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Priorities shift for philanthropic groups compelled to innovate post-COVID-19Read how you can help meet community needs

The nonprofit needs list keeps growing in the Tampa Bay Area as community members struggle in the aftermath of COVID-19. Philanthropic groups are supplying basic needs and providing more targeted services that address education, arts and culture, animal welfare, domestic abuse, housing, financial aid, and job searches.

Feature Story Tampa Bay Wave CEO and Founder Linda Olson leads an RFM discussion in this 2016 archive image.

Commentary: Tampa Bay business ecosystem thrives in face of economic challenges

Through a U.S. Economic Development Administration (USEDA) grant, Tampa Bay Wave, StarterStudio, and others have collaborated over the last two years to create Upsurge Florida, which has been working hard to raise awareness of early-stage investment opportunities across the I-4 corridor.

Feature Story Tampa City Council member Luis Viera listens to the insights of labor union leaders in Tampa.

Commentary: Training, apprenticeships can help ensure economic security in Tampa Bay Area

More apprenticeships for young people in Florida construction and other trades are key to ending the high-school-to-prison pipeline while creating lifelong opportunities for economic security.

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Tampa cartoonist on discarded face masks

Dr. S. "Aaron'' Laden, a retired pathologist in the Tampa Bay Area, looks for humor in the everyday vicissitudes of life. This time he takes on the potential effects of discarded facemasks.

Feature Story Tempus Projects/Crab Devil, Illsol, and New Roots Collective teamed up to honor Black Lives Matter in this mural.

What’s cooking? Update on Crab Devil’s Peninsularium art experience in Tampa

Eight creative proposals -- in addition to some in-house projects -- have been accepted for shipping containers that are in the process of being transformed into mesmerizing artist-created spaces in Ybor Heights in Tampa.

Feature Story Fowler Avenue runs through the Uptown innovation district in Tampa.

Uptown District leaders focus on income inequalities in North Tampa

RD Management, which bought University Mall in 2014, has begun massive redevelopments at the landmark retail hub and recently started construction on its multimillion-dollar transformation of the property into the live-work-play space called RITHM (Research, Innovation, Technology, Humanity, and Medicine) at Uptown.

Feature Story Signature dish Spaghetti Nana Maria at Casa Santo Stefano in Ybor City.

Sicilian-inspired restaurant in Ybor City nears opening date

Richard Gonzmart, president and 4th-generation caretaker of the Columbia Restaurant Group, says he was inspired to open Casa Santo Stefano in Ybor City by the meals he enjoyed on Sundays while visiting the home of his best friend, Vincent Palori.

Feature Story COVID-19 virus under the microscope.

Tracking COVID-19's toll on Florida: Doing better, but not good enoughDoctors urge optimism while warning of dangers

Hillsborough County's medical experts in infectious disease share their latest insights into the status of COVID-19 in Florida and why they are cautiously optimistic about the future.

Feature Story Directional signage as voters enter precinct polling places.

Florida's top elections officials say voting process is safe, secure

With confusion and uncertainty swirling nationally around the sanctity of elections, 83 Degrees Media hones in on the safeguards, protocols, and behind-the-scenes process of running a local election in Florida.

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West Tampa is an historic Tampa neighborhood undergoing transformational change as new people and businesses move in. Traditionally defined by its working class, primarily Latin culture, the neighborhood is increasingly seen as a place of opportunity for a diversity of ...