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Vinik Family Foundation brings popular LEGO exhibit to downtown Tampa

"The Art of the Brick,” a touring exhibition of imaginative Lego creations by Nathan Sawaya that has been attracting crowds around the world for a decade, is coming to downtown Tampa June 23rd to Sept. 4th at 802 E. Whiting St.

The exhibit is being made possible by Penny and Jeff Vinik, local philanthropists, who brought the plastic balls play area called The Beach Tampa to Amalie Arena last summer. "The Art of the Brick'' will be on display at 802 E. Whiting St.

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Forbes recognizes Tampa Bay Area as great place for young professionals

Forbes 2017 list of the best 25 larger metropolitan areas in the country for young professionals ranks the Tampa Bay Area No. 19 nationwide out of the 100 largest metro areas, higher than cities like Boston, Atlanta and Minneapolis-St. Paul.

"Groups like Emerge Tampa, St. Pete Young Professionals and the Tampa Hillsborough EDC millennial "ambassadors" group known as StandUp Tampa that help spread the word of opportunity in Tampa Bay are well regarded. And the chambers of commerce in Tampa and St. Petersburg have or recently had younger chairmen (currently Mike Griffin in Tampa, and Greg Holden last year in St. Pete) signaling the old guard welcomes the new guard,'' writes Tampa Bay Times Columnist Robert Trigaux.

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Profile of vision: Jeff Vinik predicts 30-40 new high-rises in downtown Tampa

Tampa billionaire Jeff Vinik looks out of his sky-high office window and envisions 30-40 more high-rises in the future of downtown Tampa. He and his real estate investment firm, Strategic Property Partners, are developing 53 acres in the city's urban core and anticipate others will follow.

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3 things to encourage startup success? See what Tampa is doing

Tampa is among cities transforming themselves and developing new approaches to age-old urban issues while also creating opportunities for entrepreneurs.

A recent conversation led by Digi.City at the University of Tampa outlined progress and room for growth.

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City of Tampa seeks proposals for adding shops, restaurants along Tampa Riverwalk in downtown

The City of Tampa recently released a Request for Proposals to solicit interest in developing more dining and retail options downtown. The RFPs apply to The Tampa Riverwalk by Curtis Hixon Park and near the Tampa Convention Center.

“Anyone who has been downtown lately knows how popular it has become as a destination for residents and travelers alike,” says Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “That’s why we’re looking at any and all opportunities to bring Tampanians diverse restaurant and retail choices to the urban core.”
 
Details on the RFP packages are located on the city's website.

Blind Tiger: More evidence of Tampa's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem

Robert Torres, a Tampa entrepreneur, is finding success with his co-working coffee shop and line of clothing.

Both are popular within Tampa's growing entrepreneur ecosystem, where Torres is a rising star. 

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Tampa Bay WaVE: Leading local startups to success

Linda Olson, the Founder of Tampa Bay WaVE, shares her experiences, challenges and opportunities in an interview with online publication Engine. 

She talks about the thriving tech ecosystem and what's next for Tampa's best known co-working space, which is now in the Channel District of downtown.

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Painting the essence of Florida beach communities

Violetta Chandler, Mary Rose Holmes and Helen Tilston are often seen at work along Gulf Boulevard and various sites in Indian Rocks Beach capturing in a vibrant impressionistic style the unique local architecture and beachscapes.

Now their work Plein Aire Cottage Artists is being captured in a TV documentary by Tampa producers Lynn Marvin Dingfelder and Larry Wiezycki. 

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What's next for Tampa streetcar line? Speak up

If Tampa builds more streetcar lines, will you ride to work? To play? And home again? 

A series of public workshops intended to gauge public sentiment and plan what's next for Tampa's streetcar is being led by Invision Tampa. The next workshop will be May 2nd in Ybor City.

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On The Ground in Wimauma: Enterprising Latinas trains childcare providers

One the biggest needs in Wimauma -- kindergarten readiness -- is being addressed by Enterprising Latinas efforts to train and license childcare providers.

The goal is to increase the number of licensed daycare homes that can provide quality childcare so more children can prepare for and succeed in school.

To read more about Enterprising Latinas, follow these links: English and Spanish.

Free webinar offers tips on designing cities to enhance bicycle, pedestrian safety

A free lunchtime webinar on April 19th will address tips and advice for Enhancing Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety in Florida.

Sponsored by 1000 Friends of Florida and building on the issues highlighted in the recent report "Dangerous by Design," people can participate by following this link.

Tampa video: A city of destiny, a place of hope

The narrative about the City of Tampa is changing as rapidly as the cranes are building new apartments in downtown, Westshore, Tampa Heights, Seminole Heights, SOHO and other urban neighborhoods.

In a new video released in April, Mayor Bob Buckhorn talks about recent changes while young professionals say why #TampaTogether is building a better future for everyone.

View the video above or on YouTube.
 

Smoking a cigar in Ybor City still goes with the territory

Even as creatives, techies, design firms and defense contractors increasingly call Ybor City home, the national narrative around the historic Tampa neighborhood largely spins around cigars and cigar making.

Welcome to a visitor's take on what it's like to spend a few days on Seventh Avenue and nearby.

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Reserve safe spaces for bicycles as transportation planning moves forward

Hillsborough County leaders looking to design the future of transportation must dedicate space and funding for bicycles as an increasingly popular option for travel, both for work and pleasure.

Planners are already tackling a Vision Zero process, which encourages spending on roads to sync up with creating safer streets for all means of transportation including pedestrians.

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NYT spends 36 hours in St. Pete Beach

The New York Times spends 36 hours in St. Pete Beach to luxuriate in the white sandy beaches and laid-back ambiance that goes with experiencing the Gulf coast in Pinellas County.

Food, drink and the great outdoors provide the narrative.

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