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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.

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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. 

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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.

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.

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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.

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. 

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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.

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.

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.

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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. 

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. 

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. 

The Hurak family at their Safety Harbor home.

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

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

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

Driverless cars race toward reality in Tampa

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

"Lightning" by Jonathan Borofsky. - Julie Busch Branaman

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

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

UV advanced oxidation process.

Tampa Bay area cities drink up innovative water solutions

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

Potential Schultz Ferry Park.

Fast ferry concept gains momentum in Tampa Bay

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

Downtown Tampa from eBOATS perspective.

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

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

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

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

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ArtsXchange: St. Pete creates affordable artist work spaces

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

Kara Cox

What cities are doing to keep housing affordable for artists

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

Instruments of Change.

For Good: Instruments of Change helps kids thrive

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

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Poynter Institute shares space with innovative St. Pete entrepreneurs

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

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

Hackathon presents a technically surreal night at The Dali

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

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

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

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

XO Maitake Mushrooms dish.

3 culinary trendsetters dish about Tampa Bay area food scene

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

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

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

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

Baobab Tree Gallery & Studio. - Julie Branaman

Village of the Arts creates sense of place in Bradenton

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

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

Experience 24 Hours on the streets of downtown St. Pete

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

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Tampa Bay area companies explore connections with Colombian businesses

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

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

Full STEAM ahead for Tampa Bay area summer camps

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

Microgroove in Seminole Heights will celebrate Record Store Day.

Local record stores celebrate return of vinyl's popularity

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

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

Old bookstore in downtown Tampa gets new owners, retains mystique

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

One of the festive meeting rooms at VACO.

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

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

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

For Good: Charity Awareness connects volunteers, nonprofits

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

Nikiko Masumoto

5 ways to support artists in your community

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

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

Charter schools synonymous with alternative education in the Tampa Bay area

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

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

Tampa Riverwalk nears completion, connects downtown

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

Broadstone Hyde Park Apartment.

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

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

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For Good: Helping people take STEPS for Success

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

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Local tech community: Growing fast, deep and strong

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

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

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

Conceptual rendering of Straz Center renovation by Westlake Reed of Cleveland

Master plan envisions grand design for Straz Center on riverfront

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

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Cool collaborations: The 2015 guide to coworking in Tampa Bay

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

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Video: Highlights at Tampa Bay Startup Week 2015

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

Green Mile

In Denver, legal marijuana spurs entrepreneurialism -- and gentrification

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

The Hydro-Dyne Engineering facility in Pinellas.

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

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

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

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

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

For Good: Trinity Cafe engages community to feed hungry

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

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Get outdoors with locals on Tampa Bay area bicycle trails

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

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

Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition focuses on state's natural environment

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

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

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

Minneapolis skyline

Why Minneapolis is the new capital of The North

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

The Sarasota Collection Home Store.

Creative energy reshapes Sarasota Design District

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

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

Building bigger, better startups starts with talent

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

The Infiltrator author Robert Mazur

Infiltrator begins filming true crime story in Tampa, hiring extras

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Savvy Card presents in St Pete

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

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

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Gasparilla Interactive Festival in Tampa spotlights digital tech

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

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

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

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

Peter Kageyama.

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

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

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

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

Welder Carlos Betts and CEO Dick Peck share a laugh.

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

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

Access to Capital winner Tony Selvaggio.

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

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

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

Cafe con Tampa stirs up neighborhood conversations

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

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

Tampa Bay area grows next generation of STEM experts

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

Mark Sharpe speaks at the Tampa Innovation Alliance launch.

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

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

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For Good: Military vets find peace in yoga classes

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

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Franklin Street Better Block Party in Tampa celebrates potential

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

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Video: Youth orchestra trains kids, teens, young adults

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

Tampa Bay Rays play at Tropicana Field.

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

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

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

For Good: Portrait gallery changes hearts, minds, lives

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

MISRED Outfitters in St Pete.

Visit Tampa Bay area local shops for unique holiday gifts

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

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South Tampa's Howard Ave grows as culinary destination

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

Team BamBoost.

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

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

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

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

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Locals get creative with holiday giving of goods and services

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

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

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

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

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Meet 3 Tampa Bay area women redefining communications within new media

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

Phuong Cotey and Virginia Barnett are founders of Gr8Code.

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

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

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

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

Julian Montenegro of Heavy Auto Parts chats with THAP

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

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

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

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

Laura Waller's Series "Port of Tampa".

Port Tampa Bay comes alive with local painter's palette

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

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

Experience 24 hours on the streets of Downtown Tampa

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

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

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

Coast Bike Share near Oxford Exchange.

Coast Bike Share rolls onto Tampa streets

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

Advluence team. - Photo by Julie Branaman

UT grads grow startup into 'Advluence' ad agency

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

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

For Good: Local visionary takes leap with equine therapy

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

CAMLS on North Franklin.

5 design ideas for transforming Tampa's urban environment

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

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

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

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

Team UPlay

Tampa Bay Design Week shapes Tampa's future

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

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

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

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Party time! 83 Degrees is turning 5!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tampa Bay's best outdoor markets open for business

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

MC Film in Ybor city.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Villa Rosa anchors South Tampa neighborhood experiencing new business renaissance

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

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

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

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

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

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Greenlight Pinellas: Voting for better transit options

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

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

Tampa's urban professionals build community in CUPS

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

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

Air Potato Beetles dine on invasive plants in Pinellas, Hillsborough

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

George Medeiros and Scott Durfee are the creatives behind Spathose.

Local artists vie for top prize in Martha Stewart competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doug Fyvolent. - Julie Branaman

Hyperponic farm merges agriculture with technology, innovation and philanthropy

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

Green Acre Aquaponics fish.

Aquaponics: Sustainable Fish Farming Thrives In Florida

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

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

'Pianos In Pinellas' Prepare For Crescendo In Clearwater

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St. Pete Opera Reaches Younger Crowd With Operazzi

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

Margaret Murray is Executive Director of TIGLLF

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

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

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

Simplicity Key To Pinellas Designer's Chic Pet Furniture

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

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

USF Engages Arts, Humor To Bridge Differences Among People

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

Photo by Justine Benstead

New Ybor City Concept Shop Combines Caffeine, Clothing And Coworking

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

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A Game For Life: Amputees Learn Movement Through Virtual Reality

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

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

Awesome Tampa Bay: Ping Pong In The Park

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

Scotty Schrier is Founder of DiaperDad. - Julie Branaman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robotics at CAMLS. - Julie Branaman

Cultivating Innovation At The Intersection of Arts & Technology

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

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Local Breweries Set Stage For Florida's Craft Beer Revolution

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

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Clearwater Plans New Community For Techies, Artists, Entrepreneurs

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

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Tampa Bay Comic Con Attracts Real Characters

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

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

Aerial Dragons Defy Gravity in Tampa

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

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

Boom! Downtown St. Petersburg Awash In New Apartments

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

Photo illustration by Julie Branaman

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

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

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Control Your Commute With World's Lightest Electric Skateboard

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

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Is SavvyCard The Online Business Card For You?

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

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

Venture House Vision: Rehab Vacant Homes For Entrepreneurs, Artists

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

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Ruskin Firehouse Cultural Center Evolves With South Hillsborough County

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

Whole Foods in downtown Minneapolis

Influx Of Urban Residents Prompts Growth Of Amenities In Cities

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

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Book Excerpt: Startup Stories By Jordan Raynor

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

Picking Your Favorite 83 Degrees Stories In 2014

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

Video: Tampa As A 'Community Of Flat Faces'

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

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

Operation Bon Appetit: Changing Communities Through Conversation

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

Florida peaches. - Julie Branaman

Florida's Peach Industry Grows Sweet And Sassy

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

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Ulele Restaurant Steps Into Tampa's Culinary Spotlight

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

The Hinterlands at Play House

Putting Art At The Heart Of Neighborhood Redevelopment

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

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

5th Graders Magnify History Of Tampa Heights

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

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Q&A: Local Startup Leaders Talk Entrepreneurship

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

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

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

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

Dr. Stanley Samuel of OcuSano Inc.

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

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

Photo by Julie Branaman

Urban Bike Scene: Changing The Way Tampa Bay Travels

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

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

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

Anne Lopez and Kylie Walker of Romeo Delivers at AlphaLab

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

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

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

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

Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. -Julie Branaman

City Engages Residents To Design Tampa's Riverfront Park

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

Photos courtesey of Code for Hillsborough.

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

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

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Foggy On Details? USF Researchers Patent Formula To Enhance Brainpower

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

Nick Price is founder of City Sleekers. - Julie Branaman

Students In USFSP Entrepreneurship Program Launch Creative Startups

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

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

Talented Kids Demonstrate Benefits Of Giving Back To Community

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

Tampa Bay. - James Branaman

Happy Memorial Day! Tampa Bay

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

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3 Things Tampa Bay Needs To Help Startups Thrive

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

View from the roof deck of a Cleveland loft

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

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

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

Forward Thinking Initiatives Teaches Entrepreneurship Skills To Tampa Bay Teens

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

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

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

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

The first newly completed Nehemiah Project home. - Julie Branaman

Tampa's Nehemiah Project Begins Transformation Of Sulphur Springs Neighborhood

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

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

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

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

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

New Summer Camp Will Teach STEM Skills To Tampa Children

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

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

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

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

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USF Students Aim To Tell Muslim History In TV Pilot

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

A big game of Jenga at Five Points Alley in Cincy

Urban Alleys Become Pathways To Revitalization

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

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Startup Grind Founder Ignites Entrepreneurial Fever

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

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

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

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

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

Fair Trade From South Tampa To South Africa, And Back

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

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

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

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Tampa Library Transforms To Meet Demands Of New Economy

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

Bike Arch by Tylur French at Overton Park

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

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

Dale Gordon.

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

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

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

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

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

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What's Next For Downtown Tampa? Keep Your Eye On Historic Kress Building

Transforming the long vacant, historic Kress Building on North Franklin Street into a vibrant urban gathering place complete with public marketplace, homes and offices is a key part of the vision for downtown Tampa's future.

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What Smart Cities Can Learn From Memphis

The City of Memphis is on the rise thanks to a growing startup community, investments in bike lanes, a burgeoning arts district and people moving back to the city. Through it all, the city has listened to its residents and embraced 'lean urbanism.'

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Carving Out A Niche: Skateboard Shop Features Local Indie Art

St. Petersburg's Central Arts District adds another star to its growing collection of indie artist shops, cafes, clubs and outdoor murals. An overflow crowd turns out for the grand opening of Local Longboards on Central Avenue, a cool new shop featuring handcrafted skateboards.

Jordan Raynor. - Photo courtsey of Jordan Raynor

Need Playgrounds In Your City? How About Bike Lanes? Citizinvestor Of Tampa Can Help

A Tampa-based startup is catching the eye of local governments inside and outside Florida and their community partners by attracting new investors and private funding to create more livable cities.

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Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Creates "The Miracle Theatre'' For Young Performers

As recently as 2013, the northern edge of ritzy downtown Sarasota rarely saw visitors from outside the 'hood. But today, the efforts of one intrepid theatre group are transforming a bleak, urban neighborhood into a vanguard destination for the performing arts while launching talent seen on stages across America and in Europe.

Team Hydra Robotics at work. - Julie Branaman

A Woman On A Mission To Inspire Young Makers

Gulf Coast MakerCon, a "celebration of the DIY inventive spirit'' for all ages, will be held April 5-6 at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Meet the mentor behind MakerCon and learn more about her mission of inspiring others to lead "a curiosity-driven life.''

Sustainable Living Project is located on Sligh Ave. across from Lowry Park Zoo. - Julie Branaman

Aquaponics Brings Fish To Farm To Table In Tampa

Urban gardens are springing up in small yards and large pots, on balconies and even vacant lots in the most unlikely neighborhoods across the nation. Now, a new home-sized system that merges aquaculture and agriculture has placed Central Florida at the center of the global sustainability movement.

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Not Your Average Speakers Engage Community In Conversation On Transit

The Greenlight Pinellas plan, road construction costs and future transportation needs take center stage as 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' weigh in on "Tampa Bay Mobility: Mapping The Economics of Transit'' at NOVA 535 in St. Petersburg.

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Tampa's Powerstories Theatre Moves To National Stage

Storytelling is an art that the nonprofit Powerstories Theatre has perfected after more than 15 years in Tampa. But founder Fran Powers is ready for new challenges. She plans to stage five shows in cities across the country with a professional troupe of actors telling true stories about the lives of women.

frank Wells applauds Shaun Hopper during an Office Concert. - Julie Branaman

Music Entrepreneur Launches Concerts In The Workplace

St. Petersburg singer, songwriter and music entrepreneur Fran Snyder builds on the growing popularity of house concerts by launching something similar for the workplace. His new venture gives a whole new meaning to music while you work. Office Concerts pairs the traditional coffee break with a "short burst of live music from a world-class performer.''

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Tampa Startup Aims To Reshape Sales Of Children's Clothing

Kindermint, a Tampa Bay-based online retailer of children's clothing, seeks to solve a pain point for working parents nationwide.

Photo courtesy of Startupbus Southeast.

Microsoft Windows Replaces Computers For StartupBus Southeast Theft Victims At SXSW

Three of five teams from Tampa, including Bellelush, a makeup discovery app, advance to the semi-finals in this year's StartupBus competition after Microsoft Windows steps up to donate new computers and tablets stolen from a rental house during SXSW in Austin, TX.

Abby Paterson paints St Joseph's patient Reagan Kelly's hand during an art therapy session at the ho

Tampa Bay Hospitals Engage Arts In Healing

Tampa Bay healthcare providers increasingly engage artists -- musicians, painters, dancers, etc. -- to reduce stress and recovery time for patients and families (and medical talent) by transforming the healing experience.

Art in Health students discuss Disarm by artist Pedro Reyes. - Julie Branaman

USF Leverages Arts, Sciences To Provide Better Healthcare

In a league with Harvard, Yale, the University of Miami and other big name academic centers, USF Health leads the way in using art to teach future doctors, nurses, physical therapists and public health professionals how to sharpen their visual observation skills to become better healthcare providers.

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National Roundup: Pittsburgh's Young Entrepreneurs, Denver's Newest Breweries, Etc.

Find out what's new and what's next in America's cities as featured in Issue Media Group's 22 publications reporting on the latest in urban talent, innovation, diversity and environment.

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Neighborhood Bar Joins Investment Surge In Seminole Heights

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

Compost bins at the Sustainable Living Project. - Julie Branaman

Gasparilla Music Festival Makes Environmental Sustainability A Priority

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

West Shore traffic. - Julie Branaman

Let's Talk Transit And How To Pay For It

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

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Setting The Scene For Pinellas Ballot Initiative On Transit

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

Bracelet by Maasai tribe artisan.

Fly Tribes Startup Envisions Global Sustainability For Natives

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

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Walking Through Tampa's Past To Shape Its Future

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

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

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

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

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Tampa Team Competes For $10M Global XPRIZE

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

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

Coffee Connections: Breakfast With Tampa Entrepreneurs

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

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The Power Of Connections: A Heartfelt Reminder

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

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

North Hyde Park Sizzles As Tampa's Next Hot Neighborhood

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

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

Look, Kids! It's an Art Mobile!

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

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

Urban Pioneer Carves Out Niche In North Hyde Park

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

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

Ringling Playspace Invites Children, Families To Step Outdoors

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

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

Anchored Style Sails From Seminole To Chicago

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

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The Art Of Living In Downtown St. Petersburg

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

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

Tampa-based Software Startup Expands Into St. Pete

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

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

Tampa Hackerspace Fosters Creation, Innovation & Collaboration

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

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Fresh Greens, Anyone? Urban Gardens Sustain Communities

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

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

Innovative Sarasota Preschool Aims To Prepare Kids For Life

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

Anthony Garcia on Bayshore Blvd. - Julie Branaman

Bettering The 'Hood Attracts Future Tampa Leaders

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

The studios at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. - Julie Branaman

Creative Genius Blossoms At The Hermitage Artist Retreat

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

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

CoderDojo: Teaching Next Gen Techies To Write Code

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

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Crosstown Connector ReDirects Tampa's Urban Traffic

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

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Graduate Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay Community Colleges Target Baby Boomers

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

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Fantasy Of Flight Kicks Off New Year In Tampa Bay

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

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Happy Holidays From The 83 Degrees Media Team

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

Teacher Kendra Alexander helps out during lunchtime. - Julie Branaman

Early Learning Initiative Takes New Approach In Preschool Education

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

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Jewish Community Center Sparks Renaissance In West Tampa

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

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Art Of Cleanliness Makes An Awesome Impression

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

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

Ambrosia Global: Erect Food Towers, Feed The World

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

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

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

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

Bradenton Blues Festival Plays To Your Heartstrings

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

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Innovative Urban Food Park Would Span Food Experience

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

The Tampa Skyline. - Julie Branaman

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

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

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City Lovers Engage Tactical Urbanism To Change Neighborhoods

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

Col. Scott V. DeThomas. - James Branaman

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

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

Ringling After Dark. - Julie Branaman

Tampa Bay Museums Explore New Collaborations

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

Photo by Julie Branaman

Public Art Transforms The Urban Canvas

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

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

Dade City Incubator Offers Startups A SMARTstart

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

Lettuce from Geraldson Community Farm in Bradentons. - Julie Branaman

Sustainable Buzz Surrounds Tampa Bay's Locavore Movement

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

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St. Pete Entrepreneurs Launch Micro-Juicery

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

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

Encore! Tampa Takes Big Strides Toward Sustainability

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

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

Trip To Brazil Fosters Relationships For Tampa Bay

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

Todd Goldberg and Karl White of EXMO. - Julie Branaman

EXMO App Helps Events Become More Social, Interactive

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

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

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

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

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

Florida Students Race To Finish Line At F1 World Championship

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

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

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

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The Aquaculture Evolution: Not Your Grandpa's Guppies

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

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

Chef-Off Heats Up Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market

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

Kathleen Taylor at TEDxTampaBay.

TEDx Talent Expands Minds, Inspires Innovation

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

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

Boutique Apparel Company Brings Focus On Fashion To Ybor City

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

Amber and Allie Malott. - Julie Branaman

Sister Fashionistas Debut TWIN Brand In Tampa

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

Sarasota Architectural Salvage. - Julie Branaman

Creative Reuse Movement Boosts Urban Economies By Turning Trash Into Treasure

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

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

"Not Your Average Speakers'' Share Urban Vision

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

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Tampa Bay Hooks Big Fish In BLUE Ocean

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

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Local Swap Scene Encourages Community Building

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

Nadine (left) and Andrea Smith. - James Branaman

Progress On The Rocky Road To Equality In Florida

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

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

Florida Map Collection Lets You Travel Half A Millennium

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

Photo provided by CAMLS.

CAMLS Expansion Extends Tampa Bay's Reach As Biotech Hub

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

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DJ Ravi Drums Brings It Home For TiECon Florida 2013

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

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

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

Photo by Diane Egner

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

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

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Hillsborough County Seeds Local Startup Culture

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

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

Free Skool Movement Enhances Community, Citybuilding

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

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Video: St. Pete Warehouse Arts District

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

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

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

American Stage in the Park. - James Branaman

Tampa Bay's Theatre Community Takes Center Stage

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

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Looking At Tampa Bay Through Google Glass

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

Tropicool at Postcard Inn. - Julie Branaman

Tropiccool Reinvents French Recipes For Cold Pops

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

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Rustic Steel Creations Moves Uptown For More Space, Better Access

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

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Let Your Inner Tarzan Run Wild At TreeUmph In Bradenton

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

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TiE Tampa To Launch Sister Organization For Women Entrepreneurs

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

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Bike Sharing Rides Into Tampa, St. Petersburg

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

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

Local Talent Drives Startup Culture In Tampa Bay

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

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

High Cotton Living Moves Into Hyde Park Village

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

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

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

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

Creative Placemaking Changes Narrative About Cities

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

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Community Stepping Stones Engages Art, Neighbors In Transitional Change

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

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Encore Tampa Bay Combines Personal, Social Fulfillment

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

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Coworking Spaces Reflect Tampa Bay's Changing Workforce

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

Greenhouse St Petersburg. - Julie Branaman

Greenhouse Gives Green Light To Entrepreneurs

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

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Getting To The Heart Of Advertising In Tampa Bay

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

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Project Art Connects Past, Future Along Bradenton Riverwalk

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

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

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

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

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

Wannabe Rock Stars Exude Passion At St. Petersburg Music Factory

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

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Photo Slideshow: Primi Ristorante Italiano, St. Petersburg

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

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

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

A dead orange grove along SR 39. - Julie Branaman

Florida Citrus: Taming Wild Stock And Breeding A Legacy

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

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YPs Leading Charge To Fast Forward Tampa

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

The effects of greening leave an orange tree leafless.

Florida Citrus: Scientists Confront Unprecedented Challenge In Greening

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

Pickled Shrimp at Indigenous. - Julie Branaman

Ready To Sink Your Teeth Into The Locavore Cause?

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

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Hillsborough County Ends Ban On Gay Pride Events

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

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

ANYTOWN Gives Tampa Bay Youth Tools To Dismantle Discrimination

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

Riding the Tampa Riverwalk. - Julie Branaman

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

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

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

Green ARTery: Connecting Tampa's Greenspaces

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

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

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

Kunal Jain leads a discussion during Health Camp Tampa 2013.

TiE Tampa Bay Grows Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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

Not Your Average Speaker panelists.

Tampa Bay Speakers Advocate For STEM, STEAM In Education

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

Steve Turner and his daughter Sequoia play a drum circle.

Giving Tree Music Helps Drummers Find Rhythm Within

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

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Center For Building Hope: A Place Designed For Healing

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

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

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

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Video: Artist Philip Pearlstein Visits St. Petersburg

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

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MediFuture 2023 Aims to Disrupt Healthcare Delivery

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

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M2Gen At Center Of Growing Research Corridor In North Tampa

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

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

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

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Photo Slideshow: Rooster Statues Flock To Ybor City

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

Sculptures by Dominique Labauvie. Photo by Julie Branaman

Artists Prove To Be Urban Pioneers In Tampa Bay

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

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

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

- Photo by Julie Branaman

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

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

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Video: Funny Bunny At The Hub, Downtown Tampa

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

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83 Degrees, IGNITE Tampa Bay Ticket Giveaway

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

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Sarasota Architectural Salvage Turns Trash To Treasure

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

- Julie Branaman

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

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

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

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

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

Tampa Mini Maker Faire: Nirvana 4 Geeks & Nerds

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

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

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

Photo by Lynn Merenda

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

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

- Julie Branaman

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

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

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Tampa Bay's Dad Bloggers Share Life's Experiences

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

Photo by Julie Branaman

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

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

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

Natural Gas Use Up In Tampa Bay As Fleets Convert

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

"Midtown Through Our Eyes" exhibit at Studio@620

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

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

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Photo Slideshow: GIFF Opening Night In Tampa

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

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

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

- Julie Branaman

Connect Tampa Bay: Building Consensus Around Transportation

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

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Free GIFF Passes For 83 Degrees Readers

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

Urbanism on Tap. - Photo by Diane Egner

Urbanism On Tap Talks Up Tampa Bay's Future

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

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Ringling Underground Infuses Museum With Youthful Energy

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

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Startup Weekend Next Kicks Off April 10th in Tampa

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

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City Bike Tours Tap Brakes At Indie Eats In Tampa

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

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

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

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

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

Photo courtsey Jodi Johnson

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

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

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Tampa Bay Begins To Focus On Nurturing Startups

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

The Vault. - Julie Branaman

Tampa's Franklin Exchange Morphs Into Cool Meeting Spaces

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

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

Moving To Downtown Tampa: The Dog Scene

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

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

Ringling College Animation Grads Walk The Red Carpet

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