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Roma Industries Creates Tampa Bay-Detroit Connection

Roma Industries, a little known manufacturer in Largo, teamed up with Shinola, an emerging watchmaker in Detroit to create a variety of fashionable watchbands popular around the globe.

The growing company is one of Pinellas County's top economic success stories.

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Midtown Neighborhood Cheers New Walmart Store In St. Pete

A new Walmart opening this week in the Midtown neighborhood of St. Petersburg is being applauded as a sign of hope bringing jobs, life-changing opportunities and a place to shop to low-income residents.

The new store replaces a grocery store that closed unexpectedly in 2013.

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Florida Voters To Decide On Medical Marijuana

After much debate, the Florida Supreme Court rules voters will get a chance to determine whether marijuana for medicinal purposes will be legal in the state. 

Supporters called the decision a victory for the ill and those in pain. Opponents are gearing up for a tough battle.

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USF Incubator Nurtures Student-Owned Startups

USF students Keosha Poole and Dez Williams are the creatives behind a new business incubator that provides collaborative work space for student owned startups.

The idea grew out of increasing interest in entrepreneurship and investments by students.

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Tampa Prepares To Host Bollywood In April

Thousands of film fans from around the globe are expected to converge on Tampa in April for the Indian Film awards known as Bollywood.

The international film fesitval will be in Tampa April 23rd through 26th.

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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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Lightning Owner Plans New Downtown Tampa Hotel

Jeff Vinik, the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, is planning a new hotel on property he owns near the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Many expect Vinik and his property management team to significantly transform downtown Tampa with new development near the hockey arena and Channelside.

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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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Greenlight Pinellas Campaign Kicks Into High Gear

Pinellas County is spending about $400,000 to educate the public about Greenlight Pinellas, the effort to pass a transit referendum in November 2014.

The education effort targets community and business leaders as well as frequent voters likely to go to the polls.

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Visit St. Pete, Says New York Times Travel

St. Petersburg lands right after Croatia and right before Belize in The New York Times list of the top 52 places to visit in 2014. Topping the list? Capetown, South Africa; Christchurch, New Zealand; and the Northern coast of California.

St. Pete's Beach Drive along the Tampa Bay waterfront, emerging arts districts, world-class museums and a diversity of fine restaurants are cited for reasons to visit.

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Clearwater's Renovated Capitol Theatre Attracts Crowds

Attendance at the newly renovated and reopened Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater is surpassing expectations and thus generating unanticipated revenue, including private investments in nearby properties.

Performances by superstars like B.B. King and Jay Leno are among the attractors.

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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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Florida Polytechnic Grows Near Lakeland

The pace of construction is picking up as Florida Polytechnic moves forward with plans for a full-scale university with 500 students by August 2014.

The Polytechnic campus is already being lauded for the architectural significance and creative design of new buildings.

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Downtown Tampa Library Opens Innovation Hub

Hillsborough County and a local nonprofit, Learning is For Everyone, are teaming up to create an innovation center at the downtown public library.

The idea is to create a public space that can be used by startups and entrepreneurs as welll as for education workshops and classes for adults and children.

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Orlando Developer Considers Hotel Near Encore! Tampa

Orlando Developer Brian Ray is talking with City of Tampa officials about investing in property near the growing Encore! Tampa project just north of downtown.

Among the ideas Ray is floating: a boutique hotel, a commercial building and a small apartment building.

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