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Tampa Innovation Alliance Aims to Redevelop USF Area

By MARK SCHREINER • JAN 21, 2015 The 15,000 acre area surrounding the University of South Florida‘s Tampa campus has been called “the University Area”, “University West,” and, derisively, “Suitcase City,” due to the number of transients. But no matter what you call the region, which is bounded by Interstate 275 to the west, I-75 … Continued

Tampa Innovation Alliance: Creating plans, partnerships and sense of place

The Tampa Innovation Alliance has taken a first step toward revitalizing and redeveloping the neighborhoods long known as “suitcase city” for the historically transient nature of residents living near the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. The group, a joint venture of area businesses led by former Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe, intends to transform … Continued

A sharper image for the USF-area business district

Eric Snider ReporterTampa Bay Business Journal Jan 12, 2015, 3:16pm EST Mark Sharpe brings his laptop on date nights with his wife, Stephanie, and so does she. He once ducked behind a tree to return texts while on a family hike in Georgia, and she threatened to throw his BlackBerry in the lake. Sharpe pissed off … Continued

Cancer vaccine development firm Morphogenesis Announces membership in Tampa Innovation Alliance

TAMPA – Morphogenesis Inc., a global leader in development of the cancer immunotherapy, announces that in keeping with its tradition of support for its home community and to expand its capabilities in research and development, the firm has joined the Tampa Innovation Alliance. “The Tampa Innovation Alliance is charged with creating a vibrant live, work, … Continued

North Tampa economic anchors to join forces

Carson Chambers 6:30 PM, Jan 9, 2015 North Tampa’s biggest economic anchors are working together to bring long-needed improvements to the area. “North Tampa needs to speak with a single voice, and we have such great assets in this part of town,” said Busch Gardens President James Dean. “What we’re talking about now is linking … Continued

Mark Sharpe’s Tampa Innovation Alliance hosts kickoff event on Friday

  Eric Snider ReporterTampa Bay Business Journal Mark Sharpe has been working the phones for the last couple of weeks, personally inviting business leaders to the Jan. 9 Kick-off Luncheon for the Tampa Innovation Alliance. After 10 years on the Hillsborough County Commission, Sharpe signed on to direct the economic development organization tasked with lifting the long-sagging … Continued

Tampa Innovation Alliance: Working To Transform Tampa

If the goal of the Tampa Innovation Alliance Kick-Off Luncheon was to generate interest and excitement about the alliance-mission accomplished! There was a definite buzz and excitement in the air at the kick-off luncheon regarding the great impact this organization will have on the area surrounding the University of South Florida. The event, held in … Continued