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St. Pete's LGBTQ Welcome Center reopens with local flair and wares

Welcome Center now serves Kahwa Coffee and Working Cow Ice Cream, and includes a boutique consignment store featuring the creative work of LGBTQ artists and makers.

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Looking to build a home for about $300K? Shotgun-style homes make a comeback in West Tampa

Shotgun-style homes are still part of West Tampa’s history and help define its character. Domain has resurrected and updated the design in a two-story version that it is building on several locations around West Tampa.

Feature StorySantaella cigar tin - Optimo brand - featuring an image of Antonio Santaella.

Brief History of West Tampa: From its start to today

West Tampa’s first generation of cigar manufacturers includes Cuesta, Rey, & Co., Ellinger Brothers, and the Armena Cigar Company. The inadvertent misspelling of that last one on street signs has led some to think there were Armenian immigrants among the Spaniards and Cubans.

Innovation NewsSara Hand is CEO of Spark Growth.

Tech Bytes: Smart community, tech summits coming to Tampa

The Bradenton firm Spark Growth plans two smart community programs in Tampa. Homebrew Hillsborough will be touring Digital Hands and Barcamp Tampa Bay 2018 plans a day-long program November 10. Plus more Tampa Bay tech news.

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Tampa Heights neighborhood joins downtown's Special Services District

Downtown Tampa's Special Services District offers services like beautification, business development, transportation, and marketing for businesses within its territory.

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You can now ride Tampa's iconic streetcars for free

Free rides on the streetcar connecting downtown Tampa and Ybor City run every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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If not now, when? Why one Tampa Bay company sees great value in new Regional Resiliency Coalition

When it comes to a problem as big as sea level rise, which could destroy up to $161 billion of economic activity across the Tampa Bay region by 2060, good corporate citizens can’t afford to simply watch from the sidelines. Read Part 2 of a 2-part series.

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Q&A with Jerel McCants: Tampa architect designs affordable housing in Ybor City

Why Ybor City? Why now? "Ybor has always been culturally and architecturally significant. ... We don't want to out-price those people who've lived here.''

Innovation NewsReliaQuest executives and Dean Moez Limayem pose for a photo with students in the inaugural course.

ReliaQuest gift to USF funds innovative cybersecurity training program

The University of South Florida in Tampa launches an innovative cybersecurity training program funded by a $1 million gift from Harbour Island-based ReliaQuest.

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For Good: Tampa church hosts forum on regional water crisis, leadership

The speakers at the faith-based community conversation on water are among the Tampa Bay region’s leading experts in wildlife conservation and marine biology.

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Rooster & the Till duo opens new hangout spot in Seminole Heights, Tampa

Bocce ball. Shuffleboard. Better than stoner food. Nebraska Mini-Mart welcomes you to hang out in the charming Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa.

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New Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition promises collaborative action on climate change

Realizing Resilience: 83 Degrees presents a 2-part series on the Tampa Bay Regional Resiliency Coalition and Florida's need for mitigation and adaptation in the face of sea level rise and climate change. Read Part 1.

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New medical research & education building strengthens St. Pete’s Innovation District

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital’s new $95 million Research and Education Building is expected to be an economic driver for St. Petersburg and the region. It positions the hospital to be one of the premier academic pediatric hospitals in Florida.

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Local thought leaders on job proofing your future, how to get hired in an evolving digital age

Launchcode hosts "Disrupting the Digital Norm,'' a convo among local tech experts about preparing for jobs of the future in a fast-paced, fast-changing world. Learn more.

Innovation NewsCarl Vervisch is Co-Founder of Social Forces.

Ybor firm aims to make its mark in the evolving advertising industry

An Ybor City firm is serving advertisers worldwide who want to reach customers through social media.

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Manor Riverwalk along the Hillsborough River to start leasing units

Riverwalk Manor on the west bank of the Hillsborough River between Kennedy Boulevard and Brorein Street offers new apartments within walking distance of downtown Tampa.

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South Tampa to get a multifamily gated townhome community

New apartments and townhomes are being built on the former site of Tampa Jai Alai near MacDill Air Force Base.

Feature StorySupporters of black businesses get on the bus to help support Tampa based businesses.

Black Business Bus Tour introduces shoppers to unique small shops

The purpose of the Black Business Bus Tour in Tampa isn't solely to promote local black-owned businesses, but also to help improve networking opportunities and economic conditions for the whole community.

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Familiar design shapes many new Tampa Bay Area apartments, condos

In addition to enhancing the visual appeal for urban dwellers and prospective residents, practical and cost reasons are driving an increasingly common design that wraps parking garages with apartments. Read on to learn more.

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Institute features Tampa’s smoking start to Cuban independence

It all started with a cigar -- just one of many historical tales to be discussed during 2019’s National Endowment for the Humanities grant-funded institute on Tampa’s revolutionary immigrants.

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