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Local craft beer industry, scientific passion fuel growth of Florida hops

As experiments to grow hops in Florida find success, demand created by the growing local brew scene may prove to be a boon to the state’s struggling citrus growers.

Adults Brian A. Butler and Woodland Johnson work with students.

How to help kids learn? Community engagement brings success to local K-12 education

What is the solution for helping Florida's schools better educate children? The Council for Education Change encourages collaborative efforts that engage schools, corporate and business leaders, volunteer and parental support though collaborations designed to nurture transformational change.

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Book excerpt: Unlocking the Labor Cage by Vinny Tafuro

In Unlocking the Labor Cage, Tampa Author Vinny Tafuro explores how information age technologies are providing corporations with an aggressive, holistic and fiscally sound opportunity to lead our way into the new age. Read an excerpt.

World of Beer on Fowler Ave.

University area neighborhoods of North Tampa prepare for transformation

Federal and private grants beginning to flow into the University area of North Tampa are designed to help create jobs, educate and train residents and spur additional investments in emerging neighborhoods. Some call it progress; others credit higher powers. 

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For Good: USF architecture students put urban design to work for St. Pete nonprofit

USF graduate students studying architecture use design to transform a nonprofit recovery program in St. Petersburg and begin to take back a crime-ridden part of downtown.

Cedar Key clams.

What's next for Pasco County? Grow as agritourism destination

UF thought leader urges Pasco County to embrace the vision of Extension Director Whitney Elmore to invest in agritourism to build communities, create jobs and produce readily accessible locally grown food. 

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New Tampa Bay Health Alliance aims to restore doctor-patient relationships

The network, called the Tampa Bay Health Alliance, will include the USF Physicians Group and four other practices with various specialties and primary care -- Florida Medical Clinic, Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Pediatric Health Care Alliance and Women’s Care Florida. 

The Nguyen family at a Vietnamese New Year festival in 1981 at the University of South Florida.

Bridging Cultures: Phuong Nguyen moves from Vietnam to Florida

The Tampa Bay region's wealth of diversity enriches the local economy through a variety of cultures, food, arts, job skills, experiences and perspective. In this third in an occasional series originally published by FORUM magazine, Phuong Nguyen tells her family's experience in moving from Vietnam to the Tampa Bay region. 

Landscape architect Laurie Potier-Brown at her home in Seminole Heights.

Career changers: How to reinvent yourself? 3 local professionals tell their stories, give you tips

Prepare yourself financially. Go back to school if necessary. Be realistic about the new job. Those tips and more are part of the advice offered by three Tampa Bay area professionals who decided later in life to transition into new careers. 

Bonnie Walker (R) teaches Kelly Clark and Megan Body the rules of shuffleboard at realize Bradenton's PopUps for a Purpose event.

Exploring a millennial-fueled future for Sarasota, Bradenton

A collaborative effort by local colleges and universities, the Consortium of Colleges on the Creative Coast (C4), aims to change the narrative about the Sarasota-Bradenton area to better attract students and reflect opportunities for millennials. 

Karolak spends time with her nieces and nephews during a 2015 trip to Serbia.

Bridging Cultures: Irena Milasinovic Karolak moves from Croatia to St. Pete

The Tampa Bay region's wealth of diversity enriches the local economy through a variety of cultures, food, arts, job skills, experiences and perspective. In this second in an occasional series originally published by FORUM magazine, Irena Milasinovic Karolek tells her family's experience in moving to the Tampa Bay region from Croatia during wartime. 

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Tampa Bay real estate boom and climate change: 5 big insights

How to rethink and retrofit Tampa Bay area cities for climate change -- and sea level rise in particular -- is an increasingly critical question for public and private sector leaders alike. 

Scenario figure for Hurricane Phoenix.

Preparing for climate change: Pinellas County, local towns take steps to get ready

In the second in a series of stories about climate change, 83 Degrees Media explores how government officials in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties as well as more than two dozen municipalities are preparing for rising sea levels and the potential impact on infrastructure and neighborhoods. 

A team from NOAA installs a water level meteorological station in St Pete.

Tampa Bay Area scientists, policymakers plan for rising sea levels

Over the next several weeks, 83 Degrees Media will bring stories of regional climate leadership to the fore, diving deeper and looking closer at how individuals and industries, business and government are taking innovative steps to rethink and retrofit the Tampa Bay area to meet the challenges raised by climate change.

The ornate decor of Plant Hall.

Chiselers carve out philanthropic niche to help preserve Tampa's most recognizable building

Thanks in large part to a group of Tampa women called the Chiselers and the annual Chiselers Market taking place this weekend, UT’s Plant Hall, a vintage-1891 building best known for six Moorish-style minarets, is sure to live on well into the future.
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