Exclusive: Inside Jeff Vinik’s conference room, talking innovation

Despite the miles that separate downtown Tampa, Westshore and University of South Florida, all three areas are critical to developing an economy built on innovation. That was the takeaway from a tour organized by the Tampa Innovation Alliance, which is seeking to transform the area around University of South Florida into an innovation district that … Continued

Mark Sharpe: Blending work, social and creative lives

If you travel to the hubs of innovation across this nation and take a hard look at what makes some of the most productive centers of creativity and invention tick, you might notice they have a few things in common: a highly-educated workforce, global engagement and diversity, and a culture that supports creativity and invention. … Continued

USF Medical School in Downtown Tampa?

The downtown Tampa powers are piling it on heavy to bring the USF Medical School to downtown Tampa.  Recently, Lightning owner and downtown impresario Jeff Vinik, who’s been buying up land around downtown, especially around the home of the Lightning, Amalie Arena, offered land in downtown Tampa to USF Medical school. Vinik, the Tampa Bay … Continued

Planning a Rebirth of Northern Tampa

Planning a Rebirth of Northern Tampa Former county commission chairman spearheading efforts to revitalize downtrodden area. AUTHOR: Daniel Casciato Former Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Mark Sharpe sees so much promise in the area he once helped oversee. In fact, last fall Sharpe was named executive director of the non-profit Tampa Innovation Alliance, a group formed … Continued