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VIDEO: Hundreds find new ideas for their cities at inaugural Urban Innovation Exchange

In September, innovators from around the country convened in Detroit to exchange their ideas for building better cities and stronger communities. For three days, Detroit was transformed into a marketplace for ideas for cities.

The St Petersburg Waterfront is the new location for the 2014 BLUE Ocean Film Festival.

St. Pete ramps up to host BLUE Ocean Film Festival, Conservation Summit

Major celebrities, scientific experts and global scholars will mingle with Tampa Bay area residents and film lovers as BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit arrives in Florida during the first week in November.

Maruchi Azorin is the owner of Villa Rosa and creator of Linen Wash.

Villa Rosa anchors South Tampa neighborhood experiencing new business renaissance

Business and community leader Maruchi Azorin, owner of Villa Rosa Distinctive Linens and a Cuban immigrant, is one of Florida’s role models for success. Her upscale store anchors a prominent intersection in Palma Ceia, a South Tampa neighborhood again experiencing the emergence of new boutiques, shops, residences and restaurants.

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Local college grads plug into new experiences with 'Never Have I Ever' Tampa blog

Three University of Tampa and University of South Florida graduates carve out space in the blogosphere by exploring what many have never experienced on the Tampa entertainment scene. 

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13 ideas for your city from the first-ever Urban Innovation Exchange

In late September, a group of innovators behind small scale, place-based projects around the country convened in Detroit and talked about what works in their cities, sharing stories of success, failure, hard work and creativity.

Sid Khurrum Hassan, founder of CUPS, chats with Mayor Buckhorn at an event at BoConcept.

Tampa's urban professionals build community in CUPS

Before hotels, new residences, shops and a possible baseball stadium and University of South Florida medical school emerge in downtown Tampa, residents of the rapidly growing Channel District are coalescing to help influence what's next. Meet CUPS, as in Channel District Urban Professionals Society. 

George Medeiros and Scott Durfee are the creatives behind Spathose.

Local artists vie for top prize in Martha Stewart competition

Scott Durfee and George Medeiros, two talented St. Petersburg artists, are finalists in the Martha Stewart American Made competition, which highlights the creativity and craftsmanship of artisan entrepreneurs from around the country.

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What PINC.Sarasota can do for you -- 5 reasons to go

Are you among those who can't wait to see what's new and what's next in global thinking? Then you won't want to miss PINC, a special gathering coming to America and Sarasota for the first time in November, writes Sam Davidson in this opinion piece for 83 Degrees readers.

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Can small ideas add up to big change for cities? 13 projects that prove they can (VIDEO)

Urban revitalization is not built on stadiums and skyscrapers alone. Vibrant cities begin with passionate people working on the ground, doing the creative heavy lifting to make their communities better. Leading up to Urban Innovation Exchange Sept. 24-26 in Detroit, we take a look at 13 small projects with big potential.

(R-L) Artists Liz Simth, Sylvia Shanahan, June Harben with Colin Bissett. - Julie Branaman

'Pianos In Pinellas' Prepare For Crescendo In Clearwater

Whatever the limits of your piano playing expertise —- perhaps somewhere between “Chopsticks’’ and Brahm’s “Concerto No. 1’’ — you won’t want to miss the rollout of a cool new art project getting ready to take to the streets of Clearwater.

Nancy Vaughn and team Jenna Stock, Lisa Gilmore and Dr. Zakia Carter, PhD. - Julie Branaman

Tampa Bay Fashion Week Weaves Together Business, Technology And The Arts

Learn what’s new and what’s next in fashion as Tampa Bay Fashion Week hits its stride in year seven and bolsters the local fashion industry. Expect a spectacular runway show featuring designs from well-known fashionistas as well as little known novices.

L-R Mandy Eyrich, Kelsey Farnell, Randi Sether, Seth Chavara. -Photo courtesey of Mandy Eyric

Young Ad Professionals Pour Heart And Soul Into Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign

The National Human Trafficking Hotline reports an increase of 40 percent in calls for help from Tampa Bay since the launch of Ad2TampaBay's anti-trafficking campaign.

Courtney Wygle Landry, owner of Lay-Z-Dog pet beds at home with her pups. - Julie Branaman

Simplicity Key To Pinellas Designer's Chic Pet Furniture

Pet lovers meet chic design. Frumpy pet beds may soon be a thing of the past as dog-and-kitty decor is re-imagined by a Pinellas woman, getting her Lay-Z-Dog business off the ground.

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A Game For Life: Amputees Learn Movement Through Virtual Reality

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of South Florida in Tampa uses innovative technology to treat survivors of accidents, disease and war with a new, more effective form of physical therapy assessment and rehabilitation.

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What's Next For Ray & Clovis? Creative Adventures Start In Tampa

Using cloud software and Skype to communicate with its digital media team members living around the world, Tampa-based Theory Animation carves out its own niche in Florida's growing and highly competitive film industry.
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