From Seattle to Washington D.C., forgotten alleys are being reinvented as people-friendly spaces. Often perceived as dirty and dangerous, alleys are moving beyond garbage and garages, and becoming havens for pedestrians, public art and small businesses.
Serial entrepreneur Joy Randels brings her expertise to Tampa Bay area community events from Startup Weekend to Ignite Tampa Bay. As chapter director of Startup Grind Tampa Bay, she aims to help local entrepreneurs make meaningful connections.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tampa Bay area community colleges create special programs to attract baby boomers looking to reinvent themselves or change careers.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit is expected to attract international filmmakers, researchers, scientists, industry leaders, celebrities and academics from around the globe to the Tampa Bay region in November 2014.
The Sarasota Swappers leave their wallets at home as they gather monthly to share homemade products and goodies that require an investment of special skills, time and energy to produce and can't be found on store shelves.
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.
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.
Former CNN News Group Anchor Patti Tripathi is poised to lead a new professional organization for women entrepreneurs in the Tampa Bay region.
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.
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.
The clock is ticking as an insidious microbe lays waste to Florida's citrus groves, making the entire peninsula an experimental field trial for strategies that researchers hope will fend off the extinction of a crop that contributes billions of dollars and more than 75,000 jobs to the state's economy.
From gardens to the Gulf, the locavore movement is beginning to thrive in Tampa Bay and across Florida with pioneers like Steve Phelps and Katie and Emilio Sosa at the helm.
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.
Jodi Bell not only fulfills her dreams, but learns valuable life skills while pursuing a college degree.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Having already moved from Canada to Silicon Valley, entrepreneur and techie Jeff Paleczny decides to “re-career’’ and make the Tampa Bay region his home.
Looking to do your part to help boost the local economy? Spend some money shopping this season in local shops that carry products designed, created, manufactured and/or sold by Tampa Bay residents.
What does it take to create the primordial ooze necessary for startups, innovators and entrepreneurs to thrive in Tampa Bay? Better telling success stories. Shifting mindsets. Creating a community "can-do'' attitude. Setting new priorities. Engaging leadership, both corporate and community. Convincing the big guys to help the little guys. And so much more!
Wow! Three years and counting. 83 Degrees Media, launched in November 2009, continues to be thankful for your encouragement, support and sharing of our stories.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Mashable ranks the Florida High Tech Corridor among the top and fastest-growing tech centers in the nation. Meet four experienced innovators who contribute to that narrative as mobile app creators and builders in Tampa Bay.
What's the best investment you can make in yourself, your family and the local economy? Earn a college degree. That's what motivates participants in Graduate Tampa Bay as the region pursues the Talent Dividend.
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The national college attainment competition has 57 cities attacking the issue on a community level to produce focused, short-term solutions.
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.''
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.
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.
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.
Stageworks Theatre's playwriting group, Stagewrights, offers support and constructive feedback to a revolving door of dramatists. Now, its members are branching out to bring a collection of nine short plays to life in a two-evening production called "TampaWorks," a mosaic of past and present day life set in Tampa Bay landmarks.
Blame it on the recession or chalk it up to a generation of people who prefer vinyl records to MP3s, but the trend toward creative entrepreneurship is real and rising. People value authenticity, and that often comes in the form of a handmade object with pedigree and a good story to boot. Folks from all walks of life across the nation are trading in their "day jobs" to pursue their passions.
83 Degrees Media consistently aims to change the narrative about the Tampa Bay region by featuring stories about thought leaders, rising stars, innovations, global diversity and sense of place.
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.
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.
Art, music, culture, food, perspectives, context, traditions, visions. The list goes on when it comes to the importance of global diversity to a community. But did you know that diversity also is a key indicator of economic success throughout history? Let's talk about it on May 17 with "Not Your Average Speakers.''
Saratopia pokes fun at Sarasota for being uncool in the same vein that Portlandia mocks Portland for being hyper-hip. The lovingly comedic webisode series was launched by serial entrepreneur Rich Swier, Jr., one of the founders of the HuB.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A once troubled kid who turned his life around with the help of AMI Kids of Sarasota, Michael Long was remarkable long before November 9 when he became the focus of news stories for speaking up at a Florida Board of Governors meeting considering the fate of USF Polytechnic.
"Champions For Change,'' a lively discussion about leading and inspiring change, marked 83 Degrees Media's second "Not Your Average Speakers'' event at freeFall Theatre. Speakers included Tom McLain, Tim Dutton, Stacie Blake and Sean Davis. The panel was moderated by Nathan Schwagler.
DEMO Day at Gazelle Lab in St. Petersburg aims to attract venture capital and investments in startup companies taking innovative ideas to the next level and the potential for exceptional profitability. The free event starts at 9 a.m. at Mahaffey Theater on Thursday, Nov. 17.
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.
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
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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
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"What's Working in Cities'' is a regular series of stories produced by Issue Media Group publications, including 83 Degrees Media, that features people and organizations that are driving change in urban communities. From Campus Martius in Detroit, which now attracts a million visitors yearly, to Pittsburgh's lively Market Square to Tampa's emerging Riverwalk and St. Petersburg's Beach Drive, the focus is on placemaking and public places that are not only well-designed but also meaningful.
When we asked readers why they read 83 Degrees Media, the response was overwhelmingly reaffirming and encouraging, with repeated calls for us to do even more stories about talent, innovation, diversity and environment. "GO! GO! GO!'' says one reader. So we decided to share a sampling of reader comments.
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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
Tampa Bay, take note: 2011 is the year of the food truck invasion. They're popping up outside your favorite clubs and bars, food and film festivals, farmers markets and private parties with the same level of culinary diversity you'd expect from Tampa Bay restaurants. We may have been a bit behind on the international mobile food trend, but truck owners in Tampa Bay are now thriving and ready to move forward.
As 83 Degrees nears its 2-year anniversary, we're asking you to share your thoughts about how we're doing. Do you love what you see? Have you liked us on Facebook? Do you follow us on Twitter? What more do you want? Take our short survey -- just five questions -- to tell us what you'd like to see in year 3 and beyond. Thanks!
In this call to action to fellow Millennials, Brian J. Seel of Tampa urges young professionals to unleash the power of their intellectual capital and creative potential in response to the challenges and opportunities afforded by the new economy.
Labor Day, a traditional holiday honoring workers while marking the end of summer, is a fitting time to lift up the voices of Millennials (also known as Gen Yers) who will become the leaders of tomorrow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.''
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.
If you've grown weary of hazardous food recalls and lackluster produce, the Slow Food Movement offers an alternative -- buy local. With dozens of local farms in the Tampa Bay region, you'll find it's easier than you think.
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Over the miles and through the skies to special places we go. The Garmin knows the way, to carry the day through the sand and sunshine too-ooo! Over the miles and through the skies, oh how the time does go. It marks the roads but can't pay the tolls, as over the ground we go. Over the miles and through the skies, to have a first rate day. Oh hear the voice of TomTom too. Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!
As entrepreneurs drive the local as well as the national economy, a fly fisherman, a restaurant owner and a videographer share lessons learned with other 83 Degrees readers considering the pursuit of independent success.
ShelterBox, a British organization providing disaster relief for people in need around the globe, maintains its U.S. headquarters in Lakewood Ranch just east of Bradenton and Sarasota. Volunteers there are working hard to become the charitable organization's biggest fundraising branch by 2012.
Tag along as GourmetTrek introduces people to a taste of some of the Tampa Bay region's most interesting restaurants while teaching a bit about local cultures and neighborhood lore. The tours are designed to have a "positive economic impact by introducing people to restaurants, then they come back to them and bring others. It gives people more of a sense of community and ownership for the area where they live," says creator Anita Gary.
What college produces more Fulbright Scholars than higher-ranked Williams, Amherst, Swarthmore and Middlebury, not to mention better-known Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Princeton? Tiny New College in Sarasota, which counts 38 Fulbright Scholars among its ranks in the last decade, each receiving more than $20,000 toward advancing his or her education in far corners of the world. What attracts such academic genius to New College?
Downtown markets in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Bradenton and throughout the Tampa Bay region increasingly blend talent and innovation with fresh produce, household collections, arts and crafts to spawn new businesses and complete personal reinventions.
atLarge Inc. Founder Anand Pallegar of Sarasota challenges his employees to give back to the community by sharing their online creative skills and volunteering as individuals.
Lots of people in Florida and elsewhere talk "green'' in
concept, while others talk it, walk it and chalk it up to experience by
developing real-life projects to save energy, extend resources and
create cool living and working spaces that promise to make the world a
bit better one building at a time. 83 Degrees takes a look at three such
"green'' projects in Ybor City, an historic neighborhood in Tampa that is
helping lead the region into a sustainable future.
For Cavalia's resident "horse whisperer," the show's Tampa debut at the Florida State Fairgrounds offers the Sarasota native a rare opportunity to visit family, friends and her beloved Ocala farm. Popular demand caused the show to be extended through mid-April, well past its original schedule, before it will move on to Charlotte.
Clothesline, a hip T-shirt shop in Sarasota, provides artists a unique outlet for their work as prints literally roam the streets on the fronts and backs of teens and other casual dressers looking to make a statement. The shop on South Pineapple in the downtown central business district will soon also begin selling some of the best art supplies on the market.
Sir Ken Robinson, author of "Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative," is a key speaker at the 2010 Design Summit, says Larry Thompson, president of the Ringling College of Art and Design, because this year's theme centers upon business and design thinking. "He helps to set the stage about why the creative element is important to business," Thompson says.
Would-be authors, writers and hangers-on face lots of options in the Tampa Bay region when it comes to finding meet-up spots and successful mentors. If you're looking for inspiration or are just in need of conversation, check out these lists of writers and writers groups.
At the end of the day, when the commercial 9-to-5 businesses that have
been the anchor of downtown Sarasota for so long are turning out the
lights and locking their doors, The Box Social springs to life as a
symbolic representation of the "everything more" aspects that the city
has to offer.
Fighting cancer and helping children top the charitable giving lists of some of the Tampa Bay region's favorite professional ball players and coaches. Here are just a few examples of members of the Bucs, Rays and Lightning teams helping out during the holidays.
HD radio offers a multitude of channels with the best sound quality available for those willing to invest in a special receiver or listen online. In the Tampa Bay region, USF student-run WBUL is now broadcast on public radio station WMNF's second HD channel. Official in September 2009, the partnership between a student-run station and a community station is the first of its kind in the country.
A recent collaborative, mixed-media art show by the artists of s/Art/q in a once-empty storefront near Sarasota's Main Street signifies a potential shift in the region's economy with the emergence of several new tech-creative industries.