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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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University Area gets $3.8 million federal grant to foster tech training

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A multi-agency partnership, along with the help of U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, secured a $3.8 million grant from the federal government to develop training in the University Area of North Tampa, providing education specifically for technology-related jobs. This week Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez announced the awards of 39 TechHire Partnership Grants across the nation, including the one in Tampa. The grant was the result of a partnership between CareerSource Tampa Bay, University Area Community Development Corp., Hillsborough…

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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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‘Gimme Shelter’ hackathon to use tech in fight against homelessness

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While shelters and work programs play a big role in combatting homelessness, technology and apps could be the key to fighting the problem, according to the Tampa Innovation Alliance. The group will host the “Gimme Shelter” hackathon June 3 – 5 for volunteer coders to work on as many as 10 projects, including apps to address panhandling, help landlords take advantage of voucher programs and for point-in-time homeless count surveys. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Tampa Innovation Alliance to…

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Urban theorist Richard Florida to keynote Tampa Innovation Alliance summit in Oct.

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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 of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, as a global research professor for New York University and as a visiting fellow at Florida International University. “Richard Florida is a powerhouse…

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Joe Lopano says Tampa Bay Express is a start to improve transportation in Tampa Bay

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If you were to go purely by the public opinion that was expressed at the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Organization‘s meeting last month, the controversial Tampa Bay Express (TBX) project is a political loser, at least among members of the Seminole Heights/Tampa Heights communities. The multibillion-dollar proposal, backed by the Florida Department of Transportation, would add toll lanes along Interstate 275 from north St. Petersburg to south of Bearss Avenue in Hillsborough County. Neighborhood activists say the highway construction alone will destroy local businesses and send money…

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Mitch Perry Report for 7.1.15 — The politics of envy and being relatable

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Envy is considered one of the seven deadly sins in Christianity. It’s something that would be ideal if we didn’t occasionally suffer from, but it’s all too human for us to do so. I don’t know if it’s something I read or heard years ago, but when it comes to money (like sex), I always have tried to take the notion that it’s only one’s own that one should be concerned with. Otherwise one could go mad, bemoaning the fact…

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