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Planning For Improved Highway Safety, Tampa Bay

The MPO study takes a look at traffic patterns and makes recommendations for the future.

Seminole Heights Eyes Possible New Walmart

Walmart is considering several locations for new stores around Tampa Bay, including on a abandoned property in Seminole Heights.

Apartment Building Boom Hits Tampa Bay

Construction projects include several new apartment buildings as Tampa Bay emerges from recession.


















































































































Tampa-L.A. Connection: Vinik Ala Leiweke Brothers

As Lightning owner Jeff Vinik looks to develop Channelside and other properties in the Channel District, he may be getting insights from "L.A. Live,'' the development project in LA that features the Staples Center.





EDCs Emphasize Technology Skills, Jobs In Tampa Bay

Jobs for website developers and designers are plentiful in Tampa Bay.

Economic Forecast For Tampa: Higher Incomes, More Jobs

The economy of Tampa Bay, along with the rest of Florida, is expected to rebound in 2012-13.

State Of The Arts In Florida: Visit Tampa, St. Pete

Boca magazine's annual "State of the Arts'' recommendations highlights music in Tampa and museums in St. Petersburg.

More Flights, More International At Tampa Airport

New flights from Tampa to Zurich portend more visitors and more tourism as well as additional business travel and investments in Florida.

Tampa Prep Grads Create Young Super PAC

The teens created the Super PAC because they could. They envision setting an agenda later.



City of Tampa Opens New Section of Riverwalk

Bicycling and walking along Tampa's Riverwalk got a little bit easier with the opening of a new segment that extends under Brorein Street.

Domestic Partnershp Registry Opens June 25, Tampa

A new domestic partnership registry in the city of Tampa aims to give unmarried loved ones easier access to healthcare and other private matters involving a live-in partner.





Compelling Reasons To Save The Gandy Bridge, Tampa-St. Pete

Bicyclist Alan Snel writes about the value in saving the Gandy Bridge as a linear park for Tampa Bay residents and tourists.

Florida Aquarium Reels In $2.5M Toward Rising Tide

Private donations from Carol and Barney Barnett, founders of Publix Supermarkets, attracted additional matching donors.

Tampa Bay Ramps Up Marketing Efforts For RNC Visit

The Tampa Bay Partnership and other public as well as private entities in Tampa Bay are preparing for an unprecedented media focus on Tampa come August.

















LCBG Mixes Cocktails To Spice Up Tampa Life

Left Coast Bartenders Guild aims to create stronger cocktail culture in Tampa.

Honda Ships New CRVs South Through Port Tampa

Honda begins shipping CRVS through Port of Tampa.

Lightning Owner Eyes Channelside Investment, Tampa

Channelside is attracting new interest from investors, including Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik.http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/realestate/vinik-group-offers-to-buy-channelside/1223615

USF: Up-and-Comer Among Research Schools

USF ranks among the nation's top public universities in attracting research dollars and investments.

Business Insider: Tampa Bay Jobs Growth In Top 10

Recent job growth in the Tampa Bay region surpasses most other U.S. cities.

UT Ranks Among Nation's Best Undergrad Colleges

The University of Tampa ranks among the nation's "Best Colleges.''

USF Sustainability Projects Vie For National Honor

USF competes to be the "greenest'' university.

Home Sales Spike In Popular Tampa Bay Neighborhoods

It's still a buyer's market in Tampa Bay, but sellers are seeing the value of their homes increase.

TV Anchor Gayle Sierens Voices Tampa Riverwalk Audio Tours

Join Gayle Sierens on an audio tour of the Tampa Riverwalk.


Egner, 83 Degrees Get Kudos From Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Times columnist says thanks to 20 Tampa Bay leaders who make the region "a better business place.''

Tampa Approves Domestic Partner Registry

Tampa's new domestic partner registry will be available for couples who live together without marriage -- same gender or not.

StartupBus Florida: Fresh Momentum In Tampa Bay

Teams competing to launch a startup company spend most of the time on the bus ideating, creating and building by working closely together in a setting that affords fewer distractions than they might normally experience.

Startup Florida: Buspreneurs On The Road

Blog postings keep up with Startup Florida road trip.

Startup Florida: Bloomberg's Businessweek Takes Note

A Tampa-based startup team mingles with techie celebs aboard the Startup bus.

Florida To Cuba Ferry Efforts Stall Till After November Election

Talks to create a ferry system between Florida and Cuba will resume after the November U.S. presidential election.


Farm-To-Table Movement Grows In Florida, Hillsborough

Small farms specializing in providing fresh food to tables around the world thrive in Tampa Bay.

Moffitt Offers Low-Dose Radiation Mammograms

New equipment purchased by Moffitt Cancer Center means less exposure to radiation for women getting mammograms.

Tampa Bay Gears Up For RNC Visit In August

Several key local road projects in Tampa are on a fast track for completion before the RNC comes to town.

UT Student Aims To Help You Find Perfect Gifts

Looking for a perfect gift for your beau who has everything? Check out betterboo.com

JetBlue Launches New Tampa To DCA Flight

Getting to the nation's capitol from Tampa just got a little bit easier thanks to JetBlue.

StartUp Tampa Bus To Compete Enroute To Austin TX

Startup buses from around the nation will converge on Austin, TX in March with new ideas hatched along the way.





Healthy Bodies = Better Business In Tampa Bay

Walk, run, bicycle for your heart! That's the message health and business leaders aim to convey in Tampa Bay.


Luxury Condo Market Sellout In Tampa Bay

Opportunity knocks for builders in Tampa Bay's luxury condo market as reduced prices and fewer new projects mean demand may soon outstrip supply.

Plan Now For Spring Training In Tampa Bay, March Start

With baseball's spring training set to start the first week of March, Tampa Bay area fans are gearing up to take a day off to enjoy the sunshine and beauty that causes tourists to flock to Florida.

Tampa Mayor Urges More Funding For USF

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn helps rally the Tampa Bay region behind USF during budget debates in the Florida Legislature.

Tampa Begins To Turn Zack Street Into Arts Corridor

The City of Tampa plans for Zack Street to serve as a corridor of the arts connecting Franklin Street and the Hillsborough River.

USF Med Students Test CAMLS, Downtown Tampa

USF moves into new CAMLS building in downtown Tampa.

ULI Sees New Homes, Biz Along River, North Of Downtown Tampa

The Urban Land Institute recommends new development around the intersection of I-275 and the Hillsborough River as the best place for extending an attractive urban environment in Tampa.

Hillsborough: Repave Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard, $1.3M

Hillsborough County commissioners vote to repave Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa's most famous linear park, before the Republican National Convention comes to town in August.

USF's MacManus Decodes Florida Politics


University of South Florida Professor Susan MacManus was recently tapped by the New York Times to share her list of must-read articles that help explain why Florida's voters remain a deciding factor in the general election.

Tampa Encourages New Storefronts In Ybor City, Drew Park, Seminole Heights

A facade improvement program in the neighborhoods of East Tampa, Drew Park and Ybor City has given business owners the opportunity to upgrade their storefronts.

NPR: Tampa Bay Times Reporter 'An Institution'

NPR profiles Lucy Morgan, a Tampa Bay Times reporter considered an "institution'' in Florida politics.

First Lady Promotes Mi Plato Initiative In Tampa

Mi Plato teamed up with Goya Foods to help spread an awareness of healthy choices to Hispanic consumers, including children.


Tampa Bay Times Picks Top 50 Restaurants

Times food critic selects three restaurants each from more than 25 neighborhoods.

U.S. News: Top Online Education In Tampa Bay

The University of South Florida, Southeastern University and Saint Leo University were recently included in a list schools that excel in online education.

Fortune: Publix Among Top Employers, Lakeland

Publix Super Markets ranks as one of the best companies to work for in America.

First Lady Cites USF For Vet Reintegration Program

Michelle Obama cited the University of South Florida's efforts to create a "first-of-its-kind Center for Veterans Reintegration" with the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs as an example of schools taking the initiative to offer better healthcare for veterans.

UT Welcomes Back Zakanitch As STUDIO-f Visiting Artist

New York-based Pattern and Decoration artist Robert Rahway Zakanitch returns to the University of Tampa as a visiting artist from Feb. 13-24.

St. Pete's Gazelle Lab Expands To Orlando

St. Petersburg-based startup accelerator Gazelle Lab recently announced its plans to expand to a second location in Orlando.

Forbes: Odessa Energy Project One To Watch For 2012

An Odessa, FL-based company has been selected to assist the U.S. Department of Defense in becoming more sustainable.

Tampa's Girlstories Theatre In UN Spotlight

Girlstories Theatre, a division of Powerstories Theatre in Tampa, was featured in the United Nations' International Year Of Youth project called Spotlight Values, which is designed to challenge, support and inspire youth.

Kiplinger: Tampa A Great City To Start Business

Tampa joins Houston, Washington D.C. and Seattle on a list of 10 "Great Cities for Starting a Business."

Taking The Train: Tampa To NYC, Alternative Travel

Joe Sharkey, a feature writer at The New York Times, takes the Amtrak train from Tampa to New York as a rare treat to travel across country without the stresses of being on the road or in the air.

Mapping 2012: Prosperity, Challenges, Opportunities

Tampa Bay Times business columnist Robert Trigaux predicts mostly good times ahead in Florida's economy.

Tampa Leaders, Businesses Reach Out To Cuba

Since weekly flights between Tampa International Airport and Cuba began, Tampa Bay businesses have made an effort to strengthen business ties with Cuban leaders.

USF Choral Group Earns Grammy Nomination

The USF choir's recording of Brahms: Ein Deutsch Requiem, Op. 45 and producer Peter Rutenberg are nominated for Grammys.

City Of Tampa Picks LA Firm To Create Master Plan

Los Angeles-based accounting firm AECOM was recently hired by Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn to create a 20-year blueprint for urban development in the neighborhoods of downtown Tampa, Tampa Heights, Ybor City, the Channel District and North Hyde Park.

USF Health Preps For Move To New CAMLS, Tampa

The University of South Florida's health training programs are preparing to move to the school's new Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation facility in downtown Tampa.

Tampa Bay Home To 23 Golden Spoon Restaurants

Restaurant Editor Chris Sherman selects a handful of Florida eateries for the "Golden Spoon Awards'' every year. Categories include Best New Restaurant, Best Brand, Golden Spoon Award and the Golden Spoon Hall of Fame.

USF Student Wins School's First Marshall Scholarship

University of South Florida student Jean Weatherwax was recently named the recipient of the coveted postgraduate Marshall Scholarship.

Bluebird Book Bus Rolls Into Tampa

Tampa's Mitzi Gordon recently launched a "half used bookstore on wheels, half nonprofit cultural center" by the name of Bluebird Books.

USA Today Hits Up Clearwater's Uncorked Festival

Clearwater Beach's Uncorked Festival, recently held in front of the Hyatt Regency, featured food from Hyatt's Shor restaurant, Sarasota's The Lobster Pot, Clearwater's Crabby's, Tampa's Oystercatcher's, Ceviche and more.




































































































Tampa Trib Endorses Turanchik For Tampa Mayor

The Tampa Tribune editorial board recommends Ed Turanchik to be Tampa's next mayor.

The Tribune's opinion writers say the former Hillsborough County commissioner "offers a bold strategy to revolutionize government and revive the economy.''

The election is March 1.

Read the complete editorial.

St. Pete Times Endorses Buckhorn For Tampa Mayor

The St. Petersburg Times editorial board recommends former Tampa City Councilman Bob Buckhorn to become the next mayor of Tampa.

The Times' opinion writers cite Buckhorn's "energy and blend of experience and vision.''

The election is March 1.

Read the complete editorial.




Goldman Sachs Recruits USF Biz Students

Goldman Sachs sends recruiters to the University of South Florida College of Business in search of the best and brightest to join the firm on Wall Street.

Among the recruiters: former USF Bulls now earning some of the top entry-level salaries and climbing the corporate ladder on the stock market.

Read the complete story.

Ybor City In Tampa: Next Hub For Technology?

Entrepreneur Tim Roberts has big plans for Savtira to make multimillion dollar deals from an 8,000-square-foot building in Ybor City, one of Tampa's most historic neighborhoods.

Ybor City is becoming Tampa's tech hub for emerging tech firms and creative industries.

Read the complete story.


Citrus Park Publix Offers Curbside Grocery Program

Don't have time to shop for groceries? Publix has you covered.

The Lakeland-based grocery chain is currently testing Publix Curbside -- a service launched in the fall of 2010.

A virtual store allows customers to make a "list" from which store employees will shop. Shoppers park in a designated parking spot, press a call button and wait for their groceries to be loaded into their car.

Read the complete story.

Travel Restrictions Eased Between U.S., Cuba

The Obama Administration recently announced travel to Cuba would be allowed for U.S airports equipped with customs and immigrations capabilities.

Eligible airports currently include Miami, New York and Los Angeles. Tampa, Orlando and Atlanta are among the cities expected to apply for hosting approval, according to the Cuba Standard.

The easing of travel restrictions will also allow universities to offer travel to Cuba for academic credit.

Read the complete story.

Florida State Senate Rallies Around Country's First High-Speed Rail

Members of the Florida Senate are hoping private companies will step up to cover the $280 million construction bill for Florida's high-speed rail project.

Gov. Rick Scott has recently stated his reluctance to put state money toward the high-speed rail project.

Having the first high-speed rail system in the country should provide ample incentive for companies, according to comments made by state representatives in The St. Petersburg Times.

More than 20,000 jobs are expected to be created as a result of the project.

Read the complete story.

USF Dance, Engineering Create Dancing Wheelchair

The University of South Florida's School of Theater and Dance is celebrating the completion of an innovative hands-free wheelchair prototype.

Dance instructor Merry Lynn Morris, in collaboration with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, spearheaded the project to increase the artistic expression of wheelchair-bound individuals.

Tampa Theatre Seen As A Portrait Of America

One of Tampa's most beloved landmarks is spotlighted in the November issue of a national publication.

Country Living Magazine features the Tampa Theatre, a "historic gem," in its Portrait of America series.

Read the complete story.

Lowry Park Zoo Gets Kudos For Conservation Efforts

Lowry Park Zoo recently rehabilitated and released three manatees at Apollo Beach Nature Park that were recovering from cold stress.

The zoo's efforts, along with similar efforts from the Columbus Zoo and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, were recently featured in a National Geographic blog by conservation biologist Jordan Schaul.

The blog highlights Lowry Park's research facilities and the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Hospital, the only nonprofit hospital in the world dedicated to manatee rehabilitation.

Read the complete story.

WaterPlay Touts Tampa Bay As Top Destination

Visit Tampa Bay is hoping its partnership with a popular tourism website will give the local economy a boost in the winter months.

The Tampa Bay area is currently a featured destination on WaterPlay USA, a travel website based out of North Carolina.

Praised for its beaches, wildlife, landscape, athletic facilities, entertainment, arts and dining, WaterPlay encourages its visitors to see everything the Tampa Bay region has to offer.

Read the complete story.

UT Junior Entrepreneur Charms National Contest

University of Tampa Junior Nick Chmura recently competed in the Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization (CEO) Conference held in Chicago.

Chmura placed 8th for his 90-second sales pitch of Betterboo.com, a website that utilizes social media profiles to pinpoint the ideal gift for your significant other.

The CEO Conference is the largest collegiate entrepreneur conference in the U.S, according to the University of Tampa.

Read the complete story.

Clear Speeds Into Tampa Bay With WiMax

A new Internet provider is bringing competition to other 4G services in the Tampa Bay region.

Clear offers 4G coverage through the use of a portable device the size of a small book, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Clear's network covers the majority of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties along with New Port Richey.

Read the complete story.

DRAFT Taps Cigar City Brewing's Guava Grove Beer

Cigar City Brewing recently received national recognition for a beverage that "raises the bar for fruit beers."

DRAFT Magazine reserved a spot on its Top 25 Beers of the Year for Cigar City's Guava Grove Ale.

The list includes experimental beers and old standbys that range from Key Lime Pie to Kiwanda Cream Ale.

Read the complete list.

Study: Tampa Leads Florida's Economic Recovery

A recent study, the Global Metro Monitor, revealed Tampa's economic performance is leading Florida toward economic recovery.

The study, by the Brookings Institution and the London School of Economics, ranked 150 global metropolitan areas and placed Tampa at #74, ahead of Miami at #78 and Orlando at #85.

View the study's findings here.

Read the complete story.

MacDill Cycling Challenge For Vets Coasts Into Jax

The Ride 2 Recovery Florida Challenge benefiting wounded war veterans ended its 350-mile journey from MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa to Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville over a six-day period.

More than 200 participants cycled to raise money for mental and physical rehabilitation programs such as Spinning Recovery Labs and outdoor cycling.

Riders traveled north from Tampa, making stops in Spring Hill, The Villages, Ocala, Gainesville and St. Augustine before arriving in Jacksonville on Nov. 20.

View the complete photo gallery.

Networking Reveals Need To Fill Tech Jobs In Tampa

Tampa Bay's Fritz Eichelberger keeps a watchful eye on the area's information technology job market.

His technology recruiting socials, "Pure and Shameless," are networking gatherings designed to meet the increased demand for tech-savvy individuals in Tampa Bay.

In a recent St. Petersburg Times article Eichelberger says a growing number of jobs are appearing in four particular sectors--software development, interactive marketing, technology sales and health care technology.

Read the complete story.




Tampa Activists Strategize For Future Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Tampa-based activists are taking a pro-normalization stance toward the country's stance on the U.S.-Cuba travel policy.

Activists Vicente Amor, owner of Tampa-based travel agency Flor Caribe, and Washington attorney Tony Martinez have started to reorganize their strategy to reach a united stance on U.S.-Cuba relations.

Lifting the travel ban could be more difficult in the current political climate following mid-term elections, according to a recent article the Cuba Standard.

Read the complete story.

USF College Of Ed Introduces Virtual Internships

The University of South Florida is taking an innovative approach to internships for College of Education majors.

Since last year, USF has partnered with Florida Virtual Schools to offer students online teaching experience -- a skill sure to be in demand as technology progresses.

Students in the School of Physical Education and Exercise Science participate in the a traditional internship, seven weeks of which are spent assisting in a course titled Health Opportunities Through Physical Education.

Read the complete story.


Africana Online Features USF Professor Poet

Tampa-based spoken-word poet and University of South Florida professor Reggie Eldridge was recently featured in a New York-based music editorial.

Web publication Africana Online highlighted Eldridge for his budding career in positive poetry and what inspires him to create his art.

Read the complete story.

USF Flowrider Makes Splash As World Champ

Amanda McCormick, a University of South Florida engineering student, recently earned first place in the Ladies division of the World FlowRiding Championships.

McCormick represented the United States at both the World and International Championships in Sentosa, Singapore.

The competition, lasting from Oct. 28 to Oct. 31, brought together FlowRider experts from Chile, the USA and South Africa to put their skills to the test.

Overall, McCormick placed second in the FlowRider Expert Ladies division.

Read the complete story.

Guggenheim Picks USF Student's Video For Exhibit

An international competition for the Guggenheim Museum's YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video included 23,358 submissions from 91 countries, narrowed down to 25 selections.

Among those Top 25 videos: "Wonderland Mafia" by University of South Florida BFA Lindsay Scoggins, as mentioned in The New Yorker.

Scoggins spliced scenes from the Walt Disney classic "Alice in Wonderland" with a song from rap group Three 6 Mafia.

Check out her video -- viewer discretion advised -- along with the Top 24 submissions here.


Continental Touts The Refinery's Slow Food Fare

The Refinery, a Seminole Heights' locally sourced, sustainability-friendly restaurant, is highlighted in the inflight magazine of Continental Airlines.

Continental Magazine shares interviews with co-owners Michelle Baker and Chef Greg Baker on their inspiration behind the restaurant, the slow start when they opened north of downtown Tampa in March and the paranormal activity they encountered during renovations.

Read the complete story.

Sypris Electronics To Secure National Power Grids

The Department of Energy recently announced $3.1 million in federal funding was awarded to Tampa-based electronic manufacturing and engineering company Sypris Electronics.

Sypris, working with Purdue University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Electric Power Research Institute, will conduct a three-year project that focuses on thwarting cyber attacks against the nation's power grid.

Read the complete story.


3 Tampa Bay Hospitals Win Consumer Choice Awards

Three Tampa Bay area hospitals were recently recognized by the National Research Corporation (NRC) in its 2010/2011 Consumer Choice Award.

Tampa General Hospital, Lakeland Regional Medical Center and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System were among the facilities named in the survey, covering more than 300 markets.

The award is based off a national survey to 250,000 households on which hospitals they prefer.

Read the complete list.

Green Report Card Shows Good Marks For USF

The 2011 College Sustainability Report Card, the only comparative evaluation of campus sustainability in the U.S. and Canada, has been released.

Included in the profile of more than 300 colleges is Tampa's University of South Florida.

USF earned an overall sustainability grade of B+, an improvement of last year's score.

See the grade breakdown here.


Siemens Demonstration Unveils Proposal For High-Speed Rail

German engineering giant Siemens recently unveiled its plans for the Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail.

A demonstration at the Museum of Science and Industry introduced the style of train and construction proposal for the project.

Siemens will enlist Skanska, FCC Construction and Veolia Transportation to build the tracks if it is chosen to construct the high-speed rail project.

Read the complete story.



HCC Aims To Increase Grad Rates Through New Grants

Funds totaling $4.6 million were recently awarded to Hillsborough Community College.

The funds include a $3.15 million grant from the Department of Education to increase graduate rates among Hispanic students and a $1.5 million private grant from the Helios Education Foundation to ensure students receive assistance in troublesome areas, such as mathematics.

HCC was the only college in Florida to receive the $1.5 million grant.

Read the complete story.


First Lady Honors Tampa-Based Youth Arts Program With $10K Award

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards honored U.S programs that promote children's creativity through music, writing and the visual arts.

Tampa-based Girlstories Theatre Project was one of 15 programs honored by First Lady Michelle Obama at a recent White House event.

Each program was awarded $10,000 for their contributions to the arts.

Read the complete story.

Graphicstudio Heads To China For NAMOC Exhibition

The National Art Museum of China's recent exhibition titled American Printmaking Now inspired the Beijing-based institution to invite representatives from the University of South Florida's Graphicstudio.

Graphicstudio Director Margaret Miller, Shop Manager Tom Pruitt and Printer Tim Baker were invited to Beijing, along with Dean of the College of Arts Ron Jones, to represent USF.

Pruitt and Baker also offered workshops at the Central Academy of Fine Arts to Chinese art students.

Learn more about the exhibition.

Tampa Trib, St. Pete Times Endorse Penny Transportation Tax

On Nov. 2 Hillsborough County residents will have the opportunity to vote on a proposed one-cent sales-tax increase to fund transportation enhancements.

The Tampa Tribune and the St. Petersburg Times editorialized in favor of the tax increase in their Oct. 3 editions.

A tax increase would result in a light-rail project connecting the University of South Florida to downtown Tampa, and west from downtown to West Shore and Tampa International Airport.

The increase would also fund bus expansions including 134 miles of new local routes and 315 miles of new express service connecting the areas of Brandon and New Tampa with the University of South Florida and Plant City.

Read the complete St. Petersburg Times editorial.

Read the complete Tampa Tribune editorial.


Florida's Milk Party Makes A Splash On CNN

The Children's Movement of Florida's highly publicized Milk Party is touring the state in support of raising political candidates' awareness of children's issues.

CNN highlighted the nonpartisan organization's efforts to raise awareness about health insurance statistics and appropriating more funds toward education in a recent feature.

The Children's Movement of Florida features a steering committee comprised of 27 prominent citizens, including two from Tampa -- President and board chair of Publix Super Markets Charities Carol Jenkins Barnett and former USF President Betty Castor -- and Clearwater's David Dennis, president and CEO of Eckerd Youth Alternatives.

Read the complete story.

Florida Trend Chronicles Progress In Tampa Bay Region For 2010

What did 2010 bring the Tampa Bay region in terms of growth in business, transportation, technology, urban art and science?

Florida Trend has compiled 10 months of highlights, such as the revitalization of The Tampa Riverwalk with the new Glazer Children's Museum and St. Petersburg's ongoing support of the arts with the new Chihuly Exhibit and upcoming Dali Museum expansion.

Advancements in science are noted as well, including Colorado-based Pico Tesla Magnetic Therapies establishing its East Coast headquarters in Clearwater.

Also, the announcement of high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando and the possibility of light rail in Hillsborough County has helped the region make significant transportation strides in the last year.

Read the complete story.

Lights On Tampa One Of 50 Pivotal Public Art Projects Of Last 50 Years

Tampa's biennial program Lights On Tampa was recently named one of the 50 best public art programs in the last 50 years.

The list, compiled through a nationwide survey by Americans for the Arts, includes art programs from New York City, Los Angeles and Albequerque.

Lights On Tampa aims to provide the public with a unique art and technology experience featuring artists from around the world. The program will return to Tampa on Feb. 19, 2011 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

Read the complete story.

USF COBA Ranks Among Entrepreneur Magazine's Top Graduate Schools

An annual list of the best schools in the country for entrepreneurial-minded students includes rankings for the top undergraduate and graduate programs in the country.

The University of South Florida's College of Business was one of 25 schools in the nation recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine for its graduate program.

The College of Business lands at #25 among highly regarded graduate programs at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stanford University and Tulane University.

Read the complete list.

USF To Develop Public Health Training Centers Through $8M Grants

Two federal grants totaling $8 million were recently awarded to the University of South Florida's College of Public Health.

USF, one of 14 schools in the nation awarded a grant from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will use a $4.75-million grant over a five-year period to create a Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center in Sarasota    .

A $3.25-million grant from the Health and Human Resources Administration will be used to establish a Public Health Training Center with assistance from the Florida Department of Health.

The Center will offer USF public health students a unique mentorship opportunity with leaders from the FDOH.

Read the complete story.


Tampa Theatre President Published In League Of Historic American Theatres

Tampa Theatre President and CEO John Bell shares the complicated history of the downtown Tampa landmark with the League of Historic American Theatres.

The winter edition of LHAT's magazine, InLeague, features the article "Public & Private Sectors Collaborate to Save Tampa Theatre" written by Bell.

Bell describes the lengthy process of rescuing the beloved landmark from demolition in the 1970s and acquiring the multiple leases still on the property since its development in the 1920s.

Read the complete story.

Creative Loafing Tampa Awards Best In Bay Area Food, Arts, People, Events

The winners of the 2010 Best of the Bay awards were recently announced.

For the last 20 years Creative Loafing Tampa has issued its staff and reader-voted list of the best food, arts, people and events in the Tampa Bay area.

Food and drink honorees include Greg Baker, chef and owner of Tampa's The Refinery, as "Best Chef," and Seminole Heights' The Independent as "Best New Restaurant." Other selections include St. Pete's Cafe Bohemia for "Best Falaffel," Lutz's Felicitous Coffee for Best Iced Coffee, The Living Room on Main for "Best new reason to go to Dunedin for dinner."

The Mindy Solomon Gallery off Beach Drive in St. Petersburg was selected as "Best Gallery" and St. Petersburg's American Stage was selected "Best Theater Company."

Mayor Pam Iorio was selected "Best Local Politician" and high-speed rail was selected for "Best New Idea for Tampa Bay" in the Readers' Poll.

Read the complete list of winners.


Florida League Of Women Voters Releases Nonpartisan Voters Guide

Voters looking for factual, nonpartisan information about candidates, referendums and amendments to the Florida Constitution now can access the Florida League of Women Voters 2010 Special Election Edition of the Florida Voter online.

The League puts out is annual report to help guide voters who need more information to make wise choices.

"This Special Edition Voter is an essential resource for citizens looking for comprehensive, concise information from a trusted nonpartisan source, says Deirdre Macnab, president of the Florida League. "It is all part of the League campaign to 'Make Democracy Easy!' "

Download the complete guide.

Tampa Chamber Tours New Light Rail System In Phoenix

Members of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce toured the new light rail system in Phoenix to better understand the potential impact of a proposed similar new system in Tampa, ABC Action News reporter Brendan McLaughlin reports.

Ridership in Phoenix far surpasses initial expectations as the light rail system becomes increasingly popular transportation for university students and downtown workers. Some 40,000 people per day ride the Phoenix trains.

In Tampa, the first legs of a proposed light rail system would connect the downtown business district with the University of South Florida and neighborhoods in North Tampa as well as to Tampa International Airport (TIA).

Watch the entire story.

Two Airlines Add Daily Flights From TIA To Puerto Rico In 2011

Affordable airliners AirTran and JetBlue recently announced plans to expand their service from Tampa in 2011.

Beginning April 5, AirTran will offer two daily round-trip flights to Puerto Rico from Tampa International Airport. JetBlue plans to offer the same service starting in May.

This will make three airlines -- including American Airlines -- that offer non-stop flights to San Juan from Tampa, according to USA Today.

Read the story.

Nationwide Life Insurance Expands Service Agreement With Tampa Company

HealthPlan Services, the nation's largest independent provider of service and technology solutions, recently expanded its service agreement with Nationwide Insurance Co., the largest insurance and financial service organization in the U.S.

The Tampa-based service provider will continue to provide management of billing, customer and call center services, among other responsibilities.

HealthPlan's new three-year agreement will expand its service to administer Nationwide's employee benefits program and the integration of the Maximum Care Dental Network into the portfolio, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Read the complete story.

Rolling Stone Names Two Tampa Bay Record Stores Among Best In US

Vinyl Fever and Bananas Music were recently hailed as two of the best record stores in the country.

Rolling Stone Magazine's picks for the top spots for "unique vinyl and CDs" included the Tampa and St. Petersburg institutions. They join music-lover magnets Waterloo Records in Austin and Amoeba Music in Berkeley, San Francisco and Hollywood on the list of 25 stores around the country.

The magazine praised Vinyl Fever for its extensive collection of used inventory and knowledgeable staff. Bananas was lauded for its 3-million-piece collection of vinyl spanning every genre imaginable.

Read the complete list.

Tampa Chef Deemed A Huffington Post Twitter Powerhouse

A Tampa Bay area chef was recently recognized as a social media powerhouse.

The latest list of Twitter Powerhouses from popular political and cultural news source The Huffington Post includes Tampa-based chef Debbie Frangipane, known on Twitter as 'dolcedebbie.'

Frangipane is the executive chef and culinary director for Savory Adventures gourmet travel excursions.

Her recipes and philanthropic work earned her a spot among the 16 chefs selected, according to the article.

Read the complete list.


UT Professor Selected For National Art Gallery Of The Bahamas Exhibition

Kendra Frorup, an assistant professor of art at the University of Tampa, was chosen to be part of the Fifth National Exhibition (NE5) at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.

The exhibition is a biannual event in which Bahamian artists are invited to submit works of art created in the past two years. This year's event asked artists to create a work of art relative to social consciousness in the community.

Frorup is one of 24 artists--12 male and 12 female-- selected to participate in the exhibition running from Sept. 4 through Jan. 31, 2011.

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18 Tampa Bay Area Museums Celebrate Museum Day With Free Admission

Eighteen Tampa Bay area museums will be offering free admission on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Participating museums have joined in Smithsonian Magazine's celebration of its sixth annual Museum Day.

Tampa Bay residents will have the chance to visit, among others, the Tampa Museum of Art in downtown Tampa, the Florida Air Museum in Lakeland, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota and The Pier Aquarium in St. Petersburg.

Tickets must be reserved through the Smithsonian website and are good for two people per household.

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Inc. Magazine Ranks Issue Media Group (83 Degrees Media) Among Fastest-Growing Companies

Detroit-based Issue Media Group was recently named one of the fastest-growing companies in America.

Issue Media Group ranks #22 out of 59 media companies on Inc. Magazine's Top 500/5000 list of the fastest-growing companies in America. It also lands at #1,672 on the overall Top 5000.

Tampa Bay's 83 Degrees, Pittsburgh's PopCity and Cincinnati's Soapbox are a few of the 18 e-zines created by the media company, according to the Colombia Journalism Review.

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Foreign Nations Compete For Tampa-Orlando High-Speed Rail Contract

Six foreign companies are currently competing for the chance to lend their expertise to the construction and maintenance of the country's first high-speed rail line.

China, Japan, South Korea, France, Germany and Spain have sent representatives to Florida to make their pitch for a construction contract on the Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail.

The project will generate 5,000 jobs in construction, maintenance and operations, according to Florida Rail Enterprise Executive Director Kevin Thibault.

The Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail is slated to begin running by 2015.

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USF Contemporary Art Museum Showcases Renowned Cuban Artist

Internationally acclaimed Cuban-born artist Carlos Garaicoa will be showcased in an exhibition presented by the University of South Florida's Contemporary Art Museum.

The exhibition, titled Carlos Garaicoa: La enmienda que hay en mi (Making Amends), began Aug. 23 and runs through Dec. 11.

The Havana-based artist is known for exploring universal issues like history, politics, architecture, urbanism and culture.

As part of a special relationship between USF and Cuba's National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Garaicoa will also create new prints at USF's Graphicstudio. In turn, Graphicstudio will present an exhibition at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Cuba.

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Tampa-Based Outback Steakhouse Named Best Steak In Zagat Survey

The 2010 Zagat Fast-Food Survey asked 6,500 readers their opinions on the best fast-food and full-service chains in the country.

In the category of Full-Service Chains, the leading brand of Tampa-based OSI Restaurant Partners LLC, Outback Steakhouse, took top honors for Best Steak.

Winners were announced live on NBC's Today Show.

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USF, Mote Marine Awarded $2 M Grant For Sustainable Food Production

The U.S Commerce Department awarded Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota and the University of South Florida a $2 million grant to expand sustainable farm-raised fish research programs.

Mote Aquaculture Research Park, with assistance from USF Connect's business development services, intends to create a model for commercial aquaculture that would allow the production of seafood to occur in any climate around the world.

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15,000-Square-Feet Trampoline Park Springs Up In Carrollwood, Tampa

Indoor trampoline parks are a growing trend across the country, and the Tampa Bay region now has its second one.

Airheads, the creation of business partners Steve Johnston and Rich Heruska, recently opened its doors just off Linebaugh Avenue in the Carrollwood neighborhood of Tampa.

The 15,000-square-feet building includes 10,000 square feet of neon green and blue trampolines, providing an indoor space for families and fun-seeking individuals to release some energy.

Airheads also includes an arcade, eatery and space for birthday parties.

The other Tampa Bay trampoline center, Brandon's Boing! Jump Center, opened in March.

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Five Tampa Bay Businesses Land In Top 500 Fastest-Growing Companies

A 2010 ranking of the Top 500/5000 fastest-growing companies in North America recognizes five companies in the Tampa Bay region within the Top 500.

The September issue of Inc. Magazine unveils the 29th annual list.

The five companies include Tampa-based energy and information service provider Archimedes Global (#77), Clearwater-based software provider eMason (#165), Tampa-based Medicare and Medicaid benefit administrators Freedom Health (#225), Tampa-based communication network experts Telovations (#213) and Largo-based marketing firm The Media Crew (#369).

Companies that landed within the Top 5000 include:

Clearwater-based companies Sunbelt Software (#3724), Monin (#4109), Arroyo Process Equipment (#4249) and PostcardMania (#4945).

Largo-based companies Atomic Tattoos (#4275) and The Bare Board Group (#4329).

New Port Richey-based Geo-Logical (#2506).

Odessa-based The Launch Pad (#1419).

Sarasota-based Clockwork Home Services (#2910)

St. Petersburg-based companies Crystal Clear Technologies (#549), Interstate Transport (#1030), Kobie Marketing (#3171) and Excelsior Defense (#3907).

Tampa-based companies Ideal Image (#555), Web Commerce Partners (#790), ScreeningONE (#793), IT Authorities (#801), Celestar (#909), Calhoun International (#993), Tribridge (#1103), Triad Digital Media (#1108), J2 Engineering (#1127), Hiregy (#1132), Laser Spine Institute (#1140), AgileThought (#1154), Acclaris (#1489), myMatrixx (#1509), College Hunks Hauling Junk (#1539), Applied Data (#1679), An Amazing Organization (#1693), T-Cellular (#1697), Infinity Business Systems (#1714), Health Integrated (#1948), ConnectWise (#2087), eBridge Solutions (#2093), Advanced MarketPlace (#2328), Convergence Consulting Group (#2668), Magnetic (#2713), MISource (#2789), i9 Sports (#3061), Accusoft Pegasus (#3442), eWinWin (#3701), Carlton Fields (#3739), Rent-n-Roll Custom Wheels and Tires (#4152), MarkMaster (#4651), Pilgrim Software (#4678), HSA Engineers & Scientists (#4767), and Rent a Coder (now vWorker) (#4877).

Rankings are based on revenue growth from 2006 to 2009, according to Inc. Magazine.

The state of Florida once again received a nationwide ranking of #5 -- pulling ahead of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Georgia, and Illinois -- with 262 companies inside the Top 5000.

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Delta Announces Nonstop Flights Between Tampa, Cancun

Delta Air Lines announced plans to begin offering nonstop flights from Tampa to Cancun beginning Feb. 19, 2011.

This is the sixth attempt by an airline to make a Tampa-Cancun connection, according to a recent article in The Tampa Tribune.

Planes will seat 142 passengers and include 14 first-class seats.

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Tampa Bay Rallies For Spot As World Cup Host City

Fresh off the frenzy surrounding this year's games in South Africa the FIFA World Cup is scouting sites for the 2018 and 2022 games.

Tampa Bay and 17 other potential hosts -- including Houston, Miami and New York/New Jersey -- are currently vying for public votes to convince FIFA officials their city should be chosen.

A U.S bid committee online poll ranks Tampa Bay fourth with almost 60,000 votes.

You can weigh in too by voting online for Tampa Bay.

Host cities will be announced on Dec. 2.

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USF Health Tests Potential Alzheimer's Treatment

University of South Florida researchers recently discovered people with rheumatoid arthritis are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than people without the chronic disease, known for causing inflammation of the joints.

Researchers also have reason to believe that the recombinant human form of GM-CSF (Leukine), commonly used in the treatment of cancer patients, could be used as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute expects a pilot clinical trial will begin this year.

The study, titled "GM-CSF up-regulated in Rheumatoid Arthritis reverses cognitive impairment and amyloidosis in Alzheimer mice," is available at the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

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Tampa-Orlando Rail: Just One Of 10 High-Speed Corridors In Nation

High-speed rail is on its way to several cities in the U.S., including Tampa and Orlando.

The Philadelphia Inquirer lists 10 corridors selected for high-speed rail development ranging from a 220-m.p.h. train between Los Angeles and San Francisco to upgrading existing service in Chicago and the Pacific Northwest.

Tampa's corridor would have an initial cost of $3.2 billion with an expansion to Miami bringing the total to $11.5 billion.

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USF Teams Up With Tampa Theatre For Summer Film Program

The University of South Florida's College of Education has teamed up with Tampa Theatre for the seventh year for its summer film program.

The Tampa Theatre Film Camp is a five-day session that allows kids in grades three through 12 to learn the basics of filmmaking.

Educators from USF use the camp as way to study how to effectively teach filmmaking in classrooms.

Courses offered include Stop Motion Animation and Live Action.

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Publix Tests Online Grocery Shopping In Citrus Park In Tampa

Publix Super Markets plans on expanding its services to include online grocery ordering, which will include a test run at a Tampa store.

The system will allow customers to place an order for a $7.99 fee with no minimum amount required. Customers will then be able to choose where they want their groceries delivered.

The Lakeland-based company unveiled its online grocery shopping program Publix Curbside in an Atlanta store and plans to test it in a second location -- the Shoppes of Citrus Park in Tampa -- in the near future.

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'Wonderland' Musical Leaps From Tampa To Broadway In 2011

The Tampa-born musical "Wonderland," a modern interpretation of the Lewis Carroll classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," will make its Broadway debut at an undetermined Nederlander Theater on April 17, 2011.

"Wonderland" was the first production of the David A. Straz Jr. Center's Broadway Genesis Project -- a group that attempts to create new works for Tampa Bay with the intention of sharing those works through touring or a run on Broadway.

Before it makes its Broadway debut, "Wonderland" will return to the Straz Center from Jan. 4 -16.

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Hillsborough Aviation Authority Throws Support Behind TIA Light Rail

The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority unanimously decided to support a light rail transit link to Tampa International Airport.

Light rail has been a possibility for the Tampa airport since the late '90s, according to The Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Unlike high-speed rail, light rail is more localized, offers less passenger capacity and travels at slower speeds.

Board members, including Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, also expressed support for the 1 percent sales tax increase that will appear on Hillsborough County ballots this fall.

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Moving Hillsborough Forward Raises $1 M To Push New Sales Tax

Moving Hillsborough Forward, a Hillsborough County-based organization of residents, businesses and civic groups, raised $1 million toward the effort to spread the word on the need for an expansion of transportation opportunities in the area.

The goal of the organization is to invest in educating the public on the proposed sales tax increase that will appear on November 2 ballots and to advocate in favor of the initiative.

Members of the organization include, among others, members of the Greater Tampa and St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerces, Tampa Bay Builders Association and the Sierra Club.

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Tampa Ranked 30th Best City For College Grads In US

A ranking of the Top 30 U.S. cities for new college graduates ranks Tampa at #30. Tampa was praised for its agricultural business, pleasant weather, and generally low cost of living.

The position is based on postings of each city's job postings -- found at AfterCollege -- unemployment rate, and the average annual pay for all occupations.

Check out Tampa's numbers for entry-level employers and other data here.

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USF Receives $1.2 M Grant To Train Math And Science Teachers

The University of South Florida was awarded a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The Robert Noyce Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics grant will provide a stipend of $30,000 to cover tuition and expenses for students who enroll in the one-year accelerated Masters of Arts in Teaching program.

The accelerated program, making its debut in Fall 2011, is aimed at individuals interested in teaching mathematics and science to high school students.

Applicants for the program must have a bachelor's degree in a STEM field to be eligible for consideration.

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Midyear Report Shows Positive Outlook For Tampa Bay Real Estate Market

The CB Richard Ellis Florida Midyear 2010 Market Perspective includes an analysis of Florida commercial real estate sectors in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Southwest Florida, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa Bay.

Statistics show that Tampa Bay's investment market has echoed the economy's slow recovery for the first half of 2010, according to the report.

The report also gives detailed examples of sales activity in the greater Tampa Bay region, including the sale of the former Albertson's Distribution center in Plant City that occurred in January. The $31.5 million sale of the space, adding up to more than 1 million square feet of property, to Gordon Food Service was reportedly the largest industrial sale in Tampa Bay history.

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USF Partners With Maine-Based Research Institution For Personalized Medicine

Personalized medicine will be the focus of a newly announced partnership between the University of South Florida and Maine-based nonprofit biomedical research institution Jackson Laboratory.

Personalized medicine involves disease prevention and targeting patient treatment based on genetic makeup.

The partnership will also produce a new research and education village in Collier County, FL., that could generate up to 7,500 jobs and $500 million in economic activity, according to recent study conducted by the Washington Economic Group.

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Tampa Officials Ponder Impact Of Development Near Rail Stations

Tampa officials are speaking out about the possibility of growth surrounding high-speed rail stations in the area.

One Tampa station in particular -- located next to a bus transfer on Morgan Street -- will become an 8.34-acre transportation center with the possibility of a light rail connection, according to The Tampa Tribune.

Some potential developments include housing, office, hotel and retail projects. Tampa's Perry Harvey park on North Orange Avenue will be revamped and a plan to bring pedestrians to the Tampa Riverwalk is underway.

High-speed rail is expected to begin running in 2015 with light rail in 2018 following approval from a 1-cent sales tax referendum appearing on ballots this fall.

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Kodak Partners With Tampa-Based Company For Paperless Record Transfers

Tampa-based MedCo Data is partnering with Kodak to create a standard system for transferring paper medical records to electronic files.

MedCo Data currently uses chart scanning technology to transfer medical information into an accessible Data Vault.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expects health care providers to transfer their paper medical records to electronic files by 2014.

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Gates Foundation Tracks Progress In Hillsborough County Schools

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced $335 million in grants to school districts across the country last November. Hillsborough County was awarded the largest of four grants: $100 million.

For the next seven years, the grant will help fund staff development, testing, salary and various start-up costs to promote teacher excellence, according to a recent update in The Washington Post.

Teachers will undergo yearly evaluations based on how well students progress and observation from principals and peers. A reconstructed pay scale -- optional for veteran teachers but required for new teachers -- will consist of four tiers and reward high performing teachers regardless of educational training or years of experience.

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Florida Poised To Join Emerging Super Regions

Florida is on the verge of becoming one of the country's next "super regions," and the creation of the high-speed rail project could be the catalyst.

St. Petersburg Times staff writer Robert Trigaux recently sat down with University of Pennsylvania professor and researcher Jonathan Barnett to discuss the future of Tampa as a "super region."

Other emerging super regions across the country include Birmingham to Atlanta to Charlotte to Richmond and San Francisco to San Diego. Professor Barnett believes Florida's super region will resemble an "H"--Tallahassee, Tampa, Fort Myers, Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville-- with Interstate-4 connecting each coast.

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Competitive Grant Could Extend High-Speed Rail To TIA

Tampa City Council Member Mary Mulhern is pursuing a competitive federal grant aimed at developing high-speed corridors. The grant will likely be applied toward the expansion of the high-speed-rail project to include a stop at Tampa International Airport.

The deadline for applications is Aug. 6.

If future funding is available, the rail could be expanded to Miami by 2018, according to The Tampa Tribune.

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Start Your Engines! Electric Car Initiative Launches In Tampa Bay

The "Get Ready Tampa Bay" initiative offers Tampa Bay residents a glimpse into the future of transportation: electric cars.

Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council is working in collaboration with local governments and other businesses to promote electric cars.

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TBARTA Wants Your Carpool Videos

The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority is asking Tampa Bay Area car poolers to submit videos of them and their co-workers for its Coolest Carpool contest.

The contest, which began June 14, runs until Sept. 6. The public can view and vote for the submissions on the official website. Winners will receive an Amazon Kindle.

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USF Sophomore Represents US At Confucius Institute In China

University of South Florida sophomore Victor Florez will represent the southern region of the U.S in the upcoming 2010 Chinese Bridge Competition for College Students.

Florez emerged as the southern regional winner after only four semesters of studying Chinese.

He is currently completing his second year studying abroad in China through USF's Chinese Learning in the Culture Tier Education Abroad program.

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Port Of Tampa Announces $75 Million Recycling Facility

In an agreement with NexLube Tampa LLC, the Tampa Port Authority announced its plans to build a $75 million recycling facility at the Port of Tampa.

An additional 100 direct and indirect jobs will be created when the project is finished. The facility will process recycled oil that will be used to produce lubricants, diesel and asphalt.

The Port of Tampa expects $10 million in revenue will be generated when the new addition is fully operational.

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Seminole Heights Bakery Promoted In Natural Awakenings Magazine

Gluten-free bakery and "lifestyle cafe" Viitals received a mention in Natural Awakenings Magazine's news briefs inside its June issue.

Viitals specializes in healthy baked goods for consumers interested in more nourishing alternatives than traditional sweets.

Natural Awakenings is a lifestyle magazine published in 81 U.S communities across 35 states, including publishers in Sarasota and Tampa.

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Tampa's Future Rail Stop Positioned By Historic Cemetery

Hillsborough County's only planned high speed rail stop, off Morgran and Scott streets, will position the station next to Oaklawn Cemetery.

The cemetery, founded in 1850, is home to Civil War veterans, pirates and 13 former mayors.

An American Institute of Architects branch in Tampa is spearheading an effort to preserve the cemetery throughout the construction process, designate it a historic landmark and integrate into the design of the rail's station.

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Church of Scientology Purchases Ybor Square Complex In Tampa

Ybor City's world famous 1886 cigar factory was recently purchased for $7 million by the Church of Scientology. The three-building complex will be converted into a place for gatherings and Sunday services, as well as space for offices.

The placement of a church in Ybor City could possibly result in the denial of liquor licenses for future businesses opening within 1,000 feet of the building.

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Four UT Filmmakers Headed To Campus MovieFest In Las Vegas

The annual Campus MovieFest, a national festival that encourages student filmmakers to produce a short film in one week, played host to four University of Tampa students.

Matt Goldberg's Call on Me, Ryan Grosjean's Perennial Love, The Dorm by Michael Leonard and Brett Pollack, and Angelus Domini by Colin McElaney, Andrew Favicchio and Ryan Robidoux were among the selected finalists for the International Grand Finale.

The finale was held from June 10-13 at the Wynn Las Vegas.

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Feds Release $66.6 M To Tampa, Orlando For High-Speed Rail

The federal government recently released the first portions of funding for revitalizing the country's transportation system, according to the official blog of the the U.S Secretary of Transportation.

Florida received the largest amount of funding -- $66.6 million to support preliminary engineering of the Tampa-Orlando High Speed Rail.

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TV Show House Smart Spotlights USF's Botanical Gardens, Rain Barrels

University of South Florida's Botanical Gardens was recently featured on an episode of home improvement show House Smarts. The show features interviews with Botanical Garden Director Laurie Walker and gardener Kevin Slaughter, who demonstrates how to build a rain barrel at home.

Head to the House Smarts website to view the segment by typing University of South Florida in the segment search engine.

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UT Faculty Members Get Sneak Peek At Glazer Children's Museum

Assistant professors Patty O'Grady and Pattie Johnston, along with Professor Hunter O'Hara, received a tour of the new Glazer Children's Museum scheduled to open Sept. 25.

O'Grady and O'Hara were invited by Glazer President and CEO Al Najjar to work on the museum's education committee.

O'Grady is responsible for, among other things, impromptu exhibits and planning summer camps while O'Hara is responsible for monitoring the role of staff members within the exhibits. Johnston will assess how well the children are learning from the exhibits.

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Bravo! New "Work of Art'' TV Show Features USF Graduate

University of South Florida MFA '98 graduate Trong G. Nguyen is one of 14 finalists competing in Bravo's newest reality series "Work of Art." The show premieres June 9 at 11 p.m. EST.

Nguyen is currently working on a Metaphysical GPS application for iPhone through his project Humanitarians Not Heroes.

Check out samples of Nguyen's work on ArtSlant.

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Tampa, Clearwater Naval Academy Athletes Sail Into National Competition

Sara Burke of Clearwater and Robert Vann of Tampa are competing in the Intercollegiate Sailing Association nationals held in Madison, Wisconsin on Lake Mendota

Burke and Vann are part of the Navy's intercollegiate sailing team.

Burke serves as a skipper for the women's team and Vann is an A Division skipper on the co-ed team.

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UT Student Wins Information Technology Essay Contest

University of Tampa accounting student Meridith Klein recently won the West Florida Chapter of Information Systems Audit and Control Association's essay contest.

Her entry, titled "Corbit 4.1 Heightens SOX Compliance," received a $1,000 award and earned Klein a one-year membership to the chapter.

Look for her essay on West Florida ISACA's website and in their upcoming newsletter.

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USF Students Head To Netherlands For Water Research

Six students from the University of South Florida will spend 10 weeks in the Netherlands participating in a water research program led by College of Engineering assistant professor Daniel Yeh.

The program is part of USF's relationship with UNESCO-IHE, the Institute for Water Education, to collaborate on education and research. To track the group's progress, head over to their blog, or check out their YouTube channel.

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St. Joseph’s $75 Million Expansion Breaks Ground In Tampa

A $75 million expansion for St. Joseph's Women's Hospital in Tampa broke ground in May. The 125,000-square-foot building will house the new neonatal intensive care unit, the Hinks and Elaine Shimberg Breast Center and other women's services.

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National Magazine Ranks St. Petersburg #1 As Arts Destination

The 13th annual Top 25 Arts Destination readers' poll for AmericanStyle Magazine ranked St. Petersburg #1 for mid-size cities.

The article cites St. Pete's forthcoming Salvador Dali Museum and the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Morean Arts Center as the catalyst for its propulsion from #22 on last year's list to the top spot this year.

Tampa comes in at #11 while Sarasota and Bradenton make the small-sized city list at numbers 5 and 22, respectively.

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USF College Of Business Names 25 Students Under 25

The University of South Florida's College of Business has released the 2009-2010 list of students selected for the 25 Under 25 program.

The program honors students who have shown excellence in scholarship, professional development, leadership and community or campus service.

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USF Awarded FEMA Grant To Study Firefighter Injury Prevention

The University of South Florida was awarded a $701,173 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to research targeted back exercises and their effectiveness on preventing back injuries in firefighters. The university will conduct a 2-year study with the City of Tampa Fire Rescue.

The grant is the largest amount awarded in the state and the only "Research and Prevention" award in Florida.

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USF's School Of Music Converting To All-Steinway Pianos

The University of South Florida recently announced its School of Music would be converting to an All-Steinway school with the help of private funding.  The practice spaces and recital halls will eventually be equipped with Steinway & Sons pianos only, boosting the university's collection of Steinways from 18 to 130.

There are currently only 113 schools worldwide that share this distinction, according to Steinway's website.

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UT And USF Professors Tapped For National Geographic Shark Show

Dan Huber, an assistant professor at the University of Tampa, and Phil Motta, a professor at the University of South Florida, were tapped to participate in a National Geographic show about bull and tiger sharks.

The professors were flown to Bimini in the western Bahamas for a five-day trip consisting of research and filming. The show will air later this summer.

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Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Names Tampa Bay Area Finalists

Ernst & Young -- one of the leading professional service organizations in the world -- announced the Florida finalists for the 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year award, which included 15 businesspeople from Tampa, New Port Richey and St. Petersburg.

The company also announced the Florida Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Lewis Hay III, chairman and CEO of FPL Group, Inc. Hay's utility company is based in Juno Beach and serves customers in Manatee and Sarasota counties.

The regional honors will be done in June, with the national awards following in November.

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Tampa Mayor Writes Guest Column On Mass Transit

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio authored a special guest column for the St. Petersburg Times sharing her thoughts on the importance of mass transit.

The column mentions the cities with similar sizes of urban populations that have either approved a state tax referendum or have already built a light rail including Dallas, Denver, Phoenix and Salt Lake City.

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Enthusiasm For Bicycling Picks Up Speed In Tampa Bay

A commentary published in The Tampa Tribune discusses the growth of a bicycle movement in the Tampa Bay region.

Alan Snel, director of South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers, shares how to facilitate a more open discussion on the positive impact of bicycling with the "three E's:" educating the public through the media, enforcement of bike laws and road engineering with regards to bicyclists.

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Sarasota Resident Works To Increase Trade Between Florida, Puerto Rico

Elizabeth Cuveas-Neunder, Sarasota-based president of the Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Florida, advocates an increase of trade between Florida and Puerto Rico.

Florida's Puerto Rican community has an annual purchasing power worth $125 million, reports the Sarasota-Herald Tribune.

Cuveas-Neunder spearheaded an inbound trade mission to the Tampa Bay region in May. The mission lasted several days and brought together 25 representatives of Puerto Rican businesses with Central and Southwest Florida companies.

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UT MBA Students Teach Grade Schoolers Business Basics

University of Tampa MBA students volunteer their time to share their business and entrepreneurial skills with local grade school children through the Junior Achievement program.

It is the largest and oldest nonprofit organization devoted to teaching grades kindergarten to 12 about the basics of business including market based economics and personal finance.

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American Bungalow Magazine Features Historic Tampa

Ybor City's bungalow homes are featured in "Historic Tampa," a series of articles that highlight the rich historic value these homes add to the Tampa Bay region, in the Spring 2010 of American Bungalow Magazine.

Del Acosta, an adjunct instructor at Tampa's International Academy of Design & Technology, shares a timeline of the Giunta Family -- vegetable farmers who emigrated from Sicily to Ybor City and built a Craftsman-style bungalow home in 1925.

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Tampa Company Offers Innovative Material For Oil Spill

Tampa-based company Thermablok, Inc., is offering its product, a high insulating material known as aerogel, for use in the oil spill relief efforts in the Gulf Coast.

The material, currently used by NASA in spacesuits and in Mars missions, is capable of soaking up 14 to 20 times its weight in oil, according to Don Adrian, head of Thermablok thermal research.

Once the oil has been absorbed by the Thermoblok, the oil can be safely extracted and the material can be reused to soak up more oil slicked water.

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USF Med Student Cycles Across America For Shriners

Fourth-year medical student Lauren Leffler is close to completing a 4,200 mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to raise money for Shriners Hospital for Children.

Leffler has currently raised $5,908.03; 15 percent of her $40,200 goal, according to the Shriners' website. The bicycle ride will commence next month in her hometown of Ormond Beach, Fla.

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USF Selected To Compete In U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon

The University of South Florida will be one of four Florida colleges joining together to represent Team Florida in the U.S Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon.

The event, held in Washington D.C in Fall 2011, will bring together 20 teams spanning four continents for a two-week competition to design, build and operate the best solar-powered house.

Team Florida was selected for "Flex House," a modular building system that includes a cistern for collecting rainwater and a solar chimney to let out rising heat.

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HCC Student Makes All-USA Community College Academic Team

A Hillsborough Community College student was awarded a spot on USA TODAY's 2010 All-USA Community College Academic Team. Nineteen-year-old Ralph Jacobi was one of 20 students honored for their academic achievements and involvement in their community.

Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for community colleges, administers the selection process for the annual list. Jacobi provides free math and science tutoring to fellow Phi Theta Kappa students at HCC.

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2010 Fortune 500 List Includes 4 Tampa Bay Companies

Fortune 500's ranking of America's largest corporations for 2010 included 16 Florida-based companies, including Publix Super Markets (Lakeland), Tech Data (Clearwater), Jabil Circuit (St. Petersburg) and WellCare Health Plans (Tampa).

Publix was also ranked 86th on the list of the Best Companies to Work For.

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One Bay Tackles How To Best Improve Tampa Bay Economy, Add Jobs

The St. Petersburg Times reports on a proposal that stresses the need for long-term planning to reduce sprawl while effectively attracting an additional 3.2 million people and 1.5 million jobs to the Tampa Bay region by 2050.

The group behind the proposal is One Bay, a combination of organizations that includes the Tampa Bay Partnership, a regional economic development organization; the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA).

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USF Ranked 25th In Waste Minimization Competition

The University of South Florida recently took part in a yearly nationwide competition to reduce, reuse and recycle waste on college campuses known as RecycleMania, started in 2001.

USF took 25th among 199 national colleges in RecyleMania's "Waste Minimization" category, and was the 2nd most productive college in Florida with 20.80 cumulative pounds of recycled material per person during the week of March 21 to March 27.

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Tampa Bay Region Hosts PBS News Hour For 'Spotlight City' Series

PBS News Hour concluded its two-year "Spotlight City" tour with a visit to the Tampa Bay region last week. Senior News Correspondent and Host Gwen Ifill included discussions with members of the public in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Bradenton on key issues as one of five cities or regions selected by the news program to encourage the engagement of the community around local issues that have a national impact.

In Tampa, Ifill led a panel discussion at the University of Tampa featuring Paul Tash, editor and CEO of the St. Petersburg Times, and Rob Lorei, managing editor of WEDU's "Florida This Week" and co-founder of WMNF-FM radio, about the ever-changing role of the media and the incorporation of social media sites.

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USF Student Becomes Entrepreneur With St. Petersburg Baking Business

A University of South Florida student is building a name for herself as an entrepreneur with her St. Petersburg-based baking endeavor called Sarah's Sweets.

Public relations senior Sarah Byrne was recently featured in a St. Petersburg Times article to discuss how she began the business and how she utilizes the skills she learned in college.

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Tampa Museum Of Art Hosts UT Premiere Event

The Tampa Museum of Art will hosts students and faculty from the University of Tampa to premiere digital installation pieces, live performances and music in an event the university is calling Arts Nexus.

The collaborative event was brought to life by Todd Smith, executive director of the Tampa Museum of Art, and UT College of Arts and Letters Dean Haig Mardirosian.

This free event is open to the public and takes place on April 15 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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Stetson U In Tampa Earns Fifth Win At National Trial Competition

For the second time in the 2009-10 academic year, Stetson University students have won a national mock trial competition. This is the school's fifth win at the event since they began participating.

Stetson Law team members Brock Johns, Katelyn Knaak and Trina Sams participated in the National Trial Competition held in Dallas on March 27. They surpassed six other schools -- including Northwestern Law and Yale Law School -- in preliminary rounds to beat Stanford in the final round.

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USF Researchers Transform Sawdust Into Fuel

A team of USF researchers was recognized at the 2010 Global Venture Challenge in Tennessee for its creation of a process that transforms sawdust into jet fuel.

The research team, consisting of USF chemical engineering professor John T. Wolan and graduate student Ayed Ali Gardezi, discovered an environmentally clean catalyst technology that uses a reactor to transform biomass into fuel.

The team is currently in the process of raising money for a pilot-scale plant.

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USF Physicists Make Nanoelectronics Breakthrough

A recent discovery in nanotechnology by University of South Florida physicists will lead to a major breakthrough in the development of graphene-based electronics.

Graphene is currently the preferred material of use for manufacturing nanoelectronics because it can perform at speeds up to 100 times faster than silicon.

The research of Dr. Matthias Batzill, Dr. Ivan Oleynik, graduate student Jayeeta Lahiri, undergraduate Pinar Bozkurt and postdoctorial associate You Lin was recently published in Nature Nanotechnology.

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Tampa Bay Region Receives $16.9M In HHS Funding

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded the Tampa Bay region $16.9 million in the second round of funding provided to centers expanding their health information technology. The two Tampa Bay organizations receiving a portion of the $276.6 million in HHS funding are the University of South Florida and the Community Health Centers Alliance, Inc. in St. Petersburg.

The funding will provide thousands of jobs for nurses, pharmacy technicians and training.

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TECO Proposes New Energy-Efficient Rebates In Florida

Tampa Electric Co. wants to expand its energy-efficient incentives for customers. If the proposal is approved by the Florida Public Service Commission, residents would receive a $1,000 rebate on the installation of a solar water heater. Businesses would receive an additional $175 per kilowatt for commercial lighting upgrades and $25 for every exit sign upgraded to LED technology, among other incentives.

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Florida Caribbean Students Host 2010 Conference At USF In Tampa

The Florida Caribbean Students Association will host its 36th Conference at the University of South Florida from April 9-11 in Tampa.

The conference is the leading event in Florida for Caribbean students, community leaders and business representatives to network and celebrate their cultural heritage.

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Obama's Offshore Drilling Policy Impacts Florida's West Coast, Tampa Bay

National Public Radio reports on President Obama's decision to allow offshore drilling along the Atlantic coast and northern Alaska, if scientists conclude the areas are suitable for extraction. The plan could expand to include drilling in the Gulf of Mexico by 2022 pending the expiration of a long-held ban.

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Eclectic Culture Draws Fashionistas To Tampa

Tampa's eclectic vintage clothing stores are highlighted in a recent travel feature in The New York Times.

The article mentions Seminole Heights businesses along with shops in Hyde Park, SOHO and Ybor City.

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KPMG Study: Tampa Among Least-Expensive Cities For Business

A recent study by audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP revealed that Tampa was the least-expensive city for business operations among a list of 22 U.S locations with populations exceeding 2 million each.

The study ranks Tampa ahead of Atlanta, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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Former St. Petersburg Student Awarded For Feature Film Debut

UCF graduate Erin Kitzinger's thesis film "Hope For A Thorn" won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2010 Gasparilla International Film Festival in Tampa.

Kitzinger, a graduate of St. Petersburg High School, will also screen the 74-minute film at the upcoming Sunscreen Film Festival April 14-18 in St. Petersburg.

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Tampa Theatre Deemed A Top Ten Iconic Venue

In the March issue of Delta Sky Magazine Tampa Theatre is listed as the number six iconic show place in the world. The list puts the 83-year-old Tampa venue ahead of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, among others.

Open the issue to page 22 to read the complete list.

Austin Music Festival Hosts Tampa Musicians

Austin's annual South by Southwest music festival played host to several Tampa musicians and featured an official showcase for Tampa-based record label New Granada.

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Florida's High Speed Rail Proposal Draws Questions, Criticisms

The $1.25 billion high-speed rail project from Tampa to Orlando was recently examined by The New York Times. The article is critical of the stimulus-funded project's key components and also discusses alternative routes that would benefit from a high-speed rail.

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Tampa EMS VP Wins Award For Green Ambulance Initiative

Terence Ramotar, vice president of Transcare Ambulance Services in Tampa, is one of 10 national recipients of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services' Innovators in EMS 2009 Awards. Ramotar spearheaded a green initiative to reduce the electrical load of ambulances and keep equipment batteries charged.

Ramotar is also the former director of support services for Sunstar EMS in Pinellas County.

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Desalination Plant Earns SWFTMD Funding

Tampa Bay Water will receive $31.25 million in construction funding from the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

The Tampa Bay Seawater Desalination plant successfully completed a four-part test to turn seawater into high-quality drinking water for the 2.5 million residents it serves in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

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Tampa Company Awarded Foreign Military Sales Contract

MSN Money reports that Tampa-based company RiverHawk Fast Sea Frames, LLC has been awarded with a $70 million FMS contract for the detail, design and construction of two offshore support vessels and equipment for the Iraqi Navy.

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USF College Of Business Students Selected For International Competition

A team of graduate students from the College of Business at the University of South Florida have been named as finalists in the International Case Competition on the Strategic Value of IT Management.

CNBC
reports that USF is one of 11 schools chosen to compete at CA's user conference, CA World 2010, in Las Vegas.

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Continual Transportation Growth For Tampa Bay Region

Improvements to Tampa's transportation system continue with a multimillion dollar project to assist traffic flow on Interstate 275 and a proposed penny sales tax increase in Hillsborough County to expand transportation development.

The Tampa Bay Business Journal also reports the The Tampa Port Authority celebrated an accomplished fiscal year due to their diverse endeavors in trade, shipbuilding and repair, and cruise passenger traffic.

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Jobs Emerge In Florida's Growing Health Care Industry

As Baby Boomers age, they create demand for more health care of all kinds, which means more jobs in nursing, home health care, assisted living, physical therapy, dental work and all other health-related occupations. Educational and training institutions are scrambling to provide a supply of workers that can meet the demand.





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Happy Feet Owner Stays Ahead Of Curve

The Maddux Report features a profile on Happy Feet Plus co-founder Jane Strong. Strong and her partner opened the specialty footwear shop in 1985. It featured Birkenstocks long before the brand experienced a surge in popularity, and sold them online before the company did. The shop's Clearwater location, built in 2002, was the first in the nation to receive the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. There are nine Happy Feet Plus locations in the region, which employ a total of about 45 people. Click here to read the complete Maddux Business Report profile.












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