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Tampa Bay Area thought leaders share what they anticipate most in 2018

Find out what's on the minds of local thought leaders at the start of the new year, and what it could mean for you.

Bolt of Southeastern Guide Dogs

For Good: Tampa community raises funds for Southeastern Guide Dogs

A popular annual fundraiser at the JC Newman Cigar Company in Ybor City raises awareness and funding for the Southeastern Guide Dogs based in Palmetto.

 Joe Robinson discusses key areas in West Tampa to showcase for redevelopment.

West Tampa residents key to shaping future of neighborhood

City of Tampa officials, consultants and local residents work together to shape the future of West Tampa by sharing strategic ideas on community redevelopment. Learn more.

(L-R) Maria Gibbs, Scott Hutterman, Dr., Loren Murfield, and Jared Kohn at 1 Million Cups in Tampa.

1 Million Cups: Meet local doers tackling opportunities in the global marketplace

Pitch your business concept and get constructive criticism among friends and neighbors at 1 Million Cups Tampa.

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WEDU adds 2 new channels, all-day PBS KIDS

With the addition of two new channels and popular programs like "Doc Martin'' and "Father Brown,'' WEDU becomes one of the first stations in the country offering six channels.

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Diversity in Florida workforce adds value to bottom line

In the context of today’s political discourse on the national and state levels, local businesses and corporations are trying to determine how to best engage in active conversations about diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Florida Fishing Legends

Book excerpt: Florida's Fishing Legends and Pioneers by Doug Kelly

83 Degrees periodically publishes excerpts from books by local Tampa Bay Area authors. Read an excerpt from "Florida's Fishing Legends and Pioneers'' by Journalist Doug Kelly of Clearwater.

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TPA Lady Project inspires, engages female entrepreneurs

Revival of local networking group aims to create a welcoming environment for conversations among women about challenges, opportunities, possible collaborations.

Entrepreneur Collaborative Center in Ybor City

Trep Talks: Mentors play key role in business success

Local entrepreneurs and experts appearing at Trep Talks share how -- and where -- to find mentors who can help you take your business to the next level.

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Book excerpt: Images of Modern America, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay by Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

The rich history of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is illustrated in a new book that traces its origins as an Anheuser-Busch brewery and visitor center in 1959 through its growth as an internationally known theme park and accredited zoological facility. Read an excerpt.

Innovation Fusion at FIBA

Innovation Fusion showcases local talent, global diversity in Tampa

The Tampa Bay Area has the talent and raw materials to succeed in the global innovation marketplace, Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik tells a sold-out community gathering at Tampa’s Bryan Glazer Family JCC.

(L-R) Tania Anaya, Michael Howard, Xavier Colon, and Deidra Larkins.

Manatee, Bradenton feel sense of urgency to staunch local brain drain

Manatee County community leaders estimate 70 percent of the local workforce will retire over the next five years, but millennials aren't sticking around to prepare for future job openings.

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Want a peek behind the curtain at local tech firms? Join Homebrew Hillsborough

Hillsborough Homebrew's format includes a tour of hosting tech companies and introductions of all guests to accelerate the process of successful networking and making business connections.

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wimauma.

On The Ground: Exploring faith, diversity and unity in Wimauma

What do the churches of Wimauma say about its diverse population and community challenges? It seems everyone has the same concerns and wants solutions for the entire community. 

Ansberto Vallejo speaks at the Not Your Average Speakers event in Wimauma.

Seeking a united front in Wimauma: Not Your Average Speakers On The Ground in Wimauma

Not Your Average Speakers: Political clout, unity, education and job training are key to shaping the future for Wimauma residents, a diverse mix of immigrants, Hispanics, blacks and whites, as development encroaches on the rural community in South Hillsborough County..

Julia Sarmiento speaks at the Not Your Average Speakers event in Wimauma.

Buscando un frente unido en Wimauma: Voces Excepcionales On The Ground en Wimauma

Voces Excepcionales: Influencia política, unidad, educación y capacitación para el trabajo son clave para forjar el futuro de los residentes de Wimauma, una mezcla de inmigrantes, hispanos, negros y blancos, mientras el desarrollo alcanza a la comunidad rural enclavada en el sur del Condado de Hillsborough.

Student built robots face-off at the start of a match.

Founder voices: Terri Willingham of The Eureka! Factory, Roboticon, Gulf Coast Makercon

Drone races, creating robots, developing games, etc. Learn how The Eureka Factory is churning out new and innovative activities to get kids engaged in technology, math and science. 

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Voces Excepcionales: Lecciones de Wimauma para gente inteligente

Los responsables de las políticas públicas, funcionarios, educadores, líderes empresariales y comunitarios probablemente no piensan en Wimauma cuando buscan nuevas ideas, innovación e inspiración. Pero si lo hicieran, ¿Qué verían?

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Tech-centric unconference contributes to progress for Tampa Bay as next tech hub

BarCamp participants and volunteers connect people to tech opportunities in the Tampa Bay area and help make the region’s entrepreneurship ecosystem a reality for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Adults Brian A. Butler and Woodland Johnson work with students.

How to help kids learn? Community engagement brings success to local K-12 education

What is the solution for helping Florida's schools better educate children? The Council for Education Change encourages collaborative efforts that engage schools, corporate and business leaders, volunteer and parental support though collaborations designed to nurture transformational change.

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Startup Week to focus on creating tech community connections in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Startup Week, powered by Chase and Techstar, will take place Feb 8-12, 2016, and focus on creating tech community connections in Tampa Bay with startup events for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Eileen Kamerick is CFO at ConnectWise and serves on nonprofit boards, including Eckerd Alternatives for Youth.

Inside Florida business: Smart corporate leaders value women as board members

A panel discussion at the Tampa Club tackles “Women on Boards: Actionable Strategies to Increase Gender Diversity in the Boardroom.” The event is sponsored by Women Executive Leadership and the 2020 Women on Boards Initiative in partnership with the USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy and the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women.

Tampa Bay WaVE grand opening.

Tampa Bay WaVe moves into new downtown digs

Tampa Bay WaVe's success at building, launching and growing startups is evidenced by the numbers: 107 new companies, 424 jobs, $14.2M in outside capital -- all combining to create transformational change in Florida's new economy. 

Libya Pugh leads the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival Auditions Workshop at The Straz.

Playwrights, performers stage new experiences at Tampa Theatre Festival

The second annual Tampa Bay Theatre Festival set the stage for the Tampa-St. Petersburg area as a theater community with top quality actors, playwrights and performing venues.

Ignite speaker Rachel Mallett 14, was awarded the Girls’ Inc. Girl of the Year for 2014.

Ignite Tampa Bay talks tackle STEM education, social media, silence

At least 20 speakers will take the stage to entertain, educate and inspire the crowd at 2015 Ignite Tampa Bay, touching on topics from the trials and tribulations that arise from the use of modern technology to the social media mythos of “Florida Man.”

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Tampa Bay area professional women share personal work-life balance stories

With hundreds of women flocking to Tampa in September for the annual Working Women State Conference, 83 Degrees shares the stories of three leading local career women who successfully achieve their own unique work-life balance.

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Local tech community: Growing fast, deep and strong

The tech community in the Tampa-St. Pete area is strong and growing stronger, says Daniel James Scott, CEO of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum. He shared his assessment of local tech talent and innovation at a March forum hosted by the Tampa Downtown Partnership. 83 Degrees reprints his remarks here.

Networking at the NYAS event held at the Iron Yard in St Pete.

Building bigger, better startups starts with talent

“Not Your Average Speakers’’ agree that growing a bigger, better startup in the Tampa Bay region depends more on building a strong company culture and retaining talent than on easy access to capital.

Savvy Card presents in St Pete

Not Your Average Speakers talk 'Big and bigger: How to grow your startup from here'

How to grow your startup? Your connections? Your community? Join 83 Degrees Media as we talk solutions with a panel of experts at the next edition of 'Not Your Average Speakers' on February 5th in downtown St. Petersburg.  

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Gasparilla Interactive Festival in Tampa spotlights digital tech

The first Gasparilla Interactive Festival is designed to showcase local, state and national tech talent, highlight innovative technologies and attract entrepreneurs to the Tampa Bay region.

Del Acosta introduces Cafe con Tampa guest speaker Ray Chiaramonte, Executive Director Hillsborough County Planning Commission and Metropolititan Planning Organization.

Cafe con Tampa stirs up neighborhood conversations

Wake up and join the conversation at Cafe con Tampa Friday mornings at 8 at Hugo's Spanish Restaurant in the Hyde Park neighborhood of South Tampa, where people meet, greet and share ideas about anything and everything happening in the city, the Tampa Bay area and around the globe.

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Party time! 83 Degrees is turning 5!

Readers are invited to mingle, mix and make new connections as 83 Degrees Media celebrates 5 years of producing stories relevant to our lives. Join us November 14 at The Vault in downtown Tampa. 

Robotics at CAMLS. - Julie Branaman

Cultivating Innovation At The Intersection of Arts & Technology

You're invited! On August 28th at Tampa Bay WaVE, 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' talk about what they are doing at the intersection of Arts & Technology and opportunities to do even more.

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3 Things Tampa Bay Needs To Help Startups Thrive

Retaining talent, attracting investment capital and engaging entrepreneurs in the greater community are key to nurturing the Tampa Bay region's growing startup culture, say a diverse panel of thought leaders, entrepreneurs and educators during 83 Degrees Media's latest "Not Your Average Speakers'' event.

CoCreativ has moved it's co-work space from St Pete to South Tampa. - Julie Branaman

Let's Talk Startups In Florida's Emerging New Economy

Tampa Bay's growing startup community is key to Florida's emergence as a robust economy driven by a healthy mix of industry, traditional businesses and entrepreneurs. Join 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' on May 13 to learn and talk more about what's new and what's next for local startups.

Col. Scott V. DeThomas. - James Branaman

"Not Your Average Speakers'': Tampa Bay Employers, Military Veterans Connect Over Jobs

Business leaders, military personnel and members of the larger community make connections, get advice and share their workforce transition stories as part the latest 83 Degrees Media "Not Your Average Speakers'' series in Tampa.

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Transitioning From Military To Civilian Life In Tampa Bay: "Not Your Average Speakers''

MacDill Air Force Base Commander Col. Scott V. DeThomas joins a panel of 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' to talk about the opportunities and challenges facing the community and veterans as they transition into civilian life.

Michelle Deatherage, Keith Greminger and Jeannette Jason. - Julie Branaman

"Not Your Average Speakers'' Share Urban Vision

"Not Your Average Speakers'' and an engaged audience of people invested both personally and professionally in downtown Tampa gather at Encore! to consider what more is needed to create a more vibrant city.

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Not Your Average Speakers: What's Next For Downtown Tampa

New restaurants, apartments and business relocations are attracting new investments in downtown Tampa that contribute  to what's becoming an increasingly vibrant urban scene. And more developments are in the works. Join "Not Your Average Speakers'' for a community conversation about what's new and what's next. 

Not Your Average Speaker panelists.

Tampa Bay Speakers Advocate For STEM, STEAM In Education

Erin Chantry, an urban planner in Tampa, writes about her impressions and take-aways -- including the biggest surprise -- from the May 16 "Not Your Average Speakers'' event hosted by 83 Degrees Media at MOSI Tampa.

Not Your Average Speakers Series.

STEM Or STEAM? "Not Your Average Speakers'' Weigh In At MOSI-Tampa

Knowing that the hottest new jobs of the future may not even exist today, what are best practices/best solutions for study? Should the focus be on teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)? Or should it be broader, including the arts (STEAM)? Join the conversation.

- Julie Branaman

Are We Cool Or What? Sharing The Love While Wishing For More In Tampa Bay

The need for good, safe transportation options as well as a desire for better communications about Tampa Bay events, history and diversity top the wish lists of 83 Degrees Media readers. See specific suggestions for elevating our CQ (coolness quotient).

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What More Do You Want? Tampa Bay's Curious Quest To Be Cool

What's next for Tampa Bay? You can help shape the narrative by getting engaged with 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' in a conversation designed to advance the community dialogue about what makes cities cool. Join us March 27 at The Vault in downtown Tampa.

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Not Your Average Speakers: It's All About Success, Tampa Bay

What does it take to create the primordial ooze necessary for startups, innovators and entrepreneurs to thrive in Tampa Bay? Better telling success stories. Shifting mindsets. Creating a community "can-do'' attitude. Setting new priorities. Engaging leadership, both corporate and community. Convincing the big guys to help the little guys. And so much more!

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"Not Your Average Speakers'' Engage On Innovation, Tampa

The I-4 Corridor stretching from Tampa to Orlando is already seen from afar as a hotbed for designing and developing new technology. So what will it take to nurture startups and retain the talent already here while attracting others to help shape Florida's economy as well as the nation's? Join the conversation as 83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' talk innovation.

Mayor Bob Buckhoran talks about the P3s that shape urban living in Tampa.

Opportunity Knocks: Not Your Average Speakers, Tampa

Shared risk-reward are key to successful P3s -- public private partnerships -- agree panelists representing both sides of the equation at 83 Degrees Media's latest "Not Your Average Speakers'' event. As the local economy rebounds, lots more opportunities for such partnerships will emerge in downtown Tampa and surrounding neighborhoods.

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Not Your Average Speakers: P3s Shape Urban Living

83 Degrees Media's "Not Your Average Speakers'' series continues in September with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn in a community conversation around P3s and opportunities for public-private partnerships to shape Tampa's urban spaces and places.

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#83DegreesNYAS: Valuing Global Diversity In Tampa Bay

A lively community conversation about valuing global diversity successfully engages an audience eager to weigh in along with panelists on why diversity matters in Tampa Bay and how we can build stronger communities, better schools and a well-trained workforce together. Join the conversation on Twitter with #83degreesNYAS.

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Not Your Average Speakers: Global Diversity, 83 Degrees

Art, music, culture, food, perspectives, context, traditions, visions. The list goes on when it comes to the importance of global diversity to a community. But did you know that diversity also is a key indicator of economic success throughout history? Let's talk about it on May 17 with "Not Your Average Speakers.''

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Not Your Average Speakers Talk Talent, 83 Degrees

Creating a more vibrant urban environment and changing the narrative about all Tampa Bay has to offer will help attract and retain talent in the globally competitive marketplace. Did you know, for instance, that the median age in Tampa Bay is close to 40 -- not 65 or 70 as many people think? "The dialogue was interesting, engaging and most of all exciting. I left there feeling smarter!'' says one audience member at "Talent Squeeze: Filling Tampa Bay's Pool,'' 83 Degrees Media's Not Your Average Speakers event.

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Talent Squeeze: Not Your Average Speakers, 83 Degrees

Join 83 Degrees Media as we engage a panel of community, academic and business leaders in a community conversation about nurturing, attracting and retaining talent in Tampa Bay.

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Placemaking: Not Your Average Speakers, Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay's growing arts scene and thriving public spaces take center stage during a lively community conversation led by 83 Degrees Media and "Not Your Average Speakers.'' Fresh off the Gasparilla Music Festival and the grand opening of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in downtown Tampa, panelists and audience members applaud the direction we're going.

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Not Your Average Speakers: "Creating Place: The Influence Of Art & Design''

How can art and design influence a sense of place in the Tampa Bay region? Join 83 Degrees Media and Florida thought leaders for a community conversation on March 13 at Stageworks Theatre. Parking is available inside the garages at Grand Central at Kennedy. Enter off of Kennedy Boulevard.

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Not Your Average Speakers: Community Building In Tampa Bay

What do you love about your city? Where is there room for improvement? How do you build a sense of community that can improve the Tampa Bay region, your city or your neighborhood? These are a few of the questions discussed by five Tampa Bay thought leaders in 83 Degrees Media's third "Not Your Average Speakers" series event at The Roosevelt 2.0.

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Video: Not Your Average Speakers, Champions For Change

Being an effective change leader requires a person to drive deliberate change within an organization or community. Watch and listen to four Tampa Bay area change leaders -- Tom McLain, Tim Dutton, Sean Davis and Stacie Blake -- talk about what it takes to make changes and what they envision for Florida.

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Champions For Change: Not Your Average Speakers

"Champions For Change,'' a lively discussion about leading and inspiring change, marked 83 Degrees Media's second "Not Your Average Speakers'' event at freeFall Theatre. Speakers included Tom McLain, Tim Dutton, Stacie Blake and Sean Davis. The panel was moderated by Nathan Schwagler.

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Not Your Average Speakers: Champions For Change

Considering a change in your business, neighborhood or community? Pushing for change among your colleagues, friends or family? Or simply looking for tips to create change but don't know where to start? Join the community conversation as 83 Degrees Media continues the "Not Your Average Speakers'' series Thursday evening, Nov. 17, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Freefall Theatre in St. Petersburg. To RSVP for the free event, follow this link.

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What's Working In Tampa Bay: Not Your Average Speakers

83 Degrees Media launched its new Not Your Average Speakers series Thursday night at the Straz Center's Jaeb Theater in downtown Tampa. The conversation -- before, during and after -- revolved around what's working in Tampa Bay cities and how to connect the "dreamers" with the "doers" to create tangible solutions in the new economy. Join 83 Degrees for additional conversation online at Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #83degreesNYAS.

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83 Degrees Media: Not Your Average Speakers Series

83 Degrees Media kicks off the "Not Your Average Speakers'' series Oct. 20 with a panel discussion at the Jaeb Theater in downtown Tampa that will focus on "what's working in cities,'' a continuation of an ongoing story theme as we help tell the Tampa Bay region's economic success stories featuring talent, innovation, diversity and environment or sense of place. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, follow this link.
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