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Young entrepreneurs sign up for early success

Have a child yearning to invent something? Youth entrepreneur programs -- many start-ups themselves with fluid offerings -- are honing approaches and best practices for inspiring and teaching future adults. Learn about five area programs carving out their own niches as they target kid-entrepreneurs in nuanced ways.

Edwards Island Sarasota.

Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge: Strengthen blue economy of Florida Gulf Coast

The marine ecosystems in the swaying sea grasses of the Gulf of Mexico and the mangroves growing among the quiet waterways curling inland along the Gulf Coast are ripe with economic opportunity.

Brain Squeeze Trivia winners.

Trivia nights rock Tampa Bay area pubs, restaurants

So you think you know everything there is to know about sports? The arts? Culture? History? Music? Literature? Game on as Tampa Bay area peeps flock to trivia nights at local bars and restaurants. 

Manufactured housing in comes in all shapes and sizes

Factory built homes appeal to millennials, boomers across America

Millennials looking to buy their first homes and Boomers looking to downsize find factory-built or manufactured housing to be a good alternative that offers affordable, sturdy and green living. 

Soheyla, Tamas and L.A. "Tony" Kovach

Tired of renting? Get the scoop on manufactured homes

Team Kovach, husband L.A. "Tony'' and wife Soheyla, of Lakeland share news about the increasingly popular manufactured housing industry through online publications and word of mouth.

Denver's newest hostel, Hostel Fish

Can urban hostels turn a profit by striking a balance?

Lessons from Denver for creating a thriving hostel scene that balances style and amenities with affordability.

USF College of Pharmacy earns accreditation

USF College of Pharmacy on track to draw top talent to Tampa Bay region

The University of South Florida’s College of Pharmacy (USFCOP) takes a healthy step forward by earning full academic accreditation.

Ellen Poniewaz (left) and Nancy Doherty (right),  volunteer from St Michaels The Archangel Catholic Church, works on the Acevedo family home.

For Good: Faith Build creates homes for Tampa Bay area families

In a first for Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas, 200 volunteers from 16 local congregations of different denominations team up for a "Faith Build.'' Eight of those churches provided $50,000 toward construction.

Channelside building

Top urbanist shares vision for making Tampa more walkable

Jeff Speck, a renowned city planner guiding Jeff Vinik's billion-dollar plans to re-do 40 acres of downtown Tampa near the Channel District, opens up with 83 Degrees about how Tampa can become a more walkable city.

Urban Innovation

Power to the people: New series to spotlight urban innovators

What do you think of when you hear the words "urban innovation"? Do you think of smart technology and clean energy? Or open data and civic tech? Maybe you think of entrepreneurship or creative placemaking or the future of mobility? It's easy to forget, but all of these have one thing in common: people.

This is My City: Your Real Stories at SPC.

Connecting real people, diverse communities through storytelling

Journalist Lillian Dunlap and professional singer and director Jaye Sheldon are harnessing the power of storytelling to help residents of St. Petersburg’s diverse neighborhoods better understand each other.

Sun Country flight to Havana from TIA.

What diplomatic relations with Cuba could mean for Tampa Bay

With the U.S. taking steps to normalize relations with Cuba, Tampa Bay is in a unique position. Local thought leaders share their perspectives on Tampa's role in re-establishing diplomatic ties with the island.

Paul Rabaut in his garden.

Moving to Tampa Bay: Cultivating the gardening scene

How do green thumbs create a compost pile for successful gardening in Florida? Three Tampa Bay area master gardeners explain how to start with food scraps, leftover lawn clippings and other organic matter. 

ArtPopTampa -- 7 artists

First ArtPop Tampa billboards go up along busy local streets

Look for fish and faces and art that will strike your fancy popping out from billboards along Tampa Bay area roads as the Arts Council of Hillsborough County calls attention to the works of local artists through ArtPop Tampa. 

Gypsum at TECO

Recycling evolves, grows at top Tampa Bay area companies

In the Tampa Bay region, recycling innovations benefit sustainable construction, waste-to-energy programs, and even cheetahs and tigers at Busch Gardens.

Gas Worx is the proposed mixed-use development located between Channelside Drive and Nuccio Parkway.

Moving to downtown Tampa: The bustling apartment scene

Looking to live in downtown Tampa? If you have a decent income, a life partner or a roommate, your options are suddenly growing by leaps and bounds.

Dee Pavoni works on a job at Creative Sign Designs.

Manufacturing jobs reappear in Tampa Bay region

Manufacturing as a key economic sector driving the local economy is making a comeback in the Tampa Bay region as the national economy improves and demand grows for skilled workers. 

Logo for Go Hillsborough

What's next for local transportation? Kevin O'Hare, Tampa

A half-cent-per-dollar sales tax referendum to support building and maintaining roads as well as public transit will be on Hillsborough County ballots come 2016 if all goes as planned. Observer Kevin O'Hare suggests the plan could be much bolder. 

Jack Kenney and Brett Lee have a foosball break at kitedesk.

Ybor City experiences tech startup boom

Tech startups flock to Ybor City as their founders seek a more laid-back, walkable culture that fits their lifestyles. The consequence? The historic district in Tampa is experiencing high-tech job growth in the neighborhood once best known for the art of cigar-making. 

The Hurak family at their Safety Harbor home.

How much does it really cost to live in the Tampa Bay area?

Between housing costs, insurance rates, transportation and childcare, how much dough does it really take to live in the Tampa area? 83 Degrees sizes up cost-of-living indicators that have the biggest impact on young families.

The upper lanes of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway will be used to test driverless cars.

Driverless cars race toward reality in Tampa

The day when autonomous or driverless motorized vehicles take to the roads of the Tampa Bay region is nearer than many realize. Want a sneak peak of the soon-to-be new normal? Learn what’s going on along the Selmon Expressway, at MOSI Tampa and USF's Center for Transportation Research.

"Lightning" by Jonathan Borofsky. - Julie Busch Branaman

Check this: Where to find Lightning watch parties; what to do near Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa

If you're suffering from an outbreak of Lightning fever and need a cool place to gather with friends to watch the race for the Stanley Cup, check out these watch parties and sites to see in and around downtown Tampa. 

UV advanced oxidation process.

Tampa Bay area cities drink up innovative water solutions

Sustainable water conservation projects are underway in Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg, where projects designed to meet future demand can treat both reclaimed fresh water and brackish saltwater to be safe and drinkable.

Potential Schultz Ferry Park.

Fast ferry concept gains momentum in Tampa Bay

Proponents of ferries as alternative transportation around the Tampa Bay region say public support is growing.

Downtown Tampa from eBOATS perspective.

12 things to see on an eBoat ride along the Hillsborough River in Tampa

The 83 Degrees Media team takes a ride along the Hillsborough River with eboats Tampa business owner Josh Dohring, talking about developments in downtown Tampa and the natural beauty that form the urban environment we call home.

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Image makers: Seeing the Tampa Bay area through 3 different lenses

From sun to surf to state of the art studios and historic neighborhoods, the Tampa Bay Area is a photographer’s paradise. Tag along with three image makers in search of the perfect local backdrop.

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ArtsXchange: St. Pete creates affordable artist work spaces

The ArtsXchange in downtown St. Petersburg is designed to keep artists and cultural creatives in the neighborhood even as growth and additional investments in property encourage higher land prices and more expensive costs of living.

Kara Cox

What cities are doing to keep housing affordable for artists

Key to building affordable housing for artists is educating public policy makers about the role of the artist in urban vitality.

Instruments of Change.

For Good: Instruments of Change helps kids thrive

Putting a musical instrument in a child's hands and teaching him or her to play it proves the right formula to keep struggling kids in Tampa Bay Area schools and help them thrive in academics, local nonprofit Instruments of Change demonstrates.

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Poynter Institute shares space with innovative St. Pete entrepreneurs

The Poynter Institute, a globally recognized leader in journalism education, opens its downtown St. Petersburg doors and leases space to a bevy of local startups in need of a place to call home. 

Swift of Major League Hacking and Matthias Elliott work during Project34 Hackathon at The Dali Muesum.

Hackathon presents a technically surreal night at The Dali

In an unprecedented night enmeshed in the Fibonacci Sequence at the Tampa Bay region's most famous museum, The Dalí invites hackers into its surreal space to create practical solutions that enhance visitor experiences. 

Zach Hunter takes a bucket of clams underwater after harvesting. The clams will sit on the bottom for two days to further filter themselves.

From tide to table: Local family cultivates sustainable shellfish farming in Florida bays

Fresh Florida clams are showing up again on local restaurant menus and at farmers markets thanks to fish farmers like Two Docks Shellfish, a family-owned entrepreneurial business that harvests the bivalves in the waters of Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor.  

XO Maitake Mushrooms dish.

3 culinary trendsetters dish about Tampa Bay area food scene

The Tampa Bay area’s reputation as a homebase for forward-thinking foodies is on the rise as more and more edgy, innovative chefs relocate here and help elevate the local food scene. 83 Degrees sits down with three chefs who are doing just that.

Jane's Walk "Get to Know Your Greenway" will start at Joseph Frye Park in Tampa.

Walk or bike in downtown Tampa? New Greenway provides shade from Riverwalk to Ybor City

The new Selmon Greenway under the Crosstown Expressway opens a path for walkers, runners and bicyclists to navigate downtown Tampa. The Greenway's grand opening coincides with Tampa's annual Jane's Walk and the city's first Riverfest.

Baobab Tree Gallery & Studio. - Julie Branaman

Village of the Arts creates sense of place in Bradenton

Bradenton's Village of the Arts aims to attract more creatives and investors to the downtown neighborhood as part of a new visioning process designed to shape the city's future through placemaking.

The Emerald; Wild Parrot; The Amsterdam; Saturday Morning Market

Experience 24 Hours on the streets of downtown St. Pete

Whether you're a local resident looking for a staycation or someone visiting the Tampa Bay area for just a day or two, here's a quick walking tour around downtown St. Pete that will introduce you to some memorable people and places.

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Tampa Bay area companies explore connections with Colombian businesses

Local Tampa Bay area businesses continue efforts to increase trade between Florida and Colombia three years after the Tampa-Hillsborough EDC led a group of community leaders to several cities in South America.

Nicole Petrachi, 7, makes minature sculptures at the Morean.

Full STEAM ahead for Tampa Bay area summer camps

Parents looking for summer camps for kids out of necessity and/or, frankly, to maintain a modicum of sanity at home increasingly choose STEAM options in the Tampa Bay area. Quality choices abound and demonstrate proven benefits.

Microgroove in Seminole Heights will celebrate Record Store Day.

Local record stores celebrate return of vinyl's popularity

Spin that tune! Record stores in Tampa and St. Pete plan special celebrations in April to honor the return to vinyl records as a better option for music sound quality and selections. 

Ellen and David Brown are retiring from Old Tampa Book Company with Carrie Carnes as the new owner.

Old bookstore in downtown Tampa gets new owners, retains mystique

Ellen and David Brown set the standard for local urban pioneers determined to revive downtown Tampa when they opened the Old Tampa Book Company on Tampa Street more than 20 years ago. Today they are passing ownership to the next generation and preparing for their own retirement.

One of the festive meeting rooms at VACO.

Cool office spaces redefine what it means to go to work in Tampa, St. Pete

The Tampa Bay region is home to some of the coolest, anything-but-ordinary work spaces that especially appeal to creatives and techies.

Daniel Stein is founder of CAFE Charity Awareness  Fair & Expo.

For Good: Charity Awareness connects volunteers, nonprofits

How to match youthful volunteers with charities that need helpers? The CAFE in Tampa aims to do just that by bringing nonprofits together in a fair and expo where students can visit and find a good fit for their passions and talents.

Nikiko Masumoto

5 ways to support artists in your community

Artists are in every community and their work is more relevant than ever. Yet if communities are going to realize the full potential of artists’ power to contribute to positive change, they need to sustain and support them. Creative Exchange offers tools and resources that can help. 

Teacher Beth Calcaterra and a student discuss the anatomy of a worm found in the school garden.

Charter schools synonymous with alternative education in the Tampa Bay area

With 10 charter school-related bills under consideration in the 2015 Florida Legislature, parents, educators and lawmakers are paying more attention than ever to non-traditional learning programs for kids. 83 Degrees takes a closer look at some of the Tampa Bay area charter schools that are approaching education a little differently. 

The Tampa Riverwalk hosts bronze sculptures. This one features the Mound Builders of Tampa Bay.

Tampa Riverwalk nears completion, connects downtown

The Tampa Riverwalk — long envisioned by local leaders as a connector of people and places throughout downtown — is nearing completion. By 2016, the Riverwalk will become a continuous 2.6-mile path from the Heights Riverfront Development near the North Boulevard Bridge south and east along the Hillsborough River to the Channel District and Port Tampa Bay.

Broadstone Hyde Park Apartment.

Platt Street paves way for what's next in South Tampa

South Tampa’s Platt Street in the Courier City neighborhood is springing back to life in 2015 with new retail, restaurants, residences and bike-friendly roadways.

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For Good: Helping people take STEPS for Success

What STEPS do people need to take to work their way out of poverty? Sustainability, training, education, planning and support. Providing such services is the mission behind UACDC, a very special nonprofit helping Hillsborough County residents achieve success. 

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Local tech community: Growing fast, deep and strong

The tech community in the Tampa-St. Pete area is strong and growing stronger, says Daniel James Scott, CEO of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum. He shared his assessment of local tech talent and innovation at a March forum hosted by the Tampa Downtown Partnership. 83 Degrees reprints his remarks here.

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Building boom sounds again in Florida suburbs: See South Pasco County

Six years after a global recession choked building in local suburbia, construction of new homes, retail, commercial and roads is again going gangbusters within a 40-mile radius of downtown Tampa. Read what’s happening in southern Pasco County just north of Tampa.

Conceptual rendering of Straz Center renovation by Westlake Reed of Cleveland

Master plan envisions grand design for Straz Center on riverfront

The Tampa Riverwalk and the waterfront along the Hillsborough River would become an outdoor destination for displaying and enjoying the arts under a new master plan that guides expansion of the popular Straz Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa. 

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Cool collaborations: The 2015 guide to coworking in Tampa Bay

Create, collaborate and, of course, drink coffee at cool Tampa Bay coworking spaces. Shared workspaces continue to grow in 2015, attracting members to the dedicated desks and community tables cropping up throughout the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, Sarasota region. Here’s the 83 Degrees 2015 Guide to Coworking in Tampa Bay.

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Video: Highlights at Tampa Bay Startup Week 2015

Among the highlights of Tampa Bay Startup Week: Two local tech companies -- City Sleekers and Viral Style -- will participate in 2015 Tech Celebrate following its second local Tech Cocktail event later this year. 

Green Mile

In Denver, legal marijuana spurs entrepreneurialism -- and gentrification

Florida voters interested in the medical marijuana issue take note: The Mile High City's booming marijuana industry has created and catalyzed thousands of jobs. While its impact rivals that of any single economic development initiative in the city's recent history, there are plenty of challenges and growing pains as well.

The Hydro-Dyne Engineering facility in Pinellas.

Tampa Bay area businesses expand trade with Chile, create local jobs

Chile is shaping up to be one of Florida's leading trade partners as more and more Tampa Bay area businesses are building fruitful relationships with the South American country. The result? An economic boost likely to result in more jobs in the local region.

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Video: Biyaks make a splash on the Hillsborough River in Downtown Tampa

Whether you're looking to mix a little fun with your daily exercise or you're simply searching for a better way to travel around downtown Tampa without running into traffic, check out the new biyaks on the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa.

Photographer Tim Kennedy chats with Carmen Cortes, one of his photo subjects, at Trinity Cafe.

For Good: Trinity Cafe engages community to feed hungry

Are you touched by the plight of the homeless? Want to do something to help? Go see 'Feast for the Eyes: The Faces of a Million Meals' served at the Trinity Cafe in downtown Tampa. The portrait gallery will be on display as part of an upcoming fundraiser.

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Get outdoors with locals on Tampa Bay area bicycle trails

Have bicycle, will travel? While Florida's cities increasingly invest in bike lanes to improve safety for bicyclists along streets and highways, the Tampa Bay region offers some fabulous bike trails and paths designed for non-motorized traffic. Read about and ride along on a few local favorites.  

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition co-founder Carlton Ward paddles the Rainbow River during a Trail Mixer.

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition focuses on state's natural environment

A Tampa Bay trio embarks on a 70-day, 900+ mile expedition to raise awareness for the Florida Wildlife Corridor. The journey is being shared on the National Geographic website.

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Q&A: Tampa is on fire, says Guy King of ME Wilson

ME Wilson represents Tampa’s traditional business climate in that the 95-year-old company is growing again and making a profit after several tough years. Read how President Guy King III measures success and what he sees next for the local economy.

Minneapolis skyline

Why Minneapolis is the new capital of The North

Minnesota leaders believe that Minneapolis should be the first non-coastal city that knowledge workers and business leaders think of after Chicago. Here's a look at why, including strategic ideas that are replicable in Tampa Bay area cities.

The Sarasota Collection Home Store.

Creative energy reshapes Sarasota Design District

Community leaders in Sarasota’s Rosemary District and the coincident Sarasota Design District are eager to forge a pioneering identity in the city’s new urban redevelopment -- and they plan to do so with style. 

Networking at the NYAS event held at the Iron Yard in St Pete.

Building bigger, better startups starts with talent

“Not Your Average Speakers’’ agree that growing a bigger, better startup in the Tampa Bay region depends more on building a strong company culture and retaining talent than on easy access to capital.

The Infiltrator author Robert Mazur

Infiltrator begins filming true crime story in Tampa, hiring extras

Tampa’s growing reputation as a destination for filmmaking will be on display in 2015 as shooting begins on the story of a former federal agent’s historic role in toppling Colombia’s infamous Medellin Cartel.

Team Moreno's app Tri-Jump for the Got Game competition.

Gaming app Tri-Jump wins Tampa Bay team $10,000

University of South Florida grad Matt Moreno and incoming USF freshman Amie Moreno won $10,000 from a gaming app competition hosted by GTE Financial in Tampa. The brother and sister from Wesley Chapel developed “Tri-Jump,” a fun, addictive app that will be available for free download on Android and iOs platforms by late February. 

The Picasso Dali exhibit at The Salvador Dali Museum in St Pete.

Springtime in Tampa Bay means must-see art is in full bloom

The Tampa Bay region is alive with major “must-see” art exhibits this spring. From the grand masters and American classics to the cuttingest edge modern art, there really is something for everyone. You won’t want to miss out.

Savvy Card presents in St Pete

Not Your Average Speakers talk 'Big and bigger: How to grow your startup from here'

How to grow your startup? Your connections? Your community? Join 83 Degrees Media as we talk solutions with a panel of experts at the next edition of 'Not Your Average Speakers' on February 5th in downtown St. Petersburg.  

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Gasparilla Interactive Festival in Tampa spotlights digital tech

The first Gasparilla Interactive Festival is designed to showcase local, state and national tech talent, highlight innovative technologies and attract entrepreneurs to the Tampa Bay region.

The lobby of Mary  Lee's House is warm and inviting for families.

For Good: Mary Lee's House in Tampa provides one-stop-shop of services for children in need

Florida’s child advocacy professionals count on Mary Lee’s House in Tampa to take in, treat and protect neglected and abused kids who end up in state custody. The success of the 7-year-old nonprofit emanates from its Founder, Mary Lee Farrior, one of the newest inductees into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.

Peter Kageyama.

St. Pete author challenges cities to create more opportunities for love to grow

What do you love about where you live? Those are the places and things to do that author Peter Kageyama recommends cities recreate in order to build loyalty and morale. Read about  “Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places.’’

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Q&A: Bill Jackson, 2015 entrepreneurship educator of the year

A professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg is named the nation’s top Entrepreneurship Educator at a conference in Tampa. The winner, Bill Jackson, shares his insights on entrepreneurship with 83 Degrees Media.

Welder Carlos Betts and CEO Dick Peck share a laugh.

Oldsmar manufacturer finds success by filling jobs with vets, students, people with disabilities

What makes QTM and Dick Peck special? When the Oldsmar manufacturer couldn't find the skilled labor required for his company, he intentionally set out to hire and train people others may consider hard-to-employ.

Access to Capital winner Tony Selvaggio.

Tampa startup wins $10,000 to launch e-recycling in local schools

Tony Selvaggio’s startup company Scratch on Spot won $10,000 at Hillsborough County’s first “Access to Capital” summit, which included a business pitch competition presented by private investing group New World Angels. Selvaggio will use the funds to place e-recycling bins in area schools.

Del Acosta introduces Cafe con Tampa guest speaker Ray Chiaramonte, Executive Director Hillsborough County Planning Commission and Metropolititan Planning Organization.

Cafe con Tampa stirs up neighborhood conversations

Wake up and join the conversation at Cafe con Tampa Friday mornings at 8 at Hugo's Spanish Restaurant in the Hyde Park neighborhood of South Tampa, where people meet, greet and share ideas about anything and everything happening in the city, the Tampa Bay area and around the globe.

Hannah Edmonds (left) and Lauren Wonick-Cook work on designing a pen.

Tampa Bay area grows next generation of STEM experts

Schools and colleges around the Tampa Bay region are busy grooming tomorrow's leaders in science, technology, engineering and math. We take a closer look at three local educational programs focused on engineering studies and research.

Mark Sharpe speaks at the Tampa Innovation Alliance launch.

Tampa Innovation Alliance: Creating plans, partnerships and sense of place

Investing in neighborhoods and creating safer streets are as important as attracting talent and conducting research under the goals set forth for the new Tampa Innovation Alliance, which will focus on creating transformational change around the University of South Florida Tampa campus.  

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For Good: Military vets find peace in yoga classes

Charitable donations and foundation support enable Garden of the Heart yoga studio in Sarasota and Goodwill Manasota Community Center to offer free classes to military veterans seeking peace of mind and wound recovery. 

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Franklin Street Better Block Party in Tampa celebrates potential

North Franklin Street between Interstate 275 and Palm Avenue is the newest corridor in Tampa Heights to attract investments led by new developments like Ulele restaurant, Water Works Park and The Heights, a village planned along Tampa's riverfront.

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Video: Youth orchestra trains kids, teens, young adults

TMYO is a youth orchestra training program based in Tampa for people between the ages of 6-21. The program has 4 orchestras based on an individual’s experience and skill level. They also have a chamber music program and mentor children on their audition skills. Watch and listen. 

Tampa Bay Rays play at Tropicana Field.

What are the most anticipated projects in the Tampa Bay area in 2015?

The Tampa Bay region of Florida continues to be a developer's paradise. Windows of opportunity are opening everywhere. Here is 83 Degrees Media’s list of the most anticipated projects coming up in 2015 and beyond.

Kerstin Kenty holds her son Mathew's hand on the day his adoption is finalized.

For Good: Portrait gallery changes hearts, minds, lives

A Tampa Bay area chapter of Heart Gallery, a national nonprofit adoption service, transforms lives by using portraits and support groups to help foster kids find parents and transition into permanent homes.

MISRED Outfitters in St Pete.

Visit Tampa Bay area local shops for unique holiday gifts

Finding the perfect gifts to gladden the hearts of friends and family may require a little extra special hunting through local shops that feature one-of-a-kind or unusual fare. 83 Degrees Media writers and editors suggest a few favorite places.

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South Tampa's Howard Ave grows as culinary destination

A flurry of investments in new apartments, boutique shops and restaurants along the southern end of Howard Avenue in South Tampa is at the center of a neighborhood rapidly becoming known for culinary sophistication. Inevitable growing pains challenge thought leaders to consider how best to accommodate patrons of the lively bar scene to the north with fans of the newer destinations to the south.

Team BamBoost.

UT student entrepreneurs compete for global prize recognizing solutions to social issues

University of Tampa students win the regional competition to compete in 2015 for the $1M Hult Prize, a global recognition for innovative solutions to traditional problems facing urban slums around the world. Bamboo, the students say, is key.

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Hillsborough opens center in Ybor for entrepreneurs to make connections, find capital

Whether you're a budding entrepreneur or a seasoned business owner, you can sign up for one-on-one counseling, online classes, business planning or marketing advice, and much more at Hillsborough County's new Entrepreneur Collaborative Center in Ybor City.  

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Locals get creative with holiday giving of goods and services

Handstands for cans? A day of beauty? A year of lawn care? Local small businesses get into the holiday spirit by creating innovative gifts of goods and services for Tampa Bay area people in need.

Doug Fyvolent of Solaridy presents during 1 Million Cups at the Greenhouse in St Pete. - James Brana

Greenhouse serves up 1 Million Cups of coffee, 1 meetup at a time

What nurtures a vibrant and growing startup community? 1 Million Cups of coffee. And a place to meetup. That's the winning formula at the Greenhouse, a space dedicated to conversation, connections and collaborations in downtown St. Petersburg. 

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Meet 3 Tampa Bay area women redefining communications within new media

Thanks to the advent of social media and 24/7 Internet access, the local media landscape looks very different than it did a decade ago. In the Tampa Bay region, these visionary thought leaders are staying ahead of national trends and propelling communications full speed ahead.

Phuong Cotey and Virginia Barnett are founders of Gr8Code.

Gr8Code fills skills gap by teaching computer programming, coding to children, adults

A $5.4 million investment by venture capitalists supports the teaching of programming and coding skills by startup Gr8Code, another sign of strength in the Tampa Bay area’s growing tech community.

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Where's Tango? Florida Aquarium immerses kids in mystery of missing turtle

The $2 million Carol J. and Barney Barnett Learning Center combines high-end technology with creative design to help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Julian Montenegro of Heavy Auto Parts chats with THAP

New coworking space in East Tampa honors Civil Rights activist's vision

A new state-of-the-art coworking and business incubator in East Tampa offers space for traditional entrepreneurial enterprises as well as startups and creatives who call the emerging neighborhood home.

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Get out and play! Tampa nonprofit nudges us to get outdoors just for fun

Playing outside isn't just for kids. The Urban Conga is a Tampa nonprofit that promotes community activity and social interaction through physical play. The group is currently developing a documentary film all about the powers of play.

Laura Waller's Series "Port of Tampa".

Port Tampa Bay comes alive with local painter's palette

Finding inspiration at the intersection of arts and industry, Tampa painter Laura Waller puts her brush to canvas to tell the stories of Port Tampa Bay in a way only an artist can do.

I Wonna Wok Food Truck; Tampa Water Taxi Co.; 8-Count Studios

Experience 24 hours on the streets of Downtown Tampa

With so many new hotels, restaurants and venues popping up in Downtown Tampa and with the ongoing development of the Tampa Riverwalk, visiting downtown Tampa provides a whole new urban experience in this 24 hour tour that begs for your feet on the street.

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Video: Pop-up block party fancies Tampa Bay Design Week

Couldn't get to Tampa Bay Design Week's Pop-Up Block party on North Franklin? Take a look at this fun video to see what you missed! 

Coast Bike Share near Oxford Exchange.

Coast Bike Share rolls onto Tampa streets

Residents, tourists and bicycle enthusiasts get ready to rent cool new bikes, hop on and see Tampa. The sleek baby blue bicycles are plugged into the latest computerized technology and GPS tracking for a fully social spin around town.

Advluence team. - Photo by Julie Branaman

UT grads grow startup into 'Advluence' ad agency

Passion drives the team behind Advluence, a startup created by a University of Tampa grad intent on growing his business into one that competes on the national stage while helping local companies carve out their share of the market. 

Shawn Webber, 7, enjoys the ride around the arena at Quantum Leap Farm.

For Good: Local visionary takes leap with equine therapy

Quantum Leap Farm north of Tampa isn’t just for horsing around; it’s about changing the lives of those with physical and mental disabilities, including military veterans returning from the trauma of war.

CAMLS on North Franklin.

5 design ideas for transforming Tampa's urban environment

Tampa Bay Design Week offers an opportunity to reimagine what could make Tampa and surrounding cities even more livable, walkable and bikeable. Here are 5 ideas for transforming the region’s largest urban scene into a better place.

Dr. Eugenie Clark in her office at Mote Marine Laboratory. - Julie Branaman

BLUE Ocean Legacy Award goes to Sarasota's famous Shark Lady

When the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit looks for living legends to honor with its prestigious Legacy Awards, Dr. Eugenie Clark of Sarasota quickly surfaces as one of the winners for a lifetime spent bridging Gulfs in international marine research.

Team UPlay

Tampa Bay Design Week shapes Tampa's future

A block party, food trucks and an urban bike tour are all part of Tampa Bay Design Week's celebration of the rebirth of downtown Tampa. Find out how design will affect the look and feel of an urban core that is just beginning to come into focus. Bring a few of your own design ideas to share.

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You could win a ticket to PINC.Sarasota by taking our survey

Readers of 83 Degrees may win a ticket to PINC.Sarasota on November 6 by taking a simple readership survey. 

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Party time! 83 Degrees is turning 5!

Readers are invited to mingle, mix and make new connections as 83 Degrees Media celebrates 5 years of producing stories relevant to our lives. Join us November 14 at The Vault in downtown Tampa. 

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VIDEO: Hundreds find new ideas for their cities at inaugural Urban Innovation Exchange

In September, innovators from around the country convened in Detroit to exchange their ideas for building better cities and stronger communities. For three days, Detroit was transformed into a marketplace for ideas for cities.

Etsy Craft Entrepreneuship Workshop student Shannon VanAlsbury shares the contemporary style quilt she created.

Made in St. Pete: Etsy helps local crafters learn entrepreneurial skills

Tampa Bay area artisans learn what it takes to turn a hobby into a successful online business thanks to an innovative partnership between St. Petersburg and the popular online marketplace Etsy.

Worden Farm zuccini at the Saturday Morning Market in St Pete.

Tampa Bay's best outdoor markets open for business

Whether you're looking for handmade soaps, jellies, quick breads, fresh produce, jewelry or crafts, the Tampa Bay region's outdoor markets are often the best place to find vendors offering everything under the sun for everyday use or as gifts for the holidays. Read about some of our favorite local markets.

MC Film in Ybor city.

Fight for equal rights gains ground in Hillsborough County, Tampa Bay

Domestic partners, including same-sex couples, can register to receive partner rights in Hillsborough County beginning in early 2015. Tampa Bay area neighbors, Pinellas and Sarasota County, adopted similar domestic partnership registries in 2013.

The St Petersburg Waterfront is the new location for the 2014 BLUE Ocean Film Festival.

St. Pete ramps up to host BLUE Ocean Film Festival, Conservation Summit

Major celebrities, scientific experts and global scholars will mingle with Tampa Bay area residents and film lovers as BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit arrives in Florida during the first week in November.

Maruchi Azorin is the owner of Villa Rosa and creator of Linen Wash.

Villa Rosa anchors South Tampa neighborhood experiencing new business renaissance

Business and community leader Maruchi Azorin, owner of Villa Rosa Distinctive Linens and a Cuban immigrant, is one of Florida’s role models for success. Her upscale store anchors a prominent intersection in Palma Ceia, a South Tampa neighborhood again experiencing the emergence of new boutiques, shops, residences and restaurants.

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Local college grads plug into new experiences with 'Never Have I Ever' Tampa blog

Three University of Tampa and University of South Florida graduates carve out space in the blogosphere by exploring what many have never experienced on the Tampa entertainment scene. 

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13 ideas for your city from the first-ever Urban Innovation Exchange

In late September, a group of innovators behind small scale, place-based projects around the country convened in Detroit and talked about what works in their cities, sharing stories of success, failure, hard work and creativity.

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Greenlight Pinellas: Voting for better transit options

Is gridlock on Tampa Bay area roads here to stay? Or are solutions on the way? A Nov. 4 referendum in Pinellas County calls for a penny increase in sale taxes as the first step toward a regional transit plan.

Sid Khurrum Hassan, founder of CUPS, chats with Mayor Buckhorn at an event at BoConcept.

Tampa's urban professionals build community in CUPS

Before hotels, new residences, shops and a possible baseball stadium and University of South Florida medical school emerge in downtown Tampa, residents of the rapidly growing Channel District are coalescing to help influence what's next. Meet CUPS, as in Channel District Urban Professionals Society. 

Air Potato Beetle feeds on the air potato in Clearwater. - Julie Branaman

Air Potato Beetles dine on invasive plants in Pinellas, Hillsborough

The air potato leaf beetle could soon be available to homeowners following months of successful use by local cities fed up with damage caused by the Air Potato, an exotic invasive plant that crowds out other vegetation.

George Medeiros and Scott Durfee are the creatives behind Spathose.

Local artists vie for top prize in Martha Stewart competition

Scott Durfee and George Medeiros, two talented St. Petersburg artists, are finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made competition, which highlights the creativity and craftsmanship of artisan entrepreneurs from around the country.

Drew and Nickolas Graham play at Water Works Park. - Julie Branaman

Splish! splash! Kids movin' and a groovin' in Tampa Bay area parks

Move over swimming pools. Make room for splash pads, the latest water craze to pop up in parks and public spaces in the Tampa Bay region. Cities and parents are gravitating toward new water parks as more cost efficient, lots of fun and safer for kids.

Nurse practioner Trudy Grossman greets patient Gary Babcock. "They treat me like gold," Babcock said

For Good: St. Pete Free Clinic launches Saving Grace Project

St. Petersburg Free Clinic seeks donations for its new Saving Grace Project designed to more than double the number of beds available for homeless women in Pinellas County.

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What PINC.Sarasota can do for you -- 5 reasons to go

Are you among those who can't wait to see what's new and what's next in global thinking? Then you won't want to miss PINC, a special gathering coming to America and Sarasota for the first time in November, writes Sam Davidson in this opinion piece for 83 Degrees readers.

Audrey Henneman shows tour participants Chad Mize's Mr. Sun Mural.

What are you doing Saturday morning? Take a walk on the artsy side of St. Pete

What gives downtown St. Pete its unique sense of place? Let's start with the murals. Now you can take a walking tour of dozens of colorful murals adorning the sides of buildings and learn more about the artists and their creative artwork.

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Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better. Leading up to Urban Innovation Exchange Sept. 24-26 in Detroit, we take a look at 13 small projects with big potential.

Terry Igo supports the American Heart Assoc. Go Red for Women. - Julie Branaman

For Good: Local American Heart Association gets men to go red

Hey, guys! Do you own a red tie? The successful American Heart Association Go Red campaign geared toward women now reaches out to men.

Doug Fyvolent. - Julie Branaman

Hyperponic farm merges agriculture with technology, innovation and philanthropy

A new high-tech, sustainable urban farm in south St. Petersburg will soon be part of the Tampa Bay region’s growing urban agriculture community. A portion of the harvest will go to feed the needy.

Green Acre Aquaponics fish.

Aquaponics: Sustainable Fish Farming Thrives In Florida

Where does the fish on your plate come from? Eco-friendly fish farming known as aquaponics continues to pick up steam in the Tampa Bay area. Experts say the emerging industry is growing fast.

(R-L) Artists Liz Simth, Sylvia Shanahan, June Harben with Colin Bissett. - Julie Branaman

'Pianos In Pinellas' Prepare For Crescendo In Clearwater

Whatever the limits of your piano playing expertise —- perhaps somewhere between “Chopsticks’’ and Brahm’s “Concerto No. 1’’ — you won’t want to miss the rollout of a cool new art project getting ready to take to the streets of Clearwater.

Nancy Vaughn and team Jenna Stock, Lisa Gilmore and Dr. Zakia Carter, PhD. - Julie Branaman

Tampa Bay Fashion Week Weaves Together Business, Technology And The Arts

Learn what’s new and what’s next in fashion as Tampa Bay Fashion Week hits its stride in year seven and bolsters the local fashion industry. Expect a spectacular runway show featuring designs from well-known fashionistas as well as little known novices.

L-R Mandy Eyrich, Kelsey Farnell, Randi Sether, Seth Chavara. -Photo courtesey of Mandy Eyric

Young Ad Professionals Pour Heart And Soul Into Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign

The National Human Trafficking Hotline reports an increase of 40 percent in calls for help from Tampa Bay since the launch of Ad2TampaBay's anti-trafficking campaign.

St. Petersburg Opera's OPERAZZI Social Group after party at the Hollander Hotel. - Julie Branaman

St. Pete Opera Reaches Younger Crowd With Operazzi

How do you interest a younger audience in a traditional, old-world art form like opera? You have to try something new like the St. Petersburg Opera Company is doing with Operazzi, a social group that hosts fun, creative events to engage the next generation of arts enthusiasts.

Margaret Murray is Executive Director of TIGLLF

Tampa's Gay And Lesbian Film Festival Celebrates 25 Years With Film Debut, Special Guests

Film lovers accustomed to visiting Tampa each Fall to revel in the community’s cultural diversity during the annual Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival are in for special treats during this year’s Silver Anniversary celebration. For nine days in October, Tampa Theatre and freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg will create buzz around a lineup of more than 60 films from around the world.

Courtney Wygle Landry, owner of Lay-Z-Dog pet beds at home with her pups. - Julie Branaman

Simplicity Key To Pinellas Designer's Chic Pet Furniture

Pet lovers meet chic design. Frumpy pet beds may soon be a thing of the past as dog-and-kitty decor is re-imagined by a Pinellas woman, getting her Lay-Z-Dog business off the ground.

Andrea Assaf is the founding Artistic Director of Art2Action Inc. - Julie Branaman

USF Engages Arts, Humor To Bridge Differences Among People

Negin Farsad, a nationally acclaimed comedian and co-producer of “The Muslims are Coming!,’’ visits Tampa to kick off a two-year collaborative program at USF that aims to promote dialogue and understanding of the Arab and Muslim cultures and identities through the arts.

Photo by Justine Benstead

New Ybor City Concept Shop Combines Caffeine, Clothing And Coworking

The Blind Tiger, a new coffee, tea and textiles cafe, will serve beverages from Buddy Brew Coffee and TeBella Tea Company, and provide a boutique selection of Black & Denim apparel and accessories along with community co-working space.

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A Game For Life: Amputees Learn Movement Through Virtual Reality

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of South Florida in Tampa uses innovative technology to treat survivors of accidents, disease and war with a new, more effective form of physical therapy assessment and rehabilitation.

Pong in the Park is happening at Lykes Gaslight Square Park thanks to Urban Conga. - Julie Branaman

Awesome Tampa Bay: Ping Pong In The Park

Visitors to Lykes Gaslight Park in downtown Tampa can now play Ping Pong in the Park any day of the week on a table provided by The Urban Conga. Bring your own paddles and balls or rent them nearby. 

Scotty Schrier is Founder of DiaperDad. - Julie Branaman

Agent Of (Diaper) Change: Riverview Dad Speaks Up For Men Everywhere

Scotty Schrier of Riverview is gaining national media attention for demanding equal access for dads to diaper-changing tables in public places. It all started with a dirty diaper in a suburban restaurant near Tampa. 

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What's Next For Ray & Clovis? Creative Adventures Start In Tampa

Using cloud software and Skype to communicate with its digital media team members living around the world, Tampa-based Theory Animation carves out its own niche in Florida's growing and highly competitive film industry.

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For Good: August Workshop Features Top Talent, Innovation In Tampa Bay's Nonprofits

Want to learn how to be a more effective nonprofit board member? Need tips on cultivating donors? Looking for inspiration to better tell your nonprofit's story? Show up for the next Not For Profit Workshop at the Straz in Downtown Tampa.

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Small-Scale, Big Deal: UIX Invites Urban Innovators To Exchange Ideas In Detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in creative new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join the Urban Innovation Exchange this Sept. 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.

Robotics at CAMLS. - Julie Branaman

Cultivating Innovation At The Intersection of Arts & Technology

You're invited! On August 28th at Tampa Bay WaVE, 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' talk about what they are doing at the intersection of Arts & Technology and opportunities to do even more.

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Local Breweries Set Stage For Florida's Craft Beer Revolution

Cigar City Brewery in Tampa and Dunedin Brewery in Pinellas County -- pioneers in the local beer scene -- paved the way for what is becoming a vibrant craft beer culture in Florida, including at least nine new breweries in St. Petersburg, Bradenton and Sarasota.

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Clearwater Plans New Community For Techies, Artists, Entrepreneurs

Innovative apartment/retail spaces being built near downtown Clearwater will enable young professionals and other independent workers to live, work and play under one roof -- a design concept that will be a first for downtown Clearwater.

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Tampa Bay Comic Con Attracts Real Characters

Tampa Bay Comic Con expects up 50,000 fans from all over the globe to flock into downtown Tampa this weekend as part of the dress-up-like-fictional-characters entertainment trend sweeping the nation. Entry into the local market was well-timed by the comic book lovers and entrepreneurs behind it.  

Ashley Cantero works on the ring as aerial instructor Jessica Watson closely watches. - Julie Branam

Aerial Dragons Defy Gravity in Tampa

Motivation, strength and flexibility are keys to success for any start-up company. Through Aerial Dragons, her newly launched aerial arts school, Circus Performer Jessica Watson demands these characteristics of her individual students, too.

The Media Room of Modera Prime 235 in downtown St Pete. - Julie Branaman

Boom! Downtown St. Petersburg Awash In New Apartments

Downtown St. Petersburg's housing market is experiencing an unprecedented growth spurt to meet pent-up demand for cool urban places to live. Detours around temporarily blocked streets and the sounds of construction mark the city's rebirth as developers build more than 1,200 new apartments and condos.

Photo illustration by Julie Branaman

Newcomer's Guide To Voting In Florida's 2014 Elections

So you want to vote in Florida's 2014 elections? No reason for stress, but you do need to make sure you are registered first. 83 Degrees helps you navigate the process. Find out how and when to register, and how to educate yourself about the candidates and where to vote.  

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Control Your Commute With World's Lightest Electric Skateboard

Two years in the making, the Tampa-based Marbel Board is gaining national and international momentum to distinguish the company as one of Florida's hottest startups.

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Is SavvyCard The Online Business Card For You?

St. Petersburg-based startup company SavvyCard is a mobile-optimized marketing and referral platform that aims to reinvent the business card for the modern consumer while simultaneously contributing to the growth of Tampa Bay's startup community.

Frank Wells is the visionary behind Venture House. - Julie Branaman

Venture House Vision: Rehab Vacant Homes For Entrepreneurs, Artists

If entrepreneurs and artists can't find affordable housing in a city with vacant homes in need of rehab, what can be done to solve both problems and benefit taxpayers too? Venture House, a startup in St. Petersburg, is designing creative partnerships to provide solutions.

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Ruskin Firehouse Cultural Center Evolves With South Hillsborough County

Culture and the arts converge at the newly renovated Ruskin Firehouse Cultural Center to provide entertainment, education and a safe environment for families and children in rapidly growing South Hillsborough County.

Whole Foods in downtown Minneapolis

Influx Of Urban Residents Prompts Growth Of Amenities In Cities

After decades of population loss, many cities are now growing faster than the rest of their metro areas. Urban developers are trying to attract the right amenities to support the new wave of urbanites. So what’s needed to sustain a dense and vibrant city? The answers might surprise you.

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Book Excerpt: Startup Stories By Jordan Raynor

No startup story is exactly like another, but everyone can learn from the experiences of others. Read how Citizinvestor Co-Founder Jordan Raynor of Tampa got his start in an excerpt from his new book, "Startup Stories.''

Picking Your Favorite 83 Degrees Stories In 2014

What were the Top 10 Feature Stories published in 83 Degrees Media in the first half of the year? Take a look at the list and let us know what you think.

Video: Tampa As A 'Community Of Flat Faces'

Tampa Artist Edgar Sanchez Cumbas depicts perceptions of race and skin color in his most recent exhibition, "Community of Flat Faces.'' Listen and watch as he discusses what went into the creative process and how he finds inspiration in his West Tampa neighborhood.

Jan Roberts is Creator of Operation Bon Appetit Initiative. - Julie Branaman

Operation Bon Appetit: Changing Communities Through Conversation

Tampa resident Jan Roberts spent the last two months on a cross-country road trip interviewing people doing transformational work in their communities. Now home, she plans to turn the videos she took along the way into an online story project designed to prompt others to step up and make a difference.

Florida peaches. - Julie Branaman

Florida's Peach Industry Grows Sweet And Sassy

In Florida agriculture, citrus has long been king. But take a closer look at the Sunshine State's newest emerging cash crop: the princely peach. Experts say it soon could become a $100 million industry and provide a tasty boon for the state's economy.

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Ulele Restaurant Steps Into Tampa's Culinary Spotlight

Ulele Restaurant, Tampa's newest dining destination, features a waterfront setting on the Hillsborough River. It represents a rebirth for Ulele Spring, promise of a brighter future for the re-emerging Tampa Heights neighborhood and a piece of the city's vision for redefining its urban core.

The Hinterlands at Play House

Putting Art At The Heart Of Neighborhood Redevelopment

Artists are often the first to move into urban neighborhoods, and also the first to move when rents escalate. Yet in the post-recession landscape, many communities are working together with artists to transform blight, engage residents and reimagine neighborhoods.

Cerbando Mondragon and Ceejay Liberatore work with their census info. - Julie Branaman

5th Graders Magnify History Of Tampa Heights

Tampa Heights is the city's oldest suburb, settled by some of Tampa's founding families. Today it is home to new residents who are renovating historic bungalows and re-invigorating one of the city's most racially and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Its early history is brought to life in partnership with the Tampa Bay History Center and B.C. Graham Elementary School.

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Q&A: Local Startup Leaders Talk Entrepreneurship

Three leaders in Tampa Bay's startup community share their vision for the future of Hillsborough County's new Entrepreneur Collaborative Center in this Q&A with 83 Degrees Media.

Guy Nickerson is CEO and Executive Producer of Spectrum Productions. - Julie Branaman

Move Over L.A. And NYC! Tampa's Spectrum Productions Vies For Another Emmy

Wow! Who knew? A Tampa company has been nominated 17 times -- including this year -- for Daytime Emmy Awards given by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Spectrum Productions/Mindclay regularly competes with Los Angeles and New York for its cutting edge business.

Dr. Stanley Samuel of OcuSano Inc.

National Roundup: Detroit's Wind Economy, Memphis' Startup Symphony, Toronto's Silicon Valley

Issue Media Group publications such as 83 Degrees in Tampa, Confluence in Denver and Model D in Detroit cover "what's next" for urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from all across our national network.

Photo by Julie Branaman

Urban Bike Scene: Changing The Way Tampa Bay Travels

Tampa Bay area residents increasingly see bicycling as a practical, economical, sustainable and healthy way to get around town, especially given fluctuating gasoline prices and widespread road construction projects that slow traffic to a crawl during rush hours.

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Why Make Your Business More Sustainable? Save The Earth And Money

Vertical gardens. Recycled paper products. Shades on windows. LED lighting. Downtown Tampa businesses get rewarded for finding solutions that work for them to become more sustainable.

Anne Lopez and Kylie Walker of Romeo Delivers at AlphaLab

The Battle For Talent: What Cities Are Doing To Attract Urban Professionals

For today's top talent, the job market is only one thing to consider when choosing where to live. They also want a vibrant city to plug into, a creative place where they can network with other smart people, and a dynamic place where they can find their next job.

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Old Meets New: Transformation Of Tampa Neighborhood Shapes What's Next For Bro Bowl

The confluence of old meets new makes for some tough decisions as the City of Tampa, developers, historic preservations and skateboarders decide the fate of Bro Bowl, an historic concrete skatepark that many want to replace with a modern design reflective of progress in technology and Tampa's urban landsape.

Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. -Julie Branaman

City Engages Residents To Design Tampa's Riverfront Park

Local residents are sharing their ideas with landscape architectural consultants who will help shape a plan to make Riverfront Park a centerpiece of redeveloping Tampa's urban core and opening up access to the west bank of the Hillsborough River.

Photos courtesey of Code for Hillsborough.

Hillsborough Hack-a-thon Highlights Technology's Growing Role in Solving Transportation Issues

Participants in last weekend's Hillsborough Hack-a-thon spent 32 hours programming new, innovative applications that draw from local transportation data to help solve existing traffic concerns.

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Foggy On Details? USF Researchers Patent Formula To Enhance Brainpower

A nutritional supplement developed at the University of South Florida that combines the mind-building strengths of blueberries, green tea and more is finding scientific confirmation and a place on supermarket shelves across the nation. 

Nick Price is founder of City Sleekers. - Julie Branaman

Students In USFSP Entrepreneurship Program Launch Creative Startups

City Sleekers and NeverWander, two Pinellas County startups created by students at USFSP, represent the growing trend of young professionals who aren't counting on a Fortune 500 company to secure the perfect job. Instead, they're dreaming up the next great idea and creating their own businesses.

Lily Uline helps to assemble food bags at a food bank. - James Branaman

Talented Kids Demonstrate Benefits Of Giving Back To Community

Philanthropy generally starts at home as parents teach their kids how to share and be helpful. Here are a few Tampa Bay area kids giving back and learning from their own random acts of kindness and ability to share joy through music.

Tampa Bay. - James Branaman

Happy Memorial Day! Tampa Bay

The 83 Degrees Media team will be taking a week off in honor of Memorial Day and as a short break before summer. See you again on the first Tuesday in June!

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3 Things Tampa Bay Needs To Help Startups Thrive

Retaining talent, attracting investment capital and engaging entrepreneurs in the greater community are key to nurturing the Tampa Bay region's growing startup culture, say a diverse panel of thought leaders, entrepreneurs and educators during 83 Degrees Media's latest "Not Your Average Speakers'' event.

View from the roof deck of a Cleveland loft

National Roundup: DC's 'High Line,' Cleveland's Coolest Digs, Denver's Downtown Boom

Issue Media Group publications such as Pop City in Pittsburgh, The Line in Minneapolis, Soapbox in Cincinnati and 83 Degrees in Tampa Bay cover "what's next" for urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from all across our national network.

Kasamba Kokayi and Adan Martinez participate in a Forward Thinking Initiatives program at the St Pet

Forward Thinking Initiatives Teaches Entrepreneurship Skills To Tampa Bay Teens

An innovative partnership among Forward Thinking Initiatives, the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the St. Petersburg Greenhouse teaches area teens what's required to turn a talent for the arts into business success in the future.

Sea Captian Resort on the Bay at 40 Devon Drive. - James Branaman

Where To Stay On Clearwater Beach? Choices Grow With New Hotels

A building boom is back along Pinellas County's most famous white sand beaches. At least 16 hotel projects adding more than 2,000 rooms are planned or in development in the next 18 months along Clearwater Beach, including Dr. Kiran Patel's luxury resort.

The first newly completed Nehemiah Project home. - Julie Branaman

Tampa's Nehemiah Project Begins Transformation Of Sulphur Springs Neighborhood

The City of Tampa's Nehemiah Project is designed to encourage home ownership in one of the city's most impoverished neighborhoods while helping to jumpstart investments in nearby properties.

Judith Lisi is President and CEO of the Starz Center. - Julie Branaman

Florida's Culture Coast: Q&A With Judy Lisi

The Straz Center's President and CEO Judy Lisi thinks it's high time to brand the region as Florida's Culture Coast and reap the benefits. She explains her thinking in a sit-down interview with 83 Degrees.

Mary Seville and Leslie Wall are co-founders of Adventures in Engineering. - Julie Branaman

New Summer Camp Will Teach STEM Skills To Tampa Children

STEM-related job opportunities are increasing nationwide. This summer, local children will have the chance to learn new skills in the arenas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at a new Tampa day camp.

Bryan Martin (left) and Tony Aponte are employees at Artistas Cafe. - Julie Branaman

Cash, Check Or Charge? Give Day Tampa Bay Goes Online To Get You To Donate

Give Day Tampa Bay is the start of a bigger online giving strategy by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to engage new and younger donors.

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USF Students Aim To Tell Muslim History In TV Pilot

The Salahadin Project, an enormously successful Kickstarter campaign, will allow University of South Florida students to explore Muslim history in a pilot TV episode with an $84,000 budget.

A big game of Jenga at Five Points Alley in Cincy

Urban Alleys Become Pathways To Revitalization

From Seattle to Washington D.C., forgotten alleys are being reinvented as people-friendly spaces. Often perceived as dirty and dangerous, alleys are moving beyond garbage and garages, and becoming havens for pedestrians, public art and small businesses.

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Startup Grind Founder Ignites Entrepreneurial Fever

Serial entrepreneur Joy Randels brings her expertise to Tampa Bay area community events from Startup Weekend to Ignite Tampa Bay. As chapter director of Startup Grind Tampa Bay, she aims to help local entrepreneurs make meaningful connections.

CoCreativ has moved it's co-work space from St Pete to South Tampa. - Julie Branaman

Let's Talk Startups In Florida's Emerging New Economy

Tampa Bay's growing startup community is key to Florida's emergence as a robust economy driven by a healthy mix of industry, traditional businesses and entrepreneurs. Join 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' on May 13 to learn and talk more about what's new and what's next for local startups.

Sita Monti at her Liv Afrika storefront in South Tampa. - Julie Branaman

Fair Trade From South Tampa To South Africa, And Back

A love of African culture led Sita Monti to establish LivAfrika, the first Fair Trade Federation certified retail business in Tampa. She sells authentic, handcrafted African jewelry and other items at the South Tampa shop.

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Where To Live In Downtown Tampa? 5 Towers Going Up Soon

Five new residential towers will add 1,500 apartments in Downtown Tampa in the next two to three years, creating the synergy necessary to attract investors eager to help develop a vibrant urban scene that attracts young professionals, global travelers and empty-nesters.

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Tampa Library Transforms To Meet Demands Of New Economy

Following a national trend in cities, a new space in the historic Downtown Tampa public library reinvents itself for the modern tech-driven world to better serve local entrepreneurs, families and makers.

Bike Arch by Tylur French at Overton Park

National Roundup: Cincy's Beer Boom, Cleveland's New Leaders, Toronto's Female Founders

Issue Media Group publications such as Yonge Street in Toronto, High Ground in Memphis, Model D in Detroit and 83 Degrees in Tampa Bay cover "what's next" for urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from all across our national network.

Dale Gordon.

Q&A: Dale Gordon, Tampa Hillsborough Film & Digital Media

Bollywood arrives in Tampa in late April. BLUE Ocean gets here in November. But what will it take beyond global film festivals  to become the next film and digital media production destination? Read how Tampa Hillsborough Film Commissioner Dale Gordon sees the challenges and opportunities.

Archer Ayers, 1, plays at a Dunedin Coin Laundry with dad Dale close by. - Julie Branaman

What To Do With Jar Of Quarters In Your Closet? Laundry Project Makes Good With Spare Change

Volunteers with the Current of Tampa Bay's Laundry Project visit laundromats around Florida handing out quarters to more than 1,200 low-income families otherwise spending a healthy chunk of their wages doing more than 12,000 loads of laundry in the past year.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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The Art Of Living In Downtown St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg's re-emergence as a destination for tourists and urban dwellers of all ages is illustrated by the life and times of Barbara Lewis, a Baby Boomer professional now calling a cozy downtown condo home.

Matt Dreger works with VIP Software intern Matt Aberham. - Julie Branaman

Tampa-based Software Startup Expands Into St. Pete

VIPSoftware, a Tampa Bay startup, evolves to find its niche in Florida's growing property and casualty insurance industry. Founder James Makris moved to Florida from Canada.

Aaron Ryley, 8, builds a robot at Tampa Hackerspace during Kid's Open Make Day. - Julie Branaman

Tampa Hackerspace Fosters Creation, Innovation & Collaboration

So you have a great idea but don't know how to make it or take it to market? Tampa Hackerspace encourages maker activities designed to nurture innovations and creations through collaborations and communications that might not otherwise take place.

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Fresh Greens, Anyone? Urban Gardens Sustain Communities

Urban gardens sponsored by community groups, churches and neighborhoods have caught on like wildfire in St. Petersburg as local residents pursue the idea of sustainable agriculture, small urban farms and healthier eating.

The Learning Cottage Sarasota students learn about storms and weather. - Julie Branaman

Innovative Sarasota Preschool Aims To Prepare Kids For Life

The Learning Cottage uses Fusion Early Learning principles to create a preschool environment of fun that nurtures creative learning about basic life skills, the arts, traditional academics and respecting other people.

Anthony Garcia on Bayshore Blvd. - Julie Branaman

Bettering The 'Hood Attracts Future Tampa Leaders

About 65 community-oriented residents are attending the City of Tampa's inaugural Neighborhood University, an innovative 12-week course envisioned by Mayor Bob Buckhorn as a hands-on experience designed to empower neighborhoods and mentor the next generation of leaders.

The studios at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. - Julie Branaman

Creative Genius Blossoms At The Hermitage Artist Retreat

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey is the latest visiting artist to stay at The Hermitage Artist Retreat near Englewood, in southern Sarasota County. The Hermitage attracts artists from around the globe to compete for the coveted Greenfield Prize.

CoderDojo Tampa Bay founder Ramesh Sambasivan and library technical specialist Alison Harris. Justi

CoderDojo: Teaching Next Gen Techies To Write Code

CoderDojo, a free programming class for children ages 5-17, is described on its website as an "open-source, volunteer-led movement.'' The group was founded in Dublin, Ireland, in early 2011 and spread to Tampa in May 2013, settling into two Hillsborough County locations with two more in the works.

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Crosstown Connector ReDirects Tampa's Urban Traffic

1,000 runners in a 5K race will get a sneak peek from atop the new I-4/Crosstown Connector on December 28 before the $425 million road and bridge project opens to traffic. The Connector is designed to divert truck traffic off local streets in downtown Tampa and Ybor City.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay Community Colleges Target Baby Boomers

Tampa Bay area community colleges create special programs to attract baby boomers looking to reinvent themselves or change careers. 

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Fantasy Of Flight Kicks Off New Year In Tampa Bay

Santa and his elves are not the only ones working around the clock to prepare for a fantastic flight this holiday season. While the jolly fellow and his merry team of elves tinker away at the North Pole to prepare the famous flying sleigh for its annual whirl around the globe, a team of aviation specialists at Lakeland's Fantasy of Flight is hard at work preparing for another flight of historic proportions.

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Happy Holidays From The 83 Degrees Media Team

As we bid adieu to 2013 and get ready to welcome 2014, 83 Degrees Media wishes you and yours a peaceful respite around a bountiful table. Looking forward to next year and beyond. Happy Holidays!

Teacher Kendra Alexander helps out during lunchtime. - Julie Branaman

Early Learning Initiative Takes New Approach In Preschool Education

A pilot preschool program being tested in Pinellas County aims to reinvent pre-K curriculum and culture to improve academic performance among children living in low-income families.

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Jewish Community Center Sparks Renaissance In West Tampa

Renovation underway at the Homer Hesterly National Guard Armory on North Howard in West Tampa is jumpstarting economic development in the neighborhood by attracting additonal investors interested in situating their businesses near the planned Jewish Community Center.

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Art Of Cleanliness Makes An Awesome Impression

Many may argue there is an art to cleanliness, but few probably think of the "art'' part in the same light as does Carrie Matteoli, a recent winner of an Awesome Tampa Bay grant awarded to support her artistic cleaning.

Djimo Serodio, David Wistocki and Tammy Charles have a meeting at Oxford Exchange. - Julie Branama

Ambrosia Global: Erect Food Towers, Feed The World

Ambrosia Global, a local startup with a worldly perspective on sustainable farming as the solution to the world food crisis, will soon expand its reach into local Tampa neighborhoods as well as to Haiti and beyond.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: Parents-Led Initiative Helps Students Prepare For College

Parents at Robinson High School in South Tampa create a College and Career Center to help students navigate the sometimes daunting college application process.

Mary GrandPré is the illustrator behind the Bradenton Blues Fest poster. - Julie Branaman

Bradenton Blues Festival Plays To Your Heartstrings

Before acclaimed Blues Vocalist Shemekia Copeland and Rising Star Blues Guitarist Albert Castiglia rock your world on Saturday, a live auction will feature a little number by Sarasota-based Artist Mary GrandPre who enchanted an entire generation of readers with her iconic artwork bringing to life the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

Faith House bananas

Innovative Urban Food Park Would Span Food Experience

Emmanuel Roux, a former restaurateur and farm kid from France now living in St. Petersburg, looks at the city's poorest neighborhoods and envisions an Urban Food Park that could grow healthy foods, teach preparation skills from farm to table and feed the hungry. His longtime dream is getting closer to reality.

The Tampa Skyline. - Julie Branaman

Happy Anniversary! Thanks For Reading And Sharing 83 Degrees Media Stories

83 Degrees invites readers to revisit and share favorite features published over the last four years as we celebrate our 4th anniversary and ask our readers to tell us what you would like to read about in future stories.

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City Lovers Engage Tactical Urbanism To Change Neighborhoods

A Tactical Urbanism Workshop in Tampa focuses on small actions that can lead to big changes in neighborhoods and communities. Parklets, Guerilla Gardening, Pavement-to-Plazas or street intersection repair are some examples of Tactical Urbanism being applied locally and in many cities.

Col. Scott V. DeThomas. - James Branaman

"Not Your Average Speakers'': Tampa Bay Employers, Military Veterans Connect Over Jobs

Business leaders, military personnel and members of the larger community make connections, get advice and share their workforce transition stories as part the latest 83 Degrees Media "Not Your Average Speakers'' series in Tampa.

Ringling After Dark. - Julie Branaman

Tampa Bay Museums Explore New Collaborations

New collaborations among traditional entities aren't always easy nor are they readily embraced by traditionalists more comfortable with the status quo. But the Tampa Bay region's newly thriving arts communities are beginning to recognize the "c'' word as the smartest and quickest path to a prosperous future for individual institutions as well as for the local economy.

Photo by Julie Branaman

Public Art Transforms The Urban Canvas

Once the province of sculptors, public art has evolved into an essential element of urban placemaking and social engagement. From murals on vacant buildings to art in laundromats to edible art installations that are as mouthwatering as they are aesthetically pleasing, we take a look at how public art is transforming our cities.

Kristin Pelletier and Ken Buzzie are SmartStart clients. - Julie Branaman

Dade City Incubator Offers Startups A SMARTstart

Launching a business anywhere brings challenges but perhaps nowhere more so than in some of the more suburban or rural communities outside the reach of connections and collaborations cities can offer. That's why Dade City, a small town in Pasco County north of Tampa, created a new business incubator program called SMARTstart.

Lettuce from Geraldson Community Farm in Bradentons. - Julie Branaman

Sustainable Buzz Surrounds Tampa Bay's Locavore Movement

Celebrating the Tampa Bay region's locavore movement, the Sustany Foundation teams up with local farms and restaurants, food trucks, breweries, wineries and spirits companies to present a tastebud-tantalizing Sustainable Buzz Fest on November 7 at the Straz Center.

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St. Pete Entrepreneurs Launch Micro-Juicery

Kelly Lessem's small home-based business grows into a full-time operation with the opening of Squeeze Juice Works, a trendy new St. Pete juice bar that she operates with co-owner Amy Losoya, former manager of the popular downtown Tampa Fly Bar and Restaurant.

Veggies grow in planters near the pool at the Ella. - Julie Branaman

Encore! Tampa Takes Big Strides Toward Sustainability

Encore! Tampa, a growing planned community just north of downtown designed to attract young professionals as well as families and the elderly, is a role model for sustainability and green living.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn gives a gift to U.S. Consul General Dennis Hankins

Trip To Brazil Fosters Relationships For Tampa Bay

A Sister City relationship with Porto Alegre begins with a Tampa group's visit to Brazil. Key to its success will be what follows over time in terms of business and community connections.

Todd Goldberg and Karl White of EXMO. - Julie Branaman

EXMO App Helps Events Become More Social, Interactive

A Tampa startup entered the national spotlight in October with the public launch of EXMO, which aims to help events become more social.

George Carter looks around the old Rialto Theatre after closing escrow. - Julie Branaman

Tampa's Historic Rialto Theatre Morphs Into Collaborative Space For Creatives

Tampa teacher and entrepreneur Hope Donnelly's vision for Tampa Heights is to breathe more creativity and life into the neighborhood, including historic buildings like the Rialto Theatre.

Aly Cote and team leader Margi Nanney discuss project details. - Julie Branaman

Florida Students Race To Finish Line At F1 World Championship

Five public high school students from Manatee County will represent the United States at the 9th annual F1 in Schools World Championship Competition in Austin, Texas, November 9-15. The Allegiance Racing Team qualified by winning the national championship in May.

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Transitioning From Military To Civilian Life In Tampa Bay: "Not Your Average Speakers''

MacDill Air Force Base Commander Col. Scott V. DeThomas joins a panel of 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' to talk about the opportunities and challenges facing the community and veterans as they transition into civilian life.

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The Aquaculture Evolution: Not Your Grandpa's Guppies

Central Florida is the center of the nation's tropical fish farming universe and Mike Drawdy, a third-generation producer, aims to use technology to reclaim the local industry's place on the world stage. Fancy fish, it turns out, swim spectacularly through cyberspace.

Chef Chad McColgm and Chef Lori Staczewicz battle it out during the first annual Chef-Off. James Bra

Chef-Off Heats Up Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market

Tampa Chefs Lori Staczewicz of the Mermaid Tavern and Chad McColgm of Domani Bistro Lounge bring out the knives in a friendly Chef-Off similar to the Food Network's "Chopped'' at the Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market.

Kathleen Taylor at TEDxTampaBay.

TEDx Talent Expands Minds, Inspires Innovation

TEDx events return to St. Petersburg and Sarasota in October with thought-provoking talks by some of the Tampa Bay region's most creative and deepest thinkers.

Roberto Torres is one of the owners of Black & Denim. - Photo by Julie Branaman

Boutique Apparel Company Brings Focus On Fashion To Ybor City

Black & Denim Apparel Company, a Tampa-born small business with national reach, sees its flagship store on historic Seventh Avenue in Ybor City as just the beginning.

Amber and Allie Malott. - Julie Branaman

Sister Fashionistas Debut TWIN Brand In Tampa

Fashion models often appear younger than they are, but fashion designers rarely seem older than they are. Meet Amber and Allie, twin 17-year-old sisters from Wesley Chapel who design clothing reflecting talent and experience beyond their years.

Sarasota Architectural Salvage. - Julie Branaman

Creative Reuse Movement Boosts Urban Economies By Turning Trash Into Treasure

Across America, creative reuse organizations are popping up to "upcycle" and sell stuff that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Artisans and artists are, in turn, turning this would-be detritus into artworks and products.

Michelle Deatherage, Keith Greminger and Jeannette Jason. - Julie Branaman

"Not Your Average Speakers'' Share Urban Vision

"Not Your Average Speakers'' and an engaged audience of people invested both personally and professionally in downtown Tampa gather at Encore! to consider what more is needed to create a more vibrant city.

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Tampa Bay Hooks Big Fish In BLUE Ocean

The BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit is expected to attract international filmmakers, researchers, scientists, industry leaders, celebrities and academics from around the globe to the Tampa Bay region in November 2014.

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Local Swap Scene Encourages Community Building

The Sarasota Swappers leave their wallets at home as they gather monthly to share homemade products and goodies that require an investment of special skills, time and energy to produce and can't be found on store shelves.

Nadine (left) and Andrea Smith. - James Branaman

Progress On The Rocky Road To Equality In Florida

Friends and supporters credit Nadine Smith's collaborative, dependable and unflappable leadership for Equality Florida's victories in convincing local governments to embrace domestic partnership registries and equal rights for gays.

Charting the Land of Flowers: 500 Years of Florida Maps exhibit. - Julie Branaman

Florida Map Collection Lets You Travel Half A Millennium

Visitors to the Tampa Bay History Center will get a chance to see mapmakers' perspectives of Florida through time and use their own imaginations to envision the future in "Charting the Land of Flowers,'' a special exhibition featuring a Tampa man's decades-long determination to collect maps of his home state.

Photo provided by CAMLS.

CAMLS Expansion Extends Tampa Bay's Reach As Biotech Hub

USF Health's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) moves forward with its first  international expansion into Panama.

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DJ Ravi Drums Brings It Home For TiECon Florida 2013

The merger of music and technology doesn't get any better than what comes naturally to DJ Ravi Drums, an international star who got his start in Tampa. He returns home to perform at TiECon Florida 2013 in Safety Harbor.

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TIP: It's Chic To Be A Geek At This Summer Camp

Florida schools are finding creative, new opportunities to implement and promote STEM-related classes in public schools. Pinellas County, for instance, teamed up this past summer with Duke University's TIP (Talent Identification Program) to offer summer camp for their best and brightest students to explore advanced science, technology, engineering and math.

Photo by Diane Egner

Tampa Bay Tech Week Sets Stage For Innovative, Entrepreneurial Startup Community

TiECon and Bar/Code Camp Florida bookend the inaugural Tampa Bay Tech Week, which brings entrepreneurs, startup founders and tech enthusiasts together for educational and motivational events in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

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Hillsborough County Seeds Local Startup Culture

Hillsborough County Commissioners set aside $2 million to help nurture Tampa's fast-growing startup community. Where's the money going?

Tampa Zine Fest at the Roosevelt 2.0 in organized in conjunction with Tampa Free Skool and Tampa Upc

Free Skool Movement Enhances Community, Citybuilding

Tampa Free Skool isn't easy to describe for the uninitiated. Think of it as a more organic, more free-spirited learning experience designed to share knowledge and engage conversation around everything from neo-Tantric fire rituals to storytelling to French language classes.

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Video: St. Pete Warehouse Arts District

The growing Warehouse Arts District in St. Petersburg is a terrific place to find art made by local artists, including unique hot glass and clay pieces seen on this video by ES Creative.

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Not Your Average Speakers: What's Next For Downtown Tampa

New restaurants, apartments and business relocations are attracting new investments in downtown Tampa that contribute  to what's becoming an increasingly vibrant urban scene. And more developments are in the works. Join "Not Your Average Speakers'' for a community conversation about what's new and what's next. 

American Stage in the Park. - James Branaman

Tampa Bay's Theatre Community Takes Center Stage

Step aside Hollywood and Bollywood. The Theatre Tampa Bay Awards will take center stage at a black tie Tony-style event in October to honor Tampa Bay's wealth of theatre talent.

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Looking At Tampa Bay Through Google Glass

Two Tampa residents who won a Twitter contest to gain early access to Google Glass are now exploring the beta program and Tampa Bay #throughglass.

Tropicool at Postcard Inn. - Julie Branaman

Tropiccool Reinvents French Recipes For Cold Pops

Entrepreneur Stefan Cerf created the Tropiccool brand of ice-cold sorbets and pops in Tampa Bay after spending summers in France learning the tricks of the trade at a popular ice cream shop.

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Rustic Steel Creations Moves Uptown For More Space, Better Access

Steel can be a cold and unforgiving metal. Yet when treated with warm hands, a little technique and undying-passion, the iron alloy becomes an eye-catching work of art. For a little over a decade, a local Tampa business has been molding those transformations.

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Let Your Inner Tarzan Run Wild At TreeUmph In Bradenton

The largest elevated adventure course in southwest Florida, TreeUmph features adrenaline-pumping obstacles and a unique birds-eye view of the 14 acres below.

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TiE Tampa To Launch Sister Organization For Women Entrepreneurs

Former CNN News Group Anchor Patti Tripathi is poised to lead a new professional organization for women entrepreneurs in the Tampa Bay region.

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Bike Sharing Rides Into Tampa, St. Petersburg

Tampa and St. Petersburg are among cities nationwide hopping on the trend toward providing "smart'' bicycles for sharing in urban neighborhoods.

Mitch Neff, newly appointed Global Director of the StartupBus, works in his office at Tampa Bay WaVe

Local Talent Drives Startup Culture In Tampa Bay

The StartupBus, a "hackathon on wheels," grows roots to Tampa Bay as local digital strategist Mitch Neff is appointed Global Director.

Andrew Smith owner of High Cotton Living. - Photo by Diane Egner

High Cotton Living Moves Into Hyde Park Village

The opening of High Cotton Living on Snow Avenue in Hyde Park Village is the realization of a decade-long dream for one Tampa family and another success story in the Village's re-emergence as a destination shopping center.

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Rhino On Air Bellows About St. Pete's Arts Community

St. Petersburg entrepreneur and arts champion Anne Marie Cash streams Rhino On Air from the city's historic Kress Building. Through the innovative online radio station, Cash shares information about the city's arts initiatives to a global audience.

Cave Canem Poets 2013 Residency at City of Asylum - A series of community-based artist residencies i

Creative Placemaking Changes Narrative About Cities

Creative placemaking is shaping the future for cities across the nation as innovators and investors help jumpstart once-neglected neighborhoods. Denver, Toronto, Detroit, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Minneapolis-St. Paul are among cities seeing positive results.

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Community Stepping Stones Engages Art, Neighbors In Transitional Change

Along the meandering Hillsborough River near the Bird Street exit off of Interstate 275 thrives an oasis of education, creativity and progress in the middle of a Tampa neighborhood that most often gets attention only when things go wrong.

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Encore Tampa Bay Combines Personal, Social Fulfillment

A new social change movement in Tampa Bay looks at revitalizing the way people approach retirement, producing a reservoir of talent to create businesses and solve problems.

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Coworking Spaces Reflect Tampa Bay's Changing Workforce

Demand for shared work spaces in the Tampa Bay region is on the rise as entrepreneurs, startups and students join the nation's growing coworking movement.

Greenhouse St Petersburg. - Julie Branaman

Greenhouse Gives Green Light To Entrepreneurs

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster announces the newly revamped Business Assistance Center, which will offer local small businesses access to entrepreneurial resources "to help business grow.''

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Getting To The Heart Of Advertising In Tampa Bay

Young professionals working within the advertising industry in Tampa Bay pool passion and energy to volunteer free services that make a difference for marketing a local nonprofit each year.

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Project Art Connects Past, Future Along Bradenton Riverwalk

The scraping staccato of battered skateboards may cause a slight distraction from the rich history that surrounds Bradenton's Riverwalk, but thanks to the efforts of local teens, artists and historians, Manatee County history comes to life in a series of informative public art panels that line the Riverwalk.

(L-R) Adrianna Williams, Heather Jordan, Meredith McKay and Foxy the dog enjoy the porch at Jet City

Hyde Park Coffee Shop Isn't Just Business, It's Personal

Jessica Glover, owner of Jet City Espresso in Hyde Park, has molded her business so that it reflects her own values as well as her positive, welcoming nature.

(L-R) RJ Keeling, Jamie Loomas and Alex Bonyata practice at St Pete Music Factory. - James Branaman

Wannabe Rock Stars Exude Passion At St. Petersburg Music Factory

Kids take to the stage at St. Pete's Music Factory to find their own rhythms by reading music, creating songs, writing lyrics and forming bands to pursue dreams of becoming rock 'n' roll stars.

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Photo Slideshow: Primi Ristorante Italiano, St. Petersburg

Like father, like son. Chef Tony Macaroni of St. Pete credits his Italian father for teaching him the fine art of making fresh mozzarella. Watch him at work and listen to his story in a photo slideshow by Julie Branaman.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: HCC's Vet Tech Program Engages Students In Real-World Experiences

About 92 percent of graduates of Hillsborough Community College's veterinary technology program find jobs within a year of graduation, joining one of the nation's fastest-growing career fields.

A dead orange grove along SR 39. - Julie Branaman

Florida Citrus: Taming Wild Stock And Breeding A Legacy

Central Florida Is Ground Zero in the war against citrus greening, where the battle extends from historic groves to university laboratories, hi-tech strategies and the newest innovatons in crop research.

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YPs Leading Charge To Fast Forward Tampa

Jobs, transit and pedestrian friendly streets are top of mind as four young professionals open a dialogue with traditional business leaders about changing the narrative and shaping the future for Tampa.

The effects of greening leave an orange tree leafless.

Florida Citrus: Scientists Confront Unprecedented Challenge In Greening

The clock is ticking as an insidious microbe lays waste to Florida's citrus groves, making the entire peninsula an experimental field trial for strategies that researchers hope will fend off the extinction of a crop that contributes billions of dollars and more than 75,000 jobs to the state's economy.

Pickled Shrimp at Indigenous. - Julie Branaman

Ready To Sink Your Teeth Into The Locavore Cause?

From gardens to the Gulf, the locavore movement is beginning to thrive in Tampa Bay and across Florida with pioneers like Steve Phelps and Katie and Emilio Sosa at the helm.

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Hillsborough County Ends Ban On Gay Pride Events

Proponents believe repeal of the ban on Gay Pride events helps champion the Tampa Bay region's global diversity as a welcoming environment for all people, including members of LGBT communities.

(L-R) Alex Glover, Monique Harris, Bria McGrady at an ANYTOWN meeting. - Julie Branaman

ANYTOWN Gives Tampa Bay Youth Tools To Dismantle Discrimination

Community Tampa Bay's ANYTOWN experience engages another round of high school delegates and volunteers this summer, igniting the spirits of new social justice allies, while managing to entice the old.

Riding the Tampa Riverwalk. - Julie Branaman

Entrepreneurs Riding The Road To Success Thanks To Growing Bike-Based Economy

Tampa and St. Petersburg are part of a growing national trend of cool cities embracing a bicycling culture that provides alternative transportation while encouraging robust exercise and healthy living.

Ann McDonald(L), Leroy McCray and Rhonda Triplett-Coleman. - Julie Branaman

Green ARTery: Connecting Tampa's Greenspaces

The local Green ARTery project is looking to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in Tampa by implementing a perimeter trail connecting 20 local neighborhoods and greenspaces.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: Single Mom Conquers Fear, Disability To Return To School

Jodi Bell not only fulfills her dreams, but learns valuable life skills while pursuing a college degree.

Kunal Jain leads a discussion during Health Camp Tampa 2013.

TiE Tampa Bay Grows Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

TiE Tampa Bay's community activities are designed to ensure success for startups by fostering a collaborative network of entrepreneurs, effective investments and the sharing of knowledge.

Not Your Average Speaker panelists.

Tampa Bay Speakers Advocate For STEM, STEAM In Education

Erin Chantry, an urban planner in Tampa, writes about her impressions and take-aways -- including the biggest surprise -- from the May 16 "Not Your Average Speakers'' event hosted by 83 Degrees Media at MOSI Tampa.

Steve Turner and his daughter Sequoia play a drum circle.

Giving Tree Music Helps Drummers Find Rhythm Within

Drummer Steve Turner has just one rule when he works with Pinellas County's special needs children and non-musicians to form drum circles: If you don't drum, you gotta dance. The fun that ensues becomes infectious. Relationships blossom. And no one leaves without a smile.

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Center For Building Hope: A Place Designed For Healing

The designers of the Center For Building Hope at Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota created a place where cancer patients and their families find peace and sustenance in surroundings influenced by nature.

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Equity Crowdfunding: Tampa Attorneys See Opportunities, Risks In Raising Capital

Equity crowdfunding is increasingly popular in funding new startups and philanthropic efforts, but there are also risks. In this opinion piece, local attorneys Richard B. Hadlow and Peter S. Lawler weigh in on the concept.

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Video: Artist Philip Pearlstein Visits St. Petersburg

Artist Philip Pearlstein of New York City talks about how he selects models for his famous nudes and other creative works on display at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.

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MediFuture 2023 Aims to Disrupt Healthcare Delivery

MediFuture 2023 in Tampa will focus on rethinking how traditional healthcare is delivered to create new models for patient care.

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M2Gen At Center Of Growing Research Corridor In North Tampa

M2Gen, Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, USF Health, Shriner's Hospital, the James A. Haley VA Hospital and Florida Hospital are key collaborators in North Tampa's growing research corridor.

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Free Tickets To Tampa Bay Margarita Festival Plus Star Trek At MOSI Imax

Want to be among the first in the nation to see "Star Trek: Into Darkness''? Have a thirst for the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival? 83 Degrees Media is giving away free tickets.

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Photo Slideshow: Rooster Statues Flock To Ybor City

Hillsborough Community College and the Gaybor District Coalition collaborate to host a ceramic rooster decorating contest that sends one student to college on a scholarship. See the fancy results.

Sculptures by Dominique Labauvie. Photo by Julie Branaman

Artists Prove To Be Urban Pioneers In Tampa Bay

In Tampa Bay, as elsewhere, artists often serve as community catalysts for transformational change in neighborhoods that become attractive to investors. The phenomenon is the subject of Economist Richard Florida's book "Rise of the Creative Class,'' which promotes the idea that creatives, including artists, entrepreneurs and small shops, along with low barriers to entry, help foster urban renewal.

Not Your Average Speakers Series.

STEM Or STEAM? "Not Your Average Speakers'' Weigh In At MOSI-Tampa

Knowing that the hottest new jobs of the future may not even exist today, what are best practices/best solutions for study? Should the focus be on teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)? Or should it be broader, including the arts (STEAM)? Join the conversation.

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Playing Unplugged: Kids, Parents Take A Break From Computers, TV

See Sophia run. See Liam jump. See Emma race Aiden. Unplug children for a day from computers, TV, cell phones and electronic games and see how they play, exercise and learn in the park. "Playing Unplugged'' in Pinellas County is just one antidote to the nation's obesity crisis.

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Video: Funny Bunny At The Hub, Downtown Tampa

The Hub, a cornerstone bar in downtown Tampa since 1946, sets the scene for a music video featuring Funny Bunny, a local band mixing sultry vocals with unconventional chord structures in memorable melodies.

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83 Degrees, IGNITE Tampa Bay Ticket Giveaway

IGNITE Tampa Bay aims to stoke the fires of passion that consume the hearts and minds of thought leaders in Tampa Bay. Only 20 get to take the stage at Tampa Theatre, but hundreds will be in the audience. Will you be among them?

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Sarasota Architectural Salvage Turns Trash To Treasure

Cell doors and stainless steel benches from the Classic Federal Courthouse in Downtown Tampa are among the unusual treasures available for upcycling at Sarasota Architectural Salvage.

- Julie Branaman

Rise of the Rest: It's Not Just Silicon Valley Anymore

Has Silicon Valley jumped the shark? Ask many keen observers of technology communities from coast to coast, and they'll tell you that 2013 is prime time for startups to bloom in unexpected cities. Take Tampa, for example.

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Edgy, Experimental Art & Music Meet Up In St. Pete

The Venture Compound and Pangaea Project kick it up a notch when it comes to providing a quirky, over-the-top creative haven perfect for Tampa Bay millennials who like to push the boundaries of music, visual art and spoken word.

Friends (L-R) Tyler Visuvasam, Alejandro Acosta and Ian Pointer take apart a printer for fun. - Juli

Tampa Mini Maker Faire: Nirvana 4 Geeks & Nerds

Are we having fun yet? That's a question no one has to ask at the Tampa Mini Maker Faire as kids and bigger people work together to tear apart and rebuild complex things or make something out of nothing. This playground for innovators and creatives blends math and science, robotics and gear ratios, mechanics and engineering into fun, fun fun.

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South Tampa's Datz Keeps It Local, Opens Dough Bakery

Datz Dough is the latest entrepreneurial effort by Suzanne and Roger Perry, founders of the popular South Tampa restaurant called Datz. The Perrys are heavily invested in their property on South MacDill, but have their sights set on opening more sites around Florida.

Photo by Lynn Merenda

Car-less In Tampa? Reshaping Streets That Work For Everyone

Sponsors supplied the markers and paper, while USF-area travelers supplied the big ideas meant to answer the question critical to keeping people on the move: What does it take to make a street complete?

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#83DegreesNYAS: Finding Meaning In Tampa Bay's Curious Quest To Be Cool

83 Degrees Media's latest "Not Your Average Speakers" event sparks a lively discussion on what makes Tampa and the Tampa Bay region cool, how to develop a stronger sense of place and why creating authentic experiences matters.

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Tampa Bay's Dad Bloggers Share Life's Experiences

Being a dad -- just like being a mom -- in today's fast-paced world means a lot more than changing diapers and driving kids to soccer practice. Read along as three Tampa Bay area dads share parenting experiences in blogs designed to infuse awareness and provoke deeper thought.

Photo by Julie Branaman

Tweet Up! Is Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn Cool? #83DegreesNYAS

In just three years, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's image has changed from uncool to really "cool.'' What changed? He found his voice and the platform to use it, says the author of "For The Love of Cities.''

Mayor Buckhorn introduces Tampa's fleet of CNG vehicles. - Julie Branaman

Natural Gas Use Up In Tampa Bay As Fleets Convert

Public entities and private businesses across the Tampa Bay region are converting vehicular fleets to compressed natural gas, a cleaner, less expensive, domestically available energy source. The cities of Clearwater and Tampa, Tampa International Airport, Hillsborough County and HART are among those leading the way.

"Midtown Through Our Eyes" exhibit at Studio@620

Studio@620: An Intimate Stage For Talent & Creativity In St. Pete

A small arts venue with a big agenda, Studio@620 celebrates its 10th season of innovative programming this June. Where else in the Tampa Bay region could you find such an inventive line-up: classic Film Noir, a social justice round table on gay teen suicide, a concert by the Florida Orchestra, poetry readings, Slow Food gatherings, art shows and yoga with ShahRam. 

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Photo Slideshow: GIFF Opening Night In Tampa

Opening night at the 2013 Gasparilla International Film Fesitval brings out the stars from near and far for a celebration of independent films and filmmakers. For a look at who was in the crowd and what they saw, watch and listen along to a photo slideshow by Julie Branaman.

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Are We Cool Or What? Sharing The Love While Wishing For More In Tampa Bay

The need for good, safe transportation options as well as a desire for better communications about Tampa Bay events, history and diversity top the wish lists of 83 Degrees Media readers. See specific suggestions for elevating our CQ (coolness quotient).

- Julie Branaman

Connect Tampa Bay: Building Consensus Around Transportation

Connect Tampa Bay, a grassroots organization, aims to rally public support behind the creation of more transportation options, including access to an expanded public transit system. In just three months, the rapidly growing organization has persuaded more than 2,000 people to get on board.

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Free GIFF Passes For 83 Degrees Readers

Here's your chance to celebrate and see independent films from around the globe as part of the Gasparilla International Film Festival. 83 Degrees Media will give away a total of 8 passes (4 pairs) to random readers who fill out our survey.

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Urbanism On Tap Talks Up Tampa Bay's Future

Urbanism on Tap starts by soliciting participants' visions for Tampa. Among concerns at the first open mic night? Transit, mobility, green spaces, bicycling safety, connectivity, neighbhorhoods and other liveability issues.

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Ringling Underground Infuses Museum With Youthful Energy

Time to boogie under a statue of David without traveling to Italy! Ringling Underground in Sarasota grooms the next generation of museum patrons by attracting young professionals and college students with live music by local bands and interactive art by local artists.

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Startup Weekend Next Kicks Off April 10th in Tampa

So you've caught the entrepreneurial fever and you're burning up over a hot idea for a startup. All that's left is to create the business model and the customer value proposition. Simple enough? Not. Here's an opportunity to get some help and learn from those who've gone before you.

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City Bike Tours Tap Brakes At Indie Eats In Tampa

Imagine touring your tastebuds through Tampa's indy restaurants while imbibing on local brews, meeting new peeps and getting a little exercise. Too good to be true? Not if you ride along on one of City Bike Tampa's monthly bicycle tours. Take a look at images of the last ride in this photo slideshow.

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Moving To Downtown Tampa: The Martin Raises Bar For New Places To Live

The Martin at Meridian is the latest apartment complex to emerge in the growing Channel District of downtown Tampa. Developer Ken Stoltenberg envisions creating additional amenities of an urban lifestyle, including vibrant retail, parks and schools.

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What More Do You Want? Tampa Bay's Curious Quest To Be Cool

What's next for Tampa Bay? You can help shape the narrative by getting engaged with 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' in a conversation designed to advance the community dialogue about what makes cities cool. Join us March 27 at The Vault in downtown Tampa.

Photo courtsey Jodi Johnson

Graduate Tampa Bay: Older Learner Says 'Don't Be Afraid Of Failure'

New College student Jodi Johnson overcame a lot of self doubts (I'm too old, I can't do math, I can't afford tuition, etc.) to return to college as an experienced learner. She's now thriving in Sarasota and sharing Tampa Bay's cultural assets in the process.

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Tampa Bay Begins To Focus On Nurturing Startups

The Economic Development Innovation Initiative is designed to help drive the growth of technology and innovative startups, and scale worthy small businesses in Tampa and Hillsborough County.

The Vault. - Julie Branaman

Tampa's Franklin Exchange Morphs Into Cool Meeting Spaces

The Wilson Company's ongoing renovation of the Franklin Exchange in downtown Tampa highlights how designers and developers are teaming up to find creative ways to transform underused, dilapidated urban places into hip, vibrant spaces that attract additional investments.

Onyx plays at the Curtis Hixon Park dog run. - Julie Branaman

Moving To Downtown Tampa: The Dog Scene

Other than walk your pooch around the block in downtown Tampa, what's a dog lover to do to keep a four-legged friend happy and healthy while enjoying each other's company? Lots! We've compiled a list to get you started.

President Dr. Larry Thompson, Elijah Wood and Animation Dept. Head Jim McCampbell

Ringling College Animation Grads Walk The Red Carpet

Nearly every film nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature -- including "Brave,'' "Frankenweenie,'' "Paranorman'' and "Wreck-It Ralph'' -- features the work of Ringling College graduates. Special effects-packed nominees like "Marvel's: The Avengers,'' "Prometheus,'' "Skyfall'' and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'' also credit the work of Ringling alumni.

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Will Le Meridien Hotel Jumpstart Investments In Downtown Tampa?

Vacant buildings and underused spaces in the blocks surrounding the Classic Federal Courthouse are likely to attract renewed interest in downtown Tampa as investors see the potential for opportunities to develop an urban scene that can compete for talent in the global marketplace.

Veronica Simonetto owner of Tailored Pet Sitting hugs Maximillian. - Julie Branaman

Tailored Pet Sitting: A Tampa Dog's Best Friend

Urban pioneer Veronica Simonetto, a native of Venezeula who lived in Miami before moving to Tampa, opened Tailored Pet Sitting in downtown Tampa in 2007 after recognizing that demand for such services far outstripped supply. Today the business is thriving even as competition heats up.

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Moving To Downtown Tampa: The Bakery Scene

Looking for something sweet to accompany your daily cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea? Tampa bakeries got you covered. Get a whiff of these decadent pastries, cupcakes, cookies and artisan breads. Go ahead, Tampa Bay. Indulge a little.

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Mom Bloggers In Tampa Bay: Keeping It Real

For most moms, life with children provides new opportunities and challenges on a daily basis. For a few, writing about it adds to the experience. Meet five mom bloggers in the Tampa Bay region who talk about why they do what they do -- provide advice, share experiences and help define motherhood.

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USF Disease Warriors Explore New Use For Research

Drs. Csilla Ari and Dominic D'Agostino, USF researchers studying ketones as weapons against diseases like ALS, cancer and Alzheimer's, find a mutual interest in diving leads to discoveries about oxygen deprivation that may help the U.S. Department of Defense battle other kinds of enemies.

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The Urban Conga: Reshaping Normal In Downtown Tampa

Want to redefine "normal'' in downtown Tampa? Get in line! Follow the founders of The Urban Conga as they create interactive installations that help people see, appreciate and make use of ordinary spaces and places like never before.

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Changing The Narrative: St. Petersburg Engages Creative Cities' Adviser

St. Petersburg -- the No. 1 arts destination for mid-size U.S. cities three years in a row -- now has a "Creative Cities Adviser.'' In his new volunteer role, author Peter Kageyama, a former president of Creative Tampa Bay, hopes to encourage and promulgate the city's creative flair.

The Ella at Encore! houses residence age 62 and up. - Julie Branaman

Encore Tampa: Green Initiatives Shape Urban Design

Encore Tampa is designed as a sustainable community, with green initiatives built into everything from the provision of water and sewer to energy efficient construction to easy access to retail and recreation.

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Photo Slideshow: Outstanding In The Field, Florida

Please pass the beer-poached Florida shrimp! Then let's try some Jamaican jerk alligator ribs. Yum! Outstanding in the Field, a farm-to-table dinner company, visited Florida in January to serve up such local culinary treats.

Jewelry by: Nicole Shannon  Photo by: NS Digital

St. Pete Jewelry Maker, Portrait Artist: Collaboration Is Key

The talent and global diversity reflected in Tampa Bay’s traditional yet continually emerging and evolving entrepreneurial spirit is the bridge that connects the past to the future, and also catapults us forward. Meet jewelry designer Nicole Shannon and the women behind MAC Portraits of St. Petersburg as shining examples of young entrepreneurs finding success by working together.

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Video: P3s Will Shape What's Next For Tampa

Creating innovative public private partnerships is key for moving Tampa forward in coming months and years, agree community, academic and private sector leaders invited to participate in 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' forum designed to foster community conversation and solutions. Watch and listen.

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Streamsong Resort Opens For Golfers, Business In Florida

Streamsong Resort in rural Polk County, a creation of phosphate giant Mosaic, is collecting accolades from golf's top magazine critics and players. The 2,300-acre golfing destination showcases Florida's natural environment in an outdoors sporting experience being compared favorably to St. Andrews in Scotland.

Deborah Hilbert and Abby Sucsy identify a plant in the Eckerd College garden. - Julie Branaman

Tampa Bay: Urban Gardens Create Sense Of Place, Build Community

Where's the perfect place to meet your peeps, get to know the neighbors or build collaborative spirit among your co-workers? Urban gardens, where the love of the outdoors merges with a desire for healthy eating to serve a dual purpose of growing food and community.

Willow Herbal Delight Gardens. - Julie Branaman

Twilight Market Takes Over Tuesdays At Roosevelt 2.0, Tampa

Get your fresh on! Organizer Tiffany Ferrecchia says Ybor City's Twilight Market is designed to fill the gap between weekend markets, providing patrons with local food and products to get them through midweek.

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Photo Slideshow: eBoats Tampa, Florida

Whether you're a romantic looking for a new way to please your lover or you're just wanting to relax with friends while enjoying Tampa Bay's famous sunsets, check out the newest mode of transportation in downtown Tampa -- as in electric boat rides along the Hillsborough River.

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Tampa Changing: Rephotography Shows City Then And Now

Photographer Bryan Weinstein preserves and highlights Tampa's history, architecture and social culture with "then and now'' photos.

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Urban Pioneers Work To Jumpstart Tampa Heights Neighborhood, Florida

New signs of a renaissance are underway in Tampa Heights. The potential of this community still on the "edge'' may finally be recognized. Historic Victorian and Craftsman-style homes are getting a little TLC and being renovated. Entrepreneurs are opening small businesses. Developers are stepping forward with new projects. And long-time residents are welcoming the change.

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Photo Slideshow: Food Trucks Now At TPA Airport

Tampa International Airport no longer allows drivers to wait curbside for arriving travelers. So rather than circing the airport repeatedly, head over to the cell phone lot and enjoy some of the perks provided there. The lot is equipped with large flight information screens, bathrooms, vending machines, free wireless internet, a free charging station for electric vehicles and food trucks.

Readers Share 83 Degrees Media Stories, Tampa Bay

What do USF research, Tampa Bay's Twitterati, Invision Tampa, Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, the Bradenton Riverwalk, Graduate Tampa Bay and community building have in common? They are among the top read features produced by 83 Degrees Media in 2012.

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Meet Tampa Bay's Next Generation Leaders

Who are the Tampa Bay region's Next Gen leaders? For starters, they're not waiting around for someone else to make a difference. They're out in the community networking, educating, learning and doing. Some are carrying the torch for philanthropy, others are creating jobs. All are building upon success.

Heather Kenyon, Tracey Swartz and Linda Olson. - Julie Branaman

FirstWaVE Venture Center: Shared Space In Downtown Tampa For Startups

A focused team of business leaders and visionaries try to answer the million-dollar question: What do Tampa Bay startups and innovators need to succeed? A collaborative work space is born thanks to a million-dollar federal grant.

Derek Grimsley works at Duckweed Market.

Moving To Downtown Tampa: The Urban Market Scene

Residents and workers in downtown Tampa know Duckweed Urban Market as the coolest and closest place for picking up a few groceries or a bottled drink and a local sandwich when on the go.

Tony Duda

Talent Sprocket Tweaks E-Recruiting For Better Results, Tampa Bay

Tony Duda is focused on improving the hiring process with a new high-tech, platform that improves employers' odds for finding the right candidate for the right job. He and his team at a Tampa Bay-based startup company called Talent Sprocket have developed an innovative software platform that targets some of the flaws in the current e-recruiting process.

Photo Courtesey of Encore!

Encore Project: Rebuilding A Tampa Neighborhood

Encore Tampa, a mixed-use community emerging on vacant land once occupied by public housing, is poised to be the catalyst necessary to transform a largely blighted neighborhood connecting downtown Tampa, Tampa Heights and Ybor City.

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Tampa Bay And Colombia: Growing Trade Partners In The Global Economy

Why should Tampa Bay make connections and build relationships with Colombia? Alfred Goldberg of Absolute Mobile Solutions in Tampa explains the economic significance of why Colombia matters to Florida and local businesses.

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Oxford Exchange Revives UT Neighborhood, Tampa

The Oxford Exchange in Tampa is bringing the University of Tampa neighborhood -- the western gateway to downtown Tampa -- back to its roots, promoting activity and development while offering breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and retail shops.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: From Silicon Valley To Sarasota

Having already moved from Canada to Silicon Valley, entrepreneur and techie Jeff Paleczny decides to “re-career’’ and make the Tampa Bay region his home.

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Photo Slideshow: Buy Local Gifts, Tampa Bay

Looking to do your part to help boost the local economy? Spend some money shopping this season in local shops that carry products designed, created, manufactured and/or sold by Tampa Bay residents.

Gretchen Leclezio is the Zumba instructor and owner of the Palmetto Art Center.

Palmetto Art Center Creates Sense Of Community, Manatee

Gretchen LeClezio's passion for art, education, family and community provide the inspiration necessary to run the Palmetto Art Center near Bradenton. Kids there call her "the clay lady'' in respect for the pottery classes offered.

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Video: Fourth Of July Cafe, West Tampa

The story of the Fourth of July Cafe, a favorite West Tampa neighborhood gathering spot for generations, is more than cafe con leche and Cuban sandwiches. Follow along as the owner tells a bit about the history and why the restaurant situated at North Howard and Main Street remains popular.

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Pinellas Family Farm Renews Community Partnerships, Clearwater

Gateway Organic Farm in Clearwater is recognized for innovation and leadership for partnerships that promote organic gardening and self-sufficiency.

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Health Hero: Tampa Bay Startup Uses Technology To Encourage Employees To Get Healthy

Costs for health benefits continue to climb even as employers and employees seek tangible ways to reduce them, say the founders of a new Tampa startup company called Health Hero. Health Hero’s mission is simple but vital: Save money by creating a healthier workforce. The company is betting on the power of social media to help make it happen.

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Not Your Average Speakers: It's All About Success, Tampa Bay

What does it take to create the primordial ooze necessary for startups, innovators and entrepreneurs to thrive in Tampa Bay? Better telling success stories. Shifting mindsets. Creating a community "can-do'' attitude. Setting new priorities. Engaging leadership, both corporate and community. Convincing the big guys to help the little guys. And so much more!

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Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Birthday! 83 Degrees

Wow! Three years and counting. 83 Degrees Media, launched in November 2009, continues to be thankful for your encouragement, support and sharing of our stories.

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Moving To St. Petersburg: A Haven For Artists

For the third year in a row, St. Petersburg was named America’s No. 1 arts destination in the country for mid-size cities by AmericanStyle magazine. Usually it's museums like the Dali, Museum of Fine Arts and the Morean Arts Center's Chihuly Collection that get all the attention. But emerging areas like the Central Arts District and the Warehouse Arts Districts are the newest hot spots for artists and those who love art.

Kathleen Flinn

Kathleen Flinn: Sharpen Your Knife, Cook Fearless

Anna Maria Island snowbird Kathleen Flinn pursued her dream of earning a degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. After wrestling with her purpose post-graduation, she's found her niche -- imparting the skills she's acquired to hesitant and fearful home cooks in her latest book "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School."

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Tracking The Tegu: Tampa Bay's Everglades Connection

Scientists like Michelle McEachern, a 2010 graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, are hot on the trail of tegu, creepy, four-foot long giant lizards from South America. The exotic invader has the same potential to wreak havoc on Florida's sensitive Everglades' ecosystem as the Burmese python.

Beans are roasted at Buddy Brew.

Moving To Downtown Tampa: The Coffee Scene

Need a caffiene fix? Looking for free wifi? Want to meet your peeps? Check out the coffee shops of downtown Tampa --  places where people gather from early morning till after dark to share ideas and perspectives, discover new artists, find opportunities to collaborate and generally meetup with others to build relationships.

A bobcat stalks through the ancient scrub of Red Hill, a section of the Lake Wales Ridge at Archbold

Florida Wildlife Corridor Images Show Natural Beauty

Phenomenal images from the Florida Wildlife Corridor Exhibition are on display at Selby Gardens in Sarasota through November. Follow along as Photographer Carlton Ward, Jr. captures Florida's trail scene, which is also being made into a documentary for public TV.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: Colleges, Employers Team Up To Offer On-Site Degrees

Hillsborough Community College is among Tampa Bay area colleges and universities offering on-site degree programs at companies like Tampa Electric as a convenient way to help employees further their education and increase local college degree attainment.

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ArtHouse3: Creative's Dream Becomes Visual Reality, Tampa

A keen interest in Florida art grows from hobby into career for Katherine Gibson, a Polk County native who now lives in downtown Tampa and travels frequently around Florida to find visual gems she can share with others.

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Designing For Disaster: The AbleNook Story, Tampa

University of South Florida alumni and architect Sean Verdecia is almost done with his first masterpiece. After years of planning and prototypes, his "multiuse portable dwelling,'' AbleNook, is planned for mass production in 2013. The journey from idea to reality has transformed the project from a local university assignment to a highly anticipated, fully functioning living module in the global marketplace.

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"Not Your Average Speakers'' Engage On Innovation, Tampa

The I-4 Corridor stretching from Tampa to Orlando is already seen from afar as a hotbed for designing and developing new technology. So what will it take to nurture startups and retain the talent already here while attracting others to help shape Florida's economy as well as the nation's? Join the conversation as 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' talk innovation.

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Bar/Code Camp Attracts Florida Entrepreneurs

At Bar/Code Camp 2012, about 850 people gather at the USF College of Business in Tampa to share ideas, make connections, consider collaborations and talk about what more is needed to nurture a vibrant yet fledgling startup community in the Tampa Bay region.

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Toasting Tampa: Women Find Power In Harmony

The Toast of Tampa, an internationally recognized women’s chorus group, celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a Standing Room Only Show on Oct. 20th at the Straz. Members of the group, from ages 8 to 80, cherish time singing together and the lasting relationships they build along the way.

The new Bradenton Riverwalk.

New Bradenton Riverwalk Revives City's Sense Of Place

About 50 miles south of The Tampa Riverwalk, a new mile-and-a-half ribbon of fun, frivolity and fancy gives residents and visitors alike good reason to carve out a day (or two) to experience the emerging scene in downtown Bradenton and along the mouth of the Manatee River. The Bradenton Riverwalk defines what "placemaking'' is all about.

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Tampa Bay Trains, Nurtures Emerging Opera Stars

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville might be the music narrative for Florida, but opera has a passionate following in the greater Tampa Bay region. Professional opera companies in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and Tarpon Springs draw many ardent local fans. People with a talent and passion for this dramatic art form can find numerous opportunities to study at local colleges and train and perform at local venues.

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Local Actor Brings Titanic Exhibition To Life, St. Pete

Since St. Petersburg businessman Bill Edwards took over The Mahaffey in 2011, the downtown St. Pete arts center has kicked up its image big time. Now the theater hopes to reach an even wider audience with its new exhibition of Titanic artifacts. Local actor Lowell Lytle brings the exhibition to life in his realistic portrayal of Capt. Edward J. Smith.

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HARVST Project Pops Up Fine Art In Downtown Tampa

The HARVST Project brings together more than 20 musicians, sculptors, dancers, painters and photographers for a multisensory celebration of Tampa Bay talent for a pop up exhibit at the downtown offices of Tampa-based ad agency PP+K for one night only on October 13.

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Mobile App Designers, Developers Do It In Tampa Bay

Mashable ranks the Florida High Tech Corridor among the top and fastest-growing tech centers in the nation. Meet four experienced innovators who contribute to that narrative as mobile app creators and builders in Tampa Bay.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: The College Advantage

What's the best investment you can make in yourself, your family and the local economy? Earn a college degree. That's what motivates participants in Graduate Tampa Bay as the region pursues the Talent Dividend.

Mayor Bob Buckhoran talks about the P3s that shape urban living in Tampa.

Opportunity Knocks: Not Your Average Speakers, Tampa

Shared risk-reward are key to successful P3s -- public private partnerships -- agree panelists representing both sides of the equation at 83 Degrees Media's latest "Not Your Average Speakers'' event. As the local economy rebounds, lots more opportunities for such partnerships will emerge in downtown Tampa and surrounding neighborhoods.

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Moving To Downtown Tampa: The Workout Scene

Non-conventional workout options -- think spinning classes ala virtual reality tours and running up a replica of the Santa Monica Stairs -- contribute to the popularity of Powerhouse Gym Downtown Tampa, which is already in expansion mode after only three years of operation.

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North Tampa Neighborhoods Attack Poverty Through Partnerships

A group of nonprofit organizations in North Tampa is transforming neighborhoods around I-275 and Fletcher Avenue into a vibrant, sustainable community where safety is paramount and the workforce nurtures its residents.

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InVision Tampa: Reshaping Your City For The Future

InVision Tampa is researching and inviting suggestions on how to improve the city's urban core and surrounding neighborhoods, ultimately incorporating that feedback into a master plan that will shape Tampa's future for the next 25 years.

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SERF Creates Collaborative Space For Sustainability Solutions, Tarpon Springs

After witnessing the confusion surrounding the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Tarpon Springs business owner Stephen Hickok wanted to use his space along the Anclote River to launch marine searches, sustainable building methods and a collaborative environment where business, nonprofits and students could work together toward innovative renewable energy solutions. His initial idea grew into a new nonprofit called Sustainable Environment Research Foundation.

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You Are The One: Victim Advocates Take Message To Masses

Three Tampa Bay area women -- Kelly Addington, Becca Tieder and Barbara Rosenthal -- team up to empower students against sexual assault in a new documentary called "You Are The One.'' The film premiers Saturday (Sept. 22) at the Reeves Theater at the University of Tampa.

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Banyan: St. Pete Start-Up Wins Top Prize In Tennessee Competition

Banyan aims to speed up major medical breakthroughs by enabling data from scientific research to be shared more easily. Major hospitals and universities -- USF Health, the University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon and others -- are already on board.

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Citizinvestor: Crowdfunding Local Projects, Tampa

Feeling an inflection point for the nation looming on the horizon? Since the blame game is about played-out, why not help fund something that you want to see change? Seriously, pack your lunch for a week and drop the leftover 20 to 50 bucks on something that makes your 'hood a little sweeter. Now you really can go and build that in partnership with your government and your fellow citizinvestors.

- Julie Branaman

Vignettes Of Tampa: Casting Light On The City's Deepest Roots

Tampa's rich history, culture and flavor is reflected in a new public art display designed to get people talking. The glass artwork by Susan Gott will become part of the Zack Street Promenade.

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Photo Slideshow: A Look Back At RNC, Tampa

Go behind the scenes with 83 Degrees Media photographer Julie Busch Branaman to experience the sights and sounds of the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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Moffitt: Targeted Radiation Zaps Cancer, Speeds Recovery

Advances in radiation therapy at Moffitt Cancer Center increasingly turn diagnoses that once spelled a death sentence or necessitated life-altering treatments into experiences that patients walk away from to return to normal lives.

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Tampa Bay Companies Recruit Veterans To Fill Civilian Jobs

Tampa Bay area companies are joining the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a nationwide coalition of private businesses that has collectively pledged to hire that many military veterans by the year 2020. 

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Photo Slideshow: RNC 2012 Welcome Party, St. Pete

The RNC threw one of the year's biggest parties at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg to kick off the week-long celebration in Tampa that will culminate with Michigan's Mitt Romney as the party's nominee for president. See images and sound from the event by 83 Degrees Media photographers.

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83 Degrees Media Welcomes RNC, Visitors To Tampa

Spend some time getting to know the people, the neighborhoods, the City of Tampa and the nearby cultural communities and you will find the Tampa Bay region as attractive as we do.

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Not Your Average Speakers: P3s Shape Urban Living

83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' series continues in September with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn in a community conversation around P3s and opportunities for public-private partnerships to shape Tampa's urban spaces and places.

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Welcome To Tampa Bay: Finding A Good Cup Of Joe & More

Looking for the real Tampa and the people who call it home? Take a spin through some of the city's coolest cafes, rad shops and awesome artwork to experience creativity and culture, and to satisfy your curiosity.

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The Growing Tampa Bay-Israel Connection

Arts, technology and marine science groups and businesses in the Tampa Bay region are forging innovative partnerships with Israeli organizations and companies in a growing global connection. An example: A new regional alliance spanning the I-4 corridor unites the Jewish Federations of Tampa and Orlando as well as Pinellas and Pasco counties, strengthening the voice of the local Jewish community.

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Creative, Crafty, Crazy, Indie, Derby: Out On The Town In Tampa Bay

So the Olympics are over and your invitation to the RNC party never arrived. What to do? Where to go? How to entertain yourself and friends beyond the political craziness? Here are five cool places and fun events to keep you busy while experiencing the talent, innovation, diversity and environment of the Tampa Bay region.

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Moving To Tampa Bay: Trend Toward Urban Living

Young professionals moving to Downtown Tampa and Downtown St. Petersburg are attracted by cool yet affordable urban living spaces like Metro 510 and The Portland Apartments.

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The August Name: St. Pete Band Rocks National Stage

The August Name, a St. Pete-based band that proved a crowd-pleaser at this summer's Vans Warped Tour stop at Vinoy Park,  took their music on the road for two weeks along the East Coast.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: Why $1 Million Talent Dividend Matters

The national college attainment competition has 57 cities attacking the issue on a community level to produce focused, short-term solutions.

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USF Health Grows Blood Bank, Studies Genetics Of Heart Diseases, Tampa

USF Health is collaborating with the American College of Cardiology and other hospitals to bank blood for genetic studies much like Moffitt Cancer Center is already doing with cancerous tumors.

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St. Pete Startup Seeks Local Support On Kickstarter For Mobile Game

Solvent Studios, a St. Petersburg-based startup, is seeking $14,000 via Kickstarter for the launch of ''Amoeba: Big Adventures for Little Microbes,'' their first mobile video game.

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Coaching Urban Entrepreneurs: Bradenton-Sarasota

The UEP on the Suncoast program nurtures emerging small businesses in the urban environments of Manatee and Sarasota counties. The public-private partnership is designed to succeed by making sure all involved have "skin in the game.''

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Leave A Message: Urban Art In Florida, St. Petersburg

Urban art -- not graffiti and not vandalism -- expresses the creative bent of young men (and a few women) who often follow their artistic dreams by mixing mediums in the streets, on concrete and along walls. 

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Cuban Sandwich Show Returns In August, Tampa

Just what exactly is the Cuban Sandwich Show? It began in 1991 as a singular art event that sporadically popped up at Tampa restaurants. Now it's a month-long exhibition highlighting all things Tampa. Expect a series of events in August that reflect the flavors and complexity of Tampa's culture, including the signature sandwich.

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Mermaid Tavern: Swingin' For A Cause, Tampa

So you like to dance? Join the crowd at "Swingin For A Cause,'' a monthly meet, greet and dance the night away event at the Mermaid Tavern in Tampa's Seminole Heights.

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St. Pete To London: Pollyzooming The Olympics

A St. Pete mother-daughter art duo and 90 summer camp students are taking their street-art inspired mural on the road. First stop: London and the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Photo Slideshow: Real Food Dinner, Tampa

A sold-out crowd packs the Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City to hear words of wisdom from Virginia farmer Joel Salatin, the author of "Folks, This Ain't Normal,'' "You Can Farm'' and "Salad Bar Beef.''

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USF Attracts Nurses To New Degree Program, Tampa

USF redesigns degree program for nurses to meet needs cited by community members as well as healthcare professionals.

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Florida Summer Camps Innovate To Meet Urgent STEM Needs

A unique mix of STEM summer camps in Tampa Bay sets out to connect students with greater knowledge and confidence while preparing them to join the workforce with the abilities necessary to land in real jobs.

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SWOT Analysis By USFSP Student Helps Haiti Clinic

Marketing studies in Third World nations examine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats much like they do in the U.S., but the data collected, the solutions proposed and the outcomes projected look vastly different.

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Pearl In The Grove: Farm Fresh Southern Cooking In Dade City

Rebecca and Curtis Beebe want to do more than make you feel at home when you eat at Pearl in the Grove -- they want you to think about how the food gets to your plate. Their nearly two-year-old restaurant draws patrons out of Tampa Bay communities and into the heart of Dade City's farms with its simple, but elegant approach to southern cooking.

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Tampa Bay Shines, Front Row Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Shines and Front Row Tampa Bay aim to attract investors in the region by showcasing people, places and things that promote civic pride.

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Tampa Hackathon: Citizen Solvers Code For A Cause

Wouldn't it be cool if .... ? The city of Tampa's first hack-a-thon attracted about 75 techies and geeks with new and creative ideas for apps to communicate information, solve perceived ineffciencies and provide new services to the public.

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Kennedy Center's Any Given Child Initiative Comes To Sarasota

Access to the arts is considered key to developing the creative thinking necessary to thrive in a new economy that values talent and innovation above all else. So how can schools and communities work better together to ensure every child gains exposure to the arts? Community, business, arts and education leaders in Sarasota are working with the Kennedy Center to develop solutions.

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Grilling 101: 2 Tampa Bay Chefs Share 6 Tips For Summer

If it's edible and doesn't fall between the grates, we'll find a way to grill it -- meat, fish, fowl, veggies, fruits, tofu, even desserts. Two Tampa Bay chefs fire up six tips to raise your grilling skills and put together a crowd-pleasing meal that's charred from start to finish. Ready, set, grill!

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Happy July 4th From 83 Degrees Media

Florida's beaches and entertainment spots beckon as we celebrate our nation's roots and enjoy a mid-summer break with family and friends.

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USF Diabetes Center Targets Type 1 In Families

The new Family Centered Diabetes Center at the University of South Florida ramps up the university's goal of being a major player in the cure for diabetes. It brings together cutting-edge research, clinical trials, medical treatment, education and counseling in one setting. Dr. Sureka Bollepali is among the physicians there who hopes to make a difference for Tampa Bay families.

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Connections: Women Architects Build Community In Tampa Bay

Members of Women in Architecture Tampa Bay find  personal connections that lead to professional success. Now, the group sets out to inspire and educate its industry's next generation.

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Video: Florida Experience, St. Pete Beach

Soaring ala James Bond in the movie "Thunderball'' is no longer just a fantasy if you visit the Tradewinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach. There you can rent a JetLev pack and fly solo while tethered to a towboat providing the power.

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St. Petersburg Satellite Reef: Florida Craftsmen Gallery

More than 280 crochet artists contributed to the colorful indoor coral reef on display at the Florida Craftsmen Gallery on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg.

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USF Professor Eyes Global Weather To Predict Hurricanes

June 1st marked the official start of the six-months-long hurricane season, prompting some Floridians to start stocking up on supplies and tuning into weather reports. But for one USF Tampa scientist, hurricanes and tropical storms aren't a cause of anxiety; they're a source of endless fascination and a focus of her career.

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Spring Hill Mother, Daughter Craft Custom Cookies

Spring Hill-based home bakery ButterWinks is gradually earning a following for its striking hand-crafted sugar cookies and unique designs. Mother-daughter duo Mallory Chiavacci and Shelley Brown credit Florida's Cottage Food Law, passed in 2011, for enabling budding entrepreneurs like themselves to turn their talents in the kitchen into a business.

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LessMoney Conference Inspires, Influences With Ideas, Lessons Learned

Florida-based entrepreneurs Allan Branch and Steven Bristol share lessons they've learned as entrepreneurs and web pioneers with anyone who will listen as part of their LessMoney, LessEverything conferences. Latest stop: St. Petersburg.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: Rich Mullin, Pasco-Hernando Community College

The road to Pasco-Hernando Community College wasn't always easy for Rich Mullin of New Port Richey, but one thing he has learned is the value of education. Now, he's telling his story to inspire others.

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Photo Slideshow: Safari Chopper, St. Petersburg

Where can you order lunch or dinner, jump on a helicopter, take a buzz around the city and return in time to find your order waiting? Safari Chopper outside the Hangar Restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg.

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Superheroes Help Kids Learn STEM Subjects, Tampa

The Scientific League of Superheroes helps elementary school students learn about science, technology, engineering and math through the antics of cartoon characters.

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Stagewrights: Creating A Collaborative Community In Tampa Bay Theater

Stageworks Theatre's playwriting group, Stagewrights, offers support and constructive feedback to a revolving door of dramatists. Now, its members are branching out to bring a collection of nine short plays to life in a two-evening production called "TampaWorks," a mosaic of past and present day life set in Tampa Bay landmarks.

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Craftwork: More People Pursue Passion To Make Things By Hand

Blame it on the recession or chalk it up to a generation of people who prefer vinyl records to MP3s, but the trend toward creative entrepreneurship is real and rising. People value authenticity, and that often comes in the form of a handmade object with pedigree and a good story to boot. Folks from all walks of life across the nation are trading in their "day jobs" to pursue their passions.

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Changing The Narrative: 83 Degrees Stories Attract Local & Global Readers

83 Degrees Media 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.

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Connections: Entrepreneur Clubs Ideate, Create Solutions For the World

Increasingly popular academic programs in entrepreneurship at the University of Tampa and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg attract creative, independent thinkers intent on developing their ideas for the global marketplace.

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New USFSP Program Assists Veterans To Get MBAs

A new initiative at USF St. Petersburg helps military veterans return to college to earn MBA degrees. USFSP is one of 12 organizations around the world awarded funds for the initiative as part of GMAC's "Ideas to Innovation Challenge.''

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#83DegreesNYAS: Valuing Global Diversity In Tampa Bay

A lively community conversation about valuing global diversity successfully engages an audience eager to weigh in along with panelists on why diversity matters in Tampa Bay and how we can build stronger communities, better schools and a well-trained workforce together. Join the conversation on Twitter with #83degreesNYAS.

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Tampa Bay Gardeners Unite For International Permaculture Day

What is permaculture? For some, it means a "permanent culture." For others, it's "permanent agriculture." But for all of its followers, it's a way of life. In Tampa Bay, it's one piece of a larger green food movement. Through the use of compost, rainwater harvesting and strategic plant selection, anyone can learn to reap the benefits of a self-sustaining garden.

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Micro Winery, Brewery To Open In Seminole Heights, Tampa

Southern's Nebraska Avenue store, open since January, expands into new territory with an on-site beer-sampling bar, an outdoor beer garden and plans for a small-scale brewery and winery. It's a work-in-progress, with landscaping expected to be complete in August.

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Art Transforms Lives At Safe Harbor, Clearwater

A mural project at Pinellas Safe Harbor provides a therapeutic platform for homeless people to work their way back into productive lives. The Clearwater-based center also offers social services for adults 18 and up.

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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.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: Alistair Glover, St. Petersburg College

Alistair Glover is among college students earning degrees that will count toward Graduate Tampa Bay's efforts to win the Talent Dividend, a $1 million national prize. Glover is a student at St. Petersburg College.

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Photo Slideshow: PedalPub, St. Petersburg

Can you work off the belly without giving up the beer? Maybe. Try exploring downtown St. Pete atop PedalPub, a moving tap powered by your own two feet and a round of beer. Shots, anyone?

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Not Your Average Speakers: Global Diversity, 83 Degrees

Art, music, culture, food, perspectives, context, traditions, visions. The list goes on when it comes to the importance of global diversity to a community. But did you know that diversity also is a key indicator of economic success throughout history? Let's talk about it on May 17 with "Not Your Average Speakers.''

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Saratopia Rivals Portlandia For Laughs, Sarasota

Saratopia pokes fun at Sarasota for being uncool in the same vein that Portlandia mocks Portland for being hyper-hip. The lovingly comedic webisode series was launched by serial entrepreneur Rich Swier, Jr., one of the founders of the HuB.

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"Hold My Paw'': St. Pete Puppy's Story Aids PARC

Proceeds from Hold My Paw, a fully illustrated children's book about Snapper, a yellow Lab, who overcomes illness and his fear of injections, will go to PARC, a Pinellas County provider of services for children and adults facing physical and mental challenges.

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Jane Jacobs Walk: Unveiling Hidden Gems Of Tampa's Nebraska Avenue

On Saturday, May 5th, Inspire Your Environment will guide a two-hour, approximately 2-mile walk along Tampa's Nebraska Avenue north of downtown, bringing awareness to the local businesses helping to shape the future of the often overlooked neighborhood.

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Hudson Couple Share Passion For Green Living Through Environ/MENTAL

Gary Rule and Kristina Risola created environ/MENTAL as an outlet to share their passions for the environment, mental health and crafting. Through the use of green everyday products, they hope to inspire customers to make more environmentally conscious decisions.

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Photo Slideshow: Tampa Bay Public Art Collection

Art is infectious, especially when it comes to what public art can do to build community. Watch and listen along as photographer Julie Busch Branaman takes us on a tour of some of Tampa Bay's finest public art. Some you may very well see everyday and some likely will surprise you. Enjoy.

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Not Your Average Speakers Talk Talent, 83 Degrees

Creating a more vibrant urban environment and changing the narrative about all Tampa Bay has to offer will help attract and retain talent in the globally competitive marketplace. Did you know, for instance, that the median age in Tampa Bay is close to 40 -- not 65 or 70 as many people think? "The dialogue was interesting, engaging and most of all exciting. I left there feeling smarter!'' says one audience member at "Talent Squeeze: Filling Tampa Bay's Pool,'' 83 Degrees Media's Not Your Average Speakers event.

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USF Researcher Solves Crimes, IDs People From Bones, Tampa

Erin Kimmerle, an assistant professor of forensic anthropology at the University of South Florida, knows bones. As the director of the USF Forensic Anthropology Lab, she and her team work with organizations locally, nationally and internationally to examine skeletal remains and solve crimes.

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HAWL: Connecting Women Lawyers, Tampa

Where can an aspiring -- or even an established -- woman lawyer in Tampa Bay turn for support and career advice in what tends to be a male-dominated profession? HAWL may be just the place.

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Charlie Parker: St. Petersburg Artist Creates Lakeland Mural

Fresh off his move into a new studio, St. Petersburg artist Charlie Parker is building a ceramic mural on the Orange Street Bridge entering downtown Lakeland. The mural honors Florida history, environment and agriculture.

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Layla's House Reflects Transformational Change In Sulphur Springs, Tampa

Layla's House in Sulphur Springs north of downtown Tampa symbolizes the power of collaboration when residents, community leaders and nonprofit organizations work together to make transformational change and create a promising future.

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Tywanda Nelson: Sulphur Springs Success Story

Tywanda Nelson is among the individual success stories growing out of assistance provided by Sulphur Springs neighborhood organizations. The mother of three recently completed her master's degree, got married and is starting a new job with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Sulphur Springs: Nonprofits Lead Neighborhood Transformation

Tampa Bay nonprofits working collaboratively to make a difference in the lives of low-income children and families living in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood of Tampa are taking the time and making the effort to create transformational change in the community and its residents.

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USF Research Growth Rate: Among Top Universities

The breadth and depth of the scientific activities at the University of South Florida create huge opportunities for collaboration within the university, among other Florida colleges and universities and throughout the greater Tampa Bay community.

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Talent Squeeze: Not Your Average Speakers, 83 Degrees

Join 83 Degrees Media as we engage a panel of community, academic and business leaders in a community conversation about nurturing, attracting and retaining talent in Tampa Bay.

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Creative Loafing's "Story Time" Gives Tampa Bay Writers A Stage To Share

Looking for something a little different than your typical open mic night and spoken-word event? Creative Loafing's monthly "Story Time" series, created by Arts & Entertainment Editor Julie Garisto, gives Tampa Bay writers an outlet to share their heartfelt, and often humorous, works.

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Rising Star: Ferdian Jap Juggles Law School, Nonprofit Work

Blending business ventures with nonprofit service, Ferdian Jap is making waves throughout the Tampa scene. What's next for this 27-year-old achiever? Exposing the Tampa Riverwalk brand to the country at large.

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RISE Opens Kitchen For Bakers, Cooks In Sarasota

RISE, a shared commercial kitchen in Sarasota run by veteran baker and pastry chef Christine Nordstrom, provides a part-time home to Sweet Teeth along with seven other small food businesses, including Nordstrom's own Sift Bakehouse.

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Tampa Upcycle Launches In The Roosevelt 2.0, Ybor City

Looking for recycled craft supplies, unique finds and people who share your interest in making art out of vintage materials? Check out Tampa Upcycle. Owner Morgan Abdallah is using her space inside The Roosevelt 2.0 as a supplier for Tampa Bay's eager crafters.

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Graduate Tampa Bay: Fueling Local Economy By Degrees

Graduate Tampa Bay is a collaborative initiative aimed at growing, nurturing and retaining talent in our region – an effort that could lead to jobs and innovations to fuel the local economy.

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Focus On Females: Popular Health Symposium Returns To Tampa

The Tampa Convention Center plays host to the 7th annual Focus on Females Healthcare Symposium on March 31st. The free event aims to provide something for everyone who faces health issues or wants to stay healthy.