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 Mall in December of 2014

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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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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 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

Innovation Alliance Salutes contributors, looks to future

Friday, October 28, 2016 4:25pm By Lenora Lake, Times Correspondent UNIVERSITY AREA — Community leaders were recognized for their commitment to the area with the first University Area Community Impact Awards, a joint effort between the University Area Community... read more

Tesla working with Hillsborough transit agency

Move over Uber. The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority announced it is working with electric car maker Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) to create a ride hailing service for transit users. Enlarge A Tesla Model S TESLA MOTORS HART CEO Katharine Eagan made the... read more

Sharpe Bytes!

Blazing a New Trail

Sharpe Bytes – October 18, 2016 The Bureau of Economic Analysis just released its annual rankings of metros by GDP and the Tampa Bay Metro came in at number 26. It was pointed out by @urbntampabay on Twitter that we rank #18 in population so we are “hitting... read more

Disruption – It’s All the Rage

Innovation Districts and Technology Hubs are springing up like kudzu on an old picket fence. I started the year with a trip to Silicon Valley, birthplace of modern disruptive technology, and quickly scoured the U.S. – from University City in Philadelphia to the... read more

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