Educational Excellence


The University of South Florida educates 48,000 students annually on three campuses, attracting students from 100 nations.

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Research Breakthroughs

Moffitt Cancer Center is the top ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast

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Inspiring Entertainment

Busch Gardens –Seaworld family of theme parks includes Busch Gardens and adjacent Adventure Island

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Medical Innovation

Florida Hospital is one the largest not-for-profit hospital families in the U.S., caring for more than a million patient visits per year.

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Retail Experiences

RD Management purchased University Square Mall in December of 201

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World of Beer (WOB) is the ultimate craft beer haven that offers guests a global beer experience right from the barstool. The original craft beer tavern complements its database of more than 28,000 beers with a signature tavern fare menu featuring a variety of elevated comfort food that provides the perfect marriage of food and beer for an unparalleled experience.


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Natural Explorations


USF Botanical Gardens consists of 16 acres of gardens and greenbelt maintaining more than 3,000 plants, animals and natural habitats.

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June 3 – 5

5PM Start

Codapalooza Tampa Bay


A short preview of our vision for the rebirth of the Tampa Alliance area!


Who is the Tampa Innovation Alliance

The Tampa Innovation Alliance is a multi-jurisdictional district anchored by globally-recognized institutions who drive economic activity in the area, engaging tens of thousands of students and educators, healthcare workers and patients, and four million tourists annually. Our anchor institutions include:University of South Florida, Busch Gardens, Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida Hospital, RD Management (University Square Mall). Under new leadership and with institutional support, the Alliance is poised to engage business and community as we lead revitalization and renaissance – building an engaged community recognized as an innovation destination through an inclusive effort drawing from the creative minds of our community.

What is the Mission of the Tampa Innovation Alliance?

Simply put, our mission is to build a place that people want to live, work and play. Our focus is on Transforming, Enriching & Connecting our Alliance area. And our vision is to transform this transient area into a destination, rather than just a thoroughfare to the university, entertainment venues or hospitals. While our cross-sector anchor institutions provide economic and social structure, we recognize that the community’s essence and identity are defined by the people who live here.


What is the Tampa Innovation Alliance?

Created in 2011, the Tampa Innovation Alliance underwent several iterations of planning and leadership. Founding members clarified the revitalization priorities of the Alliance and appointed Mark Sharpe as Executive Director in November of 2014. The staff includes a Director of Planning and a part-time Director of Communications/Community Engagement. USF student interns work on planning and engagement projects. The Alliance began to actively recruit new members following the placement of its first Executive Director in November of 2014. Within just a few short months, we are rapidly approaching 200 Alliance member organizations and individuals.


Recent News

Sharpe Bytes!

Entering the Cortex

Good afternoon Alice, my intrepid co-traveler. Today I am in St Louis visiting the amazing Cortex @4240 – check it out now – I’ll wait. In fact, I am waiting right now. This might be a bit too big of a Byte – but my goodness this is a really cool... read more

To Infinity and Beyond!

To Infinity and Beyond  April 1, 2016 It has been one year and 5 months since I took over as the Executive Director of the nascent Tampa Innovation Alliance and while we have made great strides forward, it is but only one bit of a much larger & truly... read more

Launching Sharpe Bytes

…are you ready to travel with us? The Tampa Innovation Alliance team is excited to announce the launch of Mark’s new weekly blog, Sharpe Bytes, an inside look at our day to day adventures as we transform the Alliance area. Already this is proving to be an... read more

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