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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.''
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.''
Urban gardens are springing up in small yards and large pots, on balconies and even vacant lots in the most unlikely neighborhoods across the nation. Now, a new home-sized system that merges aquaculture and agriculture has placed Central Florida at the center of the global sustainability movement.
The 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.
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.
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.''
Kindermint, a Tampa Bay-based online retailer of children's clothing, seeks to solve a pain point for working parents nationwide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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!
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.
A University of South Florida graduate student originally from Colombia creates a company that aims to help save both indigenous tribes and the environment.
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 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.
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.
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.
A Leadership Tampa participant sends out a Valentine's Day reminder that being able to better the community is often just a connection away.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
Tampa Bay area community colleges create special programs to attract baby boomers looking to reinvent themselves or change careers.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Parents at Robinson High School in South Tampa create a College and Career Center to help students navigate the sometimes daunting college application process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Tampa startup entered the national spotlight in October with the public launch of EXMO, which aims to help events become more social.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
USF Health's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) moves forward with its first international expansion into Panama.
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.
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.
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.
Hillsborough County Commissioners set aside $2 million to help nurture Tampa's fast-growing startup community. Where's the money going?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The largest elevated adventure course in southwest Florida, TreeUmph features adrenaline-pumping obstacles and a unique birds-eye view of the 14 acres below.
Former CNN News Group Anchor Patti Tripathi is poised to lead a new professional organization for women entrepreneurs in the Tampa Bay region.
Tampa and St. Petersburg are among cities nationwide hopping on the trend toward providing "smart'' bicycles for sharing in urban neighborhoods.
The StartupBus, a "hackathon on wheels," grows roots to Tampa Bay as local digital strategist Mitch Neff is appointed Global Director.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.''
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jodi Bell not only fulfills her dreams, but learns valuable life skills while pursuing a college degree.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MediFuture 2023 in Tampa will focus on rethinking how traditional healthcare is delivered to create new models for patient care.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.''
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photographer Bryan Weinstein preserves and highlights Tampa's history, architecture and social culture with "then and now'' photos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
Gateway Organic Farm in Clearwater is recognized for innovation and leadership for partnerships that promote organic gardening and self-sufficiency.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The national college attainment competition has 57 cities attacking the issue on a community level to produce focused, short-term solutions.
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.
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.
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.''
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.''
USF redesigns degree program for nurses to meet needs cited by community members as well as healthcare professionals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Florida's beaches and entertainment spots beckon as we celebrate our nation's roots and enjoy a mid-summer break with family and friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Scientific League of Superheroes helps elementary school students learn about science, technology, engineering and math through the antics of cartoon characters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.''
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.''
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tampa Bay's growing arts scene and thriving public spaces take center stage during a lively community conversation led by 83 Degrees Media and "Not Your Average Speakers.'' Fresh off the Gasparilla Music Festival and the grand opening of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in downtown Tampa, panelists and audience members applaud the direction we're going.
Success on the startupbus means participants accelerate their individual growth and Florida earns greater respect in the startup world. Nathan Schwagler, a team member from Tampa Bay on the StartupFlorida bus that traveled to the SXSW Festival in Austin, offers insights into the journey and what it means for the future of innovation in Florida.
Advances in research and medical treatment at the Lion's Eye Institute in Tampa make cornea transplants and other treatments for the sight-impaired more readily available and accessible all over Florida.
Among the phenomenal facts about USF Health's CAMLS, a new robotic training center that is expected to attract 30,000 physicians and other medical personnel in just the first year, is the fact that it was built using private money and no tax dollars.
Get Ready Tampa Bay is an affiliate of the national Project Get Ready, an initiative of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a research and development organization committed to renewable energy sources. Power companies in the Tampa Bay region are teaming up to provide smart energy support for electric cars.
Tampa Bay entrepreneurs aboard Startup Florida's bus compete against other teams from throughout the nation at the SXSW (South by Southwest) Festival in Texas for the coolest new ideas hatched during a three-day bus ride from Tampa. The bus is filled with teams of techies intent on creating and developing the next big thing, whatever that may be.
Observers are welcome as some of the world's fastest bicyclists will race around downtown Tampa on March 31. The route will take riders in a loop north on Franklin Street, west on Polk Street, south on Tampa Street and east on Kennedy Boulevard.
The Friendship Trail Bridge has been closed since 2008 after public officials decided it was cheaper to tear the bridge down than to repair it. Supporters now want to find a way to reopen the bridge to the public for recreational use only.
How can art and design influence a sense of place in the Tampa Bay region? Join 83 Degrees Media and Florida thought leaders for a community conversation on March 13 at Stageworks Theatre. Parking is available inside the garages at Grand Central at Kennedy. Enter off of Kennedy Boulevard.
King High School freshman Makenzie Raye is working toward a full-fledged country music career one step at a time. Vocal lessons? Check. Songwriting sessions and open mic nights in Nashville? Check. A performance at this year's Florida Strawberry Festival? Check. The future is bright for this Temple Terrace talent.
"Think Small To Think Big'' is a creative arts funding organization designed to help Tampa Bay artists pursue their work by awarding microgrants for specific projects. So far, 15 grants have been awarded.
What do you love about your city? Where is there room for improvement? How do you build a sense of community that can improve the Tampa Bay region, your city or your neighborhood? These are a few of the questions discussed by five Tampa Bay thought leaders in 83 Degrees Media's third "Not Your Average Speakers" series event at The Roosevelt 2.0.
Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay aims to increase charitable giving among young professionals and other arts lovers. See this photo slideshow of a recent event by 83 Degrees
Managing Photographer Julie Busch Branaman.
New media websites in Tampa Bay are growing new audiences of readers who are looking for news and information that is relevant to their lives, their communities and their future.
ARTpool Gallery, a new shop in St. Petersburg's funky Grand Central District, is a showcase for artists like owner Marina Williams who enjoys expanding the boundaries of creative thought. It's fun, edgy, eclectic and rapidly becoming known as much for its quirky events as for its unique art, vintage items and unusual jewelry.
USF rallies support around the USF College of Pharmacy as it is proposed for elimination during Florida Legislative budget debates. To learn more about the College, take a look at videos USF has produced in recruiting faculty and students.
Entrepreneurs Raphael and Sarah Perrier expand Kahwa Coffee from downtown St. Petersburg into downtown Tampa in an effort to tap into the growing urban scene that attracts young and youthful professionals to emerging creative spaces like those found along the Tampa Riverwalk and around Lykes Gaslight Square Park.
Music by more than 150 performers, most from the Tampa Bay region, is available through Muzime, a free web app that combines the streaming capabilities of Spotify with the social connectivity of Facebook and the purchasing component of iTunes.
What does it take to build community in Tampa Bay? Join the conversation with Heather Kenyon of Tampa Bay Technology Forum, Reuben Pressman of Swings Tampa Bay, Bob Devin Jones of Studio@620, Brian Seel of Emerge Tampa Bay and Mike Blasco of Tasting Tampa on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 5:30 pm at Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City.
Tampa Bay's Twitterati, as in power users, are the first to get the news out and the first to retweet what you have to say. Is it possible that nothing escapes their spheres of influence?
Hip, trendy fashion items regularly seen in megacities like New York, L.A. and Chicago hang out at penelope t's in South Tampa, where two FSU grads have carved out their own style of design and clothing that is now in hot demand.
Bill Strickland, founder of the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh, sees the Tampa Bay region as a future site for a replication project providing an urban environment designed to ensure a bright future for the region's most needy children. He challenges members of the Florida Philanthropic Network to step up to help him make a difference in Florida.
The Radionuclide Therapy being developed by Dr. Michael Tomblyn at Moffitt Cancer Center does less damage to healthy tissue and has fewer side effects. It works by acting like a heat-seeking missile, riding antibodies through the body to target specific proteins.
Building community is at the center of most everything Reuben Pressman and Hunter Payne tackle in St. Petersburg and the rest of the Tampa Bay region. From Swings to the new "I'm Staying!'' campaign, the young professionals who have been buddies since high school aim high even as more traditional thinkers don't get everything they do.
Looking for the hippest, hottest foodie scene in Tampa Bay? Take a walk along Central Avenue anywhere from downtown St. Petersburg to I-275 and you'll soon find enough tantalizing tastes to scandalize the senses.
How are companies around the globe bringing training and recruitment processes up to speed in a rapidly moving marketplace? They're leaning on Intelladon, a Tampa-based e-learning partner for guidance and customized technology.
Hooping, a 1950s rock-n-roll phenom, is fast becoming a popular activity for fitness and meditation, performance art and social connection, especially among 20-somethings looking for new ways to connect with each other.
Mote Marine scientists pursue innovative research and technology in their studies of the oceans and marine life. This small, but mighty independent, nonprofit laboratory and aquarium in Sarasota has a global presence and a big vision.
Orlando's Baldwin Park neighborhood, carved from the carcass of an abandoned naval training station, serves as a model for cities looking to combine tradition and innovation in the design of new urban communities.
When the University of South Florida opens its $38 million Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in February, it will put Tampa on the map as the "go-to'' place for training using the latest high-tech robot patients that do everything but talk. The new downtown medical facility is designed as a state-of-the-art educational place for health care professionals to test their skills in scenarios that mimic real-life -- everything from surgery and trauma to childbirth.
Duncan McClellan shares his glass studio in St. Petersburg with members of the public and a variety of charitable causes.
The Tampa Bay region is competing with 57 other U.S. cities/regions, including Pittsburgh, Memphis, Cincinnati and Oklahoma City, for a $1 million prize that will recognize success in attaining college degrees through the Talent Dividend.
The digital conversion of Tampa General Hospital's massive medical records gives patients and doctors much faster access to information used in care and treatment. The $128 million investment means some 900 monitoring and measuring devices are now integrated into a computerized system that allows medical personnel to quickly assess a patient's totality of care.
The highlight of the year for fifth-grade students in the Pinellas County School System is the day they spend at Enterprise Village. It's the culmination of a six-week curriculum in economics and free enterprise. The students take concepts they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to a simulated business environment. It's a much-needed lesson in today’s economy.
Being an effective change leader requires a person to drive deliberate change within an organization or community. Watch and listen to four Tampa Bay area change leaders -- Tom McLain, Tim Dutton, Sean Davis and Stacie Blake -- talk about what it takes to make changes and what they envision for Florida.
What's the Awesome Foundation? A Boston-born philanthropic grassroots organization dedicated to building community one awesome idea at a time. Chapters are popping up all over the world and Tampa Bay launched its very own this fall with the help of philanthropy extraordinaire T. Hampton Dohrman and a group of creative minded individuals. It's time to embrace our awesomeness, Tampa Bay.
"The leadership problem we face as a nation, in business, government and community requires an infusion of talent, of people committed to a mission larger than their own personal advancement or enrichment,'' writes former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio in her book, "Straightforward: Ways to Live & Lead.'' Read an excerpt in 83 Degrees Media.
Mercury Advisors set aside 8,000 square feet for Stageworks Theatre in the Grand Central at Kennedy project in downtown Tampa's Channelside District intending to attract retail and restaurants, as well as buyers for the condos. The donation wins accolades from arts groups eager to see similar commitments from other urban developers.
A once troubled kid who turned his life around with the help of AMI Kids of Sarasota, Michael Long was remarkable long before November 9 when he became the focus of news stories for speaking up at a Florida Board of Governors meeting considering the fate of USF Polytechnic.
"Champions For Change,'' a lively discussion about leading and inspiring change, marked 83 Degrees Media's second "Not Your Average Speakers'' event at freeFall Theatre. Speakers included Tom McLain, Tim Dutton, Stacie Blake and Sean Davis. The panel was moderated by Nathan Schwagler.
DEMO Day at Gazelle Lab in St. Petersburg aims to attract venture capital and investments in startup companies taking innovative ideas to the next level and the potential for exceptional profitability. The free event starts at 9 a.m. at Mahaffey Theater on Thursday, Nov. 17.
The cultural diversity of Tampa's rich heritage is on display year-round at the historic Ybor City Museum on 9th Avenue. Visitors should plan to spend a few hours inside because there is so much to see and learn.
To celebrate the holidays and our second birthday on Nov. 17, 2011, 83 Degrees Media is partnering with Connect Your Cause to increase donations to Tampa Bay area nonprofits that so positively affect change in neighborhoods, the environment, the arts, families, community health and personal well-being.
Some people only dream about the freedom to pick up and go anytime, anywhere. Not so for Mehdy Ghannad. The frequent flyer between Tampa (family!) and New York (friends!) / world traveler / global explorer is finding happiness and renewed energy while carving out time for growing success as the creator, producer, writer and host of The Hostel Life.
Considering a change in your business, neighborhood or community? Pushing for change among your colleagues, friends or family? Or simply looking for tips to create change but don't know where to start? Join the community conversation as 83 Degrees Media
continues the "Not Your Average Speakers'' series Thursday evening, Nov. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Freefall Theatre in St. Petersburg. To RSVP for the free event, follow this link
A small but hugely focused Tampa Bay networking group urges young professionals to expand their public health and personal wellness knowledge as a critical step toward making health -- their own and the community's -- a greater priority.
Is there anything going on next (fill in the day)? If Tampa-based technology startup UNATION has its way, people around the world might just have a better way to answer that question.
The secret is out. With hip and urban being the new measures for attracting the world's best and brightest, Tampa Bay on Florida's west coast is in. Nearly 20 years after John Naisbitt called Tampa America’s Next Great City in his bestseller MegaTrends, the Tampapreneurs led by Chase Anzalone carry the torch for Next Gen thought leaders determined to make reality reflect the moniker.
A Tampa Bay chapter of ARCS, a national philanthropic organization founded and run by women to advance science, awards scholarships to students at the University of South Florida and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. The first scholarship awards were given out in 2010 and two more graduate students will receive the $15,000 award at a luncheon on October 28 in Tampa.
83 Degrees Media
launched its new Not Your Average Speakers series Thursday night at the Straz Center's Jaeb Theater in downtown Tampa. The conversation -- before, during and after -- revolved around what's working in Tampa Bay cities and how to connect the "dreamers" with the "doers" to create tangible solutions in the new economy. Join 83 Degrees
for additional conversation online at Facebook
using hashtag #83degreesNYAS.
"What's Working in Cities'' is a regular series of stories produced by Issue Media Group publications, including 83 Degrees Media, that features people and organizations that are driving change in urban communities. From Campus Martius in Detroit, which now attracts a million visitors yearly, to Pittsburgh's lively Market Square to Tampa's emerging Riverwalk and St. Petersburg's Beach Drive, the focus is on placemaking and public places that are not only well-designed but also meaningful.
When we asked readers why they read 83 Degrees Media, the response was overwhelmingly reaffirming and encouraging, with repeated calls for us to do even more stories about talent, innovation, diversity and environment. "GO! GO! GO!'' says one reader. So we decided to share a sampling of reader comments.
When the state of Florida serves as your parent, turning 18 doesn’t come with a birthday cake and presents. Instead, foster youth are "emancipated.'' They must pack their bags and leave their foster or group home and fend for themselves, whether they’re emotionally and financially ready or not. Ready for Life, a two-year-old Pinellas County program, is stepping up to help.
Online media sites in the Tampa Bay region increasingly attract readers from near and far -- residents, visitors, students and Floridian-wannabes -- who look to the Internet for news and information relevant to their lives. 83 Degrees Media takes a look at a few of the emerging sites.
83 Degrees Media
kicks off the "Not Your Average Speakers'' series Oct. 20 with a panel discussion at the Jaeb Theater in downtown Tampa that will focus on "what's working in cities,'' a continuation of an ongoing story theme as we help tell the Tampa Bay region's economic success stories featuring talent, innovation, diversity and environment or sense of place. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, follow this link
Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay aims to turn young patrons of the arts into lifelong philanthropists by encouraging giving in affordable increments that can grow with a person's income, interests and ability.
Renovations to the St. Pete Times Forum and an aggressive business strategy by Tampa Bay sports enthusiasts teaming up with the University of Alabama in Huntsville successfully landed college hockey’s championship events in downtown Tampa in April 2012.
Busy independent Tampa Bay businesswomen and entrepreneurs operating in a fast-paced e-commerce world find personal and professional connections in a casual, supportive network without the stress and structure of traditional networking. Meet biz-e-chicks!
Tampa Bay, take note: 2011 is the year of the food truck invasion. They're popping up outside your favorite clubs and bars, food and film festivals, farmers markets and private parties with the same level of culinary diversity you'd expect from Tampa Bay restaurants. We may have been a bit behind on the international mobile food trend, but truck owners in Tampa Bay are now thriving and ready to move forward.
As 83 Degrees nears its 2-year anniversary, we're asking you to share your thoughts about how we're doing. Do you love what you see? Have you liked us on Facebook? Do you follow us on Twitter? What more do you want? Take our short survey -- just five questions -- to tell us what you'd like to see in year 3 and beyond. Thanks!
Fashion? Yes, darlings! It really is right here in the Tampa Bay region -- designers, shows, models, boutiques, stylists, and yes, shopping! Check out the events surrounding Tampa Bay Fashion Week Sept. 20-24.
Looking to simultaneously support your community and have a little (or a lot) of fun? Then two events in downtown Tampa -- the 10th annual Tampa Theatre Winefest and the inaugural Tampa Bay Food and Wine Experience -- are for you. Both events will showcase local arts and independent restaurants while connecting people attracted to Tampa's ever-evolving culinary scene.
Blue Thong Society chapters across the Tampa Bay region attract women who gather monthly to celebrate fun and philanthropy and to unite generations in the age-old battle to fight frump.
A Splash Bash to End "High Tech Homelessness'' on September 15 will call attention to emerging and rapidly growing entrepreneurial technology firms in the Tampa Bay region.
Strong College Students CEO Shaun C. Robinson credits a solid work ethic, a determination to see college students graduate and a dedication to giving back to the community for the success of his Tampa moving company.
In this call to action to fellow Millennials, Brian J. Seel of Tampa urges young professionals to unleash the power of their intellectual capital and creative potential in response to the challenges and opportunities afforded by the new economy.
Labor Day, a traditional holiday honoring workers while marking the end of summer, is a fitting time to lift up the voices of Millennials (also known as Gen Yers) who will become the leaders of tomorrow.
Expansion at the Port of Tampa is underway in anticipation of the ongoing widening of the Panama Canal. With the expansion will come new trade routes and more efficient services that will benefit the Tampa Bay region by making it easier to import needed products and export raw materials and goods manufactured here.
Global diversity represented by immigrants from Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the rest of the world is key to expanding international trade by American companies in order to bolster the Tampa Bay region's as well as the world's economy.
Creating better access to capital and more support for entrepreneurs coupled with designing a shared vision while doing a better job of telling the Tampa Bay region's economic success stories are all part of the solution for changing the narrative about Tampa and the rest of west central Florida.
It's date night and you're all ginned up, when suddenly you realize that no one made reservations to get some eats. Not to worry in the land of Teburu! Thanks to the creative minds of USF students, you'll soon be able to click into a mobile app named after a Japanese table and quickly make a reservation or even place your order. Then all you'll have to do is show up and eat!
High Hopes in High Heels fuses optimism for the future with classy, hard-working ladies interested in making a difference in their communities while finding inspiration from each other and making new friends. It's among the Tampa Bay region's growing array of networking groups that aim to carve out a niche among young professionals. See Connections in 83 Degrees.
Exceptional Florida public schools like Progress Village Middle Magnet School of the Arts in Hillsborough County attract students from near and far as parents, students and teachers work together to create a friendly environment where learning is fun.
By opening its doors every day on the grittier side of Interstate 275, Cafe Hey aims to help jumpstart downtown Tampa's urban rebirth. Owners Cheong Choi and Anne Vela strategically picked the cafe's north Franklin Street location as a symbolic bridge connecting the city's older neighborhoods -- like classy Hyde Park to the south and up-and-coming Tampa Heights to the north -- and attracting all kinds of diners from all parts of town.
Polk County community and business leaders are scrambling to put together the government and private sector pieces necessary to respond to the surge of vacationers and investors expected with the opening of Legoland Florida in Winter Haven.
Where is the most memorable place in Tampa to pop perhaps the most important question of all: Will you marry me? The possibilities are endless, but here are 10 to get the creativity flowing and the hearts pumping.
Createch at USF, a campus organization run by and for students, combines creativity with the latest technology to turn innovative ideas into real world solutions for online communications that rival the work of professionals beyond the academic setting.
The Broadway Theatre Project attracts the best and the brightest rising stars in theater from around the world to three weeks of intense training at USF culminating in performances for a Tampa Bay audience and a chance to debut on Broadway.
Paul Wilborn, a cabaret performer by night and executive director of the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg by day, writes regularly about arts and entertainment in the Tampa Bay region on his blog called PalladiumPaul. A July post details how he spends a typical week in St. Petersburg taking in a host of events and performances.
How do we create the next generation of Tampa Bay residents educated about the importance of our marine and wetland estuaries? At Tampa Bay Watch, the answer is simple: Get kids wet and muddy. Hand them nets, snorkeling masks, take them on kayak trips through mangroves and provide an outdoor laboratory to view some really small critters.
Thomas Friedman's op-ed in the New York Times "Startup of You''
borrows the title from a forthcoming book authored by LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman. Together, they make the case that entrepreneurship is the new corporate ladder and that the IT revolution, coupled with globalization, is forcing people to constantly reinvent themselves and to re-load their skill sets toward thinking and acting more entrepreneurially. Enter StartUp Weekend Tampa.
Funky eateries serving top quality dishes are common fare in Gulfport, where residents and visitors alike take the quaint lifestyle quite seriously. So it's only fitting that the tiny university town, home to Stetson University College of Law, is a finalist in Rand McNally's Best for Food competition.
Do you spook easily? Want to feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight up? Or just curious enough to roam the bowels of an old battleship in the dark late at night? OOOOOeeeee! The Ghost of the Grey Lady may be calling your name! Come along as 83 Degrees goes exploring with the Tampa Ghost Watchers Club.
Lots of creative ideas and investments for transforming neighborhoods and whole communities around Florida and the rest of the nation are meeting with economic success and can be used as models for others to replicate. That's why Issue Media Group, parent company to 83 Degrees, today is launching a new series of stories around the question: "What's working in cities?'' with a look at an innovative project in Chattanooga.
The acquisition and departure from Florida of Wufoo and its Tampa founders is causing the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem to ask some tough questions about what more is needed to foster a critical mass that will enable successful tech companies to startup and thrive in the Tampa Bay region.
Consider yourself an entrepreneur? Got a great idea that just needs a little help to get off the ground? Looking for some feedback? In search of capital? You've got 60 seconds to pitch away at StartUp Weekend Tampa July 8th through 11th when the Tampa Bay region's technology ecosystem comes together to separate the wannabes from the real deals.
Brody Welte, owner of Stand Up Fitness, is teaming up with USA Today writer and fitness author Pete Williams to produce a book about his efforts to teach fitness by offering paddle tours of the scenic waters around Tampa and St. Petersburg.
Life in Florida and in Tampa Bay remains good for most of us as we head into a mid-summer break designed to renew and refresh. We'll be back with more stories about the Tampa Bay region's talented people, innovative ideas and investments, global diversity and sense of place when we return with fresh content on July 12.
Remember the first time you shared s'mores over a campfire? Cast a fishing line? Saw an alligator? Hiked in the woods? Pitched a tent? All of the traditional outdoor activities that girl and boy scouts often tackle together? Get R.E.A.L., a special outdoor program, exposes city kids to all those experiences and more.
Drs. Kevin Scott and Chris MacLaren, owners of WestChase Sports Medicine, are negotiating with investors to build an athletic training center in northwest Hillsborough that is expected to serve amateur as well as professional athletes.
Intezyne's patented "Trojan horse'' drug delivery system, developed at the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator in Tampa, is a rising star in the pharmaceutical industry. Now the company's lead product faces the ultimate test: clinical trials on humans.
TourWrist won the top Judges' Award at coolTECH2011, Tampa Bay Technology Forum's third annual gathering for techies and innovators hosted at the Museum of Science on Industry in Tampa. The app, offering virtual online and mobile tours of places around the globe, was designed by Spark Labs in Tampa.
How to create a communications network among federal, state and local U.S. government employees scattered around the globe? Welcome to GovLoop, an online social media network founded by Steve Ressler, a young professional now living in Tampa. GovLoop is designed to increase efficiency and share best practices by enabling better connections among public employees and agencies that spend tax dollars. Gov-up, anyone?
How do people make Connections in the Tampa Bay region? What are some of the new networking groups out there? Who are the people leading such efforts? Why are they getting together? Where and when do they meet? How do they make a difference in the community and how we all feel about where we live, work and play? Discover Connections, a new Focus Area in 83 Degrees.
He can't soar through the sky or jump tall buildings - at least not yet. But iStan is one super man when it comes to training med school students and EMTs in the art of reacting to human maladies. He can blink. He can bleed. He can sweat. He can even make your heart go thump when you see how realistic he is in simulating a real Stan or Josh or Kiara or baby Rachel. Next up? A mommy giving birth.
Mickey Jacob, managing principal with Urban Studio Architects in Tampa,
is scheduled to become president of the American Institute of Architects
in 2013 following a national election in May. In that role, he will have an opportunity to reshape priorities for the
AIA as an organization, increase its influence in Congress and
elsewhere, and help set the stage for how architects can best help build
livable and sustainable communities throughout the nation.
Pedro Jarquin is a guy with many talents. The St. Pete-by-way-of-Nicaragua-based musician has cultivated a community of conscious-minded hip-hop and spoken word poets for the last 10 years while simultaneously lifting up his fellow artists. His latest effort, "The Street Reporter EP,'' further cements his spot as one of the most exciting performers in the Tampa Bay hip-hop scene. Meet the man the locals call "el Poeta."
Cigar City Brewing, Saint Somewhere Brewing Company and Tampa Bay Brewing Company have Tampa Bay covered when it comes to serving up frosty, frothy brews. Creating some of the best local on-tap libations year-round, each follows a different recipe for success.
The concrete is poured. The curtain is going up. It may have taken nearly three decades, but Stageworks Theatre, Tampa's oldest professional company, will finally have a permanent home in the Channel District this summer. And there's more to this nonprofit than theatrics -- there's a dedication to imparting the power of the arts to today's youth.
How do you get exceptional middle- and high school students interested in pursuing a career in medicine? That's the challenge presented in today's competitive marketplace where the best and the brightest are a hot commodity. Dr. Lennox Hoyte, a surgeon, visits Tampa Bay area schools to talk about his work in hopes of convincing a few to follow in his footsteps.
Technology education starts early in Hillsborough County public schools and continues all the way up through the
college level thanks to taxpayer-funded programs like STEM and FLATE. Students know they could be the ones developing the newest
global technology in the future.
MarineQuest, an annual open house at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, invites people to get up close with alligators, stingrays, lobsters and more to gain a deeper understanding about Florida's native creatures. Check out this photo essay by 83 Degrees Managing Photographer Julie Busch Branaman from Saturday's event.
The economy of a community can be measured in many ways, though perhaps
none more important for the future than the health of families and
children. That's why 83 Degrees today is launching KidsBay, a new Focus Area dedicated to reporting on the economic successes of the Tampa
Bay region when it comes to being a kid and to raising kids.
An independently organized version of the national TED conference and talks, TEDxTampaBay, now in its second year, generates conversations that prompt people to think more creatively and take actions to improve the world one idea at a time.
When Opera Tampa unveils its lavish, $250,000 production of Verdi's "La
Traviata" at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa on Friday, 24-year-old Ashley Dannewitz will realize her goal to debut as an opera singer in her first big stage performance.
Technology thought leaders say the Tampa Bay region has arrived as a tech center success story driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and lots of new jobs capable of luring the world's best and brightest. Next up? The local industry works to get its swagger on.
High-paying, white-collar jobs are cropping up in the technology industry all over the Tampa Bay region. The challenge is in finding the talent to fill specific roles. Tweets, emails and other social connections often attract the right peeps – and, in some cases, it takes the lure of Red Bull and Hot Pockets in the house.
Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb is an unabashed entrepreneur, a true believer that business is the ultimate engine for change. He also believes that corporations must have a deeper purpose than just profit. 83 Degrees chats with Robb about the way those seemingly disconnected impulses come together and why the next generation of business leaders should embrace them.
USF grad Sean Bowes introduces a friend to more than a taste of Tampa Bay in a visit that lasts just 36 hours. Under similar circumstances, what would you do? What would you see? 83 Degrees wants to hear from you: email@example.com
Eric Darius lets jazz sound his message as he tours schools to remind students that hard work does pay off. The 28-year-old USF marketing graduate has a few records and performances with the likes of Prince to prove it. That's why he's currently traveling around the nation, starting with Tampa Bay area schools, to champion the importance of music education.
Bringing their own version of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'' to the Tampa Bay region, Hope for Homes puts emphasis on the word 'hope' as the organization provides improvement and remodeling work on homes for those in need.
Nathan Schwagler, Sean Lux and Greg Ross-Munro were among 10 young professionals from the Tampa Bay region on the
StartUpBus as it made its way from Miami to Austin in early March.
The trio teamed up on board to create a winner in MyNewman, the first anti-social social network.
"For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places'' succeeds in putting an exclamation point on the exceptional value of deepening the relationship that city dwellers feel for their neighborhoods by adding amenities such as parks, outdoor cafes, art galleries, trees, flowers and even sidewalks to create a meaningful sense of place.
The USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation will be a sci-fi geek's dream when it opens in early 2012 in downtown Tampa. Designed and built by the Beck Group, CAMLS will feature the latest medical technology, including virtual reality surgery and human patient simulators.
USF and Draper Lab are teaming up to develop novel medical devices that can make treatment less invasive and ease recovery for patients. The goal is to develop breakthrough technologies that improve patient
safety, reduce surgical complications and increase medical-related benefits.
Are you ready for some Quidditch? College campuses across the globe, including Ringling College of Art and Design, have established teams in honor of J.K Rowling's most famous athletic contribution to the world of Harry Potter. Hold on to your brooms because this sport is taking off faster than you can say ''expelliarmus.''
Scientists, engineers and production experts working out of Chromalloy's new $27 million manufacturing plant in Tampa are at the center of the global company's growth strategy. Repairs to turbine engines used by airlines and power companies are made using gleaming stainless steel machinery and vintage Star Wars robotics.
Hillsborough Community College President Ken Atwater will announce the launch of a new endowment fund during his official inauguration on Wednesday night. He talks with 83 Degrees about a new direction for the school that builds upon the successes of the past.
Installing real rooster feathers as hair extensions, Fine Featherheads' busiest rep takes pride in "feathering" the Tampa Bay community at The Lotus Room near the University of Tampa.
Tampa Bay Derby Darlins may be less than their team name implies on the roller rink, but take off the helmets and the skates and watch along as Videographer Julie Busch Branaman tells the story of their transformation when it comes to giving back in the Tampa Bay community.
Around the Tampa Bay region, filmmakers put people to work investing their time and talent thanks to the benefit of a tax incentive designed to make Florida more attractive for doing business -- and that's just the first act. Acts 2, 3, 4, etc. are still to come.
So you wanna be in pictures? Listen up as film writer and director Bradley Battersby, head of the digital film department at Sarasota's Ringling College of Art and Design, talks about his walk among Hollywood's stars and plans for the department's future. Sarasota County recently awarded Ringling College $1.75 million toward helping make Sarasota a premier filmmaking hub.
What can Tampa Bay learn from Holland? Plenty when it comes to water and the damage it can cause. That's why Dutch scientists are meeting this week in Tampa with academic leaders and first-responders to share innovative ideas for protecting neighborhoods and infrastructure from potential flood damage.
The University of South Florida College of Marine Science is the centerpiece of a growing hub of marine-related organizations dubbed the Ocean Team by the City of St. Petersburg. The small graduate-level college sees its role as a steward of the oceans, sending scientists out globally to study important environmental issues.
The New York Times features a popular Travel series called 36 Hours. The idea is to hone in on special places and experiences a city offers visitors during a short stay. Writer Chris Kuhn takes a similar approach to visiting the Tampa Bay region. Tell us what you think. If your friends had just 36 hours to visit the Tampa Bay region, what would you suggest they do? Where should they go?
An end-of-year boost in donations plus recent increases in stock market investments raise the assets of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to $145 million, along with its potential for making a difference in the community.
If you live in Tampa and are eligible to vote but haven't yet registered to do so, you have until Feb. 21 to fill out the paperwork necessary to cast your ballot in the March 22 runoff. Don't delay. Your vote matters!
The Proper Pie Company serves up homemade, double-crusted meat and vegetarian pies with a motto: "Bake fresh, and they will come." The Davenport-based British pie business is a favorite among patrons of Florida's farmers markets from Tampa Bay to St. Augustine and beyond.
If you head to downtown Tampa, you're likely to spot the new museums beside Curtis Hixon Park on Ashley Drive without much trouble. Travel a few blocks farther and you'll find one of the Tampa Bay area's best-kept secrets: the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.
The eclectic mix of shops
and cafes on Beach Drive in St. Petersburg appear to be thriving this winter as throngs of out-of-town visitors mingle with locals