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Neighborhood Bar Joins Investment Surge In Seminole Heights

When Red Star Rock Bar opens with its own brand of classic rock, art and fashion, it will join a growing list of shops and dining choices staking a claim in Tampa's trendy Seminole Heights neighborhood.

Compost bins at the Sustainable Living Project. - Julie Branaman

Gasparilla Music Festival Makes Environmental Sustainability A Priority

The two-day Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa is seeking to lessen its impacts on the environment through carbon and waste reduction, including a free bicycle valet service and waste recycling and reuse.

West Shore traffic. - Julie Branaman

Let's Talk Transit And How To Pay For It

"Tampa Bay Mobility: Mapping The Economics of Transit'' will be the focus of 83 Degrees Media's next "Not Your Average Speakers'' event March 12 at Nova 535 near downtown St. Petersburg. Join the conversation. Get engaged!

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Setting The Scene For Pinellas Ballot Initiative On Transit

Just as the Penny For Pinellas effort years ago helped move the county forward in road construction and maintenance, advocates for a one cent sales tax increase see Greenlight Pinellas as part of the solution to the Tampa Bay region's traffic congestion.

Bracelet by Maasai tribe artisan.

Fly Tribes Startup Envisions Global Sustainability For Natives

A University of South Florida graduate student originally from Colombia creates a company that aims to help save both indigenous tribes and the environment.

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Walking Through Tampa's Past To Shape Its Future

Do The Local Motion, twice monthly walking tours of downtown Tampa, share stories from the city's rich history. A February walk honoring Black History Month explores Tampa's deep music roots, the genesis of one of the world's most well-known ministries and how the area played a role in desegregation and the social changes of the 1960s.

Ishmael Lopez attends the Black, Brown and College Bound Summit. - Julie Branaman

Black, Brown And College Bound: On The Road to Success

Ishmael Lopez and Java Royal, students at Hillsborough Community College, appreciate Latino and black men who serve as male role models so much that both already serve as mentors to pay it forward to the next generation.

Tracy Ingram works on his teams Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE entry representing Intention Technology. -

Tampa Team Competes For $10M Global XPRIZE

The Intention Technology team from Tampa Bay is competing with other innovative international teams to design a portable wireless device that can transform the delivery of healthcare and win a $10 million prize.

Pat Bhava and Ramesh Sambasivan chat during Bootstrappers Breakfast. - Julie Branaman

Coffee Connections: Breakfast With Tampa Entrepreneurs

Local entrepreneurs gather at Bootstrappers Breakfasts to exchange ideas, discuss business solutions and share stories about startups. A typical monthly meetup reflects the "who's who and what's what of Tampa Bay,'' says one attendee.

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The Power Of Connections: A Heartfelt Reminder

A Leadership Tampa participant sends out a Valentine's Day reminder that being able to better the community is often just a connection away.

NOHO Flats is under construction in West Tampa. - Julie Branaman

North Hyde Park Sizzles As Tampa's Next Hot Neighborhood

Synergy created by a growing University of Tampa and expanding Tampa General Hosptial along with small shops and restaurants designed to serve urban residents as well as downtown workers is evident in the emerging North Hyde Park neighborhood.

Sue Castleman says goodbye to a Belleair Elementary students as they leave the Art Mobile. - Julie B

Look, Kids! It's an Art Mobile!

In an age of budget cutting where Common Core standards seem to leave scraps for creativity, Pinellas County holds steadfast in its commitment to the arts. Thanks to a unique collaboration, the county's public school system has an exceptional way of immersing elementary students in art through its Art Mobile program.

Geyen commissioned artists from the MacDonald Training Center to brighten her work space.

Urban Pioneer Carves Out Niche In North Hyde Park

When Marleen Geyen decided to make the big move from Minneapolis to Tampa, she went looking for an emerging urban neighborhood near downtown that she could help nurture along with her business.

As soon as the ribbon was cut kids bounded onto the playground. - Julie Branaman

Ringling Playspace Invites Children, Families To Step Outdoors

Children flock to a new outdoor playspace under the Banyan Trees at the stately Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. The space is possible following a private donation aimed at creating a place where kids (and their parents) can take a break to re-energize while touring exhibits.

Lauren Siktberg is the founder of Anchored Style. Photo courtesy of Lauren Siktberg

Anchored Style Sails From Seminole To Chicago

Entrepreneur Laura Sitkberg isn't one to sit still for long as she sets sail with her Anchored Style clothing line, designed for college students and young professionals.
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