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For many, Tampa’s 2021 Super Bowl is unexpected ‘big win.’ Others remain skeptical.

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Members of Tampa’s political, business, media and activist communities weighed in Wednesday on the surprising news that Tampa will host the Super Bowl in February 2021. The announcement was unexpected, particularly after the NFL snubbed a local bid last year to host the big game in either 2019, 2020 and 2021. But major rainstorms in Southern California throughout the past year delayed construction of a new stadium for the L.A. Rams and Chargers, forcing the NFL to choose a new town…

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Tampa and 3 other Florida areas selected by the White House as “Tech Hire” Communities

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The White House announced on Thursday that the Tampa Bay area has become one of 20 of the latest communities (and four in Florida) named to participate in its “TechHire” initiative that aims to equip Americans with the skills they need to land jobs in the tech industry. The announcement was made via the White House at 11 a.m., and an hour later, a press conference was held at City Hall in Tampa, kicked off not by Mayor Bob Buckhorn but instead by Mark Sharpe, the…

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Jim Davison erupts at Luis Veira after Trump joke during second District 7 debate

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The relative comity between Tampa City Council District 7 candidates Luis Viera and Jim Davison exploded about fifteen minutes into their second debate on Wednesday night, when Viera criticized a Davison proposal that would keep the idea of New Tampa seceding from the rest of the city  on the table when negotiating for more services to come to the district. “That is a proposal that is adversarial, that is nonproductive and it is a nonstarter,” Viera said while speaking at…

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Tampa ‘hackathon’ creates 3 apps in fight against homelessness

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A weekend “hackathon” that tasked coders with designing solutions to help the bay area homeless produced a trio of apps, the Tampa Innovation Alliance announced Monday. “We have made magnificent progress with the work that the volunteer coders did at this year’s hackathon,” said Tampa Innovation Alliance Executive Director Mark Sharpe. “This new tech is going to make it easier for Tampa’s homeless to access resources and streamline the work done by agencies trying to help.” The Gimme Shelter Hackathon…

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Tampa attorney Luis Viera on why he wants to become Tampa’s next City Councilman from District 7

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Tampa attorney Luis Viera, the latest entrant into the special election to replace District 7 Tampa City Councilwoman Lisa Monteleone this year, says he can totally relate to Monteleone’s recent reluctance to join the rest of her colleagues in approving Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s request for approval to spend $35.5 million to remake Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in West Tampa. “This is too expensive,” said Montelione, who said her north and New Tampa district covers more land than any other, but has…

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Mitch Perry Report for 1.21.16 – New Florida Senate poll is interesting

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A GOP presidential poll released yesterday by Florida Atlantic University shows Donald Trump leading in Florida in the March 15 presidential primary, with a stunning 48 percent share of the vote. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are well behind at 11 and 10 percent, putting them in 3rd and 4th places, respectively (Ted Cruz is second with 16 percent). Just as interesting was that the FAU poll (of 371 Democrats and 345 Republicans) found in the U.S. Senate race, which hasn’t had a…

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Tampa officials apply for “TechHire” federal grant to aid University area

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As the economy in Tampa Bay continues to slowly grow, one area that persistently remained low on the socioeconomic level has been the area around the University of South Florida in North Tampa. There’s now a concentrated effort by local business officials to reverse that situation, culminating in the creation of the Tampa Innovation Alliance, a partnership between USF, Florida Hospital, Busch Gardens, University Mall, the Moffitt Cancer Center and 115 local businesses. On Wednesday, a group of local officials led…

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