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Pinellas Hope will house clients in new cottages made from shipping containers.

For Good: Volunteers convert shipping containers into sturdy housing for homeless

Pinellas County finds a partial solution for housing Tampa Bay Area homeless people when volunteers tackle converting shipping containers into temporary homes. The project is being shared with other communities across Florida.

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Food entrepreneur takes prepared meals to market

Problem: When it comes to prepared meals, most big food manufacturers aren’t producing the products that people want, i.e. fresh food that tastes great and makes you feel good about eating. Solution? Healthy packaged meals using natural and organic ingredients.

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Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: Eureka! Factory

What are makerspaces and why are they trending? Makerspaces offer enriched learning environments and resources for the community. Meet Eureka! Factory.

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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.

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Food entrepreneurs in Florida start from scratch

While starting any business is no easy task, becoming a food entrepreneur is a special challenge. Find out what makes a food-based venture cook with lessons from some of our most recent Tampa Bay startups.

Councilman Charlie Miranda purchased this Ybor street sign at an auction. It now hangs above his office door.

Tampa stories: Former residents of public housing share paths to success

What do Tampa’s Chief of Police, the longest-sitting member of the Tampa City Council, a local entrepreneur and a new homeowner have in common? All four share a common bond of having spent time in public housing, and serve as inspiration for others seeking success.

John Richardson prepares his Jon's Gourmet Products Jerk Smoked Turkey Spread.

Local food entrepreneurs find recipes for success

Ever dream that your grandpa’s signature hot sauce might be your recipe for success? While starting any business is no easy task, becoming a food entrepreneur is a special challenge. Find out what makes a food-based venture cook with lessons from some of our most recent Tampa Bay startups.

Richard Gonzmart with his pups Rex and Rusty at Goody Goody in South Tampa.

Sense of place, history motivate Tampa native in recreating iconic restaurants

A resurrected Goody Goody in Hyde Park Village in South Tampa is just one of many projects undertaken by Tampa native Richard Gonzmart.

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. 

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. 

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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.

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The Science of Growth: Venture capitalist writes new book on why some startups change the world

Want to know why some companies fail and others flourish? A venture capitalist has a new book about his search for the practices that fueled some of the most successful startups in recent history, and he’s hoping it will give entrepreneurs in Tampa, and across the country, a blueprint for capturing some of that startup magic themselves.

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Innovation Fixation in Tampa Bay: E-building Concepts

E-Building specializes in creating 3D modeling and printing for the building industry. Through the use of Oculus Rift, the company offers the experience of taking a virtual walk through construction plans before the first shovel hits the dirt. 

The storm water vault at Technology Park at ENCORE!

Healthy, green affordable housing in Downtown Tampa celebrates Earth Day

Innovative, sustainable and adding value -- the Tampa Housing Authority is hosting its first annual community Earth Day celebration this year, showcasing ENCORE! Tampa and its green design.
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