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Tampa Bay area community colleges create special programs to attract baby boomers looking to reinvent themselves or change careers.
Santa and his elves are not the only ones working around the clock to prepare for a fantastic flight this holiday season. While the jolly fellow and his merry team of elves tinker away at the North Pole to prepare the famous flying sleigh for its annual whirl around the globe, a team of aviation specialists at Lakeland's Fantasy of Flight is hard at work preparing for another flight of historic proportions.
As we bid adieu to 2013 and get ready to welcome 2014, 83 Degrees Media wishes you and yours a peaceful respite around a bountiful table. Looking forward to next year and beyond. Happy Holidays!
A pilot preschool program being tested in Pinellas County aims to reinvent pre-K curriculum and culture to improve academic performance among children living in low-income families.
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.
Emmanuel Roux, a former restaurateur and farm kid from France now living in St. Petersburg, looks at the city's poorest neighborhoods and envisions an Urban Food Park that could grow healthy foods, teach preparation skills from farm to table and feed the hungry. His longtime dream is getting closer to reality.
83 Degrees invites readers to revisit and share favorite features published over the last four years as we celebrate our 4th anniversary and ask our readers to tell us what you would like to read about in future stories.
A Tactical Urbanism Workshop in Tampa focuses on small actions that can lead to big changes in neighborhoods and communities. Parklets, Guerilla Gardening, Pavement-to-Plazas or street intersection repair are some examples of Tactical Urbanism being applied locally and in many cities.
New collaborations among traditional entities aren't always easy nor are they readily embraced by traditionalists more comfortable with the status quo. But the Tampa Bay region's newly thriving arts communities are beginning to recognize the "c'' word as the smartest and quickest path to a prosperous future for individual institutions as well as for the local economy.
Once the province of sculptors, public art has evolved into an essential element of urban placemaking and social engagement. From murals on vacant buildings to art in laundromats to edible art installations that are as mouthwatering as they are aesthetically pleasing, we take a look at how public art is transforming our cities.
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.
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.
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 schools are finding creative, new opportunities to implement and promote STEM-related classes in public schools. Pinellas County, for instance, teamed up this past summer with Duke University's TIP (Talent Identification Program) to offer summer camp for their best and brightest students to explore advanced science, technology, engineering and math.
TiECon and Bar/Code Camp Florida bookend the inaugural Tampa Bay Tech Week, which brings entrepreneurs, startup founders and tech enthusiasts together for educational and motivational events in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
Tampa Free Skool isn't easy to describe for the uninitiated. Think of it as a more organic, more free-spirited learning experience designed to share knowledge and engage conversation around everything from neo-Tantric fire rituals to storytelling to French language classes.
The growing Warehouse Arts District in St. Petersburg is a terrific place to find art made by local artists, including unique hot glass and clay pieces seen on this video by ES Creative.
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.
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.
Former CNN News Group Anchor Patti Tripathi is poised to lead a new professional organization for women entrepreneurs in the Tampa Bay region.
Tampa and St. Petersburg are among cities nationwide hopping on the trend toward providing "smart'' bicycles for sharing in urban neighborhoods.
The StartupBus, a "hackathon on wheels," grows roots to Tampa Bay as local digital strategist Mitch Neff is appointed Global Director.
St. Petersburg entrepreneur and arts champion Anne Marie Cash streams Rhino On Air from the city's historic Kress Building. Through the innovative online radio station, Cash shares information about the city's arts initiatives to a global audience.
Creative placemaking is shaping the future for cities across the nation as innovators and investors help jumpstart once-neglected neighborhoods. Denver, Toronto, Detroit, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Minneapolis-St. Paul are among cities seeing positive results.
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.
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.
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.''
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in Tampa will focus on rethinking how traditional healthcare is delivered to create new models for patient care.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.''
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
The national college attainment competition has 57 cities attacking the issue on a community level to produce focused, short-term solutions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.''
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.''
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Duncan McClellan shares his glass studio in St. Petersburg with members of the public and a variety of charitable causes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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: email@example.com
"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.
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.
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?
The Proper Pie Company serves up homemade, double-crusted meat and vegetarian pies with a motto: "Bake fresh, and they will come." The Davenport-based British pie business is a favorite among patrons of Florida's farmers markets from Tampa Bay to St. Augustine and beyond.
The eclectic mix of shops
and cafes on Beach Drive in St. Petersburg appear to be thriving this winter as throngs of out-of-town visitors mingle with locals to enjoy the sunshine and visit the growing arts venues that help attract people to the community.
Rim Karnavicius' business background has been as much an asset for the St. Petersburg Opera Company as his towering presence on stage and his big bass/baritone voice.
Fully appreciating Artist Salvador Dali and the fabulous new St. Petersburg museum that houses 96 of his world-renowned paintings requires an up close and personal examination of the details contained within. Watch and listen along as 83 Degrees Managing Photographer Julie Busch takes a tour.
Plasma-Therm is representative of high-value-added industries that serve global markets from the Tampa Bay region. The manufacturing company attracts highly educated, well-paid engineers and technicians to work in St. Petersburg.
The freeFall Theatre Company will soon open its doors in new digs, a renovated church property near Bear Creek Park on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. Since 2008, the company's productions have been housed at other better-known theaters Studio@620 and American Stage.
Tampa Bay entrepreneur Ginger Watters' creation of TampaBayHelps is designed to leverage social media connections to grow donor support for local charities and build a community mindset that inspires greater philanthropic giving.
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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.
St. Petersburg's reputation as "City of the Arts" moves to a new level with 11:11, a "visionary" creative arts festival that combines music, art and dance. The three-day event starts Nov. 11.
Watch and listen to the multilayered sounds of Soulfire as group members rehearse for the upcoming 11:11 event in this photo slideshow by 83 Degrees Managing Photographer Julie Busch. From the didgeridoo to singing bowls, flutes, drums and vocals, there's a lot to hear from this 9-person band.
In planning for long-term sustainability of The Florida Orchestra, CEO Michael Pastreich looked to the writings of business researcher Jim
Collins, author of "Good To Great'' and "Built To Last.'' While these
books were originally written with for-profit businesses in mind,
Pastreich finds that Collins' work applies in the nonprofit arts world
If you thought becoming "mayor'' of one of the Tampa Bay region's cities means putting your name on a ballot and buying yard signs, think again! Foursquare, a rapidly growing online social network, brings a whole new meaning to how one becomes "mayor'' and the length of time served. Young people are flocking to it here and elsewhere faster than their elders are lining up to vote in November.
The anticipated January 2011 opening of the new Dali Museum adds to the growing collection of museums in St. Petersburg, Tampa and Sarasota as the Tampa Bay region boosts its reputation as a top destination for arts enthusiasts from all over the world. Among the newest? The Tampa Museum of Art, the Chihuly Collection and the Glazer Children's Museum, all helping spur the region's economy by creating jobs and an environment that appeals to business and industry executives looking to relocate.
Gulfport residents take their unique lifestyle quite seriously. "Our quaintness is obvious and the people who come here and buy Gulfport properties are attracted by its quaintness. We want to keep the integrity of that," says Mike Yakes, who grew up in town and has been mayor since 1991. High-rise condos, chain restaurants, big hotels and brand-name stores are practically non-existent.
The Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center occupies most of the seventh floor of All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. It includes 28 individual patient rooms and takes up more than 26,500 square feet. It also allows for accommodations for parents of patients and three Ronald McDonald houses are on site for parents who need to be near their children.
Aleshea Harris never heard anything about St. Petersburg before she relocated from Mississippi in 2004. Now, the 28-year-old artist has her hand in everything from music to spoken word poetry to playwriting. With the help of the local creative community, she's altering the perceptions of what it means to be a working artist and loving every minute of it.
Dermazone Solutions combines innovation and technology to produce growing lines of natural skincare and beauty products in a a woman-founded, woman-run and woman-managed company in the heart of St. Petersburg.
LPGA champion Golfer Brittany Lincicome vows to give back to her hometown of St. Petersburg in a big way and she's already making big tracks in that direction.
Just as nightfall brings relief from Florida's summer heat and humidity, Zen Glass Studio begins to heat up as artists inside go to work creating glass goblets, pendants and vases. The modest studio in the historic Roser Park neighborhood is one of the many small businesses that are helping to grow the arts community in St. Petersburg.
An amazing transformation is underway in
downtown St. Petersburg. Dozens of small art galleries, an expanded clay studio and a new space
dedicated to Chihuly glass will soon be open. By 2011, the Dali
museum is expected to be in its new waterfront home. The arts scene
is flourishing, attracting new investments, enthusiasm and creativity.
If you got a kick out of watching curling during the Winter Olympics, you might want to take a shot at shuffleboard. The longtime signature sport of Pinellas County -- much like curling, sans the ice -- is making a comeback. Just pick out a cue stick and try strategically shoving discs across a shuffleboard in downtown St. Petersburg, where public courts turn into popular gathering spots by evening to meet up with friends or have fun with the family.
The renovation of Crislip Arcade in St. Petersburg represents today's new economy in a burgeoning block of artists' studios and creative businesses blossoming in a "smaller is better" world.
Mashable? Foursquare? Twitter? What's next in online communications and who are the experts watching? Hear what The Poynter Institute's interactivity editor thinks as Ellyn Angelotti goes off-line momentarily to chat with 83 Degrees.
Whether oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has reached the Gulf of
Mexico's Loop Current, where it could begin its journey around the
Florida Keys and up the East Coast, has been the focus of scientists
from USF's College of Marine Science as well as state and
federal researchers dispatched to the scene. Information gathered by
scientific crews aboard the R/V Bellows and the R/V Weatherbird will
help determine how best to react to the spill and the extent of damage
to marine organisms in its path.
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.
The Plight and Promise of Africa: An Eckerd College Initiative draws standing-room-only crowds to a series of lectures, photo exhibits and public appearances by celebrities around Tampa Bay in 2010.
Residents of the Tampa Bay region don't have to travel far to find Earth-friendly green businesses that cater to every whim. Shops run by dedicated environmentalists and entrepreneurs remain true to Mother Nature and Father Time by engaging in sales and trades designed to ensure our sustainability.
Finding your peeps is never easy in a big place, especially when you're fresh out of college, working in your first or second job and spending much of your day just getting to where you're going on time. With that in mind, 83 Degrees is launching a new series of stories designed to document a day in the life of successful young professionals in the Tampa Bay region. This first 24Hours piece was produced in conjunction with Next American City, a national magazine created for and by a new generation of urban thinkers and leaders.
The newly formed Frantzen Tampa Bay Property Fund aims to buy, rent and sell distressed residential property in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties in Florida. The limited partnership was created by Frantzen Capital Management and Lifsey Real Estate & Holdings to take advantage of the subprime mortgage crisis and tight credit markets to put foreclosed homes back in circulation as rentals while returning a profit for investors.
And, I didn't even get wet! Corny humor, genuinely weird characters, Florida's colorful history, numerous hard lives and extended drama mix with imagination, creativity and nose-to-the-grindstone research to make plenty of fodder for the Tampa Bay region's plethora of writers and would-be authors.
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.
Brody Welte's Stand Up Fitness combines outdoor exercise with scenic natural beauty by offering paddle tours of the waters around Tampa and St. Petersburg. The tours often include trips along the Hillsborough River.
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.
Like many other urban markets around the country, the Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Petersburg is about more than better food. It's about a better life. Healthy living, recycling, renewal are the underpinnings of most of the products and services.
Today's trend toward more healthy eating and an apparent increase in the Tampa Bay region's pro-animal rights, vegetarian and vegan populations have helped restaurants that serve primarily vegan fare – or at least offer multiple options that are sans-animal products – become increasingly common and increasingly profitable.
University of South Florida Associate Professor David Mann listens
to the sounds dolphins use to communicate in the Gulf of Mexico. The work began in 2007 thanks to a 3-year, $1.63 million grant from the National Oceanographic Partnership Program.
The project got another boost this year with $300,000 in federal
economic stimulus money that will allow the work to continue through
St. Petersburg Architect Jason Jensen aims to create spaces that are architecturally distinct. The 32-year-old wants his buildings to produce unique experiences for the people who use and visit them.
Draper Laboratory, an MIT spin-off based in Cambridge, MA, and pioneer in the development of MEMS technologies for 25 years, opened facilities in October at the University of South Florida in Tampa and in St. Petersburg. Dr. Len Polizzotto, principal director of strategic business development, talks with 83 Degrees about Draper's expansion into Florida.
Former hotels, churches and factories converted into new condos and loft apartments represent some of the coolest digs in town both in Tampa and in St. Petersburg. Some were built for industrial, commercial or religious purposes. Some were in terrible shape. The Sunday school even had a tree growing in it. Now, they are people's homes.