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Bids sought for $35M RFQ for downtown Tampa

The company picked to rebuild nearly 40 acres of infrastructure in downtown Tampa will get the opportunity to help shape the city's future growth and development for decades to come. 

Strategic Property Partners, headed by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, and Cascade Investments, controlled by billionaire Philanthropist Bill Gates, are seeking bids on the $35 million construction project. The deadline to respond to the RFQ is February 8.

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Made in Tampa: Flight simulators train military, commercial aviation around globe

Learning to fly aircraft is no easy task but doing so safely whether you're a newbie or an experienced pro is enhanced by flight simulators made in Tampa. 

CAE USA makes about 75 percent of flight simulators used around the globe for military and civilian pilots.

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Today's Times: 25 most influential business leaders in Tampa Bay area

Jim 'Hondo' Geurts, Judy Genshaft, Bill Edwards, Joe Lopano are expected to be the most influential of 25 top business leaders in the Tampa Bay region in 2016, according to a list compiled by the Tampa Bay Times.

Many of the names on the list are familiar on the local scene but others are carving out new space within their own unique spheres of influence.

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Downtown Tampa lands major grocery store

The density of residential apartments and condos in downtown Tampa finally merits a major grocery store investment after years of trying by developers and community leaders.

Ken Stoltenberg of Mercury Advisors gets the credit for sealing the deal with Publix, a Lakeland FL based grocery chain known for its quality and service.

In celebration, the Channel District Community Alliance is hosting a holiday home tour in the Channel District from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13th. For more information, follow this link

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Tampa researcher preserves donor retinas for transplants to restore eyesight

Researchers at the Lions Eye Institute in Tampa have discovered a new method for preserving retinas from human organ donors that may help make it possible to restore sight in people coping with some types of blindness.

A patent is pending for the preservation technique. 

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Urban development to transform downtown Lakeland

A new major apartment and condo development in downtown Lakeland promises to transform the live-work-play experience in Polk County's largest city.

Broadway Real Estate Services in building Nobay Village to address pent-up demand for downtown living.

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Record number of tourists visit West Central Florida

Tourists from all over the globe continue to flock to West Central Florida in record numbers to visit the Tampa Bay area's beaches, theme parks and entertainment destinations.

Hotels, restaurants and smaller shops catering to visitors report record amounts of sales tax collections, including the latest reports from Sarasota and Manatee counties.

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Lakeland invests in future of urban neighborhood by creating co-working space for artists

A former Salvation Army building in the Parker Street neighborhood of Lakeland is being converted into shared co-working space for artists in an urban revitalization project that encompasses several blocks and investments by the the Midtown CRA and the city.

The goal is to spur further investments and neighborhood interest by creating a place for the kinds of people who bring energy and creativity to the urban environment.

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Entrepreneurship leads U.S. economy, job creation

Strong and growing is the state of entrepreneurship in America, says a recent Harvard Business School study that concludes entrepreneurship is the strongest aspect of the American economy.

The biggest challenge to new business startups? Affording healthcare for workers.

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CSX rail for sale, could speed up implementation of commuter rail in Tampa Bay Area

An offer by CSX to sell a couple of key tracks may create an opportunity for the Florida Department of Transportation and local Tampa Bay Area counties and cities to move forward on creating a commuter rail system.

The existing tracks could connect St. Petersburg, Clearwater, downtown Tampa and the University of South Florida, as well as smaller suburban communities in between. 

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A new Rays stadium in downtown St. Pete? See 1 man's vision

One of the architects who helped dream up the design of the Dali Museum in downtown St. Pete is turning his sights on a new baseball stadium for the Rays surrounded by a neighborhood of mixed use housing, shops and green space.

The vision by Architect Sean Williams is designed, he says, to spur others to think about the possibilities.

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Taipei team wins Hult prize; UT team among finalists

Team Tembo, the University of Tampa team of students and graduates, put Tampa and the University of Tampa on the global map of intellectual capital Sept. 26 when it finished among the top 5 in the Clinton Global Initiative's $1M Hult Prize.

A group from National Chengchi in Taipei won for Impct.co aims to revolutionize the way children in slums around the world receive education and healthcare.

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Tampa Bay startups on the move

The Tampa Bay startup community is growing so fast that some are finding it hard to keep track of who is doing what, when and how.

The growth of startups with an emphasis on their impact on the overall economy has been the focus of economic development efforts in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

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Tampa mayor creates police review board

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn's creation of a citizens review board to examine internal police reports and past police pursuits is designed to be a solutions-oriented look back aimed at preventing problems in the future.

The deadline for citizens to apply to serve on the board is October 15th.

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Newest apartment building breaks ground in Channel District, Tampa

Another apartment building, eight stories high and designed for young professionals and empty nesters, is starting to rise in the Channel District of downtown Tampa near Port Tampa Bay.

The development, by Florida Crystals, a West Palm Beach investor, will be surrounded by other apartments, shops and restaurants adding to downtown Tampa's growing urban scene.

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