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Governor Approves Biggest Florida Budget Ever

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the largest state budget ever this week at $77 Billion after vetoing only $69 million in local projects some call pork.

The budget is $9 billion more than when Scott first took office. He faces a tough re-election campaign in November against former Gov. Charlie Crist.

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Business, Community Leaders Coalesce Behind Better Transit Options For Tampa Bay

A top concern for business and corporate leaders in the Tampa Bay region emanates from how much time employees spend on the road commuting to and from work as well as delivering goods and services.

Leaders are callling for more transit and transportation options even if it means raising taxes.

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Downtown Sarasota Builds Up, Reaches Global

More than two dozen apartment, condominium, retail and hotel projects are in the works or underway in downtown Sarasota, marking a post-recession building boom sure to spark the local economy.

Among the top projects is a luxury condo building called "The Jewel'' on Main Street.

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Tampa Bay Region Attracts Global Investors

Investments in Florida by non-Floridians are up with the resurgence of the real estate market. Investors from Asian and European countries are leading the pack in the hunt for profitability.

Downtown properties in Tampa and St. Petersburg, in particular, are hot commodities.

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USF Graduation Rate Up 15% In 5 Years

The University of South Florida's graduation rate increase at a greater pace than any other state university over the last five years.

Officials are trying to determine the factors involved, including greater demand for higher education driven by the recent economic downturn as well as improved student performance based at least partly on higher standards for admission.

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Florida Soon To Rank As Third Most Populous State

New Yorkers moving to Florida may be the reason the Sunshine State passes the Empire State in population, according to recent Census data.

Growth in jobs and an economic recovery in Florida is driving the latest shift in population.

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Road Construction Ahead: Get Ready To Change Lanes

No matter where you need to go around the Tampa Bay region in the next 2-4 years, chances are good that you'll travel through or around road construction.

Major interstate construction projects crisscross the heart of Tampa adding lanes and reconfiguring exit/entrance ramps; smaller projects will affect travel from Spring Hill to Sarasota.

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Quality Trumps Quantity In Race To Add Jobs In Florida

The winners in the race for economic superiority know that the end game is all about talent. Cities and states that want to compete in the global marketplace must create jobs that attract and retain the best and the brightest from all over the world.

That's why top quality jobs are more important than the quantiy of jobs in Florida's race for respectability and a higher quality of living, writes Times Columnist Bob Trigaux.

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USF Attracts Best, Brightest From Around Globe

International students soon find familiar faces on the campus of the University of South Florida as recruitment efforts increase toward attracting the best and brightest from around the globe.

Nearly 3,000 non-U.S. students attend USF in Florida, adding the Tampa Bay region's wealth of diversity.

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Tampa Bay Regional Arts Summit Seeks Collaborations

About 200 artists and representatives from arts organizations gathered in St. Petersburg for the first regional Arts Summit pulled together by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and the Sarasota Arts Council.

Art Keeble of the Hillsborough Arts Council took the opportunity to announce a new online fundraising tool called Power2Give that is designed to attract new and different donors to specific arts projects.

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Tampa Bay Must Build Consensus On Future Of Transportation

Unless and until the Tampa Bay region can start building consensus on key issues, it will always lag behind when it comes to major projects requiring state and federal funding.

That conclusion came out of business and community leaders gathered to talk about finding the best way to improve transportation and tranist in the Tampa Bay region.

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Florida Now Bans Texting While Driving

No more texting while driving on Florida streets, roads and highways. A new law goes into effect today (Oct. 1) banning the practice that too often leads to accidents caused by distracted drivers.

A new awareness campaign will include signage, media announcements and T-shirts conveying the ban.

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Sprouts Farmers Market Scouts Florida Locations

Sprouts, an Arizona-based indoor farmers market with roots in California, is looking to expand into Florida, according to a story in The Tampa Tribune.

Sprouts is a a bit of a cross between outdoor produce markets and newer grocery chains like Whole Foods and Fresh Market.

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St. Pete College, Mote Marine Test Prosthetic Limbs

St. Petersburg College, Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota and a Palm Harbor based veterans group are teaming up to test prosthetics limbs underwater.

The research is being conducted in Key West with the help of wounded combat veterans and the Combat Wounded Veterans Challenge.

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USF Passes Fundraising Milestone Of $600M

The University of South Florida surpassed its five-year $600 million fundraising goal by more than $21 million in pledges this summer.

The Unstoppable campaign attracted more than 140,000 donors for academic programs and capital projects.

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