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Amelie Arena received many upgrades in preparation for the 2012 RNC.

Beyond politics, what are long-lasting benefits of hosting a political convention?

In Tampa, political convention spending provided new police equipment, contributions to local charities, upgrades to cell phone and internet systems, street and landscaping improvements and millions of dollars in upgrades to local gathering places.

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For Good: Major grants invest in St. Pete projects designed to create healthy communities

Health-related innovations and initiatives win big as the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg awards $3.9 million in inaugural grants to 19 local organizations.

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Local hackers gather in Tampa to find solutions to problems of Bay Area homelessness

How to provide technical solutions to problems that confront the Tampa Bay Area homeless population? Invite local hacker volunteers to a 3-day event, called CodaPalooza, in observance of the National Day of Civic Hacking, sponsored in part by Code for America.

Jack Ross is Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center.

Neighborhood community center emerges from West Tampa historic space, nurtures startups

A new Jewish Community Center being built inside the old Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory is expected to lead an economic resurgence in West Tampa neighborhoods.

The Wonder Studio art.

How to delight children and inspire adults at the same time? Visit Tampa Bay Area creative places

Every local parent probably knows about the Lowry Park Zoo, Glazer Children’s Museum, MOSI Tampa, the Florida Aquarium and Great Explorations as terrific places to visit, but the Tampa Bay region is also home to lots of smaller, lesser-known venues and activities where kids can be kids and learn something in the process. 

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. 

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Co-Working spaces expand, attract talent in the Tampa Bay region

Collaborative co-working spaces are hot in places like Chicago, New York City, San Francisco -- and in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater. Local entrepreneurs share why this new type of business arrangement works better for them than traditional places to work.

New Town Connections event.

Tampa Bay dating scene heats up with new options for meeting someone special

The dating scene in the Tampa Bay area seems to be simmering these days as the region attracts more people -- especially singles -- from all over the globe.

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. 

Edgardo Dangond and wife Adriana, with sons Felipe ( at  left)  and  Nicolas in Colombia, 2009.

Bridging Cultures: Edgardo Dangond moves from Colombia to Florida

The Tampa Bay region's wealth of diversity enriches the local economy through a variety of ways, including culture, food, dance, music, job skills and perspective. In this first in an occasional series originally published by FORUM magazine, Edgardo Dangond tells his family's experience in moving to the Tampa Bay region from Colombia so he could pursue a college degree. 

Drone Radio Show podcast.

Information meets inspiration: Locals make Tampa a hotbed for podcasting

“California has film and New York has TV. We’re trying to make Tampa Bay the place for podcasting, to be a leader in this growing medium,” says Chris Krimitsos, a local business booster who founded the Florida Podcasters Association along with a handful of other content creators.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn kicks off Tampa Bay Startup Week.

Tampa Bay Startup Week fosters connections through conversation, community building

Did you attend Tampa Bay Startup Week? What was the highlight of the week’s more than 80 events, spread across five days in mid-February? Tell us about it! 

Tampa Innovation Alliance Innovation Gathering at MOSI.

Tampa Innovation Alliance: Creating synergy through actions, connections, collaborations

Through a focus on transit and technology, the Tampa Innovation Alliance aims to help change the narrative about the entire Tampa Bay region. The idea is to engage students, startup businesses and community connections and collaborations in a combined effort.

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Startup Week to focus on creating tech community connections in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Startup Week, powered by Chase and Techstar, will take place Feb 8-12, 2016, and focus on creating tech community connections in Tampa Bay with startup events for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Charley's Steak House on Cypress near I-275.

Visionaries see Westshore transit hub as connector to city's future

FDOT's purchase of property to build a multimodal transportation hub in the Westshore area of Tampa could help transform travel options for local commuters and Florida visitors looking for alternative means for getting around the Bay area.
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