Tampa Bay Shines, Front Row Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay business and community leaders eager to shine a bright light on the region's economic attributes in time for the RNC's August visit and beyond have launched two new websites aimed at better telling area success stories.

Tampa Bay Shines, a website and video, is part of a community pride campaign spearheaded by Rhea Law, CEO of Fowler, White, Boggs law firm. The Shines campaign invites residents to share stories, facts and images of the Tampa Bay area that give them cause for celebration.

"There is so much to celebrate about Tampa Bay,'' says Law. "The Tampa Bay Shines campaign is intended to balance the scales and show a more accurate picture of the strengths and points of pride for the Tampa Bay region.  We hope site visitors will not only learn new things about this great region but share these points-of-pride with others.''

The video seen here was created by ChappellRoberts, a a full-service branding, advertising, marketing, public relations and digital agency in Tampa. The Shines website was created by Bayshore Solutions, a website design and development company in Tampa.

Front Row Tampa Bay

Front Row Tampa Bay is designed to showcase community leaders and innovations as part of a live webstream during the Aug. 27-30 convention. The site, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Partnership and created by Adam Goodman and The Victory Group, contains interviews with representatives of local business, sports and academia. The interviews, conducted by experienced broadcasters Frank Robinson and Kathy Fountain, are intended to be archived and available for viewing long after the convention.

Front Row, says Stu Rogel of the Tampa Bay Partnership, targets members of the global media who will be in attendance at the RNC as well as business executives looking for information about relocations and investments in Tampa Bay.

Both encourage followers in social media and have established a presence on Facebook and Twitter.

Diane Egner is publisher and managing editor of 83 Degrees Media. Egner is a media representative on the Tampa Bay Shines committee. 83 Degrees Media is a media partner with Front Row Tampa Bay. Comments? Contact 83 Degrees.

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Diane Egner is an award-winning journalist with more than three decades of experience writing about the Tampa Bay region. She is a member of Leadership Florida and the Athena Society, and serves on the board of The Institute for Research in Art (Graphicstudio, the Contemporary Art Museum, and USF’s Public Art Program) Community Advisory Council. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism, she won the top statewide award for editorial writing from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors while at The Tampa Tribune and received special recognition by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists for creative work as Content Director at WUSF Public Broadcasting. Past accomplishments and community service include leadership positions with Awesome Tampa Bay, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Alpha House of Tampa Bay, Florida Kinship Center, AIA Tampa Bay, Powerstories, and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. She lives in South Tampa, is the mother of two adult daughters and grandmother to two amazing grandchildren, and travels whenever possible with laptop in tow.
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