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Sun Country flight to Havana from TIA.

What diplomatic relations with Cuba could mean for Tampa Bay

With the U.S. taking steps to normalize relations with Cuba, Tampa Bay is in a unique position. Local thought leaders share their perspectives on Tampa's role in re-establishing diplomatic ties with the island.

Jack Kenney and Brett Lee have a foosball break at kitedesk.

Ybor City experiences tech startup boom

Tech startups flock to Ybor City as their founders seek a more laid-back, walkable culture that fits their lifestyles. The consequence? The historic district in Tampa is experiencing high-tech job growth in the neighborhood once best known for the art of cigar-making. 

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Image makers: Seeing the Tampa Bay area through 3 different lenses

From sun to surf to state of the art studios and historic neighborhoods, the Tampa Bay Area is a photographer’s paradise. Tag along with three image makers in search of the perfect local backdrop.

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Poynter Institute shares space with innovative St. Pete entrepreneurs

The Poynter Institute, a globally recognized leader in journalism education, opens its downtown St. Petersburg doors and leases space to a bevy of local startups in need of a place to call home. 

Zach Hunter takes a bucket of clams underwater after harvesting. The clams will sit on the bottom for two days to further filter themselves.

From tide to table: Local family cultivates sustainable shellfish farming in Florida bays

Fresh Florida clams are showing up again on local restaurant menus and at farmers markets thanks to fish farmers like Two Docks Shellfish, a family-owned entrepreneurial business that harvests the bivalves in the waters of Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor.  

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Tampa Bay area companies explore connections with Colombian businesses

Local Tampa Bay area businesses continue efforts to increase trade between Florida and Colombia three years after the Tampa-Hillsborough EDC led a group of community leaders to several cities in South America.

Ellen and David Brown are retiring from Old Tampa Book Company with Carrie Carnes as the new owner.

Old bookstore in downtown Tampa gets new owners, retains mystique

Ellen and David Brown set the standard for local urban pioneers determined to revive downtown Tampa when they opened the Old Tampa Book Company on Tampa Street more than 20 years ago. Today they are passing ownership to the next generation and preparing for their own retirement.

One of the festive meeting rooms at VACO.

Cool office spaces redefine what it means to go to work in Tampa, St. Pete

The Tampa Bay region is home to some of the coolest, anything-but-ordinary work spaces that especially appeal to creatives and techies.

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. 

Green Mile

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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