Innovation NewsFarrukh Siddiqui is president & CEO of RedPerit.

Defynance: Tampa startup takes on student loan crisis

With student loan debt topping more than $1.5 trillion across the nation, Farrukh Siddiqui of RedPerit in Tampa has created an initiative called Defynance, which would allow people to refinance student loans through income share agreements. 

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Tampa Bay Mobility Alliance forms to advocate for better transportation options

The Tampa Bay Mobility Alliance launches as a tri-county nonprofit advocacy group to increase and improve transportation options. 

For GoodUSF recently received a gift of a Civil War-era Steinway piano. It will be on permanent display at the School of Music.

For Good: Entrepreneur donates Civil War-era piano to USF

The recent donation of a Civil War-era Steinway piano gives USF's School of Music a piece of history to call its own. The piano is on display for the public to enjoy. 

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Tampa International Airport continues growth surge with new shops, restaurants

Tampa International Airport's ambitious expansion includes 69 new shops and restaurants in a renovated Main Terminal. Airport officials hope to establish the terminal as a shopping and dining destination for locals.  

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Validity: Data firm grows quickly in Tampa tech ecosystem

Boston-based data quality firm Validity Tampa branch office is expanding rapidly, another sign of Tampa's boom and its growing status as a tech hub.

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Commuter Story: Bicycling to work in Tampa

What's it really like to commute by bicycle in Tampa? Read a daily journal kept by bicycling advocate Christine Acosta as part of #commuterchallenge19. 

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Improving bicycling safety: Tampa rolls forward 1 stat at a time

While there are too many bicycle crashes in the Tampa Bay region by almost any measure, a few indicators of progress are emerging in the City of Tampa. 

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Downtown Tampa attracts dual-branded Hyatt House, Hyatt Place

New Orleans-based hotel developer HRI Properties is the latest player to get in on downtown Tampa's boom with a dual-branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House

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Former Ybor City brewery mixes past with future in Tampa

The former Florida Brewing Company building in Ybor City opened as the tallest building in Florida in 1896; today, it's still the tallest building in Ybor but it serves a new purpose.

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USF leads nation in producing Fulbright Scholars

Meet one of the USF faculty members honored as a Fulbright Award winner; he's an engineer about to go off to Ireland to learn more about smart cities.

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Community partners to launch new Urban League in Tampa, Hillsborough

The call for a new Urban League stems from concerns that some people and neighborhoods are being left behind in the midst of a booming local economy.


Tampa Bay History Center exhibit toasts Bay Area beer scene

The local History Center’s latest exhibition looks at the beginnings of beer and brewing in the Tampa Bay Area.

Innovation NewsJames Faison is founder of The Mainframe.

Creating opportunities for local black tech entrepreneurs

Increasing diversity in Tampa's tech scene and business community are two of the goals of The Mainframe, an initiative designed to create growth opportunities for African-American entrepreneurs. 

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Top architects predict Tampa Bay Area building boom continues

A survey of the Tampa Bay Area's top architects concludes the region's development boom will continue in 2019 and beyond. 

Development News.

Downtown Tampa offers plenty of parking, so why can't you find a spot?

A one-year study commissioned by the Tampa Downtown Partnership took a deep dive into parking problems and found the city has a parking management problem, not a parking inventory problem.

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Pipeline opens new co-working space in Downtown Tampa

Miami-based company Pipeline Workspaces sees downtown Tampa's ongoing development boom and opens a co-working space in Park Tower, overseeing the Hillsborough River.

Feature StoryAttendees at the first Sunny Side Up forum wait in the lobby of Lynn Pippenger Hall at the USFSP College of Business.

St. Pete joins U.S. Ignite smart city ecosystem

St. Petersburg is one of 27 cities around the country partnering with U.S. Ignite to share ideas about emerging and disruptive technologies that will shape smart, connected communities of the future.

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New solar-powered homes going up in Cortez Village near Bradenton

PEARL Homes plans to build first "net-zero" energy homes in Florida near Bradenton -- that is homes that generate as much, or possibly even more, energy than they consume. 

Feature StoryThe Inn at Port Tampa in the early 1900's.

Port Tampa’s current dredging project has deep connection to our past

Dredging to clear a deeper waterway for ships to access Tampa started in the 1800s and continues today. Read more about the history of local shipping.

For GoodMolly James is VP of Philanthropy for the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay

For Good: New initiative seeks donations to support LGBTQ+ community in Tampa Bay

The Plus Projec+ has raised nearly $100,000 to help fund nonprofit organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community and will administer its first grants later this year. 

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