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People from all over the globe buy homes surrounding Tampa Bay

Investors from countries outside the U.S. increasingly look to the Tampa Bay region of Florida when searching for property to turn into homes or businesses.

Buyers from Canada and the UK top the lists of foreigners carving out a little spot in the land of opportunity.

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Wealthy investors see cities as the next frontier

What do Jeff Vinik of Tampa, Craig Ustler of Orlando and Tony Hsieh of Las Vegas have in common? All are investing hugely in transformational change within their new hometowns. 

How they do it and what will result are yet to be seen.

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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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Florida Hospital, Tampa General create new partnership

Tampa General Hospital and Florida Hospital are teaming up on a new outpatient center in Brandon and additional home care services in a new partnership designed to meet the economic challenges of providing top quality care that is accessible and affordable to patients.

The goal is to combine resources necessary to improve care while moderating escalating costs.

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St. Pete tops list of emerging destinations for food, arts

A plethora of new restaurants, museums and art galleries popping up all over downtown St. Petersburg and surrounding neighborhoods convinced ShermanTravel that the local environment is ready for the big time when it comes to tourism.

St. Pete tops the travel agency's short list of up-and-coming cities that aren't so well known -- yet -- as top destinations. 

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Cruise enthusiasts see Port Tampa Bay as rising star for tourism

Porthole Cruise Magazine touts Port Tampa Bay and the city of Tampa as among the best kept secrets for ports of calls and embarkations in the the cruise industry.

Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America regularly set sail into and out of Tampa, a growing Port for tourism and trade.

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The Heights to rise in Tampa Heights near Ulele

Developers of The Heights, an emerging designed entertainment complex across from Blake High School on the Hillsborough River, reveal plans for multiple restaurants, bars, a public food market and an open air stage for live performances.

The on-again, off-again project appears to be making substantial progress as renovation continues on the historic Armature Works building.

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Tampa Bay area artists strut their stuff at Art Basel

Artists from Tampa and St. Petersburg traveled to Miami's annual Art Basel in early December to showcase their works to a larger audience.

Those who went found inspiration and exposure for growing the local arts community.

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Tampa Bay area artists strut their stuff at Art Basel

Artists from Tampa and St. Petersburg traveled to Miami's annual Art Basel in early December to showcase their works to a larger audience.

Those who went found connections, inspiration and exposure for growing the local arts community.

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What's next for downtown Tampa? A med school, major development

Tampa Bay Lightning Owner and Philanthropist Jeff Vinik plans to announce his big plans to "do something absolutely incredible'' for downtown Tampa on Dec. 17, just 2 weeks after USF trustees voted to build a new medical school on land donated by Vinik.

The much anticipated reimagining of the Channelside area around the Amalie Arena is expected to be a major game changer in attracting additional developers and investors to downtown.

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Moving on up! Fulbright Board taps Betty Castor as top leader

Betty Castor, former USF President and Florida Commissioner of Education, will lead the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board in 2015 after serving a board vice chair for the past year.

Castor, a popular Tampa pol, who narrowly lost a race for U.S. Senate in 2004, is the mother of U.S. Congresswoman Kathy Castor.

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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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Wunderbar! Fly Tampa to Frankfurt nonstop

Frankfurt for the holidays in 2015? Make your plans now to fly direct out of Tampa to Germany, and enjoy the splendor of a country that knows how to celebrate and decorate around Christmas.

Tourists and business reps traveling both ways are expected to take advantage of the new nonstop flights linking Florida and Europe.

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USF snares $20M grant to study oil's effect on Gulf of Mexico

The University of South Florida's College of Marine Science will get another $20 million to study the effect of oil spills on the Gulf of Mexico thanks to a recent grant award.

Scientists and researchers will compare currents, winds, how oil spreads and the damage caused during past spills in an effort to better predict and react to future spills.

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