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Bolt of Southeastern Guide Dogs

For Good: Tampa community raises funds for Southeastern Guide Dogs

A popular annual fundraiser at the JC Newman Cigar Company in Ybor City raises awareness and funding for the Southeastern Guide Dogs based in Palmetto.

 Joe Robinson discusses key areas in West Tampa to showcase for redevelopment.

West Tampa residents key to shaping future of neighborhood

City of Tampa officials, consultants and local residents work together to shape the future of West Tampa by sharing strategic ideas on community redevelopment. Learn more.

(L-R) Maria Gibbs, Scott Hutterman, Dr., Loren Murfield, and Jared Kohn at 1 Million Cups in Tampa.

1 Million Cups: Meet local doers tackling opportunities in the global marketplace

Pitch your business concept and get constructive criticism among friends and neighbors at 1 Million Cups Tampa.

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Bookstore trend: 321 Books opens brick-and-mortar store to take on Amazon

The independent book company’s unique business model finds success at Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg.

A historic home at Lang's Bungalow Court in St. Pete.

Reuse, rebuild, repurpose: St. Pete historic buildings get new leases on life

1920-era buildings in St. Pete like the Euclid School and Uptown Historic Flats have been transformed into cool apartment buildings. Quirky pockets of the city like Al Lang Court are getting historic designation.

Tommy Richardson, SVP and Chief Technology Officer of Nextech

Learn the secret sauce for Tampa Bay Area tech leader

As the Tampa Bay Area tech community prepares to gather for the annual Tampa Bay Tech Awards, Nextech's SVP and CTO Tommy Richardson shares insights into what makes his company successful.

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WEDU adds 2 new channels, all-day PBS KIDS

With the addition of two new channels and popular programs like "Doc Martin'' and "Father Brown,'' WEDU becomes one of the first stations in the country offering six channels.

Esterio Segura's artwork entitled 'Good Bye My Love Tampa, Seven Days a Week' at Tampa International Airport.

New public art arrives at Tampa International Airport as part of major expansion

Nine new artworks by big-name artists are being installed @FlyTPA to greet travelers.

Phillip Connor and Artist Carrie Jadus at the new Arts XChange for artist entrepreneurs in St. Pete.

Arts Xchange opens in Warehouse Arts District, St. Pete

The nonprofit Arts Xchange will house 28 artist studios and event space for gallery openings, private and public parties and educational classes.

Ashly Anderson, senior design manager for Downtown Tampa Partnership

Q&A: Ashly Anderson and Shaun Drinkard, Tampa Downtown Partnership

When President and CEO Christine Burdick retires from her post at the Tampa Downtown Partnership, she will leave behind a team of creative thought leaders working to enhance the city's urban scene. Meet two key team members.

Artist Becky Flanders at East Hanna Studios in Seminole Heights.

Heights Art Studio + Gallery Tour showcases work behind art

Take a hike around The Heights neighborhoods -- Seminole, Tampa and Riverview -- to see where many local artists live, work and play. 

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Transformational change underway in North Hyde Park, West Tampa

The diversity of apartments, restaurants and shops in North Hyde Park is particularly attractive to young professionals and college students looking for an affordable neighborhood near downtown.

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Diversity in Florida workforce adds value to bottom line

In the context of today’s political discourse on the national and state levels, local businesses and corporations are trying to determine how to best engage in active conversations about diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Chitra Prasad-Patel, an introspective counselor, Vim Patel, a physician, and Dawn Hans, a nutritional counselor, with  Evolve Personal Health.

Debunking 5 myths about SBA loans

A Small Business Administration loan can be an extremely effective way for a small business to fund its growth, yet many small business owners never consider SBA lending due to misconceptions they have about the program. Learn more.

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For Good: Officer Friendly volunteers read to tots, improving early literacy

Officer Friendly, volunteers from Pinellas County law enforcement agencies, including the Clearwater Police Department, tackles literacy issues among young children while conveying respect for adults and the helpful role of police officers.

Florida Fishing Legends

Book excerpt: Florida's Fishing Legends and Pioneers by Doug Kelly

83 Degrees periodically publishes excerpts from books by local Tampa Bay Area authors. Read an excerpt from "Florida's Fishing Legends and Pioneers'' by Journalist Doug Kelly of Clearwater.

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Tech meets hospitality at Tampa Bay Hackathon

From multibillion dollar investments by Jeff Vinik, Strategic Property Partners and Cascade Investment LCC to the growing number of tech startups, the local entrepreneurial ecosystem is rapidly unlocking its potential.

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Why should Amazon pick the Tampa Bay Area for its new HQ?

As Amazon looks to the future and where to strategically position itself for growth, Tampa Bay Area community leaders suggest why it makes sense to be here.

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Channel District grows along waterfront in Tampa

Looking across the horizon of downtown Tampa, what do you see? Construction cranes hovering over the Channel District as apartments, hotels and new shops emerge to create a walkable urban community.

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Lady Arm Wrestlers battle For Good in Sarasota

The league of misfit superheroes known as the Sarasota Lady Arm Wrestlers (SLAW) puts muscle behind nonprofit organizations in the Sarasota-Manatee region by placing a boisterous spin on traditional philanthropy models.

Tampa Heights Community Garden.

To 83 Degrees with love: So long and much success

Amber Sigman joins 83 Degrees Media as Lead Photographer following the departure of Julie Branaman, our original and long-time Managing Photographer, who is pursuing new adventures. Read Julie's departing love note to 83 Degrees, our readers, people we've featured and stories yet to come.

VPK class at Reddick Elementary.

Opportunity knocks

As growth expands to Hillborough County’s SouthShore, Wimauma is working to control its destiny in five key areas: transportation, public safety and security, affordable housing and healthcare, education resources for children, youth and adults; and recreational facilities for children, youth and families. Here’s a look at how they’re doing.

OE is for Oxford Exchange.

Urban Stimuli: The Oxford Exchange in Tampa

Five years after opening, the Oxford Exchange in Tampa continues to be an example of creative placemaking that stimulates additional investment in a neighborhood and helps define an urban area. Learn how OE has evolved and what’s next.  

Florida Soul by John Capouya

Book excerpt: Florida Soul, From Ray Charles to KC and the Sunshine Band by John Capouya

Did you know that the international hit "The Twist" originated in Tampa? Or that Sam & Dave ("Soul Man") came out of Miami? In his latest book, Florida Soul, University of Tampa Journalism Professor John Capouya tells the history of soul music in Florida. Read an excerpt here.

Wimauma Matters

Video voices: Why Wimauma should matter to you and to everyone

As inevitable transformational change takes place in Wimauma, the questions become who will help shape that change, what will it look like and how will it affect local residents as well as the rest of Hillsborough County, Florida and the nation.

Cyber security

Local cybersecurity concerns grow along with attacks

Florida ranks among the top states in the nation for the number of Internet crime victims. Here’s what you need to know to better protect yourself.

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Placemaking in Tampa: The Hall on Franklin opens to rave reviews, big crowds

The Hall on Franklin is expected to be a major catalyst that drives further investments in the emerging Heights neighborhoods north of downtown Tampa.

Wimauma Matters

Voces de video: Por qué Wimauma debe importarle a usted ya todos

A medida que el cambio transformacional inevitable tiene lugar en Wimauma, las preguntas se convierten en quién ayudará a dar forma a ese cambio, cómo será y cómo afectará a los residentes locales, así como al resto del Condado de Hillsborough, Florida y la nación.

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Local entrepreneurs carve out niche in paleo food scene

Tampa Bay Area companies and consumers embrace popularity of paleo lifestyle, turning hobbies and lifestyle choices into profitable businesses.

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TPA Lady Project inspires, engages female entrepreneurs

Revival of local networking group aims to create a welcoming environment for conversations among women about challenges, opportunities, possible collaborations.

Model for 'Family' sculpture by Junior Polo

Placemaking: Public art creates a sense of place in North Tampa neighborhood

Junior Polo's "Family'' is one of three public art displays designed to create a sense of place and community pride in and around Harvest Hope Park in North Tampa.

Entrepreneur Collaborative Center in Ybor City

Trep Talks: Mentors play key role in business success

Local entrepreneurs and experts appearing at Trep Talks share how -- and where -- to find mentors who can help you take your business to the next level.

Michael Schwaid is an avid cyclist in the Tampa Bay region.

Vision Zero: Tampa bicyclist lives to tell his story after near-fatal crash

A stickler for visibility and safety, Michael Schwaid biked the same route to and from work at the Clearwater Courthouse from his home in Odessa in central Hillsborough County -- for years. But his life changed forever when a car hit him one day in 2016.

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Book excerpt: Images of Modern America, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay by Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

The rich history of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is illustrated in a new book that traces its origins as an Anheuser-Busch brewery and visitor center in 1959 through its growth as an internationally known theme park and accredited zoological facility. Read an excerpt.

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Downtown Tampa transformation continues with prep for West River development

On the west bank of the Hillsborough River near downtown Tampa, community leaders are striving to build a better future from the rubble of a sometimes troubled past.

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Best way to get to Clearwater Beach? Popular Clearwater Ferry alleviates traffic, parking woes

Clearwater Ferry to expand services to Dunedin this fall as ridership between downtown and Clearwater Beach continues to grow.

Doris Ross Reddick Elementary

Getting ready for kindergarten: Community effort emerges in Wimauma

If children enter kindergarten way behind their peers, will they ever catch up to grade level? Pre-kindergarten classes return to Wimauma in effort to help kids succeed.

Doris Ross Reddick Elementary

Preparándose para el Jardín de Infantes: un esfuerzo comunitario de Wimauma

Si los niños entran al jardín de infantes de manera diferente a sus compañeros, ¿alguna vez alcanzarán el nivel de grado? Las clases de pre-kindergarten regresan a Wimauma en un esfuerzo para ayudar a los niños a tener éxito.

Beth Ross is Executive Director at Blanket Tampa Bay.

How to end homelessness? Tampa Bay area nonprofits bring fresh, new approaches

From developing urban rest stops and locations for people to fill water bottles to expanding mental health programming, local charities are focused on solutions to end homelessness.

John Kuhn, an Associate Professor for  the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

USF patents: Local scientists pursue innovations to make our lives better

How does research being done at USF in Tampa matter to you and your family? See the progress professors and students are making in converting waste to energy, and to prevent and treat strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, paralysis and more.

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Leo Rodgers and former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor.

Vision Zero: Bicycling with local paralympic cyclist hopeful Leo Rodgers

Tokyo 2020? "I want the jersey, I want the medals, and I want to do this for my city. I want to put the whole Tampa Bay Area on my back and represent us, so I've been pushing hard,'' says Leo Rodgers.

Heavy rains flood Tampa Bay Area streets.

Florida communities prepare for sea level rise, potential costs to local economy

Planner Brady Smith cites the City of Tampa vulnerability analysis as an “example of regional leadership” that other communities may want to follow going forward. The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council also held a series of “Peril of Flood” workshops over the last year, as another.

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Where to get fastest internet speed? Try Connected City in Pasco County

The Connected City, between Wesley Chapel and San Antonio in Pasco County, is designed to include 37,000 homes and 12 million square feet of commercial space, along with a wellness district and an education center in partnership with Saint Leo University.

Elaine Liftin

Commentary: Local business community can fill void as public school funds dwindle

Elaine Liftin, President and Executive Director of the Florida Council for Educational Change, calls on private business leaders to partner with public schools to ensure quality in the face of budget cuts.

True Stories at Spitfire Theater.

Moving to Tampa Bay: How to plug into the local storytelling scene

The storytelling scene is flourishing in the Tampa Bay area, building organic connections through vulnerable truth-telling. It’s a unique medium, a fantastic hybrid of creative nonfiction and oral memoir.

Wimauma Cares training session is offered by Enterprising Latinas in Wimauma.

How to create jobs and help neighborhoods prosper? Support local entrepreneurs

Investing in local entrepreneurs and nonprofits that support them can lift low-income neighborhoods out of poverty and help shape a city's future. Nonprofits fueled by innovation and grit in Tampa, Detroit and Memphis are proof positive that it works. 

Leigh Tucker, founder of Kiwicha Bar

USAmeriBank supports women entrepreneurs

USAmeriBank customer Leigh Tucker, founder of the Kiwicha Bar, works with Buddy Brew and other Tampa Bay Area small businesses to sell her gluton-free superfood bars.  

Shortage of daycares in Wimauma

¿Cómo crear trabajos y ayudar a la prosperidad de los barrios? Apoyar a los empresarios locales

Invertir en empresarios locales y organizaciones sin fines de lucro que los apoyan puede sacar a los barrios de bajos ingresos de la pobreza y ayudar a dar forma al futuro de una ciudad. Las organizaciones sin fines de lucro alimentadas por la innovación y la arena en Tampa, Detroit y Memphis son prueba positiva de que funciona.

View from the Opal Suite.

Where to stay in Clearwater? Check out new beach hotels

New hotels along Clearwater Beach -- from super luxury to family-oriented chains and motels to Airbnb homes -- are creating jobs and lifting the local economy. Nearby shops and restaurants are also doing well.

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On the Ground: Tour highlights assets, opportunities in Wimauma

A bus tour through Wimauma in rural South Hillsborough County connects local community leaders capable of finding solutions in an area undergoing transformational change spurred by pricey new gated communities and people moving in from other places.

Margaret Claritt leads a tour through Wimauma Elementary School.

On the Ground: Tour destaca activos, oportunidades en Wimauma

Una excursión en autobús a través de Wimauma en el condado rural de South Hillsborough conecta a líderes locales de la comunidad capaces de encontrar soluciones en un área en transformación cambiante impulsada por nuevas comunidades cerradas cargadas y personas que se trasladan desde otros lugares.

Innovation Fusion at FIBA

Innovation Fusion showcases local talent, global diversity in Tampa

The Tampa Bay Area has the talent and raw materials to succeed in the global innovation marketplace, Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik tells a sold-out community gathering at Tampa’s Bryan Glazer Family JCC.

Art of the Brick

The Art of the Brick debuts LEGO masterpieces in Tampa Bay Area

The Art of the Brick family-friendly exhibit arrives in Tampa thanks to the Vinik Family Foundation, which is offering free admission to all.

Bike Walk Tampa Bay

People, places, perspectives: Sharing experiences at Bike/Walk Tampa Bay

Savvy citizen cyclists, bicycle and pedestrian safety advocates, and transportation planners from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties convene for a pedal-powered meeting of the minds at Bike/Walk Tampa Bay's "People, Places and Perspective'' discussion panel and annual awards ceremony.

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Believe it! UrbanTech accelerator program attracts global attention for Tampa

Speaking to local techies gathered at The Attic Cafe, Dreamit Managing Director Andrew Ackerman of New York says Tampa is on track to become top tech hub of the Southeast.

Millennial Impact Summit

1st Annual Millennial Impact Forum shines light on shaping Tampa’s future

What does Tampa’s future hold? A big story, yet to be written -- one that millennials and other individuals can shape if they are willing to dive in and make a difference.

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Historians trace roots of South Hillsborough County communities

If you or your family members have roots in South Hillsborough County, historians at Hillsborough Community College want to hear from you.

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Los historiadores trazan las raíces de las comunidades del sur del condado de Hillsborough

Si usted o los miembros de su familia crecieron en el condado de South Hillsborough, los historiadores de Hillsborough Community College quieren saber de usted. 

Castille Landon and miniature horse Apple on the red carpet at the Sunscreen Film Fest in St. Pete.

Movies, stars bring glitz to Tampa Bay Area film festivals

The Tampa Bay Area’s growing arts and culture scene boasts film festivals that attract international celebrities and partygoers while promoting local talent and locations.

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UF research center in Hillsborough County picks food for your table, plants for your yard

From plant breeding research to selecting which food varieties land in your favorite restaurants and grocery stores, from laboratory specimens to neighborhood yards, agriculture around the globe benefits from work being done at the University of Florida's Gulf Coast Research and Education Center just north of Wimauma.

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Local beauty, wellness entrepreneurs focus on healing, health

Meet four female entrepreneurs working in the Tampa Bay Area to change lives one client at time by focusing on beauty and wellness. Their personal philosophies have led them to provide products that heal and services that inspire.

Walden Lake Preschool, Plant City.

For Good: Hillsborough County agencies partner to prevent child drownings

A local partnership sponsored by the Hillsborough County Children's Board is working to reduce and, hopefully, eliminate child drownings. The partnership offers programs that can keep kids safe this summer and year-round.

Freddy Barton and Rosalie Smith of Safe & Sound Hillsborough work on the first Safe Summit scheduled for June 3, 2017.

How to keep communities safe? Efforts to curb violence start with youth

Safe and Sound Hillsborough is designed to defeat the roots of violence in the Tampa Bay Area by working with youth. You can see the program's progress at Safe Summit ’17 on June 3 at University Mall in Tampa.

 Richard Retting, a consultant with Sam Schwartz Engineering, takes part in Paint Saves Lives.

Hillsborough Vision Zero explores pop-up solutions to protect local pedestrians, cyclists

What's next in the Hillsborough County Vision Zero campaign to reduce local pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and injuries? Painted intersections, street murals, temporary bike lanes and parklets in a neighborhood near you. 

Artist Jason Hulfish and Richard Gonzmart.

Local artist restores Tampa Fairyland statues, helping revive lost theme park

Historic Fairyland figures, now undergoing restoration by local Artist Jason Hulfish, will soon return to the downtown Tampa riverfront for everyone to see. 

Some of the decor at Chief's was original to the building.

School garden project celebrates community entrepreneurs

The Edible Peace Patch Project’s annual Cultivating Community Golden Carrot Award goes to Carolyn and Elihu Brayboy, local entrepreneurs committed to rebuilding the historic 22nd Street South Deuces community in St. Petersburg.

Rotunda Wilcox

Q&A: Rotunda Wilcox, Wimauma CDC President

Wimauma community leaders are seeking more and better economic and education opportunities as well as affordable housing  -- with hopes of yielding greater success in the lives of its residents.

Rotunda Wilcox

Preguntas y respuestas: Rotunda Wilcox, presidente de Wimauma CDC

Líderes comunitarios de Wimauma están en busca de más y mejores oportunidades económicas y de educación, así como viviendas asequibles -- con la esperanza de lograr un mayor éxito en las vidas de sus residentes.

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On The Ground in Wimauma: Ready or not, transformational change is on the way

As the Tampa Bay area grows and vacant land becomes more scarce, development is moving south into the Wimauma area of Hillsborough County, where long-time residents still covet a Mayberry-like lifestyle reminiscent of the 1960s.

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On The Ground en Wimauma: Preparados o no, la transformacion esta en camino

En la medida que el área de bahía de Tampa crece y los terrenos baldíos se vuelven más escasos, el desarrollo del Condado de Hillsborough se mueve al sur hacia al área de Wimauma, donde los residentes de largo plazo todavía valoran un estilo de vida de Mayberry-como una reminiscencia de la década de los 60s.

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Building a virtual community for positive social change

Long-time community activist Jan Roberts of Tampa champions social change agents: people up to something big for the greater community good.

Mompreneur

Book excerpt: Mompreneur by Colette Glover-Hannah

In “Mompreneur: Managing Partnerships, Parenthood and Presentations,’’ Tampa entrepreneur Colette Glover-Hannah shares the stories of women who are succeeding in business and motherhood. 

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Wanted: Volunteers willing to help in Sun City Center, South Hillsborough

The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay is looking at how to address the needs of the Sun City Center area as growth continues in Hillsborough County’s South Shore.

Florida's Minority Trailblazers

Book excerpt: Florida's Minority Trailblazers by Susan A. MacManus

Florida's reputation as an "immigrant magnet'' is played out in the state's rich political history.

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Are red light cameras working? Florida lawmakers, Vision Zero consider best practices for future

The value of red light cameras is front and center as the Florida Legislature and pedestrian advocacy groups like Vision Zero consider changes that work for everyone.

Unveiling Tesla

HART, Tesla unveil new public transit electric SUVs for short rides in North Tampa

The HART HyperLINK pilot program is an app-based, on-demand rideshare service offering $3 rides within three miles of Hillsborough County transit hubs.

Rubio's Coastal Grill in the Westhore neighborhood.

Not your father's Westshore Area serves up a smorgasbord of foodie fun

As the Westshore neighborhood of Tampa evolves into one of the most popular live, work, play communities in the Bay Area, it’s also becoming a foodie destination.

Cafe el Escorial in Old Havana

Tips on visiting Cuba: Tampa arts group shares insights

So you want to go to Cuba, but you don't know what to expect? See images and read impressions from a Tampa group that recently visited the island just 90 miles south of Key West, Florida.

Brick Street Farms is located in the Warehouse Arts District of St. Pete.

First urban hydroponic container farm opens in St. Pete

St. Petersburg entrepreneurs Shannon O’Malley and Brad Doyle launch a green, high-tech venture -- a boutique hydroponic farm where they grow artisan greens inside refurbished shipping containers.

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Reactivan programa de pre-kinder de verano en Wimauma para ayudar a cerrar brecha de aprendizaje

En verano, se ofrecerá a los niños de Wimauma un programa voluntario gratuito de educación preescolar.

Head Start class at Reddick Elementary.

Revival of summer pre-K program in Wimauma to help bridge learning gap

A free, Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program is being offered to children in Wimauma this summer.

The public was asked to participate in the Tropicana Field Master Plan Community Meeting at USFSP.

Redesign of Trop focuses neighborhood transformation in St. Pete

St. Petersburg is embarking on a long-term vision for transforming Tropicana Field, both the stadium that is home to the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team, and the 86 acres of land that surround it.

(L-R) Tania Anaya, Michael Howard, Xavier Colon, and Deidra Larkins.

Manatee, Bradenton feel sense of urgency to staunch local brain drain

Manatee County community leaders estimate 70 percent of the local workforce will retire over the next five years, but millennials aren't sticking around to prepare for future job openings.

Harvest Hope Park groundbreaking in Tampa.

Harvest Hope Park: An oasis of opportunity in one of Tampa's most challenging neighborhoods

How to help turnaround one of Tampa's most struggling neighborhoods? Public and private investors are creating a new park, community garden and ball fields designed as places of hope, entertainment and opportunity.

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For Good: Scallops, clams return to Sarasota Bay thanks to serious cultivation, cleanup

Next time you order local seafood, scallops or clams, consider what it takes to keep them healthy and sustainable in Florida bay waters. And what you can do to help.

Joey Redner walks an average of over seven miles a day.

Q&A: Joey Redner, Cigar City Brewing founder, Tampa pedestrian safety advocate

There is much discussion concerning pedestrian and cyclist safety in Hillsborough County in 2017, but when it comes to actually 'walking the walk' on the streets of Tampa, in addition to contributing to all the traffic safety talk, Joey Redner puts in the mileage -- and he has stats to prove it.

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Where to invest? Clearwater rezoning plan encourages redevelopment along U.S. 19

New zoning and design standards are designed to encourage investments and spur economic growth along U.S. 19 through Clearwater in Pinellas County.

Pastor Carlos Irizarry leads Sunday service at Wholesome Community Ministries in Wimauma.

Possible sale of property prompts Wholesome Church in Wimauma to launch Go Fund Me campaign

A Wimauma congregation is feeling the pinch as developers move southward in Hillsborough County. Faced with the prospect of the church’s leased property being sold out from under the congregation, the church pastor is trying to raise $235,000 to buy the property.

Garth Murray works on a Sourcetoad solution.

Talent, innovation, smarts, tenacity drive growth of tech company in Tampa

Tampa’s Sourcetoad is finding success by writing cross-platform code for interactive business programs for global clients, including Viking Cruises’ interactive television.

The Boys and Girls Club in Wimauma.

Expansion of Wimauma Boys and Girls Club is designed to provide after-school care, help families

Donors from East and South Hillsborough County are investing in Wimauma's future by contributing to a fund at the Southshore Council that is designed to pay for the expansion of the local Boys and Girls Club. You can donate too.

Kids get ready for snack at the Boys & Girls Club in Wimauma.

Wimauma se beneficia con asociaciones del sur del condado Espíritu comunitario cambia vidas

Los donantes del este y del sur del condado de Hillsborough están invirtiendo en el futuro de Wimauma contribuyendo a un fondo en el consejo de Southshore que se diseña para pagar la extensión del club local de los muchachos y de las muchachas. Usted también puede.

Wholesome Community Ministries in Wimauma.

Posible venta de propiedades pide a Wholesome Church in Wimauma que lance la campaña Go Fund Me

Posible venta de la propiedad motiva a la iglesia Wholesome Church en Wimauma a lanzar campaña de recaudación de fondos Go Fund Me.  

Anthony Harman, solutions consultant from Tech Data.  Exploratory Lab Boot Camp at Tech Data.

Technology boot camp connects students, local high-tech industries

Now in its second year, the Exploratory Lab Boot Camp exposes college students to career opportunities in Tampa Bay’s rapidly growing technology sector.

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Creative makers embody local entrepreneurial spirit

It's never been a better time to unleash and capitalize on your creative spirit in the Tampa Bay region. We caught up with four thriving creatives who are carving out a niche in the local makers scene. 

Epicurean Hotel bicycles

Celebrate Florida Bike Month with cycle-centric events in the Tampa Bay region

So you got your bicycle all tuned up and you're ready to ride during the month of March, Florida Bike Month, and year-round. Now what? Join a group ride to find cycle-centric friends.

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Looking to change careers? And get paid relatively well? Consider going into manufacturing

The Centre for Women in Tampa is working with the Manufacturing Alliance of Hillsborough County and local manufacturers to build a pipeline of much-needed talent in the Tampa Bay region’s manufacturing sector.

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Solar energy systems ramp up in Tampa Bay Area

Taking advantage of tax incentives and reduced costs, private industries and power companies are switching to solar as a more efficient source of energy in the Tampa Bay Area.

Sridhar Sundaram, USFSP

Q&A: Sridhar Sundaram, University of South Florida, St. Pete

Why would a rising entrepreneur or businessperson value a degree from the Kate Tiedemann College of Business at USFSP? Read along as Dean Sridhar Sundaram talks about the college and what's next in business education. 

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For Good: Big-hearted kids at The Kind Mouse Productions help Pinellas hungry

Since 2012 The Kind Mouse has helped over 100 families with food, pet food and housewares through their Transitional Family Program, and Mouse Nibbles has provided more than 12,000 hungry kids with food for the weekend.

James Geurts speaks at the Tampa Bay Business Journal Innovation Summit.

SOFWERX innovators explore collaborations, find connections in Tampa

Working out of an Ybor City building steeped with Tampa's history, SOFWERX is becoming a noteworthy global player in modern-day innovation in military and civilian life.

 Beverages and beers from local breweries were available for attendees over the age of 21 at several thirst stations.

St. Pete Localtopia celebrates power of buying local

This year’s Localtopia in downtown St. Petersburg attracted more than 25,000 residents and tourists discovering and supporting local businesses while strolling through Williams Park on a recent Saturday.

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Want a peek behind the curtain at local tech firms? Join Homebrew Hillsborough

Hillsborough Homebrew's format includes a tour of hosting tech companies and introductions of all guests to accelerate the process of successful networking and making business connections.

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Moving to Tampa, St. Pete: How to plug into local sailing scene

What makes the Tampa Bay Area a port of call for so many sailors? Whether you’re a cruiser, a kid, an expert sailor or a true beginner with dreams of the open Gulf, this is a great place to embark. Cue Styx on the playlist -- let’s sail away.

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Local STEM thought leaders rally support to create space for youth to study robotics

The goal? To create a space where Tampa-area youths can work on robotics projects, test their creations, and plug into a rich network of mentors and resources.  

Clearwater Young Professionals.

A city on the verge: Young professionals key to Clearwater’s future

Residential projects, entertainment and city-led efforts converge and collaborate to draw millennials to downtown Clearwater to live, work, play and stay.

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USF job fair: Finding employment starts with online Handshake

Students and alumni throng the University of South Florida’s Marshall Student Center for Spring 2017 Career and Internship Fair Week.

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Strategic street solutions: How to reduce pedestrian, bicyclist fatalities in Hillsborough County

Traffic violence statistics are numbers no one wants to carry around on the tips of their tongues. But for bicycle and pedestrian safety advocates in the Tampa Bay area, knowing those numbers and understanding the stories behind them is fundamental to shaping a future that ceases to claim lives on city streets and county roads.

Claudia Gunns with Metropolitan Ministries, left, and Latisha Lomax.

For Good: Women helping women buck poverty

Unequal wages force many Florida women into poverty, but Tampa Bay Area community service organizations are working to improve their lot.

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wimauma.

On The Ground: Exploring faith, diversity and unity in Wimauma

What do the churches of Wimauma say about its diverse population and community challenges? It seems everyone has the same concerns and wants solutions for the entire community. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wimauma.

La fé, diversidad y unidad en Wimauma

¿Qué demuestran las Iglesias de Wimauma sobre su población diversa y los desafíos?  Parece que todos tienen las preocupaciones y desean soluciones para la comunidad entera. 

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Local physician turns to small business lending to open new practice

Evolve Personal Health is a membership-based concierge medical practice with a personal approach designed to transform patients’ day-to-day lives.

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Beyond the looking glass: Exploring Havana from a Tampa perspective

While the U.S. embargo against Cuba still stands, the resumption of commercial air service between Tampa and Havana marks an historic window for Tampa Bay area residents to visit our nearest southern neighbor.

Second Saturday Art Walk trolley through The Deuces.

Warehouse Arts District, Deuces Live collaborate on revitalization plan

Two iconic downtown St. Petersburg communities -- the Warehouse Arts District and Deuces Live Main Street -- are putting together a joint action plan to revitalize their respective areas, draw more visitors and attract business investment.

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Want to make local streets safer for all? Report road safety concerns on new Interactive map

A new app created by the Hillsborough MPO is designed to encourage Tampa Bay area residents to identify problem areas that create unsafe experiences for drivers, bicyclists and/or pedestrians. 

Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay home in south St Pete.

Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay breathes new life into local low-income neighborhoods

Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay partners with nonprofits and an army of volunteers to build and renovate affordable housing in Sulphur Springs and other Tampa Bay area neighborhoods. 

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Libraries shake things up with 3D imaging, innovative programs for all ages, abilities

If it's been a while since you've visited your local library, you may be pleasantly surprised to find a whole lot more than books. Think maker spaces and tech hubs as seen in Clearwater and throughout the Tampa Bay Area.

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New technology, web apps engage users in making local streets more accessible, safer

Want to report a pothole or a traffic snarl? Want to borrow a bike for a ride across town? Want to know when the next bus arrives? Check out new mobile apps and interactive maps offered by Tampa Bay area cities and counties.

SMT supervisor Dale Lynn shows Marshall Middle School students an assembly that goes into the magneto on a piston engine aircraft.

Preparing for the future: Schools gear up to train students for new manufacturing jobs

Local schools are re-emphasizing training for skilled labor jobs to meet the demands of a rebounding manufacturing industry. More than 4,000 jobs are now available in the Tampa Bay region.

Liz Gutierrez, Founder and CEO of Enterprising Latinas.

Enterprising Latinas launches project to boost Wimauma economy

Enterprising Latinas planned the Women's Opportunity Center to empower women personally and professionally by teaching them how to become successful entrepreneurs and launch their own businesses in Wimauma.

Wimauma Cares training session is offered by Enterprising Latinas in Wimauma.

Enterprising Latinas lanza proyecto para impulsar la economía de Wimauma

Las emprendedoras Latinas planificaron  el centro de oportunidades para mujeres (Women's Opportunity Center) para empoderar a mujeres personal y profesionalmente enseñándoles cómo ser emprendedoras exitosas y cómo lanzar sus propios negocios en Wimauma.

Curtis, Kimberly and Caleb Darby are graduates of the Family Promise of Pinellas County program.

For Good: Family Promise works with interfaith congregations to help homeless families

Fourteen host congregations set up make-shift living quarters for homeless families inside their houses of worship. Volunteers take turns supplying the guests three meals a day, as well as helping in whatever ways are needed, including taking kids to school, donating personal and household items, or offering social and emotional support. 

Johns Hopkins All Children's research facility.

Tampa Bay Area: Most anticipated development projects in 2017

In addition to the much anticipated groundbreaking for the Vinik development on the waterfront in Downtown Tampa, several other major development projects around the Tampa Bay Area expect to see tremendous progress in 2017. Here are a few. 

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Pik My Kid: Local startup streamlines school dismissal process

Frustrated by your child's after-school car line? There's an app for that. Bay Area startup PikMyKid is digitizing and streamlining the school dismissal process.

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Midtown comes into focus as USFSP students share neighborhood stories

Since 2006, the Neighborhood News Bureau, a USFSP student-run newsroom, has served as a voice for residents of Midtown, an historic and economically disadvantaged African-American neighborhood in St. Petersburg.

Ansberto Vallejo speaks at the Not Your Average Speakers event in Wimauma.

Seeking a united front in Wimauma: Not Your Average Speakers On The Ground in Wimauma

Not Your Average Speakers: Political clout, unity, education and job training are key to shaping the future for Wimauma residents, a diverse mix of immigrants, Hispanics, blacks and whites, as development encroaches on the rural community in South Hillsborough County..

Julia Sarmiento speaks at the Not Your Average Speakers event in Wimauma.

Buscando un frente unido en Wimauma: Voces Excepcionales On The Ground en Wimauma

Voces Excepcionales: Influencia política, unidad, educación y capacitación para el trabajo son clave para forjar el futuro de los residentes de Wimauma, una mezcla de inmigrantes, hispanos, negros y blancos, mientras el desarrollo alcanza a la comunidad rural enclavada en el sur del Condado de Hillsborough.

Student built robots face-off at the start of a match.

Founder voices: Terri Willingham of The Eureka! Factory, Roboticon, Gulf Coast Makercon

Drone races, creating robots, developing games, etc. Learn how The Eureka Factory is churning out new and innovative activities to get kids engaged in technology, math and science. 

Hampton Inn & Suites at Avion Park.

Looking for a place to stay near Tampa airport? New hotels open up in Westshore Area

Lodging near Tampa International Airport has played a vital role in the economic picture of the Westshore Area since at least the 1960s. But new developments -- housing, restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and offices -- are reigniting the hotel scene in this growing urban neighborhood

View of the Charles Wharton Johnson Pavilion at Coachman Park.

Redesign of Clearwater waterfront promises to enhance appeal, spur investments

The Imagine Clearwater process engages urban designers and local residents in a planning exercise for how everyone can better access and enjoy the city’s unique waterfront.

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Teacher devotes her life to inspiring kids, adults in Wimauma

Retired teacher Margaret Claritt still lives, teaches and volunteers in Wimauma because the rural community in south Hillsborough County continues to face so many challenges that are best addressed with personal dedication and perseverance.

Maestra dedica su vida a inspirar niños y adultos en Wimauma

Maestra jubilada Margaret Claritt todavía vive, enseña y es voluntaria en Wimauma porque esa comunidad rural en el sur del Condado de Hillsborough sigue enfrentando grandes desafíos y para encontrar respuestas se requiere dedicación y perseverancia personal.

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Sarasota scholar helps make ancient history accessible through modern technology

A Sarasota academic and historian hops across time zones and plugs into the cloud wherever he goes, diving deep into ancient history to keep the past alive for modern scholars.

The Tampa Skyline. - Julie Branaman

Live or work in downtown Tampa? Partnership wants to hear from you

Do you live or work in downtown Tampa? The Tampa Downtown Partnership seeks your input in survey.

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Voces Excepcionales: Lecciones de Wimauma para gente inteligente

Los responsables de las políticas públicas, funcionarios, educadores, líderes empresariales y comunitarios probablemente no piensan en Wimauma cuando buscan nuevas ideas, innovación e inspiración. Pero si lo hicieran, ¿Qué verían?

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Not Your Average Speakers: What smart people can learn from Wimauma

Public policy makers, elected officials, educators, business and other community leaders probably don’t think first of Wimauma when looking for new ideas, innovation and inspiration. But if they did, what would they see?

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Wimauma kids create artsy cards for holiday season

The specially designed holiday cards are sold in 10-unit packages, which allows the buyer to pick an individual design for all of them, or pick a different design for each of them.

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Niños de Wimauma crean artísticas tarjetas navideñas

Las tarjetas de Navidad especialmente diseñadas se venden en paquetes de 10 unidades, y el comprador tiene la opción de seleccionar un solo diseño para todas las tarjetas, o elegir un diseño diferente para cada una de ellas.

Scott Adams and Aaron Palermo work at the Louise Graham Regeneration Center.

For Good: Social enterprise employs intellectually disabled in St. Petersburg

Roughly 70 disabled adults spend six hours a day at the Louise Graham Center for Regeneration learning work tasks and social skills that can help them land a job in a local workplace.

Bike lane in downtown Tampa.

Vision Zero focuses on making local streets safer for bicyclists, pedestrians

Whether you’re driving a truck or car, riding a bicycle or walking across the street, you can help prevent deaths and injuries by being more alert to the other guys. Ditto for government. Vision Zero arms urban planners with tools to make streets safer for everyone.

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Wimauma students on a path to college education

Students from Wimauma and other lower-income neighborhoods in the Tampa Bay area participate in classes at Berkeley Prep that are designed to prepare them to pursue higher education.

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Estudiantes de Wimauma en camino a la educación universitaria

Estudiantes de Wimauma y otras áreas de bajos ingresos en la bahía de Tampa participan en clases del programa Berkeley Academy diseñadas con la intención de prepararlos para la educación superior.

This drawing shows front façade of new building being developed in Seminole Heights by Greg Barnhill. The building on the right will house Twisted Sun Rum Distillery. On the left, or southernmost part of the property, The Wine Bar Seminole Heights wi

Next up for Seminole Heights in Tampa? Craft rum distillery, wine bar

Three years in the making, a former neighborhood auto repair shop transforms into a wine bar and craft rum distillery in Tampa.

Amy Entress and Rob Rieke are building a multi-million-dollar food processing facility in Plant City.

Welcome home: Military veterans carve out niche as local entrepreneurs

One solution for the difficult challenges facing military veterans transitioning into civilian life: Help them create entrepreneurial opportunities that give them a chance to thrive.

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ComfyTree marijuana conference in Tampa

With medical marijuana now legalized in Florida, ComfyTree offers a crash course on what prospectors need to know about getting into the industry.

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Looking to invest in an emerging urban neighborhood? Check out plans for Downtown Clearwater

Local business owners and city officials express high hopes for attracting new investments and visitors back to downtown Clearwater with fun activities and new apartments designed to create a new urban live-work-play environment. 

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For Good: Social enterprise ventures help local nonprofits prosper, serve more people

Tampa Bay Area nonprofits can compete for prize money to start and sustain new for-profit businesses that can financially support the nonprofits’ missions.

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Ferry connecting Tampa-St. Pete adds new option for pleasure rides, potentially commuters

The new and long-awaited Cross-Bay Ferry service now deploys a 98-foot catamaran to connect St. Petersburg and Tampa via the water. The cost is $10 each way. Some free rides are available for a limited time.

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Imparten clases de cocina para mejorar la nutrición de habitantes de Wimauma

Con educación nutricional y clases de cocina, Hispanic Service Council busca romper esquemas alimenticios para que las familias de Wimauma coman rico y sano y para combatir la obesidad y la diabetes.

Reyna Barragan eats and feeds her family healthy food options.

Free cooking classes help Wimauma residents shop, eat, live better

In Wimauma, the Hispanic Services Council offers cooking classes that can improve nutrition and encourage better eating habits. The goal is to fight obesity and prevent diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Tampa Riverwalk sip and stroll cup at the Sail Pavilion.

Next stops along the Tampa Riverwalk? Food, drink and more fun things to do

Front door or back door? As Tampa explores options for greater use of its downtown riverfront, hotels and other establishments along the Riverwalk re-think how, what, when, why and where customers may want access.  

Nidia Morales is Production Team Leader at Cardio Command in Tampa.

Employers, educators encourage women to land manufacturing jobs

Not just for men: Tampa Bay area manufacturing companies seek women employees as the industry rebounds with newly created jobs paying higher salaries for those willing to consider them.

Delia Garcia, senior liaison, National Education Association, speaks at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics event at H.C.C. in Ruskin.

Migrant families face familiar hardships in schools

A national White House initiative arrives in Hillsborough County to learn more about the special challenges migrant families face in trying to access education for their children.

Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics speaks at the event held at H.C.C. in Ruskin.

Familias migrantes hablan sobre retos en escuelas

Una iniciativa nacional de la Casa Blanca llega al Condado de Hillsborough para escuchar sobre los retos que los padres migrantes enfrentan al tratar de involucrarse en la educación de sus hijos.  

Fourth Fridays attendees scroll through the Tampa Museum of Arts exhibits.

What are you doing Friday night? Join the growing crowd hanging out at museums, restaurants

Need another reason to fall in love with downtown Tampa’s growing urban scene? Check out Fourth Fridays along the Riverwalk.

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Looking for family friendly outdoor activities this fall?

Fall festivals featuring seafood, international music and culture, fireworks, outdoor concerts and car shows are among the fun things to do in the Tampa Bay region in late October through November.

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On The Ground in Wimauma: Healthcare providers struggle to meet needs of indigent population

About 35 percent of the population in Wimauma ages 65 and under is uninsured. The challenges surrounding lack of access to medical care is tripled with the arrival of seasonal farmworkers.

Pastor Carlos Irizarry is lead pastor along with his wife Judy at Wholesome Church.

Organizaciones locales luchan por cubrir la necesidad de servicios de salud en Wimauma

Alrededor del 35 por ciento de la población menor de 65 años en Wimauma no cuenta con seguro médico. Los desafíos alrededor de la falta de acceso a atención médica se triplican con la llegada de trabajadores agrícolas temporales.

Officails were on the site Oct. 21, 2016, for an official ceremonial groundbreaking of Channel Club and a downtown Publix on East Madison Street.

Great news for downtown Tampa: Grocery store in Channel District breaks ground

A new Publix grocery store and a new city park are being built adjacent to The Channel Club, a 323-unit apartment building now under construction near the corner of East Twiggs Street and Meridian Avenue.

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Want to attract artists, creatives to your town? Transform a neighborhood

Pinellas Park transforms a once blighted urban area of the city into an eclectic arts village with affordable studio space and housing for working artists and entrepreneurs.

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Innovation Fixation: Looshes Labs unleashes unique skateboards

Introducing a skateboard designed to carry your books and charge your smart phone.

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For Good: Road to Recovery volunteers drive cancer patients to lifesaving treatment

While family and friends often provide rides to treatment for cancer patients, they can't always be there every day. That's when volunteer drivers step up to make a difference.

Beth-El Farmworker Ministry offers much needed services including worship to the Wimauma community.

Beth-El creates paths to success in Wimauma

Beth-El lights a torch for farmworkers to find their path to success by providing food, clothing, scholarships and guidance.

"I am the vine you are the branches".

Beth-El abre caminos hacia el éxito en Wimauma

Beth-El enciende una antorcha para que trabajadores agrícolas encuentren su camino a una mejor vida al proporcionar alimentos, ropa, becas y orientación.

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What's new in Hyde Park Village? Shops, restaurants, landscaping, design

New investors make significant cosmetic and structural changes to one of South Tampa’s most walkable shopping and dining destinations.

Reyna Rocha prepares cactus leaves for cooking.

Wimauma couple's tenacity leads to progress for family, community

With an entrepreneurial spirit aimed at solving a community problem, Reyna and José Rocha opened a grocery store to serve the needs of Wimauma residents.

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Internship program gives USFSP students competitive edge in workforce

Internships with local Tampa Bay companies help University of South Florida St. Petersburg students gain experience, make valuable contacts and “test drive” their future career choices.

Armando Rocha, five, is one of Jose and Reyna Rocha's 42 grandkids.

Tenacidad de una pareja de Wimauma lleva a progreso familiar y comunitario

Con un espíritu empresarial para responder a las necesidades de la comunidad, hace más de 25 años Reyna y José Rocha abrieron un negocio de abarrotes en Wimauma.  

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Tech-centric unconference contributes to progress for Tampa Bay as next tech hub

BarCamp participants and volunteers connect people to tech opportunities in the Tampa Bay area and help make the region’s entrepreneurship ecosystem a reality for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

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Network of business support nurtures Clearwater entrepreneurs

Through Clearwater Business SPARK, government and private services for entrepreneurs, tech companies and other small businesses are combining resources to support and attract more job creation in Pinellas County.

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Neighborhood care centers aim to enhance patient experiences while lowering costs

As part of the strategy to reduce medical care costs, local healthcare providers are building more neighborhood care centers staffed with skilled professionals who can treat injuries and illnesses that don’t require a visit to more expensive hospital emergency rooms and highly trained physicians.

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Marcela Estevez Ancira: Transforming Wimauma through education

Educator says parental involvement proves key to success for student achievement at charter schools operated by Redlands Christian Migrant Association in Wimauma.

Marcela Estévez Ancira is Director of Student Affairs at RCMA Wimauma Academy.

Marcela Estévez Ancira: Transformando la comunidad a través de la educación

Educadora señala la participación de los padres de familia es clave para el éxito de los estudiantes en las escuelas chárter de RCMA en Wimauma.

Grady Square.

New apartments transform Westshore area into more livable community

Transformational change begins in Tampa’s Westshore area as new apartment communities designed for an urban lifestyle open in traditional business district.

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Book excerpt: Seafood Lovers Florida by Bruce Hunt

What is your favorite seafood place in Florida? Author Bruce Hunt shares his top picks in a new book that takes readers on a culinary tour of the state.

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On The Ground storytelling project launches in Wimauma

83 Degrees Media -- with funding from the Allegany Franciscan Ministries -- is launching a special storytelling project called “On The Ground’’ that is designed to help educate readers and raise awareness about the people and places of Wimauma.

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Lanzan proyecto de narraciones On The Ground en Wimauma

83 Degrees Media -- con fondos de Allegany Franciscan Ministries (Ministerios de Franciscanas de Allegan) -- está lanzando un proyecto especial de narraciones llamado "On The Ground'' (De cerca y en persona) diseñado para ayudar a educar a los lectores y crear conciencia sobre la gente y los lugares de Wimauma.

Imelda Dutton is project leader for On The Ground storytelling in Wimauma.

On The Ground: Searching for gold in Wimauma

Journalist Imelda Dutton, a bilingual native of Mexico and experienced writer and editor, leads the On The Ground storytelling project in Wimauma for 83 Degrees. The stories will be published online in both English and Spanish.

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On The Ground: En busca de oro en Wimauma

La periodista bilingüe Imelda Dutton, oriunda de México y experimentada escritora y editora, lidera el proyecto On The Ground (De cerca y en persona) de narraciones de historias de Wimauma y su gente para 83 Degrees. Las historias se publicarán en línea en Inglés y en español.

Event Organizer Ryan Sullivan speaks with Ned Pope and Nicholas Catania.

2017 Tampa Bay Startup Week expands across Bay to Pinellas County

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur seeking resources or a local business owner looking for connections, Tampa Bay Startup Week is the place to be for the latest information and innovations.

Jaya Goswami Rao shares Molekule at the May unveiling.

Introducing the revolution of indoor air purification in a single Molekule

A solar technology expert working at USF has invented an indoor air purification system that can oxidize microscopic pollutants, breaking them down into harmless elements naturally found in air. Research and development is taking place in the Tampa Bay region.

Reuben Pressman founded Check I'm Here in 2014.

Check I'm Here: St. Petersburg entrepreneur raises $1M in angel funding

USFSP graduate and serial entrepreneur Reuben Pressman receives major funding to take his home-grown startup company Check I’m Here to the next level.

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Lingering summer heat still wilting your ‘do? Get ready to be cool outdoors in the Tampa Bay region

Whatever your outdoor pleasure -- birding, corn mazes, pumpkins, colorful leaves, bicycling, wildflowers, goats, etc. -- you can find fun things to do in the fall like no other season that will lure you, your friends and family to get outside and play.

Gianna Rendina-Gobioff

Local Gobioff Foundation puts up cash to spur creative placemaking in Tampa

Tampa Treasure includes up to $30,000 in seed money for creative placemaking projects within the City of Tampa or the neighborhood area served by the University Area Community Development Corporation.  

Nerissa Street

Practitioners and Partners: Artspace Evolves Breaking Ground Into "Idea Lab" That Celebrates Artists

Artspace’s annual Breaking Ground event evolves this year from one dynamic evening of speakers and performances to an immersive, two-day “idea lab” on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Omar Aljajea, 9, at home in Tampa.

For Good: Syrian refugees slowly find new homes in Tampa Bay area

Collaborative efforts are underway to help with an influx of Muslim and Arabic-speaking refugees, including Syrians, resettling in the Tampa Bay area.

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Ginger beer taps into growing demand for non-alcoholic brew

While in the hunt for a tasty non-alcoholic ginger beer, Lyuba and Richard Malone find the secret to success in creating their own brew. Their story is part of 83 Degrees Media’s ongoing series on Tampa Bay Area food entrepreneurs.

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What will the new St. Pete Pier look like?

Designers, architects and St. Petersburg officials are engaging locals and tourists in a new pier design intended to proudly represent the city and enhance the popular Bayfront area for decades to come.

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YouthBuild is all about character, hard work and achieving success

YouthBuild, a solutions-oriented government program designed to give struggling teens and 20-somethings extra chances to succeed, engages education, skills and a team of patient professionals who insist on long-term caring relationships with the students.

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Take a peek behind the scenes with SPF16 artists

What better way to highlight St. Petersburg as a city of the arts than with a month-long festival showcasing local arts?  The second annual St. Petersburg Festival kicks off in September with an impressive line-up of artistic talent.

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Book excerpt: Make Tampa ___ by Tony DeSisto

What better way to find solutions to urban problems than to actively engage citizens as thought leaders and innovators? Tony DeSisto of Tampa suggests a path to success in his book, "Make Tampa ___''.

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What is a wellness district? Vinik-Cascade project in downtown Tampa promotes healthy lifestyle

Designers of downtown Tampa's Wellness District are looking to create innovative spaces and places that promote a healthy lifestyle. Think air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

(L-R) David Doble, Vicki Doble and John Doble.

SBA loan success: Tampa Bay Brewing Company grows with help from small business loan

After 20 years of producing award-winning beer and operating a brewpub in Ybor City, the owners of Tampa Bay Brewing Company, one of the area’s first craft breweries, decided it was time to expand their operation and open a second location. Learn how they did it.

A "Before I Die" wall is installed along the Tampa Riverwalk. Leadership Tampa Bay is behind the project that will soon host anonymous "Before I Die" wishes.

What's on your bucket list? Post it on Before I Die Wall coming to Tampa, St. Pete

Leadership Tampa Bay class brings "Before I die I want to ____'' global art project to Tampa Riverwalk. You're invited to fill in the blank.

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Local craft beer industry, scientific passion fuel growth of Florida hops

As experiments to grow hops in Florida find success, demand created by the growing local brew scene may prove to be a boon to the state’s struggling citrus growers.

Adults Brian A. Butler and Woodland Johnson work with students.

How to help kids learn? Community engagement brings success to local K-12 education

What is the solution for helping Florida's schools better educate children? The Council for Education Change encourages collaborative efforts that engage schools, corporate and business leaders, volunteer and parental support though collaborations designed to nurture transformational change.

Grand Opening of El Barrio

How affordable artist housing can help cultural communities "celebrate themselves"

Artspace enjoys a long history of working with culturally distinct groups in the development of affordable artist live/work housing and community spaces. From El Barrio in New York to Honolulu, Hawaii, these projects allow artists to celebrate themselves.

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Book excerpt: Unlocking the Labor Cage by Vinny Tafuro

In Unlocking the Labor Cage, Tampa Author Vinny Tafuro explores how information age technologies are providing corporations with an aggressive, holistic and fiscally sound opportunity to lead our way into the new age. Read an excerpt.

William Cooper says goodbye to Dr. Mary Dorritie at the Tampa VAMC domiciliary care facility.

Coalition provides help, homes for local vets living on streets

Because Florida has one of the highest populations of homeless veterans in the country, the Tampa Housing Authority, the VA and the local Homeless Initiative are collaborating to find permanent solutions toward ending veteran homelessness in our community.

North Shore Aquatic Complex in St. Pete hosts a variety of swim meets.

Splash on! Local swim scene extends beyond Tampa Bay

The diversity of water fun and fitness opportunities in the Tampa Bay region are as vast as the water it surrounds. From beginners to fitness lovers to up-and-coming Olympians, all find a place. No matter your level of swim prowess, there’s a pool, a program and a body of water beckoning. Let’s dive in.

World of Beer on Fowler Ave.

University area neighborhoods of North Tampa prepare for transformation

Federal and private grants beginning to flow into the University area of North Tampa are designed to help create jobs, educate and train residents and spur additional investments in emerging neighborhoods. Some call it progress; others credit higher powers. 

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From beer to batter, entrepreneurs capitalize on social nature of sharing food

Ever dream that your grandpa’s signature hot sauce might be your recipe for success? While starting any business is no easy task, becoming a food entrepreneur is a special challenge. Find out what makes a food-based venture cook with lessons from some of our most recent Tampa Bay startups.

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Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: In10did

DecaTxt enables users to type, text or send emails with one hand by using a pocket-sized, blue-tooth connected gadget ideal for people with medical conditions that make typing on a full-sized qwerty keyboard difficult.

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St. Petersburg businesses find art good for bottom line

St. Petersburg’s designation as a city of the arts is more than individual artists shining the spotlight on their talent. Businesses are realizing that creative collaboration with the arts is good for the bottom line and a positive force for economic development.

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How does your garden grow? St. Petersburg students learn hands-on about fresh food

The Edible Peace Patch Project, originally the vision of an Eckerd College professor, has now expanded to seven schools in South St. Petersburg, with a small army of volunteers helping teach kids about gardening and more.

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What's next in downtown Tampa? Rebirth of West Bank of Hillsborough River

Tampa’s city government and the Tampa Housing Authority are embarking on a grand experiment: Rebuilding a neighborhood from the ground up.

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Touch mural, make sound: new Urban Conga project entices play

Murals are popping up all over the Tampa Bay region as part of the local urban scene. But one very special creation in Hyde Park Village may get even you to giggle. Touch the mural and see what happens!

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4 local startups compete in latest Tampa Bay Area pitch contest

Tampa Bay Rays execs pick local startup Harness as the best of the best among Tampa Bay WaVE’s current crop of emerging companies moving through the launch phase and poised to break out. 

Amelie Arena received many upgrades in preparation for the 2012 RNC.

Beyond politics, what are long-lasting benefits of hosting a political convention?

In Tampa, political convention spending provided new police equipment, contributions to local charities, upgrades to cell phone and internet systems, street and landscaping improvements and millions of dollars in upgrades to local gathering places.

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For Good: USF architecture students put urban design to work for St. Pete nonprofit

USF graduate students studying architecture use design to transform a nonprofit recovery program in St. Petersburg and begin to take back a crime-ridden part of downtown.

The Fitzgerald.

Project-by-project, developers help Tampa find its urban roots

From the smell of fresh paint on old homes in historic neighborhoods to the sight of construction cranes towering over downtown streets, it’s easy to appreciate what a long-time local developer means when he says Tampa is “discovering itself.”

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Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: Formerics LLC

Advances in technology, including computer modeling of the human body, are helping healthcare providers better predict  outcomes for testing and treatment of medical conditions. 

Le'Anns Cheesecake 'N More

Food entrepreneur bakes cheesecake in a jar

Part 4 in a series: Ever dream that your grandpa’s signature hot sauce might be your recipe for success? While starting any business is no easy task, becoming a food entrepreneur is a special challenge. Find out what makes a food-based venture cook with lessons from some of our most recent Tampa Bay startups.

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Tampa's next hot neighborhood? The Heights creates urban space to live, work, play and stay

Looking to move into downtown Tampa in the next couple of years? Your options are growing every month, including the latest project featuring an urban designed community on the Tampa Riverwalk. Welcome to The Heights. 

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For Good: Major grants invest in St. Pete projects designed to create healthy communities

Health-related innovations and initiatives win big as the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg awards $3.9 million in inaugural grants to 19 local organizations.

Pinellas Hope will house clients in new cottages made from shipping containers.

For Good: Volunteers convert shipping containers into sturdy housing for homeless

Pinellas County finds a partial solution for housing Tampa Bay Area homeless people when volunteers tackle converting shipping containers into temporary homes. The project is being shared with other communities across Florida.

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Food entrepreneur takes prepared meals to market

Problem: When it comes to prepared meals, most big food manufacturers aren’t producing the products that people want, i.e. fresh food that tastes great and makes you feel good about eating. Solution? Healthy packaged meals using natural and organic ingredients.

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Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: Eureka! Factory

What are makerspaces and why are they trending? Makerspaces offer enriched learning environments and resources for the community. Meet Eureka! Factory.

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Local hackers gather in Tampa to find solutions to problems of Bay Area homelessness

How to provide technical solutions to problems that confront the Tampa Bay Area homeless population? Invite local hacker volunteers to a 3-day event, called CodaPalooza, in observance of the National Day of Civic Hacking, sponsored in part by Code for America.

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Food entrepreneurs in Florida start from scratch

While starting any business is no easy task, becoming a food entrepreneur is a special challenge. Find out what makes a food-based venture cook with lessons from some of our most recent Tampa Bay startups.

Councilman Charlie Miranda purchased this Ybor street sign at an auction. It now hangs above his office door.

Tampa stories: Former residents of public housing share paths to success

What do Tampa’s Chief of Police, the longest-sitting member of the Tampa City Council, a local entrepreneur and a new homeowner have in common? All four share a common bond of having spent time in public housing, and serve as inspiration for others seeking success.

Jack Ross is Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center.

Neighborhood community center emerges from West Tampa historic space, nurtures startups

A new Jewish Community Center being built inside the old Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory is expected to lead an economic resurgence in West Tampa neighborhoods.

John Richardson prepares his Jon's Gourmet Products Jerk Smoked Turkey Spread.

Local food entrepreneurs find recipes for success

Ever dream that your grandpa’s signature hot sauce might be your recipe for success? While starting any business is no easy task, becoming a food entrepreneur is a special challenge. Find out what makes a food-based venture cook with lessons from some of our most recent Tampa Bay startups.

Richard Gonzmart with his pups Rex and Rusty at Goody Goody in South Tampa.

Sense of place, history motivate Tampa native in recreating iconic restaurants

A resurrected Goody Goody in Hyde Park Village in South Tampa is just one of many projects undertaken by Tampa native Richard Gonzmart.

Cedar Key clams.

What's next for Pasco County? Grow as agritourism destination

UF thought leader urges Pasco County to embrace the vision of Extension Director Whitney Elmore to invest in agritourism to build communities, create jobs and produce readily accessible locally grown food. 

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Where to find urban farming in the Tampa Bay region? Here are 3 places to go

The nationwide farm-to-table movement grows in the Tampa Bay region as a small but feisty group of intrepid farmers convert small parcels of acreage into bountiful crops teeming with organic produce, healthy plants and food-producing livestock.

The Wonder Studio art.

How to delight children and inspire adults at the same time? Visit Tampa Bay Area creative places

Every local parent probably knows about the Lowry Park Zoo, Glazer Children’s Museum, MOSI Tampa, the Florida Aquarium and Great Explorations as terrific places to visit, but the Tampa Bay region is also home to lots of smaller, lesser-known venues and activities where kids can be kids and learn something in the process. 

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New Tampa Bay Health Alliance aims to restore doctor-patient relationships

The network, called the Tampa Bay Health Alliance, will include the USF Physicians Group and four other practices with various specialties and primary care -- Florida Medical Clinic, Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Pediatric Health Care Alliance and Women’s Care Florida. 

The Nguyen family at a Vietnamese New Year festival in 1981 at the University of South Florida.

Bridging Cultures: Phuong Nguyen moves from Vietnam to Florida

The Tampa Bay region's wealth of diversity enriches the local economy through a variety of cultures, food, arts, job skills, experiences and perspective. In this third in an occasional series originally published by FORUM magazine, Phuong Nguyen tells her family's experience in moving from Vietnam to the Tampa Bay region. 

Landscape architect Laurie Potier-Brown at her home in Seminole Heights.

Career changers: How to reinvent yourself? 3 local professionals tell their stories, give you tips

Prepare yourself financially. Go back to school if necessary. Be realistic about the new job. Those tips and more are part of the advice offered by three Tampa Bay area professionals who decided later in life to transition into new careers. 

View from the outdoor seating at The Attic.

Looking for signs of Tampa's growing urban scene? You gotta see 500 E Kennedy Blvd

The transformation of 500 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa into one of the area's coolest office/retail spaces shows the potential that exists in other historic and architecturally significant properties yet to be renovated.

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Co-Working spaces expand, attract talent in the Tampa Bay region

Collaborative co-working spaces are hot in places like Chicago, New York City, San Francisco -- and in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater. Local entrepreneurs share why this new type of business arrangement works better for them than traditional places to work.

Ed Verner shows some of the office space in the Lee Building.

Main Street revival: Downtown Plant City carves out new path to the future

A new Main Street design team is tackling revitalization efforts in Plant City as community leaders focus on how best to encourage new investments and job growth in the downtown area.

Christine Acosta is owner of Tampa Bike Valet.

Tampa Bike Valet parking service builds loyalty among bicyclists

Tampa Bike Valet Founder Christine Acosta says her service is a safer and more aesthetically sensitive alternative to locking a bicycle up against a sign post or on a standard bike rack.

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Sustainability awards highlight Tampa Bay green businesses

The Sustany Foundation’s 2016 Sustainable Business Awards recognize 16 local businesses for their efforts to save energy, recycle and protect the environment. Read about the honorees.

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The Science of Growth: Venture capitalist writes new book on why some startups change the world

Want to know why some companies fail and others flourish? A venture capitalist has a new book about his search for the practices that fueled some of the most successful startups in recent history, and he’s hoping it will give entrepreneurs in Tampa, and across the country, a blueprint for capturing some of that startup magic themselves.

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Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: E-building Concepts

E-Building specializes in creating 3D modeling and printing for the building industry. Through the use of Oculus Rift, the company offers the experience of taking a virtual walk through construction plans before the first shovel hits the dirt. 

The Coast to Coast Connector Trail will utilize parts of the Pinellas Trail to connect Titusville and St Pete.

Tampa Bay urban planners design more greenways, trails for future

Part of the solution to the high rate of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities that plagues the Tampa Bay region is the opening of new greenways and trails. Several are in the works -- under construction, in the planning stages or part of a larger vision. 

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Retrofitting Tampa Bay for climate change: From understanding to action

Several key themes and insights have emerged through conversations and reflections related to 83 Degrees Media's series on climate change, arguably leaving us with more questions and ideas than clear answers or sound solutions. In that spirit, by way of conclusion, here are four provocations to keep the conversation moving forward across Tampa Bay.

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Rethinking Tampa Bay's water resources as the climate changes

Global climate models generally agree that temperatures in the Tampa Bay area will rise between two and three degrees Celsius (three and six degrees Fahrenheit) over the next half century, which could significantly alter the region's water supply. Florida scientists and researchers are weighing those predictions and others to prepare for climate change.

The storm water vault at Technology Park at ENCORE!

Healthy, green affordable housing in Downtown Tampa celebrates Earth Day

Innovative, sustainable and adding value -- the Tampa Housing Authority is hosting its first annual community Earth Day celebration this year, showcasing ENCORE! Tampa and its green design.

Leo Villanueva went undercover as a homeless person for four days in the summer of 2009, to learn more about their plight.

For Good: Benefit to raise funds, awareness for Tampa Bay area charity that feeds hungry

After Trinity Café 2 opens later this month in the First Church of God, 2202 E. Busch Blvd. in north Tampa, it is expecting to draw 200 to 300 people for free meals on weekdays.

Restoration at the Feather Sound site includes removing invasive Brazillian pepper.

Climate change: Across Tampa Bay, environmental organizations mobilize around sea level rise

Environmental groups and academic partners -- ranging from local institutions like the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute and the University of South Florida -- are redoubling their efforts to protect vulnerable habitats in preparation for sea level rise caused by climate change. 

Bonnie Walker (R) teaches Kelly Clark and Megan Body the rules of shuffleboard at realize Bradenton's PopUps for a Purpose event.

Exploring a millennial-fueled future for Sarasota, Bradenton

A collaborative effort by local colleges and universities, the Consortium of Colleges on the Creative Coast (C4), aims to change the narrative about the Sarasota-Bradenton area to better attract students and reflect opportunities for millennials. 

Al fresco ballerinas in Trinidad, CO

Helping artists across the U.S. build capacity and community

Artspace started 30 years ago with a simple plan to develop more affordable housing for artists. Now they're taking a place-based consulting approach to help artists build capacity, raise funds and learn from each other -- on a wider scale than ever before.

New Town Connections event.

Tampa Bay dating scene heats up with new options for meeting someone special

The dating scene in the Tampa Bay area seems to be simmering these days as the region attracts more people -- especially singles -- from all over the globe.

Karolak spends time with her nieces and nephews during a 2015 trip to Serbia.

Bridging Cultures: Irena Milasinovic Karolak moves from Croatia to St. Pete

The Tampa Bay region's wealth of diversity enriches the local economy through a variety of cultures, food, arts, job skills, experiences and perspective. In this second in an occasional series originally published by FORUM magazine, Irena Milasinovic Karolek tells her family's experience in moving to the Tampa Bay region from Croatia during wartime. 

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Tampa Bay real estate boom and climate change: 5 big insights

How to rethink and retrofit Tampa Bay area cities for climate change -- and sea level rise in particular -- is an increasingly critical question for public and private sector leaders alike. 

Coffee Pot Bayou in St. Pete.

Is the global reinsurance industry making Florida more resilient to climate change, hurricanes?

Insurers and reinsurers play a key role in Florida’s climate and catastrophe risk management puzzle, be it in preparation for the next hurricane season or the eventuality of sea level rise. 

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Meet a few chalk artists sketching images, portraits on urban sidewalks everywhere

Local art festivals often feature a special display by chalk artists or street painters who attract admirers young and old to see amazing creations flowing over cracks and concrete blemishes. 

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Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: e-Quality Recycling

Want to do two good deeds at one time? e-Quality Recycling, a division of MacDonald Training Center, offers businesses and consumers a trustworthy way to “scrap” their computers, cell phones, telephone systems and other high-tech equipment. 

Scenario figure for Hurricane Phoenix.

Preparing for climate change: Pinellas County, local towns take steps to get ready

In the second in a series of stories about climate change, 83 Degrees Media explores how government officials in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties as well as more than two dozen municipalities are preparing for rising sea levels and the potential impact on infrastructure and neighborhoods. 

A team from NOAA installs a water level meteorological station in St Pete.

Tampa Bay Area scientists, policymakers plan for rising sea levels

Over the next several weeks, 83 Degrees Media will bring stories of regional climate leadership to the fore, diving deeper and looking closer at how individuals and industries, business and government are taking innovative steps to rethink and retrofit the Tampa Bay area to meet the challenges raised by climate change.

Streetcar Live powered by Gasparilla Music Festival brought the Ries Brothers to the TECO Line "stage".

Gasparilla Music Festival expands influence year-round

The Gasparilla Music Festival takes place for one weekend in March in downtown Tampa, but its foundation’s ongoing, long-term commitment is to music exposure, education and enjoyment throughout the Tampa Bay region.

The ornate decor of Plant Hall.

Chiselers carve out philanthropic niche to help preserve Tampa's most recognizable building

Thanks in large part to a group of Tampa women called the Chiselers and the annual Chiselers Market taking place this weekend, UT’s Plant Hall, a vintage-1891 building best known for six Moorish-style minarets, is sure to live on well into the future.

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Tampa skateboarders get ready to try new Bro Bowl on edge of downtown Tampa

The new Perry Harvey Sr. Park on the northern edge of downtown Tampa is a tribute to Tampa’s Civil Rights movement and historic Central Avenue business district and includes upgraded features: a reinvented Bro Bowl, a history walk with monuments, water features, green lawns and a community center for kids. 

Edgardo Dangond and wife Adriana, with sons Felipe ( at  left)  and  Nicolas in Colombia, 2009.

Bridging Cultures: Edgardo Dangond moves from Colombia to Florida

The Tampa Bay region's wealth of diversity enriches the local economy through a variety of ways, including culture, food, dance, music, job skills and perspective. In this first in an occasional series originally published by FORUM magazine, Edgardo Dangond tells his family's experience in moving to the Tampa Bay region from Colombia so he could pursue a college degree. 

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Yes Tampa Bay Express (TBX): Key to future transportation mobility

Ray Chiaramonte: TBX will be an effective “right-now” congestion mitigation strategy for converting the failing segments of I-275, I-75 and I-4 from facilities that break down whenever volume approaches capacity, to an efficiently operated system where speed and reliability of travel time are better maintained.

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No Tampa Bay Express (TBX): A road back in time

Rick Fernandez: We are caught in a vicious, car centric cycle. Absent transit alternatives, more people will use more cars to create more traffic, more pollution and more congestion. There is no road wide enough, nor toll high enough, to change that fact. 

George Papabeis demonstrates drone flying techniques at Curtis Hixon Park.

Popularity of drones rises in Tampa Bay area

Drones have come a long way since the Austrians first used a primitive type of aerial device in 1849. In recent decades, technology has gotten smaller, less expensive, more reliable and far more user friendly -- making drones common at local events and around urban neighborhoods.

Drone Radio Show podcast.

Information meets inspiration: Locals make Tampa a hotbed for podcasting

“California has film and New York has TV. We’re trying to make Tampa Bay the place for podcasting, to be a leader in this growing medium,” says Chris Krimitsos, a local business booster who founded the Florida Podcasters Association along with a handful of other content creators.

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Temple Terrace rekindles efforts to design town center for future

The city of Temple Terrace plans to build a new town center that is urban, eclectic and walkable, and designed to create a sense of place. Restaurants, shops, the arts and technology jobs will link Temple Terrace to a broad vision to transform an entire neighborhood tied in with the University of South Florida, Busch Gardens and University Mall.

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Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: Computer Mentors

Computer Mentors works to make I.T. happen. The nonprofit works to empower youth with the technology, tools and talent they need to be successful in the 21st century workforce. Instructors and mentors provide training in coding, software development, app development and video production.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn kicks off Tampa Bay Startup Week.

Tampa Bay Startup Week fosters connections through conversation, community building

Did you attend Tampa Bay Startup Week? What was the highlight of the week’s more than 80 events, spread across five days in mid-February? Tell us about it! 

Tampa Innovation Alliance Innovation Gathering at MOSI.

Tampa Innovation Alliance: Creating synergy through actions, connections, collaborations

Through a focus on transit and technology, the Tampa Innovation Alliance aims to help change the narrative about the entire Tampa Bay region. The idea is to engage students, startup businesses and community connections and collaborations in a combined effort.

Derenz Thomas, 10, creates a guitar sculpture during Amanda Fleischbein's art class at Academy Prep Center of Tampa.

Making doodads: Creative sculpture competition engages serious thought, learning

Local kids and teens are gaining a hands-on experience in critical thinking and problem solving through a unique sculpture competition open to all Hillsborough County students.

William Dean Chocolates

Made in Tampa Bay: Chocolate treats like none other can help you express your love

Tampa Bay is home to a chocolate scene full of rich buttercream, world-famous bonbons and a wide variety of decadent creativity. There’s even the coconut filled outlier, if you’re into that sort of thing. 

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Startup Week to focus on creating tech community connections in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Startup Week, powered by Chase and Techstar, will take place Feb 8-12, 2016, and focus on creating tech community connections in Tampa Bay with startup events for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Charley's Steak House on Cypress near I-275.

Visionaries see Westshore transit hub as connector to city's future

FDOT's purchase of property to build a multimodal transportation hub in the Westshore area of Tampa could help transform travel options for local commuters and Florida visitors looking for alternative means for getting around the Bay area.

Downtown Tampa bike lane.

Vision Zero: Sharing the road safely for everyone in Tampa Bay

No more deaths of bicyclists trying to share busy local roads with trucks and cars. That's the goal for Vision Zero, a national initiative being adopted in Tampa and Hillsborough County.  

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Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: Bioscan R

Wearing one’s heart on his/her sleeve is never a good idea. But wearing a personal monitor can save your life. Bioscan R is a biomedical device developer working to increase patient engagement and save lives with wearable devices. 

Stetson's Moot Court Board competes thourghout the U.S. and the world.

Stetson: First law school in Florida, #1 in advocacy nationwide

Law school students from around the globe will compete in the International Finals of the 20th Annual Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition in April in Gulfport. This year’s theme is confiscated poached elephant ivory, a pressing moral and ethical issue with international implications.

Big Brother John Fontana and spends time with little brother Isaiah Hopkins at Bricks 4 Kids in Tampa.

For Good: Young professionals find community, greater good through volunteerism

Volunteering your time and talent to local nonprofits can result in transformational change for those helped -- as well as for you as the helper. Meet four thriving young professionals who give of themselves to make the Tampa Bay region a better place.

Mauricio Faedo's Bakery; Seminole Heights mural; Red Star Rock Bar pup; Fodder & Shine bbq.

Experience 24 Hours in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa

Ask 10 locals to name the hippest urban neighborhoods surrounding downtown Tampa, and Seminole Heights is sure to be on their short lists. Come along as 83 Degrees experiences what you can find there.   

Darlene has been an Uber driver for 16 months.

Tired of driving? Ride-hailing services ready to help transform Tampa Bay transportation scene

Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft increasingly offer alternatives for getting around town to Tampa Bay area residents tired of driving themselves or depending on traditional cab companies.

Construction of an eight-story, 300-unit luxury apartment complex along Kennedy Blvd. at 12th Street.

Channel District in downtown Tampa: 'Hottest real estate market in region'

More than 5,000 people will call the waterfront Channel District home when development projects currently underway in downtown Tampa are completed by the end of the decade. More projects are planned. And more are expected as investments continue.

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Who is shaping the future of cities?

Across the country, passionate people are working every day on the little things that lead to big changes.

Artspace's Mount Baker Lofts

Is affordable artist live/work housing the new normal?

Since Artspace pioneered affordable artist live/work housing in the 1990s, disrupting the SoHo Effect in communities across the U.S., demand for such projects has grown. Which begs the question: Is affordable artist live/work housing becoming the new normal?

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Top research taking place in Tampa leads to national recognition for innovation, patents

It may not have the reputation of Silicon Valley or Princeton, but the Tampa area, led by the University of South Florida, is becoming a national center of technical and scientific innovation, largely but not solely in the health care field.

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Food + Art cookbook features local cooks, chefs, arts in Tampa, St. Pete

A colorful new cookbook, Food + Art, highlights a Tampa Bay that is filled with flavor and fine art, a place where Monet and Mango sorbet coexist. The volume showcases artistic highlights at St. Petersburg’s Museum of Fine Arts and the culinary favorites of 100 local chefs, both home-taught and professional. 

Bizou Brasserie at Le Meridian.

The gift of experiences: The present of your presence

Gift giving has never been easier -- gift cards are almost universally acceptable, and consumables are always well-received. For this guide to holiday presents, however, 83 Degrees highlights something more local, more hands-on, and perhaps more meaningful: The gift of experiences. The present of your presence.

Cleanse Apothecary in Seminole Heights.

Made in Tampa Bay: The 83 Degrees guide to shopping local

In this special ‘handmade holiday gift guide,’ 83 Degrees turns an eye toward what’s unique, what’s original and what’s locally crafted by makers in the Tampa Bay area. Candles, confectionaries and ceramics are just a few of the handmade items available in shops and markets located in Tampa or St. Petersburg this holiday season.

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Tech-driven vehicles emerge on Tampa roads

Imagine commuting to work in your car without ever having to turn your steering wheel, rev your engine or maneuver into a parking space. That dream is closer to reality than you may think.

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New St. Pete Pier will soon rise on downtown waterfront

The New St. Pete Pier will soon rise from the rubble left behind by the removal of the old inverted pier that had seen better days. Several local firms will be involved in the new construction.

Grand Central District, St Pete.

Look who's emerging now: Visit 3 Florida Main Street projects in St. Petersburg

The Edge District, Deuces Live Main Street and Grand Central District in St. Petersburg are good examples of what can happen when grassroots activists and city governments work together to turn formerly run-down neighborhoods into up and coming Florida Main Streets.

African Mahogany mortar & pestles and handcarved bowls.

For Good: African fair-trade marketplace benefits Lutz couple's mission

Fair Trade Marketplace and Festival in north Tampa benefits One City Ministries, a nonprofit organization that's building the Light Village in Uganda as a self-sustaining model community, including a school, church, orphanage and tilapia farm.

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Making sense of early intervention: A guide for Tampa Bay area families

Sometimes an experienced grandma or grandpa is key to noticing a child's delay in development. Sometimes it takes a close friend or neighbor to ask uncomfortable questions. Or maybe, as a young parent, you just sense something's not right with your child's progress. What to do? Early intervention may be the answer.  

A small portion of the lionfish bounty is prepared for processing.

Culinary conservation hunts predator lionfish for human consumption

Tampa Bay innovators battle Gulf invaders with help from local fishermen, scientists and chefs determined to fight back before entire underwater ecosystem becomes at risk.

The Florida Orchestra opens the 2015 season at The Straz.

Turnaround story: Florida Orchestra changes up concerts, music

Music as a healing mechanism. Music in the park. Music enjoyed by Classical Kids. The Florida Orchestra undergoes a transformation in performances and venues that is expanding the audience and growing its endowment.

Eileen Kamerick is CFO at ConnectWise and serves on nonprofit boards, including Eckerd Alternatives for Youth.

Inside Florida business: Smart corporate leaders value women as board members

A panel discussion at the Tampa Club tackles “Women on Boards: Actionable Strategies to Increase Gender Diversity in the Boardroom.” The event is sponsored by Women Executive Leadership and the 2020 Women on Boards Initiative in partnership with the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy and the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women.

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Tampa Bay area college students learn global social entrepreneurship in Guatemala

Graduate students enrolled in the MBA program at USFSP take a trip of a lifetime to a small village in Guatemala, where they work with local women’s weaving co-ops, using marketing 101 techniques to help boost sales.

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Welcome to the 300th edition of 83 Degrees Media

To honor the 300th edition milestone and our 6th birthday coming up later in November, 83 Degrees presents authentic and sincere testimonials from a few of our readers. See if you agree with what they think about the stories we tell.

Academy Prep Center of Tampa Head of School Lincoln Tamayo samples a dish made by students.

For Good: Academy Prep transforms lives of kids at risk

What is the path to success for students considered at risk for dropping out of school? Academy Prep gets it right, achieving outstanding academic successes where others are failing. 

Roundabout at Orange and Main in Sarasota.

Sarasota creates roundabouts to improve safety, enhance traffic flow in urban neighborhoods

The city of Sarasota plans to add 16 more roundabouts on urban streets, including nine in the downtown core by 2023. Why? The simple answer is greater safety and efficiency of movement.

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USF researchers develop off grid NEWgenerator to treat waste around globe

2.6 billion people in the world could benefit from a new wastewater treatment technology developed by a University of South Florida research team.

Tampa Heights near the I-4 on-ramp.

Are express lanes in Tampa Bay's future despite neighborhood concerns?

Spanning some of the busiest, most congested highways in west central Florida, new express lanes would be constructed in the outer lane of the current interstate corridors and operate as separate toll roads in addition to the existing general-use, un-tolled interstate lanes. The objective is to provide motorists with a speedier route -- the average speed would remain about 45 miles per hour.

Christie Bruner warms up the class with daughter Audrey close by.

Moving to Tampa Bay: How to plug into the running scene

The Tampa Bay Area features a melting pot of runners. Weekends year-round, competitive athletes strive for ultramarathon glory and sleep-deprived parents enter stroller 5Ks for the first time. With so many options for the fleet of foot (and the rest of us), one thing is for sure: Tampa Bay is on the run.

Brent Britton shares his experience at F*ckUp Nights Tampa.

Successful entrepreneurs swap business failure stories at new Tampa Bay meetup

Everyone is eager to share success stories in business and in life, but who wants to talk about failures? Welcome to FUNTampa Bay, a new networking group that focuses on learning from failure.

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Artists can be the "connective tissue" of a neighborhood -- but first they need a place to live

How affordable live/work housing for artists can reinvigorate neighborhoods and bring members of diverse communities together.

Tampa Bay WaVE grand opening.

Tampa Bay WaVe moves into new downtown digs

Tampa Bay WaVe's success at building, launching and growing startups is evidenced by the numbers: 107 new companies, 424 jobs, $14.2M in outside capital -- all combining to create transformational change in Florida's new economy. 

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For Good: Pig Jig fires up barbecue smokers for a needy cause

Tampa’s Pig Jig started out in 2011 as a backyard barbecue for a friend who suffered from a rare kidney disease. Today it’s a major fundraising event in downtown Tampa that benefits NephCure Kidney International.

Mandy Cloninger is executive director at Trinity Cafe.

For Good: Rising stars guide Tampa Bay area nonprofits

From leading an organization of just three employees to directing one with 70, meet four women at the helms of nonprofits pursuing a variety of social missions in the Tampa Bay area.

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Moving to Tampa Bay: Pampering our pets, day and night

Finding the perfect fit for your pet to play while you’re away is less of a challenge in the Tampa Bay region since so many lodges, spas, resorts, parks and sitters now cater to their needs.

Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2015 Pure Haus Trunk Show.

Front row at Tampa Bay Fashion Week: PURE Haus pop-up shop puts focus on designers

Designer fashions fill up the front row at Tampa Bay Fashion Week as a trunk show pop-up shop format replaces conventional runway catwalks and fashion designers from around the country connect with local creators to display garments and accessories.

Information stands dot the pathway at Brooker Creek Preserve.

Time to get out and play! Find outdoor activities in the Tampa Bay Area

Fall in Tampa Bay is the time of year when local events, parks and other outdoor activities lure locals out of summertime hibernation spent in air-conditioned homes and offices.

Libya Pugh leads the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival Auditions Workshop at The Straz.

Playwrights, performers stage new experiences at Tampa Theatre Festival

The second annual Tampa Bay Theatre Festival set the stage for the Tampa-St. Petersburg area as a theater community with top quality actors, playwrights and performing venues.

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Taste of Florida wows national food critics

Over the years, members of the national Association of Food Journalists have feasted their way through Seattle, New York, Boston, San Francisco, San Juan — and now the Tampa Bay region’s emerging food and drink scene. 

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Innovation drives biofuel industry investments in Tampa Bay region

The growth of green industries throughout the Tampa Bay area in recent years is igniting a local surge in biofuel innovation -- an important step toward providing consumers with cleaner, more environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional fossil fuels.

Platt Street bike lane.

Pay now or pay later for Hillsborough County transportation solutions

No one who drives a motorized vehicle can seriously dispute the Tampa Bay area's growing traffic congestion. The question for Hillsborough County taxpayers is whether to pay their fair share for solutions or roll the costs over to their children and grandchildren. 

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Meet 3 artists leaving their mark on the Tampa improv scene

Tampa Bay's improv community has come a long way in recent years. Three local teachers and performers open up about the area's thriving improv comedy scene, including ways for you to plug in.

Flying into Tampa International Airport.

Want to visit Europe? Lufthansa makes it easy from Tampa

For travelers visiting many European destinations, new non-stop Lufthansa flights to Frankfurt, Germany from Tampa will eliminate the need to make a connection in another city before or after crossing the Atlantic. 

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UT startup team innovates mobile education solution for urban slums

University of Tampa team Tembo competes to win the Hult Prize, including $1 million in seed funding to help educate children in urban slums around the world.

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Tampa neighborhoods surrounding downtown prepare for rebirth

Not everyone can afford to live in the new upscale residential towers going up in downtown Tampa, the Channel District and Port Tampa Bay. Enter Scott and Heidi Shimberg -- owners of Hyde Park Builders -- who plan a building spree of new housing construction in east Tampa neighborhoods that put affordability and urban living together in one package.

Sarah Thee Campagna of CyberCraft Robots is an Exquisite Corpse contributing artist.

St. Petersburg arts community kicks off international Exquisite Corpse game

Thirty local artists are taking an old-fashioned parlor game called Exquisite Corpse and turning it into a first-of-its-kind 3D art form. The game officially kicked off in August and will be formally unveiled to the public in November.

The Franciscan Center of Tampa.

For Good: Franciscan Center appeals for help to renovate quiet oasis in center of city

A tree-fllled sanctuary near downtown Tampa that has served all comers -- the sick and the needy, the down-trodden and the elderly, and even stressed-out business executives -- for 45 years turns to the public in search of its own kind of special assistance.

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Helicopter design challenge fuels STEAM learning for middle, high school students

A $1,000 scholarship contest challenges Tampa Bay area students to invent and design an eco-friendly helicopter.

Eric Davis of Eli's BBQ; Dolphin in St. Joseph Sound; Karaoke at Blur; ParrotDise Express Photos by Julie Branaman

Experience 24 Hours on the streets of downtown Dunedin

Dunedin, Florida is no secret. Most travelers have heard of it and locals sometimes pronounce it “done eatin’,’’ yet it’s not a spring-break hot spot or at the top of most must-see destination lists. And that’s exactly what makes it great. 

Florida Aquarium from inside the tank.

Moving to Tampa Bay: The diving scene

If you want to get involved in scuba diving, one of the most fascinating and adventurous of the water sports in Florida, here’s what to expect and how to go about it.

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Popular Tampa airport busier than ever while construction moves forward

Pardon our dust when arriving or leaving the Tampa Bay region via TIA as construction continues on expanding terminal restaurants and shops, car rental spaces, parking and new airsides to accommodate the area's growing tourism and business opportunities. 

Ignite speaker Rachel Mallett 14, was awarded the Girls’ Inc. Girl of the Year for 2014.

Ignite Tampa Bay talks tackle STEM education, social media, silence

At least 20 speakers will take the stage to entertain, educate and inspire the crowd at 2015 Ignite Tampa Bay, touching on topics from the trials and tribulations that arise from the use of modern technology to the social media mythos of “Florida Man.”

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Tampa Bay area professional women share personal work-life balance stories

With hundreds of women flocking to Tampa in September for the annual Working Women State Conference, 83 Degrees shares the stories of three leading local career women who successfully achieve their own unique work-life balance.

Mario Simoes is Chief Engineer at Tampa Bay Research and Innovation Center at CAMLS.

Disney for docs: CAMLS leads training in biotech, medical devices

CAMLS, an innovative medical simulation center in downtown Tampa, is one of the world’s largest free-standing centers fully dedicated to training healthcare professionals. 

St Petersburg Running Company Thursday Run Club run the Pinellas Trail.

Moving to Tampa Bay: The triathlon scene sets global pace to swim, bike, run

The Tampa Bay area’s sun, surf and sand make it a natural hotbed for the sport of triathlon. From St. Petersburg beaches to Tampa’s Bayshore Boulevard to Clermont’s rolling hills, devotees -- both professionals and weekend warriors -- grind out training stints to prep for global competitions. 

Brent Patterson, John Schaefer, Jarrid Dotterer and Sean Williams.

Shipping containers encourage innovative, creative designs for living

Shipping containers built to sustain high winds and heavy rain as they cross the oceans are being repurposed into affordable, sustainable homes and shops in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

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Going carless in Tampa: HCC professor finds commuting by bus works for him

Dustin Lemke of Tampa likes to challenge himself. These challenges range from adventures like skydiving to personal tests like not purchasing any clothes for a year. A favorite challenge? Ditch the personal car. See how well he does.

Bike rental available at Grand Hyatt.

Westshore sees more pedestrians, bicyclists in its future

Long known as a major office hub, the Westshore area of Tampa increasingly attracts people who want to live close to where they work.

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USF leads Florida charge to stop cyber crimes

The University of South Florida in Tampa is the headquarters for a new statewide effort to grow a cyber-technology industry in Florida. Graduates of USF’s new master’s program in cybersecurity command six-figure salaries in a fast-paced, challenging tech field that aims to ward off the growing threat of cyber attack.

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If a hurricane threatens, what to expect on Tampa Bay Area roads, bus routes

Emergency planners and responders prepare for the next hurricane to strike Florida, but only you can plan ahead for yourself and your family to evacuate when necessary. Read what's new with Tampa Bay area roads and public buses.

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Young entrepreneurs sign up for early success

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

Edwards Island Sarasota.

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

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

Brain Squeeze Trivia winners.

Trivia nights rock Tampa Bay area pubs, restaurants

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

Manufactured housing in comes in all shapes and sizes

Factory built homes appeal to millennials, boomers across America

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

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

Tired of renting? Get the scoop on manufactured homes

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

Denver's newest hostel, Hostel Fish

Can urban hostels turn a profit by striking a balance?

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

USF College of Pharmacy earns accreditation

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

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

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

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

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

Channelside building

Top urbanist shares vision for making Tampa more walkable

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

Urban Innovation

Power to the people: New series to spotlight urban innovators

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

This is My City: Your Real Stories at SPC.

Connecting real people, diverse communities through storytelling

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

Sun Country flight to Havana from TIA.

What diplomatic relations with Cuba could mean for Tampa Bay

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

Paul Rabaut in his garden.

Moving to Tampa Bay: Cultivating the gardening scene

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

ArtPopTampa -- 7 artists

First ArtPop Tampa billboards go up along busy local streets

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

Gypsum at TECO

Recycling evolves, grows at top Tampa Bay area companies

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

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

Moving to downtown Tampa: The bustling apartment scene

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

Dee Pavoni works on a job at Creative Sign Designs.

Manufacturing jobs reappear in Tampa Bay region

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

Logo for Go Hillsborough

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

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

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

Ybor City experiences tech startup boom

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

The Hurak family at their Safety Harbor home.

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

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

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

Driverless cars race toward reality in Tampa

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

"Lightning" by Jonathan Borofsky. - Julie Busch Branaman

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

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

UV advanced oxidation process.

Tampa Bay area cities drink up innovative water solutions

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

Potential Schultz Ferry Park.

Fast ferry concept gains momentum in Tampa Bay

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

Downtown Tampa from eBOATS perspective.

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

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

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

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

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ArtsXchange: St. Pete creates affordable artist work spaces

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

Kara Cox

What cities are doing to keep housing affordable for artists

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

Instruments of Change.

For Good: Instruments of Change helps kids thrive

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

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Poynter Institute shares space with innovative St. Pete entrepreneurs

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

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

Hackathon presents a technically surreal night at The Dali

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

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

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

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

XO Maitake Mushrooms dish.

3 culinary trendsetters dish about Tampa Bay area food scene

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

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

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

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

Baobab Tree Gallery & Studio. - Julie Branaman

Village of the Arts creates sense of place in Bradenton

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

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

Experience 24 Hours on the streets of downtown St. Pete

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

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Tampa Bay area companies explore connections with Colombian businesses

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

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

Full STEAM ahead for Tampa Bay area summer camps

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

Microgroove in Seminole Heights will celebrate Record Store Day.

Local record stores celebrate return of vinyl's popularity

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

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

Old bookstore in downtown Tampa gets new owners, retains mystique

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

One of the festive meeting rooms at VACO.

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

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

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

For Good: Charity Awareness connects volunteers, nonprofits

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

Nikiko Masumoto

5 ways to support artists in your community

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

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

Charter schools synonymous with alternative education in the Tampa Bay area

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

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

Tampa Riverwalk nears completion, connects downtown

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

Broadstone Hyde Park Apartment.

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

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

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For Good: Helping people take STEPS for Success

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

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Local tech community: Growing fast, deep and strong

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

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

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

Conceptual rendering of Straz Center renovation by Westlake Reed of Cleveland

Master plan envisions grand design for Straz Center on riverfront

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

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Cool collaborations: The 2015 guide to coworking in Tampa Bay

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

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Video: Highlights at Tampa Bay Startup Week 2015

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

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In Denver, legal marijuana spurs entrepreneurialism -- and gentrification

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

The Hydro-Dyne Engineering facility in Pinellas.

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

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

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

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

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

For Good: Trinity Cafe engages community to feed hungry

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

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Get outdoors with locals on Tampa Bay area bicycle trails

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

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

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition focuses on state's natural environment

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

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

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

Minneapolis skyline

Why Minneapolis is the new capital of The North

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

The Sarasota Collection Home Store.

Creative energy reshapes Sarasota Design District

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

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

Building bigger, better startups starts with talent

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

The Infiltrator author Robert Mazur

Infiltrator begins filming true crime story in Tampa, hiring extras

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Savvy Card presents in St Pete

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

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

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Gasparilla Interactive Festival in Tampa spotlights digital tech

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

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

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

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

Peter Kageyama.

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

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

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

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

Welder Carlos Betts and CEO Dick Peck share a laugh.

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

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

Access to Capital winner Tony Selvaggio.

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

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

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

Cafe con Tampa stirs up neighborhood conversations

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

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

Tampa Bay area grows next generation of STEM experts

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

Mark Sharpe speaks at the Tampa Innovation Alliance launch.

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

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

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For Good: Military vets find peace in yoga classes

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

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Franklin Street Better Block Party in Tampa celebrates potential

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

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Video: Youth orchestra trains kids, teens, young adults

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

Tampa Bay Rays play at Tropicana Field.

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

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

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

For Good: Portrait gallery changes hearts, minds, lives

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

MISRED Outfitters in St Pete.

Visit Tampa Bay area local shops for unique holiday gifts

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

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South Tampa's Howard Ave grows as culinary destination

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

Team BamBoost.

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

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

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

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

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Locals get creative with holiday giving of goods and services

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

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

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

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

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Meet 3 Tampa Bay area women redefining communications within new media

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

Phuong Cotey and Virginia Barnett are founders of Gr8Code.

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

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

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

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

Julian Montenegro of Heavy Auto Parts chats with THAP

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

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

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

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

Laura Waller's Series "Port of Tampa".

Port Tampa Bay comes alive with local painter's palette

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

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

Experience 24 hours on the streets of Downtown Tampa

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

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

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

Coast Bike Share near Oxford Exchange.

Coast Bike Share rolls onto Tampa streets

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

Advluence team. - Photo by Julie Branaman

UT grads grow startup into 'Advluence' ad agency

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

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

For Good: Local visionary takes leap with equine therapy

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

CAMLS on North Franklin.

5 design ideas for transforming Tampa's urban environment

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

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

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

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

Team UPlay

Tampa Bay Design Week shapes Tampa's future

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

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

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

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Party time! 83 Degrees is turning 5!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tampa Bay's best outdoor markets open for business

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

MC Film in Ybor city.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Villa Rosa anchors South Tampa neighborhood experiencing new business renaissance

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

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

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

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

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

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Greenlight Pinellas: Voting for better transit options

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

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

Tampa's urban professionals build community in CUPS

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

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

Air Potato Beetles dine on invasive plants in Pinellas, Hillsborough

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

George Medeiros and Scott Durfee are the creatives behind Spathose.

Local artists vie for top prize in Martha Stewart competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roosevelt Park

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

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

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

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

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

Doug Fyvolent. - Julie Branaman

Hyperponic farm merges agriculture with technology, innovation and philanthropy

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

Green Acre Aquaponics fish.

Aquaponics: Sustainable Fish Farming Thrives In Florida

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

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

'Pianos In Pinellas' Prepare For Crescendo In Clearwater

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Pete Opera Reaches Younger Crowd With Operazzi

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

Margaret Murray is Executive Director of TIGLLF

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

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