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What a difference the Florida Aquarium makes in downtown Tampa

Community thought leaders who had the foresight to build the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa 20 years ago helped transform the city's future.

Tom Hall, a key player in getting the Aquarium built, speaks about what a difference that decision made.

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Columnist outlines 10 critical goals for Tampa Bay region

The future prosperity of the Tampa Bay region depends on key decisions being made on 10 critical issues in need of solutions, according to a list compiled by Tampa Bay Times Columnist Robert Trigaux.

At the top of the list: transportation.

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Tampa-Hillsborough pursues grant to try driverless cars on local roads

The Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority is going after federal funding to enable greater use of driverless cars on local roads.

The funding could make it possible for the Tampa Bay area to lead the nation in piloting the best options for the latest in high tech transportation.

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New section of Tampa Riverwalk opens in March

The Tampa Riverwalk continues to grow with the latest section opening at the end of March just in time for construction to move forward on another section.

When complete, the Riverwalk will curl around the downtown waterfront uninterrupted from the Tampa Port on the east to the Tampa Convention Center on the south up to Rick's on the River along the west. 

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St. Pete residents pick favorite design for Pier redo

St. Petersburg residents picked their favorite designs for the anticipated renovation of the St. Petersburg Pier.  

The top choice: Destination St. Pete. DSP keeps the basic structure of the inverted pyramid and adds restaurant space.

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Apprenticeships in trades becoming hot ticket to success

As Boomers get ready to retire and exit the job force, private developers and local governments are finding it difficult to find younger replacements, particularly when it comes to labor in the skilled trades.

As a result, local union leaders are creating more and more apprenticeship opportunities for young people interested in becoming electricians, plumbers, carpenters and other skilled laborers.

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Hillsborough County leaders look to voters to fix transportation woes

Local elected, community and business leaders are getting behind a series of public workshops and hearings designed to make the case for additional tax dollars to support Tampa's inadequate transportation system. 

The goal is to get voter support for referendums seeking higher taxes for expanding transit, adding buses and repairing roads.

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St. Petersburg ponders best strategy to support the arts community

Business and community leaders are on the same page when it comes to growing the arts as an economic engine in St. Petersburg and Tampa and all along the west coast of Florida.

The question then becomes how best to do it? Direct subsidies? Marketing to tourists and other potential buyers? Or something else?

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Clearwater seeks investors to revitalize downtown

The City of Clearwater ramps up its pro-active campaign to attract developers and investors in the downtown Cleveland Street District.

The goal is to grow private development alongside public investments in infrastructure improvements.

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Florida creates more jobs, unemployment rate drops

Florida's unemployment rate is back down to where it was before this century's recession saw the bottom fall out of the local economy in 2008.

But while the number of jobs is on the rise, quality of jobs, salaries and benefits are still catching up.

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Hillsborough County begins new journey toward improving transit

Hillsborough County is beginning a new campaign to convince voters to support bigger investments in transportation and transit options designed to shorten commute times and make getting around town safer.

The goal is to engage residents in thinking more long term when it comes to investing in improvements that will benefit locals for decades to come.

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Trending nationally: Opening med schools in downtowns

A proposal to build a new medical school in downtown Tampa is part of a national trend that seeks solutions for providing health care to diverse urban populations while providing a patient pool for students and research, and spurring development in the urban core.

The University of South Florida and Developer Jeff Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, along with the City of Tampa plan to ask the Florida Legislature for funding that would help make the school a reality.

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Tampa Bay business leaders reach out to Chile for trade opportunities

Business and community leaders from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, travel to Chile this week to consider opportunities for increased trade between the Tampa Bay region and South America.

The group plans to meet with public and private leaders in Santiago and other Chilean cities under the auspices of the Tampa Bay Export Alliance.

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Sipping cocktails gets OK on Tampa Riverwalk

Visitors to the Tampa Riverwalk no longer face citations or arrests just for carrying an open container of liquor or other alcoholic beverages following a special wet zoning approval by the Tampa City Council.

The idea is to allow a fun atmosphere involving responsible drinking, particularly for younger adults who frequent events and concerts along the Riverwalk. Mayhem and disorderly conduct still aren't allowed.

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Former St. Pete mayor gives advice on revitalizing America's cities

Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, a Republican who now leads the Edwards Group in developing key parts of the city, is on the stump nationally advocating for how to revitalize cities in crisis.

Baker's success at turning around urban neighborhoods in St. Pete is considered a role model for other cities.

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