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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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.'

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.

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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.

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.''

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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. 

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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-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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.''

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

#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.

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.

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.''

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.

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. 

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.

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).

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Will Le Meridien Hotel Jumpstart Investments In Downtown Tampa?

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

Tailored Pet Sitting: A Tampa Dog's Best Friend

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

Moving To Downtown Tampa: The Bakery Scene

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

Mom Bloggers In Tampa Bay: Keeping It Real

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

USF Disease Warriors Explore New Use For Research

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

The Urban Conga: Reshaping Normal In Downtown Tampa

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

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

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

Encore Tampa: Green Initiatives Shape Urban Design

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

Photo Slideshow: Outstanding In The Field, Florida

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

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

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

Video: P3s Will Shape What's Next For Tampa

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

Streamsong Resort Opens For Golfers, Business In Florida

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

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

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

Twilight Market Takes Over Tuesdays At Roosevelt 2.0, Tampa

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

Photo Slideshow: eBoats Tampa, Florida

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

Tampa Changing: Rephotography Shows City Then And Now

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

Urban Pioneers Work To Jumpstart Tampa Heights Neighborhood, Florida

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

Photo Slideshow: Food Trucks Now At TPA Airport

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

Readers Share 83 Degrees Media Stories, Tampa Bay

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

Meet Tampa Bay's Next Generation Leaders

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

FirstWaVE Venture Center: Shared Space In Downtown Tampa For Startups

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

Moving To Downtown Tampa: The Urban Market Scene

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

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

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

Encore Project: Rebuilding A Tampa Neighborhood

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

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

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

Oxford Exchange Revives UT Neighborhood, Tampa

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

Graduate Tampa Bay: From Silicon Valley To Sarasota

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

Photo Slideshow: Buy Local Gifts, Tampa Bay

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

Palmetto Art Center Creates Sense Of Community, Manatee

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

Video: Fourth Of July Cafe, West Tampa

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

Pinellas Family Farm Renews Community Partnerships, Clearwater

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Birthday! 83 Degrees

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

Moving To St. Petersburg: A Haven For Artists

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

Kathleen Flinn: Sharpen Your Knife, Cook Fearless

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

Tracking The Tegu: Tampa Bay's Everglades Connection

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

Moving To Downtown Tampa: The Coffee Scene

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

Florida Wildlife Corridor Images Show Natural Beauty

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

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

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

ArtHouse3: Creative's Dream Becomes Visual Reality, Tampa

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

Designing For Disaster: The AbleNook Story, Tampa

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

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

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

Bar/Code Camp Attracts Florida Entrepreneurs

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

Toasting Tampa: Women Find Power In Harmony

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

New Bradenton Riverwalk Revives City's Sense Of Place

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

Tampa Bay Trains, Nurtures Emerging Opera Stars

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

Local Actor Brings Titanic Exhibition To Life, St. Pete

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

HARVST Project Pops Up Fine Art In Downtown Tampa

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

Mobile App Designers, Developers Do It In Tampa Bay

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

Graduate Tampa Bay: The College Advantage

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

Opportunity Knocks: Not Your Average Speakers, Tampa

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

Moving To Downtown Tampa: The Workout Scene

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

North Tampa Neighborhoods Attack Poverty Through Partnerships

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

InVision Tampa: Reshaping Your City For The Future

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

SERF Creates Collaborative Space For Sustainability Solutions, Tarpon Springs

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

You Are The One: Victim Advocates Take Message To Masses

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

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

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

Citizinvestor: Crowdfunding Local Projects, Tampa

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

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

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

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Photo Slideshow: A Look Back At RNC, Tampa

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

Moffitt: Targeted Radiation Zaps Cancer, Speeds Recovery

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

Tampa Bay Companies Recruit Veterans To Fill Civilian Jobs

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

Photo Slideshow: RNC 2012 Welcome Party, St. Pete

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

83 Degrees Media Welcomes RNC, Visitors To Tampa

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

Not Your Average Speakers: P3s Shape Urban Living

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

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

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

The Growing Tampa Bay-Israel Connection

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

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

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

Moving To Tampa Bay: Trend Toward Urban Living

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

The August Name: St. Pete Band Rocks National Stage

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

Graduate Tampa Bay: Why $1 Million Talent Dividend Matters

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

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

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

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

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

Coaching Urban Entrepreneurs: Bradenton-Sarasota

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

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

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

Cuban Sandwich Show Returns In August, Tampa

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

Mermaid Tavern: Swingin' For A Cause, Tampa

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

St. Pete To London: Pollyzooming The Olympics

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

Photo Slideshow: Real Food Dinner, Tampa

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

USF Attracts Nurses To New Degree Program, Tampa

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

Florida Summer Camps Innovate To Meet Urgent STEM Needs

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

SWOT Analysis By USFSP Student Helps Haiti Clinic

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

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

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

Tampa Bay Shines, Front Row Tampa Bay

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

Tampa Hackathon: Citizen Solvers Code For A Cause

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

Kennedy Center's Any Given Child Initiative Comes To Sarasota

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

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

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

Happy July 4th From 83 Degrees Media

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

USF Diabetes Center Targets Type 1 In Families

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

Connections: Women Architects Build Community In Tampa Bay

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

Video: Florida Experience, St. Pete Beach

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

St. Petersburg Satellite Reef: Florida Craftsmen Gallery

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

USF Professor Eyes Global Weather To Predict Hurricanes

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

Spring Hill Mother, Daughter Craft Custom Cookies

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

LessMoney Conference Inspires, Influences With Ideas, Lessons Learned

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

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

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

Photo Slideshow: Safari Chopper, St. Petersburg

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

Superheroes Help Kids Learn STEM Subjects, Tampa

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

Stagewrights: Creating A Collaborative Community In Tampa Bay Theater

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

Craftwork: More People Pursue Passion To Make Things By Hand

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

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

83 Degrees Media consistently aims to change the narrative about the Tampa Bay region by featuring stories about thought leaders, rising stars, innovations, global diversity and sense of place.

Connections: Entrepreneur Clubs Ideate, Create Solutions For the World

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

New USFSP Program Assists Veterans To Get MBAs

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

#83DegreesNYAS: Valuing Global Diversity In Tampa Bay

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

Tampa Bay Gardeners Unite For International Permaculture Day

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

Micro Winery, Brewery To Open In Seminole Heights, Tampa

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

Art Transforms Lives At Safe Harbor, Clearwater

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

The Big Ask For RNC: Andrew Smith, Tampa Bay

Collaborating on a marketing strategy around the Republican National Convention is a smart strategy, but what matters more is extending the effort beyond August to benefit the greater community and help shape what's next for Tampa Bay.

Graduate Tampa Bay: Alistair Glover, St. Petersburg College

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

Photo Slideshow: PedalPub, St. Petersburg

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

Not Your Average Speakers: Global Diversity, 83 Degrees

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

Saratopia Rivals Portlandia For Laughs, Sarasota

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

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

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

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

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

Hudson Couple Share Passion For Green Living Through Environ/MENTAL

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

Photo Slideshow: Tampa Bay Public Art Collection

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

Not Your Average Speakers Talk Talent, 83 Degrees

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

USF Researcher Solves Crimes, IDs People From Bones, Tampa

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

HAWL: Connecting Women Lawyers, Tampa

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

Charlie Parker: St. Petersburg Artist Creates Lakeland Mural

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

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

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

Tywanda Nelson: Sulphur Springs Success Story

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

Sulphur Springs: Nonprofits Lead Neighborhood Transformation

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

USF Research Growth Rate: Among Top Universities

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

Talent Squeeze: Not Your Average Speakers, 83 Degrees

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

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

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

Rising Star: Ferdian Jap Juggles Law School, Nonprofit Work

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

RISE Opens Kitchen For Bakers, Cooks In Sarasota

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

Tampa Upcycle Launches In The Roosevelt 2.0, Ybor City

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

Graduate Tampa Bay: Fueling Local Economy By Degrees

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

Focus On Females: Popular Health Symposium Returns To Tampa

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

Placemaking: Not Your Average Speakers, Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay's growing arts scene and thriving public spaces take center stage during a lively community conversation led by 83 Degrees Media and "Not Your Average Speakers.'' Fresh off the Gasparilla Music Festival and the grand opening of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in downtown Tampa, panelists and audience members applaud the direction we're going.

Startup Florida: Riding The Innovation Highway, Tampa Bay

Success on the startupbus means participants accelerate their individual growth and Florida earns greater respect in the startup world. Nathan Schwagler, a team member from Tampa Bay on the StartupFlorida bus that traveled to the SXSW Festival in Austin, offers insights into the journey and what it means for the future of innovation in Florida.

Lion's Eye Institute Sees End To Blindness, Tampa

Advances in research and medical treatment at the Lion's Eye Institute in Tampa make cornea transplants and other treatments for the sight-impaired more readily available and accessible all over Florida.

CAMLS By The Numbers: USF In Downtown Tampa

Among the phenomenal facts about USF Health's CAMLS, a new robotic training center that is expected to attract 30,000 physicians and other medical personnel in just the first year, is the fact that it was built using private money and no tax dollars.

Get Ready Tampa Bay: Electric Cars, Smart Energy

Get Ready Tampa Bay is an affiliate of the national Project Get Ready, an initiative of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a research and development organization committed to renewable energy sources. Power companies in the Tampa Bay region are teaming up to provide smart energy support for electric cars.

Photo Slideshow: Startup Florida, Tampa

Tampa Bay entrepreneurs aboard Startup Florida's bus compete against other teams from throughout the nation at the SXSW (South by Southwest) Festival in Texas for the coolest new ideas hatched during a three-day bus ride from Tampa. The bus is filled with teams of techies intent on creating and developing the next big thing, whatever that may be.

Video: Criterium & Street Festival, Tampa

Observers are welcome as some of the world's fastest bicyclists will race around downtown Tampa on March 31. The route will take riders in a loop north on Franklin Street, west on Polk Street, south on Tampa Street and east on Kennedy Boulevard.

Petition: Re-Open Friendship Trail Bridge, Tampa Bay

The Friendship Trail Bridge has been closed since 2008 after public officials decided it was cheaper to tear the bridge down than to repair it. Supporters now want to find a way to reopen the bridge to the public for recreational use only.

Not Your Average Speakers: "Creating Place: The Influence Of Art & Design''

How can art and design influence a sense of place in the Tampa Bay region? Join 83 Degrees Media and Florida thought leaders for a community conversation on March 13 at Stageworks Theatre. Parking is available inside the garages at Grand Central at Kennedy. Enter off of Kennedy Boulevard.

Makenzie Raye: Temple Terrace Teen Fine-Tunes Country Music

King High School freshman Makenzie Raye is working toward a full-fledged country music career one step at a time. Vocal lessons? Check. Songwriting sessions and open mic nights in Nashville? Check. A performance at this year's Florida Strawberry Festival? Check. The future is bright for this Temple Terrace talent.

Think Small To Think Big: Cash For Tampa Bay Arts

"Think Small To Think Big'' is a creative arts funding organization designed to help Tampa Bay artists pursue their work by awarding microgrants for specific projects. So far, 15 grants have been awarded.

Not Your Average Speakers: Community Building In Tampa Bay

What do you love about your city? Where is there room for improvement? How do you build a sense of community that can improve the Tampa Bay region, your city or your neighborhood? These are a few of the questions discussed by five Tampa Bay thought leaders in 83 Degrees Media's third "Not Your Average Speakers" series event at The Roosevelt 2.0.

Photo Slideshow: Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay

Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay aims to increase charitable giving among young professionals and other arts lovers. See this photo slideshow of a recent event by 83 Degrees Managing Photographer Julie Busch Branaman.
 

What Tampa Bay Reads: New Media Sites To Share

New media websites in Tampa Bay are growing new audiences of readers who are looking for news and information that is relevant to their lives, their communities and their future.

ARTpool Gallery: Celebrating Art, Music, Fashion In St. Pete

ARTpool Gallery, a new shop in St. Petersburg's funky Grand Central District, is a showcase for artists like owner Marina Williams who enjoys expanding the boundaries of creative thought. It's fun, edgy, eclectic and rapidly becoming known as much for its quirky events as for its unique art, vintage items and unusual jewelry.

USF College Of Pharmacy Shines Under Scrutiny

USF rallies support around the USF College of Pharmacy as it is proposed for elimination during Florida Legislative budget debates. To learn more about the College, take a look at videos USF has produced in recruiting faculty and students.

Kahwa Coffee: Popular St. Pete Cafe Now In Tampa

Entrepreneurs Raphael and Sarah Perrier expand Kahwa Coffee from downtown St. Petersburg into downtown Tampa in an effort to tap into the growing urban scene that attracts young and youthful professionals to emerging creative spaces like those found along the Tampa Riverwalk and around Lykes Gaslight Square Park.

Muzime: Next Gen Of Music Discovery Emerges In Tampa

Music by more than 150 performers, most from the Tampa Bay region, is available through Muzime, a free web app that combines the streaming capabilities of Spotify with the social connectivity of Facebook and the purchasing component of iTunes.

Community Building: Not Your Average Speakers And 83 Degrees Media

What does it take to build community in Tampa Bay? Join the conversation with Heather Kenyon of Tampa Bay Technology Forum, Reuben Pressman of Swings Tampa Bay, Bob Devin Jones of Studio@620, Brian Seel of Emerge Tampa Bay and Mike Blasco of Tasting Tampa on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 5:30 pm at Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor City.

Meet The Twitterati Who Rule News Tweets In Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay's Twitterati, as in power users, are the first to get the news out and the first to retweet what you have to say. Is it possible that nothing escapes their spheres of influence?

Hot Fashions: Penelope T Meets Tampa Bay's Desire

Hip, trendy fashion items regularly seen in megacities like New York, L.A. and Chicago hang out at penelope t's in South Tampa, where two FSU grads have carved out their own style of design and clothing that is now in hot demand.

Bill Strickland: Anti-Poverty Warrior Sets His Sights On Tampa Bay

Bill Strickland, founder of the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh, sees the Tampa Bay region as a future site for a replication project providing an urban environment designed to ensure a bright future for the region's most needy children. He challenges members of the Florida Philanthropic Network to step up to help him make a difference in Florida.

Moffitt Doc Targets Cancer With Unique Radiation Therapy

The Radionuclide Therapy being developed by Dr. Michael Tomblyn at Moffitt Cancer Center does less damage to healthy tissue and has fewer side effects. It works by acting like a heat-seeking missile, riding antibodies through the body to target specific proteins.  

Reuben & Hunter: Creative Duo Exude Energy, Ideas

Building community is at the center of most everything Reuben Pressman and Hunter Payne tackle in St. Petersburg and the rest of the Tampa Bay region. From Swings to the new "I'm Staying!'' campaign, the young professionals who have been buddies since high school aim high even as more traditional thinkers don't get everything they do.

A Taste Of Central Avenue, St. Petersburg

Looking for the hippest, hottest foodie scene in Tampa Bay? Take a walk along Central Avenue anywhere from downtown St. Petersburg to I-275 and you'll soon find enough tantalizing tastes to scandalize the senses.

Intelladon: Tampa Bay Tech Firm Carves Out Niche in Flexible Learning

How are companies around the globe bringing training and recruitment processes up to speed in a rapidly moving marketplace? They're leaning on Intelladon, a Tampa-based e-learning partner for guidance and customized technology.

Tampa Bay Hooping Connections Span The Globe

Hooping, a 1950s rock-n-roll phenom, is fast becoming a popular activity for fitness and meditation, performance art and social connection, especially among 20-somethings looking for new ways to connect with each other.

Mote Marine: Science Binding Fish To Humans

Mote Marine scientists pursue innovative research and technology in their studies of the oceans and marine life. This small, but mighty independent, nonprofit laboratory and aquarium in Sarasota has a global presence and a big vision.

What's Working In Cities: Baldwin Park, Orlando

Orlando's Baldwin Park neighborhood, carved from the carcass of an abandoned naval training station, serves as a model for  cities looking to combine tradition and innovation in the design of new urban communities.

USF Health Prepares To Open Medical Simulation Center, Downtown Tampa

When the University of South Florida opens its $38 million Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in February, it will put Tampa on the map as the "go-to'' place for training using the latest high-tech robot patients that do everything but talk. The new downtown medical facility is designed as a state-of-the-art educational place for health care professionals to test their skills in scenarios that mimic real-life -- everything from surgery and trauma to childbirth.

Photo Slideshow: Duncan McClellan, St. Petersburg

Duncan McClellan shares his glass studio in St. Petersburg with members of the public and a variety of charitable causes.

Tampa Bay Competes For Talent Dividend, $1M

The Tampa Bay region is competing with 57 other U.S. cities/regions, including Pittsburgh, Memphis, Cincinnati and Oklahoma City, for a $1 million prize that will recognize success in attaining college degrees through the Talent Dividend.

TGH Medical Records Make Epic Digital Conversion

The digital conversion of Tampa General Hospital's massive medical records gives patients and doctors much faster access to information used in care and treatment. The $128 million investment means some 900 monitoring and measuring devices are now integrated into a computerized system that allows medical personnel to quickly assess a patient's totality of care.

Enterprise Village: A New Economy For Kids, Largo

The highlight of the year for fifth-grade students in the Pinellas County School System is the day they spend at Enterprise Village. It's the culmination of a six-week curriculum in economics and free enterprise. The students take concepts they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it to a simulated business environment. It's a much-needed lesson in today’s economy.

Video: Not Your Average Speakers, Champions For Change

Being an effective change leader requires a person to drive deliberate change within an organization or community. Watch and listen to four Tampa Bay area change leaders -- Tom McLain, Tim Dutton, Sean Davis and Stacie Blake -- talk about what it takes to make changes and what they envision for Florida.

Awesome Tampa Bay: Grow Food Buying Club

What's the Awesome Foundation? A Boston-born philanthropic grassroots organization dedicated to building community one awesome idea at a time. Chapters are popping up all over the world and Tampa Bay launched its very own this fall with the help of philanthropy extraordinaire T. Hampton Dohrman and a group of creative minded individuals. It's time to embrace our awesomeness, Tampa Bay.

Book Excerpt: Straightforward By Pam Iorio

"The leadership problem we face as a nation, in business, government and community requires an infusion of talent, of people committed to a mission larger than their own personal advancement or enrichment,'' writes former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio in her book, "Straightforward: Ways to Live & Lead.'' Read an excerpt in 83 Degrees Media

Q&A: Ken Stoltenberg, Mercury Advisors, Tampa

Mercury Advisors set aside 8,000 square feet for Stageworks Theatre in the Grand Central at Kennedy project in downtown Tampa's Channelside District intending to attract retail and restaurants, as well as buyers for the condos. The donation wins accolades from arts groups eager to see similar commitments from other urban developers.

Outspoken Michael Long Of Sarasota's New College Credits AMI Kids For Success

A once troubled kid who turned his life around with the help of AMI Kids of Sarasota, Michael Long was remarkable long before November 9 when he became the focus of news stories for speaking up at a Florida Board of Governors meeting considering the fate of USF Polytechnic.

Champions For Change: Not Your Average Speakers

"Champions For Change,'' a lively discussion about leading and inspiring change, marked 83 Degrees Media's second "Not Your Average Speakers'' event at freeFall Theatre. Speakers included Tom McLain, Tim Dutton, Stacie Blake and Sean Davis. The panel was moderated by Nathan Schwagler.

Demo Day: Gazelle Lab At USFSP Tests StartUps

DEMO Day at Gazelle Lab in St. Petersburg aims to attract venture capital and investments in startup companies taking innovative ideas to the next level and the potential for exceptional profitability. The free event starts at 9 a.m. at Mahaffey Theater on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Photo Slideshow: Ybor City Museum, Tampa

The cultural diversity of Tampa's rich heritage is on display year-round at the historic Ybor City Museum on 9th Avenue. Visitors should plan to spend a few hours inside because there is so much to see and learn.

83 Degrees: Happy Birthday! Happy Holidays!

To celebrate the holidays and our second birthday on Nov. 17, 2011, 83 Degrees Media is partnering with Connect Your Cause to increase donations to Tampa Bay area nonprofits that so positively affect change in neighborhoods, the environment, the arts, families, community health and personal well-being.

The Hostel Life: Where In The World Is Mehdy Ghannad?

Some people only dream about the freedom to pick up and go anytime, anywhere. Not so for Mehdy Ghannad. The frequent flyer between Tampa (family!) and New York (friends!) / world traveler / global explorer is finding happiness and renewed energy while carving out time for growing success as the creator, producer, writer and host of The Hostel Life.

Not Your Average Speakers: Champions For Change

Considering a change in your business, neighborhood or community? Pushing for change among your colleagues, friends or family? Or simply looking for tips to create change but don't know where to start? Join the community conversation as 83 Degrees Media continues the "Not Your Average Speakers'' series Thursday evening, Nov. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Freefall Theatre in St. Petersburg. To RSVP for the free event, follow this link.

HEAL: Networking For Your Health In Tampa Bay

A small but hugely focused Tampa Bay networking group urges young professionals to expand their public health and personal wellness knowledge as a critical step toward making health -- their own and the community's -- a greater priority.

UNation: Events Filter To Help You Shape Your Day

Is there anything going on next (fill in the day)? If Tampa-based technology startup UNATION has its way, people around the world might just have a better way to answer that question.

Tampapreneurs: Touting Tampa As America's Next Great City

The secret is out. With hip and urban being the new measures for attracting the world's best and brightest, Tampa Bay on Florida's west coast is in. Nearly 20 years after John Naisbitt called Tampa America’s Next Great City in his bestseller MegaTrends, the Tampapreneurs led by Chase Anzalone carry the torch for Next Gen thought leaders determined to make reality reflect the moniker.

USF Science Students Win ARCS Tampa Bay Scholarships

A Tampa Bay chapter of ARCS, a national philanthropic organization founded and run by women to advance science, awards scholarships to students at the University of South Florida and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.  The first scholarship awards were given out in 2010 and two more graduate students will receive the $15,000 award at a luncheon on October 28 in Tampa.

What's Working In Tampa Bay: Not Your Average Speakers

83 Degrees Media launched its new Not Your Average Speakers series Thursday night at the Straz Center's Jaeb Theater in downtown Tampa. The conversation -- before, during and after -- revolved around what's working in Tampa Bay cities and how to connect the "dreamers" with the "doers" to create tangible solutions in the new economy. Join 83 Degrees for additional conversation online at Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #83degreesNYAS.

What's Working In Cities: Placemaking

"What's Working in Cities'' is a regular series of stories produced by Issue Media Group publications, including 83 Degrees Media, that features people and organizations that are driving change in urban communities. From Campus Martius in Detroit, which now attracts a million visitors yearly, to Pittsburgh's lively Market Square to Tampa's emerging Riverwalk and St. Petersburg's Beach Drive, the focus is on placemaking and public places that are not only well-designed but also meaningful.

What You Want: 83 Degrees Media Reader Survey

When we asked readers why they read 83 Degrees Media, the response was overwhelmingly reaffirming and encouraging, with repeated calls for us to do even more stories about talent, innovation, diversity and environment. "GO! GO! GO!'' says one reader. So we decided to share a sampling of reader comments.

Ready For Life: What's Next For Pinellas Foster Teens

When the state of Florida serves as your parent, turning 18 doesn’t come with a birthday cake and presents. Instead, foster youth are "emancipated.'' They must pack their bags and leave their foster or group home and fend for themselves, whether they’re emotionally and financially ready or not. Ready for Life, a two-year-old Pinellas County program, is stepping up to help.

Tampa Bay Goes Online: New Media Sites Thrive

Online media sites in the Tampa Bay region increasingly attract readers from near and far -- residents, visitors, students and Floridian-wannabes -- who look to the Internet for news and information relevant to their lives. 83 Degrees Media takes a look at a few of the emerging sites.

83 Degrees Media: Not Your Average Speakers Series

83 Degrees Media kicks off the "Not Your Average Speakers'' series Oct. 20 with a panel discussion at the Jaeb Theater in downtown Tampa that will focus on "what's working in cities,'' a continuation of an ongoing story theme as we help tell the Tampa Bay region's economic success stories featuring talent, innovation, diversity and environment or sense of place. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, follow this link.

Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay: Making Connections To Support The Arts

Philanthropic Young Tampa Bay aims to turn young patrons of the arts into lifelong philanthropists by encouraging giving in affordable increments that can grow with a person's income, interests and ability.

The Frozen Four: Tampa Bay Gets Ready To Welcome College Hockey

Renovations to the St. Pete Times Forum and an aggressive business strategy by Tampa Bay sports enthusiasts teaming up with the University of Alabama in Huntsville successfully landed college hockey’s championship events in downtown Tampa in April 2012.

Biz-e-chicks In Tampa Bay: Support Served Sunny Side Up

Busy independent Tampa Bay businesswomen and entrepreneurs operating in a fast-paced e-commerce world find personal and professional connections in a casual, supportive network without the stress and structure of traditional networking. Meet biz-e-chicks!

Mobile Phenom: Food Trucks Roll Into Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay, take note: 2011 is the year of the food truck invasion. They're popping up outside your favorite clubs and bars, food and film festivals, farmers markets and private parties with the same level of culinary diversity you'd expect from Tampa Bay restaurants. We may have been a bit behind on the international mobile food trend, but truck owners in Tampa Bay are now thriving and ready to move forward.

83 Degrees Media Reader Survey

As 83 Degrees nears its 2-year anniversary, we're asking you to share your thoughts about how we're doing. Do you love what you see? Have you liked us on Facebook? Do you follow us on Twitter? What more do you want? Take our short survey -- just five questions -- to tell us what you'd like to see in year 3 and beyond. Thanks!

Tampa Bay Fashion Week: Designing Women (And Men!)

Fashion? Yes, darlings! It really is right here in the Tampa Bay region -- designers, shows, models, boutiques, stylists, and yes, shopping! Check out the events surrounding Tampa Bay Fashion Week Sept. 20-24.

September Events In Downtown Tampa Toast Local Arts, Independent Business

Looking to simultaneously support your community and have a little (or a lot) of fun? Then two events in downtown Tampa -- the 10th annual Tampa Theatre Winefest and the inaugural Tampa Bay Food and Wine Experience -- are for you. Both events will showcase local arts and independent restaurants while connecting people attracted to Tampa's ever-evolving culinary scene.

Networking: It's Cool To Be Blue In Tampa Bay

Blue Thong Society chapters across the Tampa Bay region attract women who gather monthly to celebrate fun and philanthropy and to unite generations in the age-old battle to fight frump.

Geeks And Drinks: Creating A Technology WaVE In Tampa Bay

A Splash Bash to End "High Tech Homelessness'' on September 15 will call attention to emerging and rapidly growing entrepreneurial technology firms in the Tampa Bay region.

Strong College Students: Young CEO Drives Tampa Moving Company To Bright Future

Strong College Students CEO Shaun C. Robinson credits a solid work ethic, a determination to see college students graduate and a dedication to giving back to the community for the success of his Tampa moving company.

What's Next For Florida: Brian J. Seel, Tampa

In this call to action to fellow Millennials, Brian J. Seel of Tampa urges young professionals to unleash the power of their intellectual capital and creative potential in response to the challenges and opportunities afforded by the new economy. 

Happy Labor Day From 83 Degrees Media!

Labor Day, a traditional holiday honoring workers while marking the end of summer, is a fitting time to lift up the voices of Millennials (also known as Gen Yers) who will become the leaders of tomorrow.

Port Of Tampa Expands Trade Routes To The World

Expansion at the Port of Tampa is underway in anticipation of the ongoing widening of the Panama Canal. With the expansion will come new trade routes and more efficient services that will benefit the Tampa Bay region by making it easier to import needed products and export raw materials and goods manufactured here.    

Osibodu & Associates Exporting: Connecting Tampa Bay With Nigeria To Benefit Both

Global diversity represented by immigrants from Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the rest of the world is key to expanding international trade by American companies in order to bolster the Tampa Bay region's as well as the world's economy.

What's Next For Tampa? Technology Hub Plus

Creating better access to capital and more support for entrepreneurs coupled with designing a shared vision while doing a better job of telling the Tampa Bay region's economic success stories are all part of the solution for changing the narrative about Tampa and the rest of west central Florida.

Teburu Disrupts Restaurant World, Wins USF Business Plan Competition

It's date night and you're all ginned up, when suddenly you realize that no one made reservations to get some eats. Not to worry in the land of Teburu! Thanks to the creative minds of USF students, you'll soon be able to click into a mobile app named after a Japanese table and quickly make a reservation or even place your order. Then all you'll have to do is show up and eat!

Photo Slideshow: High Hopes In High Heels, Tampa

High Hopes in High Heels fuses optimism for the future with classy, hard-working ladies interested in making a difference in their communities while finding inspiration from each other and making new friends. It's among the Tampa Bay region's growing array of networking groups that aim to carve out a niche among young professionals. See Connections in 83 Degrees.

East Tampa's Progress Village Makes Arts Magnet School Feel Like A Family Affair

Exceptional Florida public schools like Progress Village Middle Magnet School of the Arts in Hillsborough County attract students from near and far as parents, students and teachers work together to create a friendly environment where learning is fun.

Cafe Hey: Skinny Bi-otch, Quad Shot & Rebel Rebel, On North Franklin In Downtown Tampa

By opening its doors every day on the grittier side of Interstate 275, Cafe Hey aims to help jumpstart downtown Tampa's urban rebirth. Owners Cheong Choi and Anne Vela strategically picked the cafe's north Franklin Street location as a symbolic bridge connecting the city's older neighborhoods -- like classy Hyde Park to the south and up-and-coming Tampa Heights to the north -- and attracting all kinds of diners from all parts of town.

Legoland Florida Spurs Winter Haven, Polk County

Polk County community and business leaders are scrambling to put together the government and private sector pieces necessary to respond to the surge of vacationers and investors expected with the opening of Legoland Florida in Winter Haven.

Place Matters! Pick A Cool Spot In Tampa When It's Time To Pop The Question

Where is the most memorable place in Tampa to pop perhaps the most important question of all: Will you marry me? The possibilities are endless, but here are 10 to get the creativity flowing and the hearts pumping.

Createch: USF Students Mix Technology + Creativity To Do Innovative Websites

Createch at USF, a campus organization run by and for students, combines creativity with the latest technology to turn innovative ideas into real world solutions for online communications that rival the work of professionals beyond the academic setting.

Photo Slideshow: Broadway Theatre Project, Tampa

The Broadway Theatre Project attracts the best and the brightest rising stars in theater from around the world to three weeks of intense training at USF culminating in performances for a Tampa Bay audience and a chance to debut on Broadway.

Blogger: PalladiumPaul, St. Petersburg

Paul Wilborn, a cabaret performer by night and executive director of the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg by day, writes regularly about arts and entertainment in the Tampa Bay region on his blog called PalladiumPaul. A July post details how he spends a typical week in St. Petersburg taking in a host of events and performances.

Kids Learn Lots From Tampa Bay Watch, Estuary EDventures Summer Camp

How do we create the next generation of Tampa Bay residents educated about the importance of our marine and wetland estuaries? At Tampa Bay Watch, the answer is simple: Get kids wet and muddy. Hand them nets, snorkeling masks, take them on kayak trips through mangroves and provide an outdoor laboratory to view some really small critters. 

Startup Weekend Tampa: Synergy = Real Outcomes

Thomas Friedman's op-ed in the New York Times "Startup of You''  borrows the title from a forthcoming book authored by LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman. Together, they make the case that entrepreneurship is the new corporate ladder and that the IT revolution, coupled with globalization, is forcing people to constantly reinvent themselves and to re-load their skill sets toward thinking and acting more entrepreneurially. Enter StartUp Weekend Tampa.

Gulfport: A Quaint & Quirky Pinellas Beach Town

Funky eateries serving top quality dishes are common fare in Gulfport, where residents and visitors alike take the quaint lifestyle quite seriously. So it's only fitting that the tiny university town, home to Stetson University College of Law, is a finalist in Rand McNally's Best for Food competition.

Ghost Of The Grey Lady Invites You To Tour The SS American Victory Ship, Tampa

Do you spook easily? Want to feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight up? Or just curious enough to roam the bowels of an old battleship in the dark late at night? OOOOOeeeee! The Ghost of the Grey Lady may be calling your name! Come along as 83 Degrees goes exploring with the Tampa Ghost Watchers Club.

What's Working in Cities: CreateHere in Chattanooga

Lots of creative ideas and investments for transforming neighborhoods and whole communities around Florida and the rest of the nation are meeting with economic success and can be used as models for others to replicate. That's why Issue Media Group, parent company to 83 Degrees, today is launching a new series of stories around the question: "What's working in cities?'' with a look at an innovative project in Chattanooga.

Tampa Bay Entrepreneur's Dilemma: Launch It, Love It And Then What?

The acquisition and departure from Florida of Wufoo and its Tampa founders is causing the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem to ask some tough questions about what more is needed to foster a critical mass that will enable successful tech companies to startup and thrive in the Tampa Bay region.

Startup Weekend Tampa: Ideate, Create, Build

Consider yourself an entrepreneur? Got a great idea that just needs a little help to get off the ground? Looking for some feedback? In search of capital? You've got 60 seconds to pitch away at StartUp Weekend Tampa July 8th through 11th when the Tampa Bay region's technology ecosystem comes together to separate the wannabes from the real deals.

Photo Slideshow: Stand Up Fitness, St. Petersburg

Brody Welte, owner of Stand Up Fitness, is teaming up with USA Today writer and fitness author Pete Williams to produce a book about his efforts to teach fitness by offering paddle tours of the scenic waters around Tampa and St. Petersburg.

Happy July 4th! 83 Degrees Takes Holiday Break

Life in Florida and in Tampa Bay remains good for most of us as we head into a mid-summer break designed to renew and refresh. We'll be back with more stories about the Tampa Bay region's talented people, innovative ideas and investments, global diversity and sense of place when we return with fresh content on July 12.

Photo Slideshow: Get R.E.A.L., Tampa

Remember the first time you shared s'mores over a campfire? Cast a fishing line? Saw an alligator? Hiked in the woods? Pitched a tent? All of the traditional outdoor activities that girl and boy scouts often tackle together? Get R.E.A.L., a special outdoor program, exposes city kids to all those experiences and more.

Former Army Docs Team Up To Open Athletic Training Facility In Tampa's Citrus Park

Drs. Kevin Scott and Chris MacLaren, owners of WestChase Sports Medicine, are negotiating with investors to build an athletic training center in northwest Hillsborough that is expected to serve amateur as well as professional athletes.

Intezyne: Grad School Lab Mates Hatch Cancer-Fighting Biotech Firm At USF Incubator

Intezyne's patented "Trojan horse'' drug delivery system, developed at the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator in Tampa, is a rising star in the pharmaceutical industry. Now the company's lead product faces the ultimate test: clinical trials on humans.

Q&A: Charles Armstrong, Spark Labs, Tampa

TourWrist won the top Judges' Award at coolTECH2011, Tampa Bay Technology Forum's third annual gathering for techies and innovators hosted at the Museum of Science on Industry in Tampa. The app, offering virtual online and mobile tours of places around the globe, was designed by Spark Labs in Tampa. 

Making Connections: D.C.-To-Tampa YP Creates GovLoop, A "Facebook'' For Government Workers

How to create a communications network among federal, state and local U.S. government employees scattered around the globe? Welcome to GovLoop, an online social media network founded by Steve Ressler, a young professional now living in Tampa. GovLoop is designed to increase efficiency and share best practices by enabling better connections among public employees and agencies that spend tax dollars. Gov-up, anyone?

Photo Slideshow: Working Women Of Tampa Bay

How do people make Connections in the Tampa Bay region? What are some of the new networking groups out there? Who are the people leading such efforts? Why are they getting together? Where and when do they meet? How do they make a difference in the community and how we all feel about where we live, work and play? Discover Connections, a new Focus Area in 83 Degrees.

Made-in-Sarasota: METI Creates iStan Robots To Simulate Life, Death

He can't soar through the sky or jump tall buildings - at least not yet. But iStan is one super man when it comes to training med school students and EMTs in the art of reacting to human maladies. He can blink. He can bleed. He can sweat. He can even make your heart go thump when you see how realistic he is in simulating a real Stan or Josh or Kiara or baby Rachel. Next up? A mommy giving birth.

Q&A: Mickey Jacob, 2012 AIA President-Elect, Tampa

Mickey Jacob, managing principal with Urban Studio Architects in Tampa, is scheduled to become president of the American Institute of Architects in 2013 following a national election in May. In that role, he will have an opportunity to reshape priorities for the AIA as an organization, increase its influence in Congress and elsewhere, and help set the stage for how architects can best help build livable and sustainable communities throughout the nation.

Pedro el Poeta: St. Pete's Spoken Word Street Reporter

Pedro Jarquin is a guy with many talents. The St. Pete-by-way-of-Nicaragua-based musician has cultivated a community of conscious-minded hip-hop and spoken word poets for the last 10 years while simultaneously lifting up his fellow artists. His latest effort, "The Street Reporter EP,'' further cements his spot as one of the most exciting performers in the Tampa Bay hip-hop scene. Meet the man the locals call "el Poeta."

On Tap: Tampa Bay Brews Its Own For Beer Lovers

Cigar City Brewing, Saint Somewhere Brewing Company and Tampa Bay Brewing Company have Tampa Bay covered when it comes to serving up frosty, frothy brews. Creating some of the best local on-tap libations year-round, each follows a different recipe for success.

Stageworks Theatre: Creating Soul In Downtown Tampa's Emerging Channel District

The concrete is poured. The curtain is going up. It may have taken nearly three decades, but Stageworks Theatre, Tampa's oldest professional company, will finally have a permanent home in the Channel District this summer. And there's more to this nonprofit than theatrics -- there's a dedication to imparting the power of the arts to today's youth. 

Photo Slideshow: Berkeley Prep, Tampa

How do you get exceptional middle- and high school students interested in pursuing a career in medicine? That's the challenge presented in today's competitive marketplace where the best and the brightest are a hot commodity. Dr. Lennox Hoyte, a surgeon, visits Tampa Bay area schools to talk about his work in hopes of convincing a few to follow in his footsteps.

Robots, LEGOs Grow Tomorrow's Engineers Today In Tampa Bay Middle Schools

Technology education starts early in Hillsborough County public schools and continues all the way up through the college level thanks to taxpayer-funded programs like STEM and FLATE. Students know they could be the ones developing the newest global technology in the future.

Photo Slideshow: MarineQuest, St. Petersburg

MarineQuest, an annual open house at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, invites people to get up close with alligators, stingrays, lobsters and more to gain a deeper understanding about Florida's native creatures. Check out this photo essay by 83 Degrees Managing Photographer Julie Busch Branaman from Saturday's event.

KidsBay: Being A Kid, Raising Kids In Tampa Bay

The economy of a community can be measured in many ways, though perhaps none more important for the future than the health of families and children. That's why 83 Degrees today is launching KidsBay, a new Focus Area dedicated to reporting on the economic successes of the Tampa Bay region when it comes to being a kid and to raising kids.

TEDxTampaBay: What's Next For Thought Leaders

An independently organized version of the national TED conference and talks, TEDxTampaBay, now in its second year, generates conversations that prompt people to think more creatively and take actions to improve the world one idea at a time.

Opera Tampa Gives Voice To Young Performers

When Opera Tampa unveils its lavish, $250,000 production of Verdi's "La Traviata" at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa on Friday, 24-year-old Ashley Dannewitz will realize her goal to debut as an opera singer in her first big stage performance.

Technology Runs On Fast Track In Tampa Bay

Technology thought leaders say the Tampa Bay region has arrived as a tech center success story driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and lots of new jobs capable of luring the world's best and brightest. Next up? The local industry works to get its swagger on.

Tech Jobs In Tampa Bay, Finding Your Peeps

High-paying, white-collar jobs are cropping up in the technology industry all over the Tampa Bay region. The challenge is in finding the talent to fill specific roles. Tweets, emails and other social connections often attract the right peeps and, in some cases, it takes the lure of Red Bull and Hot Pockets in the house.

Purpose Driven: A Q&A with Walter Robb, CEO of Whole Foods

Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb is an unabashed entrepreneur, a true believer that business is the ultimate engine for change. He also believes that corporations must have a deeper purpose than just profit. 83 Degrees chats with Robb about the way those seemingly disconnected impulses come together and why the next generation of business leaders should embrace them. 

36 Hours in Tampa Bay: What To See? What to Do?

USF grad Sean Bowes introduces a friend to more than a taste of Tampa Bay in a visit that lasts just 36 hours. Under similar circumstances, what would you do? What would you see? 83 Degrees wants to hear from you: tips@83degreesmedia.com

On A Mission: Tampa's Eric Darius Hits All The Right Notes

Eric Darius lets jazz sound his message as he tours schools to remind students that hard work does pay off. The 28-year-old USF marketing graduate has a few records and performances with the likes of Prince to prove it. That's why he's currently traveling around the nation, starting with Tampa Bay area schools, to champion the importance of music education.

Hope For Homes: Creating Stability For Families In Tampa Bay

Bringing their own version of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'' to the Tampa Bay region, Hope for Homes puts emphasis on the word 'hope' as the organization provides improvement and remodeling work on homes for those in need.

MyNewman: Tampa Team Rolls To SXSW Finals On The StartupBus

Nathan Schwagler, Sean Lux and Greg Ross-Munro were among 10 young professionals from the Tampa Bay region on the StartUpBus as it made its way from Miami to Austin in early March. The trio teamed up on board to create a winner in MyNewman, the first anti-social social network.

"For The Love Of Cities'' By Peter Kageyama

"For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places'' succeeds in putting an exclamation point on the exceptional value of deepening the relationship that city dwellers feel for their neighborhoods by adding amenities such as parks, outdoor cafes, art galleries, trees, flowers and even sidewalks to create a meaningful sense of place.

USF CAMLS: Robots To Attract Docs From Around The Globe To Downtown Tampa

The USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation will be a sci-fi geek's dream when it opens in early 2012 in downtown Tampa. Designed and built by the Beck Group, CAMLS will feature the latest medical technology, including virtual reality surgery and human patient simulators.  

MERIT: USF, Draper Lab Create Next Gen Medical Tools

USF and Draper Lab are teaming up to develop novel medical devices that can make treatment less invasive and ease recovery for patients. The goal is to develop breakthrough technologies that improve patient safety, reduce surgical complications and increase medical-related benefits.

Quidditch Takes Off At Ringling College, Sarasota

Are you ready for some Quidditch? College campuses across the globe, including Ringling College of Art and Design, have established teams in honor of J.K Rowling's most famous athletic contribution to the world of Harry Potter. Hold on to your brooms because this sport is taking off faster than you can say ''expelliarmus.''

Ancient Process Goes High-Tech At New Chromalloy Plant In Tampa

Scientists, engineers and production experts working out of Chromalloy's new $27 million manufacturing plant in Tampa are at the center of the global company's growth strategy. Repairs to turbine engines used by airlines and power companies are made using gleaming stainless steel machinery and vintage Star Wars robotics.

Q&A: Ken Atwater, HCC, Tampa

Hillsborough Community College President Ken Atwater will announce the launch of a new endowment fund during his official inauguration on Wednesday night. He talks with 83 Degrees about a new direction for the school that builds upon the successes of the past.

Fine Featherheads Adds A Little Color To Tampa Bay

Installing real rooster feathers as hair extensions, Fine Featherheads' busiest rep takes pride in "feathering" the Tampa Bay community at The Lotus Room near the University of Tampa.

Video: Tampa Bay Derby Darlins, Tampa

Tampa Bay Derby Darlins may be less than their team name implies on the roller rink, but take off the helmets and the skates and watch along as Videographer Julie Busch Branaman tells the story of their transformation when it comes to giving back in the Tampa Bay community.

Reel Action In Tampa Bay: Filmmaking Creates Jobs

Around the Tampa Bay region, filmmakers put people to work investing their time and talent thanks to the benefit of a tax incentive designed to make Florida more attractive for doing business -- and that's just the first act. Acts 2, 3, 4, etc. are still to come.

Q&A: Bradley Battersby, Ringling College, Sarasota

So you wanna be in pictures? Listen up as film writer and director Bradley Battersby, head of the digital film department at Sarasota's Ringling College of Art and Design, talks about his walk among Hollywood's stars and plans for the department's future. Sarasota County recently awarded Ringling College $1.75 million toward helping make Sarasota a premier filmmaking hub. 

USF's Patel Center For Global Solutions, Dutch Experts Share "Water Story''

What can Tampa Bay learn from Holland? Plenty when it comes to water and the damage it can cause. That's why Dutch scientists are meeting this week in Tampa with academic leaders and first-responders to share innovative ideas for protecting neighborhoods and infrastructure from potential flood damage.

Ocean Team: USF Marine College Interprets Sounds From The Deep

The University of South Florida College of Marine Science is the centerpiece of a growing hub of marine-related organizations dubbed the Ocean Team by the City of St. Petersburg. The small graduate-level college sees its role as a steward of the oceans, sending scientists out globally to study important environmental issues.

36 Hours In Tampa Bay: What To See? What To Do?

The New York Times features a popular Travel series called 36 Hours. The idea is to hone in on special places and experiences a city offers visitors during a short stay. Writer Chris Kuhn takes a similar approach to visiting the Tampa Bay region. Tell us what you think. If your friends had just 36 hours to visit the Tampa Bay region, what would you suggest they do? Where should they go?