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3 Florida Cities Rank Among America's Smartest

Orlando ranks #2. Tampa ranks #6. And Miami ranks #10. All in a Top 10 list of America's smartest cities.

Who'da thunk? The rankings, by a real estate blog called Movoto, were based on numbers of colleges and universities, museums, news media and educational degrees.

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Tampa Bay's Biggest Private Companies Grow, Add Jobs

Small- to mid-sized firms that fill a marketplace niche are growing, expanding and turning significant profits going into 2014, according to a statewide ranking that finds 42 of Florida's top 200 private firms call Tampa Bay home.

Many of the firms doing the best are relatively unknown but have carved out solid profitability by staying focused and improving their market shares.

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Florida Polytech University Offers Full Scholarships For Freshmen

Incoming freshmen in 2014 would pay no tuitiion under a plan approved by the trustees of Florida Polytech University in Lakeland. The goal is to attract up to 500 students with scholarships during their first year.

Polytech is under construction and operating for the first time on its own since breaking off from the University of South Florida.

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Tampa Bay Startup Community Thrives, Creates Jobs

The buzz in Tampa Bay's new economy is all about startups and what a fabulous place the region has become as an incubator of new companies.

Tampa Bay Times Columnist Robert Trigaux writes about the region's growing narrative as a hub for innovation.

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Pinellas Students Flock To Summer School

A new K-12 Summer Bridge program in Pinellas County aims to keep kids in school learning even more during the break between spring and fall. The program, geared toward elementary and middle school students, is designed to stem the loss of knowledge that sometimes occurs during long periods outside the classroom.

More than 8,500 kids are expected.

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Tampa Bay Gets B- On Economic Report Card

Local banks are stronger, but not strong enough. Job creations are up, but so are job layoffs. Construction is rebounding, but nowhere near levels of the past. GDP grows, slightly. Personal income remains flat, lower than elsewhere.

That's why Tampa Bay Times Columnist Robert Trigaux comes up with a barely above average grade for Tampa Bay's economy.

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STEM Jobs Drive Tampa Bay's Economic Recovery

STEM jobs, especially those requiring a two-year college degree, are part of the expected boom in job creation in Tampa Bay in coming years.

The emerging workforce shift should mean higher wages and an increased standard of iiving, suggests a Brookings Metropolitan Policy Planning study.

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Convergent Capital, Liberty Group Led By Youthful Entrepreneurs

Real estate investor Santosh Govindaraju and hotel developer Punit Shah are the entrepreneurs taking a deep dive into reviving the Channelside Bay Plaza with new retail, offices and a hotel.

They are working with the Tampa Port Authority to also expand public amenities, such as an elevated, covered walkway to reach parking for the Plaza.

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Ignite Tampa Bay Lights Fires Of Passion

The pressure is on as Ignite Tampa Bay participants take to the Tampa Theatre stage to tell a packed house what turns them on and why others should engage their passions. Presenters get just five minutes and 20 automatically advanced slideshow images to tell their stories. 

Applause and spirited enthusiasm were in rich supply as a result.

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Tampa Bay Likes To Eat Out, Chefs Know

Three new restaurants by three established restaurants in the Tampa Bay region reflect growing interest in reinvesting in the region's emerging new economy.

The dining out spots are among many to pop up in 2013, indicating a rebound in the local economy.

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Florida Ranks #1 For Innovation, Says Fast Company

Florida earned the No. 1 ranking for innovation by Fast Company because of its high level of new business development, fundable venture capital rankings and annual revenue per startup.

Florida was followed by Texas and Maryland. California ranked No. 7, North Carolina ranked 25 and Massachusetts came in at 42.

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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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