From Seattle to Washington D.C., forgotten alleys are being reinvented as people-friendly spaces. Often perceived as dirty and dangerous, alleys are moving beyond garbage and garages, and becoming havens for pedestrians, public art and small businesses.
Serial entrepreneur Joy Randels brings her expertise to Tampa Bay area community events from Startup Weekend to Ignite Tampa Bay. As chapter director of Startup Grind Tampa Bay, she aims to help local entrepreneurs make meaningful connections.
Tampa Bay’s growing startup community is key to Florida’s emergence as a robust economy driven by a healthy mix of industry, traditional businesses and entrepreneurs. Join 83 Degrees Media’s “Not Your Average Speakers’’ on May 13 to learn and talk more about what’s working and what’s next for local startups.
A love of African culture led Sita Monti to establish LivAfrika, the first Fair Trade Federation certified retail business in Tampa. She sells authentic, handcrafted African jewelry and other items at the South Tampa shop.
Five new residential towers will add 1,500 apartments in Downtown Tampa in the next two to three years, creating the synergy necessary to attract investors eager to help develop a vibrant urban scene that attracts young professionals, global travelers and empty-nesters.
Following a national trend in cities, a new space in the historic Downtown Tampa public library reinvents itself for the modern tech-driven world to better serve local entrepreneurs, families and makers.
Issue Media Group publications such as Yonge Street in Toronto, High Ground in Memphis, Model D in Detroit and 83 Degrees in Tampa Bay cover "what's next" for urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from all across our national network.
Bollywood arrives in Tampa in late April. BLUE Ocean gets here in November. But what will it take beyond global film festivals to become the next film and digital media production destination? Read how Tampa Hillsborough Film Commissioner Dale Gordon sees the challenges and opportunities.
Volunteers with the Current of Tampa Bay's Laundry Project visit laundromats around Florida handing out quarters to more than 1,200 low-income families otherwise spending a healthy chunk of their wages doing more than 12,000 loads of laundry in the past year.
Transforming the long vacant, historic Kress Building on North Franklin Street into a vibrant urban gathering place complete with public marketplace, homes and offices is a key part of the vision for downtown Tampa's future.
The City of Memphis is on the rise thanks to a growing startup community, investments in bike lanes, a burgeoning arts district and people moving back to the city. Through it all, the city has listened to its residents and embraced 'lean urbanism.'
St. Petersburg's Central Arts District adds another star to its growing collection of indie artist shops, cafes, clubs and outdoor murals. An overflow crowd turns out for the grand opening of Local Longboards on Central Avenue, a cool new shop featuring handcrafted skateboards.
A Tampa-based startup is catching the eye of local governments inside and outside Florida and their community partners by attracting new investors and private funding to create more livable cities.
As recently as 2013, the northern edge of ritzy downtown Sarasota rarely saw visitors from outside the 'hood. But today, the efforts of one intrepid theatre group are transforming a bleak, urban neighborhood into a vanguard destination for the performing arts while launching talent seen on stages across America and in Europe.
Gulf Coast MakerCon, a "celebration of the DIY inventive spirit'' for all ages, will be held April 5-6 at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Meet the mentor behind MakerCon and learn more about her mission of inspiring others to lead "a curiosity-driven life.''
Urban gardens are springing up in small yards and large pots, on balconies and even vacant lots in the most unlikely neighborhoods across the nation. Now, a new home-sized system that merges aquaculture and agriculture has placed Central Florida at the center of the global sustainability movement.
The Greenlight Pinellas plan, road construction costs and future transportation needs take center stage as 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' weigh in on "Tampa Bay Mobility: Mapping The Economics of Transit'' at NOVA 535 in St. Petersburg.
Storytelling is an art that the nonprofit Powerstories Theatre has perfected after more than 15 years in Tampa. But founder Fran Powers is ready for new challenges. She plans to stage five shows in cities across the country with a professional troupe of actors telling true stories about the lives of women.
St. Petersburg singer, songwriter and music entrepreneur Fran Snyder builds on the growing popularity of house concerts by launching something similar for the workplace. His new venture gives a whole new meaning to music while you work. Office Concerts pairs the traditional coffee break with a "short burst of live music from a world-class performer.''
Kindermint, a Tampa Bay-based online retailer of children's clothing, seeks to solve a pain point for working parents nationwide.
Three of five teams from Tampa, including Bellelush, a makeup discovery app, advance to the semi-finals in this year's StartupBus competition after Microsoft Windows steps up to donate new computers and tablets stolen from a rental house during SXSW in Austin, TX.
Tampa Bay healthcare providers increasingly engage artists -- musicians, painters, dancers, etc. -- to reduce stress and recovery time for patients and families (and medical talent) by transforming the healing experience.
In a league with Harvard, Yale, the University of Miami and other big name academic centers, USF Health leads the way in using art to teach future doctors, nurses, physical therapists and public health professionals how to sharpen their visual observation skills to become better healthcare providers.
Find out what's new and what's next in America's cities as featured in Issue Media Group's 22 publications reporting on the latest in urban talent, innovation, diversity and environment.
When Red Star Rock Bar opens with its own brand of classic rock, art and fashion, it will join a growing list of shops and dining choices staking a claim in Tampa's trendy Seminole Heights neighborhood.
The two-day Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa is seeking to lessen its impacts on the environment through carbon and waste reduction, including a free bicycle valet service and waste recycling and reuse.
"Tampa Bay Mobility: Mapping The Economics of Transit'' will be the focus of 83 Degrees Media's next "Not Your Average Speakers'' event March 12 at Nova 535 near downtown St. Petersburg. Join the conversation. Get engaged!
Just as the Penny For Pinellas effort years ago helped move the county forward in road construction and maintenance, advocates for a one cent sales tax increase see Greenlight Pinellas as part of the solution to the Tampa Bay region's traffic congestion.
A University of South Florida graduate student originally from Colombia creates a company that aims to help save both indigenous tribes and the environment.
Do The Local Motion, twice monthly walking tours of downtown Tampa, share stories from the city's rich history. A February walk honoring Black History Month explores Tampa's deep music roots, the genesis of one of the world's most well-known ministries and how the area played a role in desegregation and the social changes of the 1960s.
Ishmael Lopez and Java Royal, students at Hillsborough Community College, appreciate Latino and black men who serve as male role models so much that both already serve as mentors to pay it forward to the next generation.
The Intention Technology team from Tampa Bay is competing with other innovative international teams to design a portable wireless device that can transform the delivery of healthcare and win a $10 million prize.
Local entrepreneurs gather at Bootstrappers Breakfasts to exchange ideas, discuss business solutions and share stories about startups. A typical monthly meetup reflects the "who's who and what's what of Tampa Bay,'' says one attendee.
A Leadership Tampa participant sends out a Valentine's Day reminder that being able to better the community is often just a connection away.
Synergy created by a growing University of Tampa and expanding Tampa General Hosptial along with small shops and restaurants designed to serve urban residents as well as downtown workers is evident in the emerging North Hyde Park neighborhood.
In an age of budget cutting where Common Core standards seem to leave scraps for creativity, Pinellas County holds steadfast in its commitment to the arts. Thanks to a unique collaboration, the county's public school system has an exceptional way of immersing elementary students in art through its Art Mobile program.
When Marleen Geyen decided to make the big move from Minneapolis to Tampa, she went looking for an emerging urban neighborhood near downtown that she could help nurture along with her business.
Children flock to a new outdoor playspace under the Banyan Trees at the stately Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. The space is possible following a private donation aimed at creating a place where kids (and their parents) can take a break to re-energize while touring exhibits.
Entrepreneur Laura Sitkberg isn't one to sit still for long as she sets sail with her Anchored Style clothing line, designed for college students and young professionals.
St. Petersburg's re-emergence as a destination for tourists and urban dwellers of all ages is illustrated by the life and times of Barbara Lewis, a Baby Boomer professional now calling a cozy downtown condo home.
VIPSoftware, a Tampa Bay startup, evolves to find its niche in Florida's growing property and casualty insurance industry. Founder James Makris moved to Florida from Canada.
So you have a great idea but don't know how to make it or take it to market? Tampa Hackerspace encourages maker activities designed to nurture innovations and creations through collaborations and communications that might not otherwise take place.
Urban gardens sponsored by community groups, churches and neighborhoods have caught on like wildfire in St. Petersburg as local residents pursue the idea of sustainable agriculture, small urban farms and healthier eating.
The Learning Cottage uses Fusion Early Learning principles to create a preschool environment of fun that nurtures creative learning about basic life skills, the arts, traditional academics and respecting other people.
About 65 community-oriented residents are attending the City of Tampa's inaugural Neighborhood University, an innovative 12-week course envisioned by Mayor Bob Buckhorn as a hands-on experience designed to empower neighborhoods and mentor the next generation of leaders.
U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey is the latest visiting artist to stay at The Hermitage Artist Retreat near Englewood, in southern Sarasota County. The Hermitage attracts artists from around the globe to compete for the coveted Greenfield Prize.
CoderDojo, a free programming class for children ages 5-17, is described on its website as an "open-source, volunteer-led movement.'' The group was founded in Dublin, Ireland, in early 2011 and spread to Tampa in May 2013, settling into two Hillsborough County locations with two more in the works.
1,000 runners in a 5K race will get a sneak peek from atop the new I-4/Crosstown Connector on December 28 before the $425 million road and bridge project opens to traffic. The Connector is designed to divert truck traffic off local streets in downtown Tampa and Ybor City.
Tampa Bay area community colleges create special programs to attract baby boomers looking to reinvent themselves or change careers.
Santa and his elves are not the only ones working around the clock to prepare for a fantastic flight this holiday season. While the jolly fellow and his merry team of elves tinker away at the North Pole to prepare the famous flying sleigh for its annual whirl around the globe, a team of aviation specialists at Lakeland's Fantasy of Flight is hard at work preparing for another flight of historic proportions.
As we bid adieu to 2013 and get ready to welcome 2014, 83 Degrees Media wishes you and yours a peaceful respite around a bountiful table. Looking forward to next year and beyond. Happy Holidays!
A pilot preschool program being tested in Pinellas County aims to reinvent pre-K curriculum and culture to improve academic performance among children living in low-income families.
Renovation underway at the Homer Hesterly National Guard Armory on North Howard in West Tampa is jumpstarting economic development in the neighborhood by attracting additonal investors interested in situating their businesses near the planned Jewish Community Center.
Many may argue there is an art to cleanliness, but few probably think of the "art'' part in the same light as does Carrie Matteoli, a recent winner of an Awesome Tampa Bay grant awarded to support her artistic cleaning.
Ambrosia Global, a local startup with a worldly perspective on sustainable farming as the solution to the world food crisis, will soon expand its reach into local Tampa neighborhoods as well as to Haiti and beyond.
Parents at Robinson High School in South Tampa create a College and Career Center to help students navigate the sometimes daunting college application process.
Before acclaimed Blues Vocalist Shemekia Copeland and Rising Star Blues Guitarist Albert Castiglia rock your world on Saturday, a live auction will feature a little number by Sarasota-based Artist Mary GrandPre who enchanted an entire generation of readers with her iconic artwork bringing to life the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
Emmanuel Roux, a former restaurateur and farm kid from France now living in St. Petersburg, looks at the city's poorest neighborhoods and envisions an Urban Food Park that could grow healthy foods, teach preparation skills from farm to table and feed the hungry. His longtime dream is getting closer to reality.
83 Degrees invites readers to revisit and share favorite features published over the last four years as we celebrate our 4th anniversary and ask our readers to tell us what you would like to read about in future stories.
A Tactical Urbanism Workshop in Tampa focuses on small actions that can lead to big changes in neighborhoods and communities. Parklets, Guerilla Gardening, Pavement-to-Plazas or street intersection repair are some examples of Tactical Urbanism being applied locally and in many cities.
Business leaders, military personnel and members of the larger community make connections, get advice and share their workforce transition stories as part the latest 83 Degrees Media "Not Your Average Speakers'' series in Tampa.
New collaborations among traditional entities aren't always easy nor are they readily embraced by traditionalists more comfortable with the status quo. But the Tampa Bay region's newly thriving arts communities are beginning to recognize the "c'' word as the smartest and quickest path to a prosperous future for individual institutions as well as for the local economy.
Once the province of sculptors, public art has evolved into an essential element of urban placemaking and social engagement. From murals on vacant buildings to art in laundromats to edible art installations that are as mouthwatering as they are aesthetically pleasing, we take a look at how public art is transforming our cities.
Launching a business anywhere brings challenges but perhaps nowhere more so than in some of the more suburban or rural communities outside the reach of connections and collaborations cities can offer. That's why Dade City, a small town in Pasco County north of Tampa, created a new business incubator program called SMARTstart.
Celebrating the Tampa Bay region's locavore movement, the Sustany Foundation teams up with local farms and restaurants, food trucks, breweries, wineries and spirits companies to present a tastebud-tantalizing Sustainable Buzz Fest on November 7 at the Straz Center.
Kelly Lessem's small home-based business grows into a full-time operation with the opening of Squeeze Juice Works, a trendy new St. Pete juice bar that she operates with co-owner Amy Losoya, former manager of the popular downtown Tampa Fly Bar and Restaurant.
Encore! Tampa, a growing planned community just north of downtown designed to attract young professionals as well as families and the elderly, is a role model for sustainability and green living.
A Sister City relationship with Porto Alegre begins with a Tampa group's visit to Brazil. Key to its success will be what follows over time in terms of business and community connections.
A Tampa startup entered the national spotlight in October with the public launch of EXMO, which aims to help events become more social.
Tampa teacher and entrepreneur Hope Donnelly's vision for Tampa Heights is to breathe more creativity and life into the neighborhood, including historic buildings like the Rialto Theatre.
Five public high school students from Manatee County will represent the United States at the 9th annual F1 in Schools World Championship Competition in Austin, Texas, November 9-15. The Allegiance Racing Team qualified by winning the national championship in May.
MacDill Air Force Base Commander Col. Scott V. DeThomas joins a panel of 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' to talk about the opportunities and challenges facing the community and veterans as they transition into civilian life.
Central Florida is the center of the nation's tropical fish farming universe and Mike Drawdy, a third-generation producer, aims to use technology to reclaim the local industry's place on the world stage. Fancy fish, it turns out, swim spectacularly through cyberspace.
Tampa Chefs Lori Staczewicz of the Mermaid Tavern and Chad McColgm of Domani Bistro Lounge bring out the knives in a friendly Chef-Off similar to the Food Network's "Chopped'' at the Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market.
TEDx events return to St. Petersburg and Sarasota in October with thought-provoking talks by some of the Tampa Bay region's most creative and deepest thinkers.
Black & Denim Apparel Company, a Tampa-born small business with national reach, sees its flagship store on historic Seventh Avenue in Ybor City as just the beginning.
Fashion models often appear younger than they are, but fashion designers rarely seem older than they are. Meet Amber and Allie, twin 17-year-old sisters from Wesley Chapel who design clothing reflecting talent and experience beyond their years.
Across America, creative reuse organizations are popping up to "upcycle" and sell stuff that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Artisans and artists are, in turn, turning this would-be detritus into artworks and products.
"Not Your Average Speakers'' and an engaged audience of people invested both personally and professionally in downtown Tampa gather at Encore! to consider what more is needed to create a more vibrant city.
The BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit is expected to attract international filmmakers, researchers, scientists, industry leaders, celebrities and academics from around the globe to the Tampa Bay region in November 2014.
The Sarasota Swappers leave their wallets at home as they gather monthly to share homemade products and goodies that require an investment of special skills, time and energy to produce and can't be found on store shelves.
Friends and supporters credit Nadine Smith's collaborative, dependable and unflappable leadership for Equality Florida's victories in convincing local governments to embrace domestic partnership registries and equal rights for gays.
Visitors to the Tampa Bay History Center will get a chance to see mapmakers' perspectives of Florida through time and use their own imaginations to envision the future in "Charting the Land of Flowers,'' a special exhibition featuring a Tampa man's decades-long determination to collect maps of his home state.
USF Health's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) moves forward with its first international expansion into Panama.
The merger of music and technology doesn't get any better than what comes naturally to DJ Ravi Drums, an international star who got his start in Tampa. He returns home to perform at TiECon Florida 2013 in Safety Harbor.
Florida schools are finding creative, new opportunities to implement and promote STEM-related classes in public schools. Pinellas County, for instance, teamed up this past summer with Duke University's TIP (Talent Identification Program) to offer summer camp for their best and brightest students to explore advanced science, technology, engineering and math.
TiECon and Bar/Code Camp Florida bookend the inaugural Tampa Bay Tech Week, which brings entrepreneurs, startup founders and tech enthusiasts together for educational and motivational events in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
Hillsborough County Commissioners set aside $2 million to help nurture Tampa's fast-growing startup community. Where's the money going?
Tampa Free Skool isn't easy to describe for the uninitiated. Think of it as a more organic, more free-spirited learning experience designed to share knowledge and engage conversation around everything from neo-Tantric fire rituals to storytelling to French language classes.
The growing Warehouse Arts District in St. Petersburg is a terrific place to find art made by local artists, including unique hot glass and clay pieces seen on this video by ES Creative.
New restaurants, apartments and business relocations are attracting new investments in downtown Tampa that contribute to what's becoming an increasingly vibrant urban scene. And more developments are in the works. Join "Not Your Average Speakers'' for a community conversation about what's new and what's next.
Step aside Hollywood and Bollywood. The Theatre Tampa Bay Awards will take center stage at a black tie Tony-style event in October to honor Tampa Bay's wealth of theatre talent.
Two Tampa residents who won a Twitter contest to gain early access to Google Glass are now exploring the beta program and Tampa Bay #throughglass.
Entrepreneur Stefan Cerf created the Tropiccool brand of ice-cold sorbets and pops in Tampa Bay after spending summers in France learning the tricks of the trade at a popular ice cream shop.
Steel can be a cold and unforgiving metal. Yet when treated with warm hands, a little technique and undying-passion, the iron alloy becomes an eye-catching work of art. For a little over a decade, a local Tampa business has been molding those transformations.
The largest elevated adventure course in southwest Florida, TreeUmph features adrenaline-pumping obstacles and a unique birds-eye view of the 14 acres below.
Former CNN News Group Anchor Patti Tripathi is poised to lead a new professional organization for women entrepreneurs in the Tampa Bay region.
Tampa and St. Petersburg are among cities nationwide hopping on the trend toward providing "smart'' bicycles for sharing in urban neighborhoods.
The StartupBus, a "hackathon on wheels," grows roots to Tampa Bay as local digital strategist Mitch Neff is appointed Global Director.
The opening of High Cotton Living on Snow Avenue in Hyde Park Village is the realization of a decade-long dream for one Tampa family and another success story in the Village's re-emergence as a destination shopping center.
St. Petersburg entrepreneur and arts champion Anne Marie Cash streams Rhino On Air from the city's historic Kress Building. Through the innovative online radio station, Cash shares information about the city's arts initiatives to a global audience.
Creative placemaking is shaping the future for cities across the nation as innovators and investors help jumpstart once-neglected neighborhoods. Denver, Toronto, Detroit, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Minneapolis-St. Paul are among cities seeing positive results.