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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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Will Florida's Latest Housing Boom Grow Legs?

Housing sales and prices are up across the Tampa Bay region, but nowhere near the levels seen pre-recession.

So everyone wants to know, can it last? Will it grow? What's next for Tampa Bay?

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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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End Of Bond Payments Portends New Investments In Tampa

The City of Tampa faces an array of choices for what to do with about $100 million in tax money that will become available when the city finally pays off the bonds borrowed to build the Tampa Convention Center.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn envisions the money going toward another large public project in downtown Tampa while others are scrambling to offer additional options.

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No More Texting While Driving In Florida

Florida has banned texting while driving effective October 1.

Lawmakers acted based on concerns about driver safety and a spike in accidents caused by people using cellphones while driving. Some uses of a cellphone will remain legal, but texting is out.

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Tampa Bay Restaurants Grow Their Own Herbs, Veggies

Restaurants seeking the freshest produce possible increasingly turn to growing their own herbs and veggies in a new technique called vertical farming.

The idea is to use space along walls to plant the seeds and grow the vines necessary to deliver the freshest food possilbe to your table.

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Competition Calls For Elimination Of Public Transportation Panel

Part of the discussion at Emerge Tampa's recent town hall meeting focused on why Hillsborough is the only county in Florida that prohibits competition among transportation providers.

The issue came up when Vinny Tafuro told about restrictions placed on competing cab services during the GOP convention in Tampa in 2012. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and others say the regulations are outdated and need to change.

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NoHo Flats Apartments To Open In August, More On Way

The neighborhoods just west of the University of Tampa near Kennedy Boulevard and Rome Avenue are seeing a sharp increase in development activity.

Several new apartment buildings, restaurants and retail stores are in the works.

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More College Grads Study Science, Math, Technology

College degrees awarded in the Tampa Bay region this spring reflect the changing workforce and demand for more graduates in science, technology, engineering and math.

The trend is away from the arts and humanities, and toward courses of study such as psychology and other sciences, nursing and other medical degrees, business and finance.

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New Restaurants, Coffee Shops Add Jobs In Local Economy

Tampanians love to eat out as evidenced by the number of restaurants and coffee shops opening on the front end of economic recovery.

Among the latest:

Florida Cracker Cuisine, a new concept created by Greg and Michelle Baker, the owners of the popular and award-winning Refinery. Read the complete story.

Yummy Grill, apparently the Tampa Bay region's first fully Kosher deli. Read the complete story.


Visions, Dreams Emerge For Tampa Neighborhoods

Big plans are in the works for properties north of the Tampa Bay Times Forum and in the West Shore neighborhood in and around the Tampa International Airport as well as along Westshore Boulevard.

Both plans take advantage of existing infrastructure while adding more to the landscapes. And both will take mega private investments as well as public financing.

Jeff Vinik is the man behind what could happen in downtown Tampa. Read the complete story.

Ron Rotella and the Westshore Alliance are the backers of redevelopment on the west side of town. Read the complete story.

Tampa Reopens Talk Of Nebraska Avenue Redo

Among the Tampa neighborhoods getting a new look and possibly a redo is the Nebraska Avenue corridor extending north of downtown all the way to area around the University of South Florida.

City planners and neighborhood leaders are seeking public input to shape the main thoroughfare's future.

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Mapping Social Media Activity In Tampa Neighborhoods

The City of Tampa has teamed up with researchers at Carniegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh to map social media activity in downtown Tampa.

The idea is to get a better idea of where people meet up, intermingle online and chat up the town and what they are doing.

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New Ferry Service Idea To Connect Tampa, Apollo Beach

The latest proposal to provide ferry service connecting MacDill Air Force Base to the Apollo Beach, Riverview and Brandon communities of south and east Hillsborough comes from an Indiana company represented by former County Commissioner Ed Turanchik, now a lawyer with Akerman.

If successful, such a ferry could take hundreds of automobiles off local roads each day as military and non-military workers commute into South Tampa to work.

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Tampa Bay Stakes A Claim For Disruptive Innovation In Healthcare

Dave Chase, CEO of Avada and one of the speakers at MediFuture 2023 in Tampa, blogs about why Tampa Bay's pursuit of disruptive innovation in the delivery of healthcare matters.

Chases says staking a claim will go a long way toward success.

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