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Tampa Bay Mayoral Highlights

Tampa Bay Mayoral Highlights Learn from the Professionals Tampa Bay Mayors chime in on inclusivity and diversity of the area. Sarasota Mayor Erik J. Arroyo How is the City taking strides to become a more diverse and inclusive place? “The City of Sarasota realized the importance of diversity and inclusion when in 2003 the visionaries…

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Best of Tampa Bay: Beaches

Best of Tampa Bay: Beaches Beaches St. Pete Beach was recently listed as Tripadvisor’s No. 1 Beach in the United States in 2021. Featuring a friendly, laid-back beach town with a beautiful waterfront view, St. Pete Beach is home to County Park Beach, Pass-a-Grille Beach and the popular Upham Beach. Treasure Island Beach, known as an LGBTQ+ friendly beach,…

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Best of Tampa Bay: Sarasota

Best of Tampa Bay: Sarasota Sarasota With respect ingrained as one of the city’s values, Sarasota is a community committed to encouraging diversity in all its forms. Originally home to Native Americans who settled around 10,000 years ago, the land which is now known as Sarasota was discovered by the Spanish in 1513. Spanish maps…

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Best of Tampa Bay: Tampa

Best of Tampa Bay: Tampa Tampa The third largest city in Florida, Tampa has a history as diverse as its residents. In 1886, Vicente Martinez Ybor established his cigar factory in Tampa. From the steps of the factory, Jose Marti, the so-called “George Washington” of Cuba, led the cigar workers to take up arms against…

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Best of Tampa Bay: St. Petersburg

Best of Tampa Bay: St. Petersburg St. Petersburg A melting pot of people and cultures, St. Petersburg formed from those setting up homesteads during the 1830s. After the Civil War, more settlers arrived, including the area’s first Black settlers, John Donaldson and Anna Germain, in 1868. John Constantine Williams of Detroit, Michigan moved to Tampa…

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Visit and Play in Tampa Bay

Visit and Play in Tampa Bay Celebrating a Diversity of Culture As the heart of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Tampa Bay features the best of blue skies and sunshine, with a sparkling waterfront and a century’s worth of Cuban culture. Like most of the United States, the Tampa Bay area was home to generations of Indigenous…

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Transgender Day of Visibility 2023

Transgender Day of Visibility 2023 https://growthzonesitesprod.azureedge.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/1939/2023/03/Trans-Day-of-Visibility-Video-1.mp4 Todays is International Transgender Day of Visibility! Here are a few resources related to transgender health, events, and initiatives from our members and partners. Trans Rights are Human Rights! Health Care CAN Community Health Metro Inclusive Health Events & Programs TIGLFF is hosting the Transgender Film Festival Friday, March…

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Legislative Update: March 24, 2023

Legislative Update: March 24, 2023   It’s no secret the LGBTQ+ community is under attack at the Legislature. We want to keep our members informed of the bills affecting Tampa Bay’s ability to be the best place to live, work, and play. Learn about a few bills we are watching and how you can take…

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Backing Small Businesses Grant Program

Backing Small Businesses Grant Program Supporting economically vulnerable business owners In 2021, American Express and Main Street America created the Backing Small Businesses* grant program to help economically vulnerable small business owners recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and grow their businesses. In its first year, the program provided $1.65 million in grants to more than…

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Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber Celebrates 40 Years, Impact Awards at State of Chamber Luncheon

TAMPA — The Tampa Bay LGBT Chamber of Commerce hosted 350+ guests at the 40th Anniversary State of the Chamber Luncheon presented by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa, recognizing winners of the 2022 Impact Awards, at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC on Wednesday, February 22th. The program included an organization review from President…

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