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GED Exams Will Soon Be Offered Online

Floridians interested in taking the GED exam to qualify for better jobs and/or higher edcuation will soon be able to take the test online, making it a bit more costly but also potentially easier for those used to working and composing thoughts on computers.

The trend toward digial already is taking place across the nation and will be required by 2014.

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Tampa Bay Leads Florida In Job Creation

Florida's unemployment rate dropped in February with the Tampa Bay region leading the state in job creation.

Some 10,000 jobs were added in the Tampa Bay region.

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Tampa Mayor Rallies Support For Economic Recovery

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn delivered a rousing speech touting the new economy, expanded mass transit and neighborhood improvements in his annual State of the City address.

Buckhorn chose to deliver his message to a standing room only crowd inside the historic but vacant Kress building in downtown Tampa to encourage urban reuse and rebuild of unused and underused properties.

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Tampa Couple Carry Out Vision For Riverwalk

Elizabeth and Roger Kurz are the long-time married couple behind the marketing of the Tampa Riverwalk. They produce a newsletter and seek donors as well as get the word out about activities that engage residents to enjoy the riverfront.

The Riveralk, having taken shape over more than 30 years of planning and slow progress, now regularly features concerts, art fairs, food fairs and outdoor activities popular with all kinds of people.

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New Growth Emerges In Pinellas Beach Towns

Developers and residents of Pinellas County beach towns have long clashed over how growth should take shape, but disagreements may be lessening as both become more sensitive to each other's perspectives and value.

The new economy is attracting tourists back in droves and cities looking for part of that economic boost are finding ways to accommodate growth without turning their backs on the natural environment.

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Planning For Improved Highway Safety, Tampa Bay

The Metropolitan Planning Organization examines the most crash-prone intersections and worst traffic congestion in the Tampa Bay region to plot strategy on making roads and highways safer.

A study makes recommendations like adding turn lanes and intentionally slowing traffic.

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Seminole Heights Eyes Possible New Walmart

The popular Seminole Heights neighborhood may become home to Hillsborough County's newest Walmart. The corporate giant based in Arkansas is looking to expand in Florida.

Property being considered once housed a former Chevrolet dealership.

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Tampa Launches Bike Sharing Program

Picking a bicycle off a rack in downtown Tampa, riding it to your destination and leaving it for the next rider will soon be possible under a new bicycle sharing program.

The city has contracted with two companies to provide bikes in downtown.

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Home Sales, Prices Up In Hillsborough County, Tampa

The market value of homes and property in Hillsborough County has increased about 3 percent so far in 2013, an upward trend that begins to reverse declines over the past five years.

Some neighborhoods are seeing double-digit increases while others remain flat.

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Clearwater Aquarium Looks To Pinellas For Funding

Proponents of a new and expanded Clearwater Marine Aquarium, made famous by the movie Dolphin Tale, eye bed taxes collected from tourists by Pinellas County as one source of funding.

Even increased tourism, however, may not provide enough funding to support both a new aquarium and a new stadium for the Rays -- if they were to leave St. Petersburg for another part of Pinellas.

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Demand For Rail In Tampa Up, Let's Plan For Future

Brookings Institution researchers cite increased rail ridership from Tampa to Miami and New York as evidence that a national plan for improving rail service between major cities is warranted.

The report found a ridership increase in Tampa of 368 percent over 15 years.

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Let The Rays Go, For Sake Of Downtown St. Pete

Community and business leaders in St. Petersburg are beginning to look at Tropicana Field through a new lens.

Rather than focusing on forcing the Rays to stay in downtown St. Pete till the end of an existing contract, visionaries see a huge opportunity for development of property just off the Interstate and near All Children's Hospital as well as new arts districts connecting to the business end of the city.

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Tampa Bay Times: Calling For A Better Florida

Campaign finance and election reform are top priorities being pushed by the Tampa Bay Times editorial board in its annual legislative preview going into the March start of the Florida Legislature.

More transparency and less influence by monied interests are key starting points for financial and ethical reforms, the Times opines.

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New Men At Helm Of Economic Development In Tampa Bay

It's taken about two years to get new men settled at the helms of some of the Tampa Bay region's top economic engines. The question now for some observers is whether they will stay.

The new guys in charge include Joe Lopano at Tampa International Airport, Rick Homans at the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development and Paul Anderson at the Tampa Port. A search has reopened for a new person to lead Tampa Bay & Co. after the abrupt departure of the last guy.

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Bass Pro Shop Coming To Tampa Bay

Hillsborough County commissioners voted 6-1 to provide $6.25M in incentives to Bass Pro Shops to open a new sporting goods shop east of Tampa in Brandon.

The lopsided vote came after controversy over the kinds of new jobs being created whittled the incentive package by a couple million, which now may be funneled into support for startups and higher-paying jobs.

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