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Vision For Expanding Urban Tampa Along Hillsborough River Gets Boost

As part of the ongoing effort to reimagine and jumpstart development along the west bank of the Hillsborough River near downtown, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the City Council have agreed to move a staging area for city trucks onto more suitable land in East Tampa.

Freeing up about 11 acres near Blake High School and Tampa Prep will enable development of the property into a residential community supportive of the nationwide trend in urban living.

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Lightning Owner Wins Bid To Develop Channelside

Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik is moving closer to getting a chance to rebuild the largely abandoned Channelside development near the Times Forum, where the hockey team plays its home games.

Vinik's company, CBP Development, was the top bidder at $7.1 million for the property, which is situated next to the Tampa Port's cruiseship terminals. 

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Vote Yay Or Nay On Greenlight Pinellas?

Pinellas voters should weigh their experiences and vision for the future, then trust their gut when it comes to voting for or against the Greenlight Pinellas ballot initiative in November, says Tampa Bay Times Columnist John Romano.

The largely suburban community has the population density required for a successful transit system but voters must decide whether a tax increase is a worthy investment in the future.

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Tampa Bay Enjoys High Growth Mode

The Tampa Bay region ranks favorably in comparison to other U.S. cities when it comes to economic growth going into the last half of the decade.

That's the assessment of a new report released at the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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Quest Diagnostics To Add 350 Jobs In Tampa Bay

Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa continue their quest to become a global destination for health-related jobs with plans by Quest Diagnostics to open a logistics center in North Tampa to process and ship lab test results.

Quest says it will add 350 higher paying jobs requiring higher education or special skills in Tampa in the next year.

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Business Growth In Downtown Tampa Means Jobs

New housing and economic growth in Downtown Tampa is bringing a surge in job creation. New apartment buildings, hotels and restaurants are responding to demand for living as well as working in the urban core of cities.

The growth in urban opportunities is part of a national trend engaging highly educated people -- primarily young professionals and empty nesters -- who want to move into smaller spaces and newer places in walkable neighborhoods.

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Tampa Plants Wildflowers In Parks, On Street Corners

Everything may not be coming up roses in Tampa just yet, but look around and soon you'll be seeing more Black-eyed Susans, flower tickseeds, lanceleaf coreopsis, bushclover and mistflower adding a little color to the urban scene.

The city is scattering flower seeds in parks and other public places as another way to enhance the living experience.

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Orlando's Startup Culture Grows Up Fast

Opportunities abound for startups in the Tampa Bay region and Orlando to combine their creative juices into a cocktail for success. Both could learn from each other, given the geographic proximity and necessity to compete in the global marketplace.

A new promotional video suggests some of the lessons to be learned.

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Le Meridien Hotel Opens In Downtown Tampa

Make your reservations now! The Le Meridien Hotel in the renovated Class Federal Courthouse in downtown Tampa is now open for business as Tampa's latest boutique hotel.

It joins Aloft and the Floridan as the coolest renovated places to stay in the city.

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Duke Energy Awards USFSP Grant For Solar Power

USFSP will soon install a major solar power grid atop buildings on campus thanks to a $500,000 grant from Duke Energy.

The grant is part of Duke's Sunsense program, which has previously awarded similar assistance to USF in Tampa, the University of Central Florida and St. Petersburg College.

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Shiftgig Creates Buzz About Tampa's Nightlife

Do we know how to party or what? Tampa's downtown along with Ybor City and the SOHO neighborhood make Tampa among the top tier cities for how you spend your nightlife. Let's just say time spent when you're not at home and you're not at work.

Shiftgig, an online website showcasing the hospitality and food industries, rates Tampa right up there with San Antonio, TX, Cincinnati, Kansas City and Nashville for places worth a visit after dark.

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Tampa, St. Pete, Dunedin Make Short List For Best Places To Live

Destination Seeker, a website high on creating lists, ranks Tampa Bay area cities St. Petersburg (2), Tampa (5) and Dunedin (11) among the top 15 Best Places to Live in Florida.

No surprise there. The only question is how they left out Sarasota, Bradenton, Temple Terrace, Safety Harbor and a few of our other favorite places.

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Proposed Ferry For MacDill Air Force Base Attracts Major Federal Grant

Congresswoman Kathy Castor and Akerman Attorney Ed Turanchik announced a $4.8 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for a proposed water ferry linking MacDill Air Force Base to south Hillsborough County, where many MacDill workers live.

The ferry would ease automobile traffic on area roads while providing a quicker commute for thousands of base employees who travel onto the base each day.

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Governor Approves Biggest Florida Budget Ever

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed the largest state budget ever this week at $77 Billion after vetoing only $69 million in local projects some call pork.

The budget is $9 billion more than when Scott first took office. He faces a tough re-election campaign in November against former Gov. Charlie Crist.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb In Tampa 4 Months And Growing

The depth and breadth of the Tampa Bay region's workforce catapulted Tampa to the top of the list of cities when Bristol-Myers Squibb made its decision to expand outside New Jersey and New York to a new place.

Lee Evans, the big pharmaceutical company's executive director, says it is having no trouble filling jobs with smart, highly educated people already invested in the Florida environment and lifestyle.  

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