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Innovation News Bands gather in-person at undisclosed locations to produce their livestreams.

You can Rock the Park at monthly virtual concert series

As much as Rock the Park musicians and fans want to gather at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa on Thursday nights, the monthly concerts will be livestreamed only until it's safe to gather again.

Innovation News Katie Krimitsos at March's Podfest Multimedia Expo 2020.

How many podcasts can fit in a virtual space? Find out at Podfest Global Summit

The 5th annual Podfest Global Summit aims to assemble everyone in the podcast industry, from veterans to newcomers, under one virtual roof -- with a fun and distinctive twist. The gathering is an official attempt at the Guinness World Records title for the largest attendance of a virtual podcasting conference.

Feature Story MediaWise Senior Multimedia Reporter Alex Mahadevan (right) and PBS Newshour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan (left) teach more than 200 students at a MediaWise Voter Project event in New York City.

MediaWise for Seniors: A new program designed to help people over-50 separate fact from fictionBrought to you by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies

The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg is expanding MediaWise, a digital literacy initiative initially designed to help youth discern the accuracy of online information. Their next target? Seniors, the fastest-growing and perhaps most vulnerable demographic online when it comes to believing and sharing misinformation. Learn more.

For Good The heart design is iconic to the artisans at Rustic Steel.

The COVID-19 Tampa Bay Heroes awards go to ... (read the list)

The public nominated its own Tampa Bay Area COVID-19 heroes as potential award recipients and narrowed the list of winners in a digital contest. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor had the pleasure of bestowing the awards.

Development News Chinsegut Hill near Brooksville in Hernando County.

Day trip from Tampa: Chinsegut Hill historic site reopens to public

“Chinsegut Hill offers a varied cross-section of Florida’s history,” says C.J. Roberts, the Tampa Bay History Center’s President and CEO. “People can tour both the house museum and the grounds, and they’ll find many different stories and perspectives, from Seminole culture to Progressive Era politics, the Civil War to the Great Depression.”

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Backpack to School virtual spelling bee benefits families at Metropolitan Ministries

For $15, you and your family can host a Backpack to School in-home spelling bee and, in the process, donate a backpack to a Tampa Bay Area child in need.

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For Good: Big Mac with a side of help for local Ronald McDonald House

Drive-thru challenge and round-up for charity (pay $6 instead of $5.78 for a Big Mac and fries, for example) aim to help Ronald McDonald Houses help more families as their children suffer medical calamities.

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16 new Tampa Bay Area businesses that opened during the pandemic

Despite the outbreak of COVID-19 that has closed many businesses and sent workers and schoolchildren home to carve out a new way of life, several entrepreneurs in the Tampa Bay Area have forged ahead to open new businesses. A blog posting by LocalShops1 lists 16 born during the pandemic.

Feature Story A wellness veterinary technician brings a dog to an exam for a check up.

Pandemic sparks creative solutions for challenging pet needs in Tampa Bay Area

The COVID-19 pandemic sent Tampa Bay Area animal shelters and rescues never-before-seen challenges for rescuing and adopting out pets, but so far the community has stepped up. So much so, that some now have a waitlist. Read more.

Feature Story Cardiovascular surgeon replacing a valve during heart surgery at Tampa General Hospital.

Tampa General, USF strengthen relationship to improve patient, academic experiences

Tampa General Hospital has long-served as USF Health's teaching hospital. Now, they’re taking their relationship a step further to deliver a pre-eminent academic medical center shaping the quality of care in the Tampa Bay region, the state of Florida, and beyond. Learn more.

Innovation News Dr. Patricia Lawman, President and CEO, in the offices of Morphogenesis.

USF College of Pharmacy, Morphogenesis partner to produce next gen healthcare providers

New partnership between USF College of Pharmacy and biotech research firm is designed to enhance opportunities for educational, scientific, and clinical experiences for students.

Innovation News CēVē app in use.

New smart app designed to navigate urban traffic launches in Tampa

The new CeVe app works with or without your smartphone navigation to provide prompts on traffic light timing, school zone, and high-capacity special events, and speed limit information. Learn more.

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Clearwater art exploration becomes a virtual pleasure

Users of the interactive map will discover how artworks tell stories about Clearwater's history, nature, and empowerment, among other inspirational topics.

Development News Tropicana Field property included in RFP.

Calling all urban designers: St. Pete wants your creative juices flowing around Tropicana FieldRFP covers 86 acres in heart of city’s downtown

The Tropicana Field property, just off the Interstate and near John’s Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and the University of South Florida’s St. Pete campus, is considered prime real estate for potentially expanding local research and innovation efforts. 

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Toast of Tampa sings, shares 'mountain moments' in new video

Though not rehearsing in 2020, Toast of Tampa Show Chorus is alive and well and singing great harmony in their newest virtual performance. Check it out.

Feature Story Hillsborough County Medical Association virtual Town Hall on COVID-19 held July 21.

Latest medical advice on COVID-19 surge in FloridaUSF, Tampa Bay Area doctors convene

With coronavirus surging in Florida, the Hillsborough County Medical Association held its second Town Hall in two months to address the local response to the virus. This virtual meeting featured Dr. Doug Holt, the county’s Medical Director; Dr. Charles Lockwood, head of USF Health; and two infectious disease specialists from USF in Tampa. Learn more.

Development News An artist's rendering of the interior of RITHM Uptown Tampa.

Construction begins on RITHM in Uptown Tampa

Construction begins on RITHM Uptown inside the old University Mall in North Tampa. RITHM is an acronym for Research, Innovation, Technology, Habitat, and Medicine, planned purposes of the 100-acre property. Read more.

Feature Story Capt. Wendy Clark and her crew on the Vanguard.

New luxury yacht charter company boasts all female crewThe Vanguard docks at Harbour Island

A Tampa entrepreneur launches a new charter yacht business on Harbour Island in downtown Tampa despite the pandemic. So far, so good.

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St. Pete Police explore alternatives to dispatching officers

St. Petersburg’s Community Assistance Liaison (CAL) program launches on Oct. 1. 83 Degrees Media shares more about how they plan to recruit non-police professionals to assist with non-violent calls for help.

Feature Story Emily Carter

Feeling lonely? USFSP volunteer program pairs students with seniors to help each other

Local college students and seniors isolated by the pandemic are helping each other, thanks to a USF St. Petersburg program called St. Pete Friends that encourages letter writing and telephone calls to lift each other's spirits.

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