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Teacher Beth Calcaterra and a student discuss the anatomy of a worm found in the school garden.

Charter schools synonymous with alternative education in the Tampa Bay area

With 10 charter school-related bills under consideration in the 2015 Florida Legislature, parents, educators and lawmakers are paying more attention than ever to non-traditional learning programs for kids. 83 Degrees takes a closer look at some of the Tampa Bay area charter schools that are approaching education a little differently. 

The Tampa Riverwalk hosts bronze sculptures. This one features the Mound Builders of Tampa Bay.

Tampa Riverwalk nears completion, connects downtown

The Tampa Riverwalk — long envisioned by local leaders as a connector of people and places throughout downtown — is nearing completion. By 2016, the Riverwalk will become a continuous 2.6-mile path from the Heights Riverfront Development near the North Boulevard Bridge south and east along the Hillsborough River to the Channel District and Port Tampa Bay.

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Local tech community: Growing fast, deep and strong

The tech community in the Tampa-St. Pete area is strong and growing stronger, says Daniel James Scott, CEO of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum. He shared his assessment of local tech talent and innovation at a March forum hosted by the Tampa Downtown Partnership. 83 Degrees reprints his remarks here.

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Cool collaborations: The 2015 guide to coworking in Tampa Bay

Create, collaborate and, of course, drink coffee at cool Tampa Bay coworking spaces. Shared workspaces continue to grow in 2015, attracting members to the dedicated desks and community tables cropping up throughout the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, Sarasota region. Here’s the 83 Degrees 2015 Guide to Coworking in Tampa Bay.

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Video: Highlights at Tampa Bay Startup Week 2015

Among the highlights of Tampa Bay Startup Week: Two local tech companies -- City Sleekers and Viral Style -- will participate in 2015 Tech Celebrate following its second local Tech Cocktail event later this year. 

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In Denver, legal marijuana spurs entrepreneurialism -- and gentrification

Florida voters interested in the medical marijuana issue take note: The Mile High City's booming marijuana industry has created and catalyzed thousands of jobs. While its impact rivals that of any single economic development initiative in the city's recent history, there are plenty of challenges and growing pains as well.

The Hydro-Dyne Engineering facility in Pinellas.

Tampa Bay area businesses expand trade with Chile, create local jobs

Chile is shaping up to be one of Florida's leading trade partners as more and more Tampa Bay area businesses are building fruitful relationships with the South American country. The result? An economic boost likely to result in more jobs in the local region.

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Video: Biyaks make a splash on the Hillsborough River in Downtown Tampa

Whether you're looking to mix a little fun with your daily exercise or you're simply searching for a better way to travel around downtown Tampa without running into traffic, check out the new biyaks on the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa.

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Q&A: Tampa is on fire, says Guy King of ME Wilson

ME Wilson represents Tampa’s traditional business climate in that the 95-year-old company is growing again and making a profit after several tough years. Read how President Guy King III measures success and what he sees next for the local economy.

Networking at the NYAS event held at the Iron Yard in St Pete.

Building bigger, better startups starts with talent

“Not Your Average Speakers’’ agree that growing a bigger, better startup in the Tampa Bay region depends more on building a strong company culture and retaining talent than on easy access to capital.

Savvy Card presents in St Pete

Not Your Average Speakers talk 'Big and bigger: How to grow your startup from here'

How to grow your startup? Your connections? Your community? Join 83 Degrees Media as we talk solutions with a panel of experts at the next edition of 'Not Your Average Speakers' on February 5th in downtown St. Petersburg.  

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Gasparilla Interactive Festival in Tampa spotlights digital tech

The first Gasparilla Interactive Festival is designed to showcase local, state and national tech talent, highlight innovative technologies and attract entrepreneurs to the Tampa Bay region.

The lobby of Mary  Lee's House is warm and inviting for families.

For Good: Mary Lee's House in Tampa provides one-stop-shop of services for children in need

Florida’s child advocacy professionals count on Mary Lee’s House in Tampa to take in, treat and protect neglected and abused kids who end up in state custody. The success of the 7-year-old nonprofit emanates from its Founder, Mary Lee Farrior, one of the newest inductees into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.

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Q&A: Bill Jackson, 2015 entrepreneurship educator of the year

A professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg is named the nation’s top Entrepreneurship Educator at a conference in Tampa. The winner, Bill Jackson, shares his insights on entrepreneurship with 83 Degrees Media.

Welder Carlos Betts and CEO Dick Peck share a laugh.

Oldsmar manufacturer finds success by filling jobs with vets, students, people with disabilities

What makes QTM and Dick Peck special? When the Oldsmar manufacturer couldn't find the skilled labor required for his company, he intentionally set out to hire and train people others may consider hard-to-employ.
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