It’s Saturday night at the Crossover Church on Fowler Avenue in Tampa north of downtown. A Planet Grilled Cheese food truck is in the parking lot, behind a line of hungry volunteers who are waiting for hot sandwiches. Inside the church gymnasium, there’s no band entertaining or choir practicing. What you hear are just the … Continued
May 17, 2016 — The Tampa Innovation Alliance announced Tuesday that one of the world’s top urban studies theorists is slated to give the keynote address at its second annual Innovation Gathering in October. Richard Florida is a professor of urban studies and serves as the director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University … Continued
TAMPA — University Mall has more than 100 stores offering everything from clothes to electronics to jewelry. Now it also has a place offering multimedia insight into Michelangelo’s iconic statue David, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and many of da Vinci’s ingenious inventions. The “Da Vinci & Michelangelo: Titans Experience” exhibit opened at the mall … Continued
It’s mid-afternoon on a crisp, sunny Friday — the day before Tampa’s annual Gasparilla parade. Mark Sharpe sits in a corner seat at Buddy Brew Coffee Shop on Kennedy Boulevard. Occasionally, he waves to patrons, several of whom recognize the former Hillsborough County commissioner. Sharpe is a runner. When the board for the Tampa … Continued
Years ago on a glorious summer trip to the Badlands, as my family explored geological wonders amid ancient fossil beds, I, not surprisingly, found myself engrossed in a debate back home over a series of economic rankings that placed the Tampa Bay area in the middle to back of the pack. While walking miles over … Continued
The hack-a-thon, hosted by Hillsborough County annually in conjunction with the National Day of Civic Hacking, has been rebranded as a ‘code-a-palooza’ for 2016. The weekend-long event will take place at Peak 10, an IT and cloud storage services company that is the premiere sponsor of the weekend-long code fest. Peak 10 is an anchor member of … Continued
The rebounding economy of 2015 may be the “big” story of the business year. I like specifics, though, and you probably do, too. Here are six key events or trends that took place this calendar year that will do much to shape the future direction and momentum of our area economy.
Bottom line: It has been a pretty good year for the regional business scene.
TAMPA — An A-list of movers and shakers from throughout the Tampa Bay area came together at the Museum of Science and Industry on Oct. 29 for what was billed as a not-so-average evening out. Some 400 leaders from both the public and private sector attended the first-ever Tampa Innovation Alliance Gathering, an affair that … Continued
Downtown Tampa, Westshore and University of South Florida are critical to developing an economy built on innovation. That was the takeaway from a tour organized by the Tampa Innovation Alliance, which aims to transform the area around USF into an innovation district that will create and attract investors, corporations with high-wage jobs and an educated … Continued
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