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March 1, 2012

Healthy Communities

Leaders equate healthy bodies, strong economy
The Tampa Tribune
The new website details how the eight-county region rates in 100 different health categories compared with national standards.

Leaders urge ‘walk to the moon’ to improve community health
Tampa Bay Business Journal
The “Walk to the Moon” challenge is a way to ignite enthusiasm for a healthier lifestyle, said Steve Mason, president and chief executive officer of BayCare Health System and chair of One Bay: Healthy Communities, an effort to unite the area around a culture of health.

Livable Communities

Panel suggests better planning will help downtown
Tampa Tampa Bay Business Journal
A panel of real estate and land planning experts found that downtown Tampa needs carefully designed processes for planning and development review in order to reach the full potential of the city’s urban core.

What a Bunch of Legos Can Teach Us about Civic Participation
Prototyping and “showing” new behaviors, expertise, and relationships is essential to best meeting the substantial needs of society today. We need more places and generative opportunities, like Lego rooms, to fundamentally rethink how people might engage with one another to make our cities great.

Tampa riverfront’s future lies in redevelopment, study suggests
Tampa Bay Times
Recommendations from Urban Land Institute regarding Tampa’s downtown waterfront: Move the tenants, demolish the 682 apartments, and that would create a 40-acre site near the Hillsborough River ripe for mixed-use, mixed-income development.

Why Downtowns Fail and How They Can Come Back
New Geography 
The exciting prospect of turning downtowns into neighborhoods may be the hard work of the next generation of urban residents. Achieving true neighborhoods again in the once-thriving cores of Florida’s cities means that the older building stock, mixed with the new, will begin to have meaning once again.

Most Americans Want a Walkable Neighborhood, Not a Big House 
According to a new survey, more than three quarters of us consider having sidewalks and places to take a walk one of our top priorities when deciding where to live. Six in 10 people also said they would sacrifice a bigger house to live in a neighborhood that featured a mix of houses, stores, and businesses within an easy walk.

New bicycle advisory committee hopes to make biking safer in Manatee
Bradenton Herald
Taking steps to make those routes safer for bikers is a goal of the Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Bicycle/Pedestrian/Trails Advisory Committee, which meets for the first time today.

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Lifelong Learning

Young Innovators Present Winning Inventions At USF
83 Degrees
A few Tampa Bay area students have created household gadgets meant to make life a little easier.

Mote Marine and USF pursue degree program
By the fall of 2013, through the partnership with Mote, the university will begin to offer science classes at Mote with the aim of establishing a four-year undergraduate degree program in science.

Study: State University System degree can mean huge boost in lifetime earnings
University of Florida news
A new economic study suggests that having a degree from one of Florida’s 11 state universities can be a financial lifesaver — equivalent to more than $1 million in a worker’s lifetime earnings.

Three Tampa Bay counties among nation’s top ten supporters of public education 
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Three of Tampa Bay’s eight counties ranked in the top ten among the 50 largest school districts in supporting public education by a national study of education foundations and funds. Pinellas Education Foundation ranked 1st; Hillsborough Education Foundation 4th; and Polk Education Foundation 6th.


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