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Independent local retail: A key ingredient of urban quality of life

The Tampa Bay Area has many opportunities to invest in local retail, but are we smart enough to do it? Learn what more is needed from Retail Consultant Alex English.

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Filmmaking in Tampa Bay Area ekes out a living

Despite agreeable weather year-round, a broad pool of talent and a multitude of diverse settings, securing funding for local filmmaking remains a tricky proposition.

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What's next for downtown Clearwater? Breweries, restaurants, shops add to urban scene

House of Beer, Inoculum Ale Works and other breweries are looking to open in downtown Clearwater in coming months, adding jobs and urban lifestyle amenities.

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SPARK success stories: Crescent Womb's infant safety beds

A young first-time father in Pinellas County creates Crescent Womb, a mesh fabric cradle to lessen his fears about the dangers of SIDS. Learn how Clearwater Business SPARK helped him take the idea to market.

Tampa bicycle commuters Karen Kress, Alana Brasier, and Justin Willits.

Commuter Challenge: Going carless in Tampa

Getting to work isn't easy for most of us using Tampa streets and Hillsborough County roads. So spend a week using alternative transportation and see what happens.

Kelly Farrell looks over water line plans for a major expansion at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park.

Park redo creates key community gathering space for West Tampa

The newly renovated Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in West Tampa will offer an abundance of outdoor activities and event space, similar to Curtis Hixon Park across the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa.

Jose Simulus explains how Launchcode, a non-profit is helping him transition into a career of tech.

Launchcode: Tech students share hopes, dreams at networking event

Students in a free coding class offered in Tampa by the nonprofit Launchcode are preparing themselves for jobs of the future. 

The dedication scene on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.

Dedication of USCGC/USS Tampa Memorial

“Few words carry as much weight in the annals of Coast Guard history as the word TAMPA.’’ -- The U.S. Coast Guard. Learn more about why that is true. 

Heavy traffic on I-275 between downtown and Westshore.

Focus is on Bus Rapid Transit as first step in Tampa Bay Area transportation solutions

BRT is seen as part of the transition that will be necessary for the Tampa Bay Area to go from a car-centered transportation culture to one that includes transit. Learn how.

Jennifer Collins at USF

What will climate change mean for Florida?

Learn from local experts, including Charles Paxton of the National Weather Service and USF Professor Jennifer Collins, co-authors of "Florida Weather and Climate: More Than Just Sunshine.''

Second Century Studios grand opening in downtown Clearwater.

New shops, new housing spur revitalization of downtown Clearwater

Momentum builds in downtown Clearwater as Imagine Clearwater referendum passes and downtown activity increases, including the opening of The Nolen multi-family, mixed-use development, and Second Century Studios & Bazaar Art Co-op.

 Joe Robinson discusses key areas in West Tampa to showcase for redevelopment.

West Tampa residents key to shaping future of neighborhood

City of Tampa officials, consultants and local residents work together to shape the future of West Tampa by sharing strategic ideas on community redevelopment. Learn more.

(L-R) Maria Gibbs, Scott Hutterman, Dr., Loren Murfield, and Jared Kohn at 1 Million Cups in Tampa.

1 Million Cups: Meet local doers tackling opportunities in the global marketplace

Pitch your business concept and get constructive criticism among friends and neighbors at 1 Million Cups Tampa.

Esterio Segura's artwork entitled 'Good Bye My Love Tampa, Seven Days a Week' at Tampa International Airport.

New public art arrives at Tampa International Airport as part of major expansion

Nine new artworks by big-name artists are being installed @FlyTPA to greet travelers.

Phillip Connor and Artist Carrie Jadus at the new Arts XChange for artist entrepreneurs in St. Pete.

Arts Xchange opens in Warehouse Arts District, St. Pete

The nonprofit Arts Xchange will house 28 artist studios and event space for gallery openings, private and public parties and educational classes.
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