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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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Ten Years Since Richard Florida Visited Tampa Bay

It's been 10 years since the Tampa Bay Partnership and local business leaders invited Economist Richard Florida to the Tampa Bay region to talk about his book, "The Rise of Creative Class.'' 

Since then, a variety business and economic groups have focused on attracting and retaining talent while encouraging creatives and innovators as key elements in the new economy.

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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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Columbia Restaurant Plans To Open At The Lens, St. Pete

The Columbia Restaurant, one of Florida's premier Spanish restaurants, reached agreement with the City of St. Petersburg to open a new bar and grill as part of the Lens, which is the planned replacement for the Pier.

Owner Richard Gonzmart and Mayor Bill Foster announced some $3 million would be invested in the new seafood-themed dining spot.

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FirstWaVE Venture Center Takes Shape, Tampa

Tampa Bay startups are moving into new coworking space at Rivergate Tower as part of the FirstWaVe Venture Center funded with a $1M federal grant.

USF, Tampa Bay WaVe, Tampa Bay Technology Forum and the Tampa Bay Innovation Center are partnering on the project.

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Downtown Market Elevates "Cool'' In Lakeland

The Downtown Lakeland Market is part of a larger effort to bring attention to the Polk County city's growing community of creatives and young professionals.

The city, about halfway between Tampa and Orlando, is on the coveted I-4 Corridor connecting east and west Florida with innovative research and acting as a bellwether for the nation when it comes to poltiics.

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Port Of Tampa Grows Container Traffic, Shipping

New business -- including the increase shipment of aircraft parts -- will position the Port of Tampa as the gateway to South and Central America from the U.S. and Florida. At least that is the goal.

The growing Port is gaining recognition as a destination for containers as well as cargo.

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Gates Grant Results In Hillsborough Get Mixed Reviews

Mid-way through implementing changes made possible by a $100 million Gates Initiative, the reviews are mixed for its effectiveness in improving education in the Hillsborough County school district.

Teachers, students and parents weigh in on Empowering Effective Teachers and what it means for kids.

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Visit Florida: Tourism Leads Economic Recovery

Strong interest from Europeans, South Americans and Asians helped Florida remain one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world through the recent global recession.

Tourism prognasticators predict more than 100 million will visit the Sunshine State annually within a few years.

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St. Pete Mayor Taps Creative Guru, Author

St. Pete author and creative consultant Peter Kageyama has a new volunteer gig advising Mayor Bill Foster on how to nurture and expand the city's fledgling creative culture.

Kageyama is the author of "For The Love of Cities'' and leads workshops around the globe on creative cities and grassroots community engagement.

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Times Contest: Name Tampa Bay's Brand

Tampa Bay Times columnist Robert Trigaux asks readers to come up with a "brand'' for Tampa Bay.

The solicitation of new ideas piggybacks on a several regional efforts by consultants being paid big bucks to do the same.

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New, New Urbanism: Tactical Design, Incremental Change

The theory behind the new, new urbanism is to do more with less by investing in long-term change through short-term incremental changes. One shop, one street, one block at a time to create urban economic success.

At the Helm of the Urban Realm: An Urban Design Blog documents and inspires urban change post-recession.

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New Leader At Tampa General Hospital

Tampa General's new CEO sits down with a Tampa Tribune reporter to talk about priorities for the Tampa Bay region's top hospital and what he sees in its future.

Improving and increasing TGH's relationship with USF is key.

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Hillsborough Fireman Designs Homes For Veterans

A Hillsborough County firefighter who always wanted to be an architect and once studied to design homes is now acting as a volunteer in designing homes for disabled veterans returning home from war duty.

Kelly Hallman gets joy and satisfaction for his efforts. The veterans get drawings that can be converted into homes.

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Moving To Florida: More In Than Out In 2012

The numbers are adding up to show a return to the traditional trend of more people moving to Florida than out of the "Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams.''

Despite a slowdown during the recession, population growth in Florida continues. The U.S. Census projects the population of Florida soon will surpass New York state, meaning only California and Texas have more people.

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