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Ignite speaker Rachel Mallett 14, was awarded the Girls’ Inc. Girl of the Year for 2014.

Ignite Tampa Bay talks tackle STEM education, social media, silence

At least 20 speakers will take the stage to entertain, educate and inspire the crowd at 2015 Ignite Tampa Bay, touching on topics from the trials and tribulations that arise from the use of modern technology to the social media mythos of “Florida Man.”

Mario Simoes is Chief Engineer at Tampa Bay Research and Innovation Center at CAMLS.

Disney for docs: CAMLS leads training in biotech, medical devices

CAMLS, an innovative medical simulation center in downtown Tampa, is one of the world’s largest free-standing centers fully dedicated to training healthcare professionals. 

Brent Patterson, John Schaefer, Jarrid Dotterer and Sean Williams.

Shipping containers encourage innovative, creative designs for living

Shipping containers built to sustain high winds and heavy rain as they cross the oceans are being repurposed into affordable, sustainable homes and shops in Tampa and St. Petersburg.

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Young entrepreneurs sign up for early success

Have a child yearning to invent something? Youth entrepreneur programs -- many start-ups themselves with fluid offerings -- are honing approaches and best practices for inspiring and teaching future adults. Learn about five area programs carving out their own niches as they target kid-entrepreneurs in nuanced ways.

Edwards Island Sarasota.

Gulf Coast Innovation Challenge: Strengthen blue economy of Florida Gulf Coast

The marine ecosystems in the swaying sea grasses of the Gulf of Mexico and the mangroves growing among the quiet waterways curling inland along the Gulf Coast are ripe with economic opportunity.

Brain Squeeze Trivia winners.

Trivia nights rock Tampa Bay area pubs, restaurants

So you think you know everything there is to know about sports? The arts? Culture? History? Music? Literature? Game on as Tampa Bay area peeps flock to trivia nights at local bars and restaurants. 

Denver's newest hostel, Hostel Fish

Can urban hostels turn a profit by striking a balance?

Lessons from Denver for creating a thriving hostel scene that balances style and amenities with affordability.

Urban Innovation

Power to the people: New series to spotlight urban innovators

What do you think of when you hear the words "urban innovation"? Do you think of smart technology and clean energy? Or open data and civic tech? Maybe you think of entrepreneurship or creative placemaking or the future of mobility? It's easy to forget, but all of these have one thing in common: people.

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.
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