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.
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.''
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Serial entrepreneur Joy Randels brings her expertise to Tampa Bay area community events from Startup Weekend to Ignite Tampa Bay. As chapter director of Startup Grind Tampa Bay, she aims to help local entrepreneurs make meaningful connections.
Tampa Bay's growing startup community is key to Florida's emergence as a robust economy driven by a healthy mix of industry, traditional businesses and entrepreneurs. Join 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' on May 13 to learn and talk more about what's new and what's next for local startups.
Following a national trend in cities, a new space in the historic Downtown Tampa public library reinvents itself for the modern tech-driven world to better serve local entrepreneurs, families and makers.
Issue Media Group publications such as Yonge Street in Toronto, High Ground in Memphis, Model D in Detroit and 83 Degrees in Tampa Bay cover "what's next" for urban centers. In this recurring feature, we highlight the top stories in urban innovation from all across our national network.
The City of Memphis is on the rise thanks to a growing startup community, investments in bike lanes, a burgeoning arts district and people moving back to the city. Through it all, the city has listened to its residents and embraced 'lean urbanism.'
St. Petersburg's Central Arts District adds another star to its growing collection of indie artist shops, cafes, clubs and outdoor murals. An overflow crowd turns out for the grand opening of Local Longboards on Central Avenue, a cool new shop featuring handcrafted skateboards.
A Tampa-based startup is catching the eye of local governments inside and outside Florida and their community partners by attracting new investors and private funding to create more livable cities.
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.''
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.''
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.
In a league with Harvard, Yale, the University of Miami and other big name academic centers, USF Health leads the way in using art to teach future doctors, nurses, physical therapists and public health professionals how to sharpen their visual observation skills to become better healthcare providers.
Find out what's new and what's next in America's cities as featured in Issue Media Group's 22 publications reporting on the latest in urban talent, innovation, diversity and environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VIPSoftware, a Tampa Bay startup, evolves to find its niche in Florida's growing property and casualty insurance industry. Founder James Makris moved to Florida from Canada.
So you have a great idea but don't know how to make it or take it to market? Tampa Hackerspace encourages maker activities designed to nurture innovations and creations through collaborations and communications that might not otherwise take place.
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.
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.
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!
Many may argue there is an art to cleanliness, but few probably think of the "art'' part in the same light as does Carrie Matteoli, a recent winner of an Awesome Tampa Bay grant awarded to support her artistic cleaning.
Ambrosia Global, a local startup with a worldly perspective on sustainable farming as the solution to the world food crisis, will soon expand its reach into local Tampa neighborhoods as well as to Haiti and beyond.
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.
Encore! Tampa, a growing planned community just north of downtown designed to attract young professionals as well as families and the elderly, is a role model for sustainability and green living.
A Tampa startup entered the national spotlight in October with the public launch of EXMO, which aims to help events become more social.
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.
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.
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.
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.
USF Health's Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) moves forward with its first international expansion into Panama.
The merger of music and technology doesn't get any better than what comes naturally to DJ Ravi Drums, an international star who got his start in Tampa. He returns home to perform at TiECon Florida 2013 in Safety Harbor.
TiECon and Bar/Code Camp Florida bookend the inaugural Tampa Bay Tech Week, which brings entrepreneurs, startup founders and tech enthusiasts together for educational and motivational events in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
Hillsborough County Commissioners set aside $2 million to help nurture Tampa's fast-growing startup community. Where's the money going?
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.
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.
The largest elevated adventure course in southwest Florida, TreeUmph features adrenaline-pumping obstacles and a unique birds-eye view of the 14 acres below.
Former CNN News Group Anchor Patti Tripathi is poised to lead a new professional organization for women entrepreneurs in the Tampa Bay region.
Tampa and St. Petersburg are among cities nationwide hopping on the trend toward providing "smart'' bicycles for sharing in urban neighborhoods.
The StartupBus, a "hackathon on wheels," grows roots to Tampa Bay as local digital strategist Mitch Neff is appointed Global Director.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
MediFuture 2023 in Tampa will focus on rethinking how traditional healthcare is delivered to create new models for patient care.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.''
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.
USF redesigns degree program for nurses to meet needs cited by community members as well as healthcare professionals.
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.
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.
Florida's beaches and entertainment spots beckon as we celebrate our nation's roots and enjoy a mid-summer break with family and friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Scientific League of Superheroes helps elementary school students learn about science, technology, engineering and math through the antics of cartoon characters.
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 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.
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.''
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you for reading 83 Degrees and for sharing with others the stories we produce about "What's New?'' and "What's Next?'' in the Tampa Bay region. Be sure to follow 83DegreesMedia on Twitter and Facebook too!
TourWrist. WeoGeo. T.imelin.es. What's next? Hear directly from Spark Labs CEO Charles Armstrong as he sits down with 83 Degrees to talk about his fledgling web app designing firm's successes and what more it will take to create the critical mass necessary to allow more tech companies to thrive in Tampa.
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!
A clinical trial being conducted by USF researchers at Tampa General Hospital seeks to test the effectiveness of a drug designed to treat Type 1 diabetes. The trial involves patients between the ages of 10 and 20, who have been diagnosed within the past three months.
Are we there yet? Almost. Close your eyes and imagine! Sept. 25 is the magical day that will see eager eyes open wide at the grand opening of the new Glazer Children's Museum in downtown Tampa, adding to museum row along the Tampa Riverwalk from the Florida Aquarium to the Tampa Bay History Center to the Tampa Museum of Art.
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.
Creativity is bustling at Odessa-based deep foundation construction company Coastal Caisson. Using its Cutter Soil Mixer technology, developed by Bauer in 2004, the company has found its specialty incorporating underground construction with sustainable living.
Tiny Saint Leo University, situated about 35 minutes north of Tampa in idyllic central Pasco County, stays connected to faraway students in countries around the globe using the latest in online technology.
Mac owners often reach out to Steve Bush in desperation, when they can't find help elsewhere and hopes of retrieving lost data are fading faster than the pixels on their screens. Bush -- much like a dependable Maytag sales repairman of the past -- is a rare and successful Macintosh computer repair shop owner in downtown Tampa. The result? His swanky little shop, decorated in checkerboard and techno cool for his devoted Apple customers, is a terrific spot to hang and grow brain cells.
Scattered all across the Tampa Bay region -- in office parks, on college campuses, in home workshops and garages, perhaps even next door to you -- some of the world's coolest new technology is being envisioned, developed through trial and error, and adapted for practical use in business and industry as well as for personal assistance and play. Many examples were on display June 4 at the Tampa Bay Technology Forum's coolTECH 2010.
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.
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.
A petite engineer with big ideas aims to revolutionize high-tech inventory control, courtesy of a partnership between the University of Florida and Franwell, a Lakeland firm committed to innovating Radio Frequency Identification technology.
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.
The entrepreneurial spirit of Tampa's once vibrant Central Avenue business district lives on today in the multitude of black-owned businesses that share their successes and raise the bar for achievement for the next generation.
The perforated aluminum "skin" that wraps around the Tampa Museum of
Art was provided by the McNichols Company, a Tampa=based global
manufacturer of perforated metal, expanded metal, wire mesh and other
decorative metals, as well as a full line of grating and flooring
products. See the sights and
hear the sounds inside the McNichols Company as workers create such
metals for use by architects and builders.
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.
The Urban Charrette, a nonprofit organization created by a small but highly energized group of visionary people, aims to help transform Downtown Tampa into a place to call home for transplants as well as natives while attracting talented new residents. The founders bring a mix of architectural, design, artistic, political and progressive thinking credentials to the task.
USF graduate students captured two international design awards for proposals to reclaim and revitalize neighborhoods bordering downtown Tampa that have long thirsted for the creativity, new energy and strategic investments that will be required to make such dynamic dreams become reality.
The new Saint Stephen's Episcopal School is among the first publicly registered schools in the Tampa Bay region to seek a LEED Gold certification for environmental awareness. Officials aim to win the prestigious Gold certification by the end of the school year.
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.
This is your last edition of 83 Degrees in 2009. We will be taking a
winter break for the rest of December to spend time with our families
and friends, and will resume publication on Tuesday, January 5th, 2010.
Our archived website content will remain available through the holiday
season, as it is always.
An innovative Wesley Chapel entrepreneur is connecting investors with information, other traders and organizations they can collectively support – and he's doing it all online.
In creating Tampa Bay's new weekly online magazine showcasing Tampa Bay's TIDE - Talent, Innovation, Diversity, Environment, the question we get asked most often? Why 83 Degrees?
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.