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GAINESVILLE & BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (the Institute) announced today that it has finalized a funding agreement with peerfit, a Tampa-based company that is developing a personalized wellness platform. Based on technology developed at the University of Florida, the platform provides consumers with an easy, flexible way to build their own premium fitness experience. The Institute supports new company creation based on publicly-funded research, and bridges early funding gaps for companies spinning out of Florida-based universities and research institutions.

Peerfit provides personalization of the wellness experience through a streamlined flexible platform tailored to the exploding wellness market. With technology licensed from the University of Florida, peerfits unique platform acts as a single bucket where consumers, employers, health insurance, and family can combine dollars for each member to personalize with a digital currency for the top wellness experience. Their model is a monthly subscription membership for consumers, where they can purchase their credits to purchases classes within their own city or on-the-go at the best market member rate.

The growth of niche fitness studios during the past decade has opened up the demand and opportunity to streamline members wellness experience said Ed Buckley, PhD, peerfit President. We now offer the ultimate way to personalize every persons fitness journey with peerfits platform and our network of the very best studios experiences. This partnership comes at an exciting time for peerfit, as we are working to personalize wellness with some of the top Florida employers, like Laser Spine Institute, Agile Thought, Florida Blue, and St. Vincents Healthcare.

As an avid fitness-lover and group fitness instructor, Eds idea for peerfit evolved out of the personal challenges and frustrations he experienced while leading group fitness classes, said Jamie Grooms, Institute Chief Executive Officer. Peerfit is helping consumers improve their overall health outcomes while the companys unique model and technology facilitates and enhances the relationship between fitness, health care, and consumers.

About the Institute

Formed by the Florida Legislature in 2007, the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research is a non-profit organization that works collaboratively with the technology licensing and commercialization offices of Floridas state universities and private research institutions to leverage a $2B+ research base and form investable companies that create clean jobs in new industries that are driving the global economy. Over 100 new company projects have been identified across the state, and the Institute deploys company building and funding programs to promising Florida startups. Forty companies have been funded since the programs inception.

About peerfit

Peerfit, is a health-technology company started by University of Florida students and graduates. Peefit is a community that helps people discover the best fitness classes and motivates them to attend and share. For anyone who seeks freedom from the typical workout routine, peerfit is the easy, flexible way to customize a premium fitness experience. They have built a network of the countrys very best boutique fitness studios and are able to offer access to all of them at a preferred rate. Led by a young team of fitness enthusiasts, Ed Buckley, PhD and Scott Peeples, peerfit aims to empower, motivate and encourage people to get and stay fit.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150804006383/en/Florida-Institute-Funds-Tampa-Based-peerfit



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24 Sep 2015
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TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 24, 2004

P.D.C. Innovative Industries, Inc. ("PDC" or the "Company") (OTCBB:PDCN) has moved the headquarter offices to Tampa, Florida. PDC's office are now located at 501 S. Dakota Ave, Tampa, Florida 33606. A picture of PDC's offices can be seen at

"This move allows the Company direct access to the administrative support provided by Ragin' Ribs," said Jim Cheatham, CEO. "Tampa has an excellent airport providing connections throughout the world for the Company's officials, investors and franchisees."

About Ragin' Ribs

Ragin' Ribs is a franchiser in the "Fast Casual" market segment that meets the demand of consumers with hectic lifestyles who are requiring higher quality freshly prepared "just in time meals" delivered when and where they want it. According to TrendSetters.com, "the fastest growing segment of the fast-food industry is fast-casual. The fast-casual segment represents $5 billion out of the $128 billion fast-food industry." "The fast-casual market has been growing 25% a year for the past three years starting in 1999, compared to 2-3% growth for fast-food," according to Chicago-based research firm Technomic. There are no competitors in the rib segment of the fast-casual market sector. Baby boomers, one of the most sought-after demographics, are among the biggest fast-casual users, as are Gen Xers. Technomic research shows that 45% of fast-casual users are 35 to 54-years-old and 31% are 25 to 34. The largest, most affluent market in the history of mankind!

Ragin' Ribs is building a company that will be vertically and horizontally integrated in the foodservice industry. We will grow through the franchising of our unique fast-casual restaurant called Ragin' Ribs. In the future, we intend to acquire manufacturing facilities that will supply the distribution channels we establish in our franchise systems.

This press release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties and other factors as may be discussed from time to time in the Company's public filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("Commission"), press releases and verbal statements that may be made by our officers, directors or employees acting on our behalf which could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements and from historical results of operations. In addition to statements which explicitly describe such risks and uncertainties, statements with the terms "believes," "belief," "expects," "plans," "anticipates" and similar statements should be considered uncertain and forward-looking.

Factors that might cause such a difference include, without limitation: uncertainty of the Company's continued operations and of its ability to meet capital needs in the event the transaction discussed above is not consummated; going concern considerations, and as further set forth in our public filings filed with the Commission and our press releases.

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/P.D.C.+Innovative+Industries,+Inc.+Moves+Offices+to+Tampa,+Florida.-a0113567044

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24 Sep 2015
The National Football League, or NFL, is a collection of 32 different franchises and is the best and most popular American football league in the world.

Founded in 1920, the league has changed greatly over the years and has had a name change, took teams from two other leagues, and has had a total of 87 different franchises throughout its history. The league really become what we know it as today after the 1970 AFL-NFL merger and has added several more expansion teams over the years to form the league we see today.

Teams

There are currently 32 NFL franchises in the NFL, spanning across the entire United States and representing 23 different states and 31 different cities. These 32 teams are spread across 2 conferences, the American Football Conference (AFC) and National Football Conference (NFC) and 8 divisions, 4 per conference. Below is a list of every current NFL team as of 2010, grouped by division.

AFC West

Denver Broncos

Kansas City Chiefs

Oakland Raiders

San Diego Chargers

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tennessee Titans

AFC East

Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins

New England Patriots

New York Jets

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

St. Louis Rams

NFC North

Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Minnesota Vikings

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

Washington Redskins

The Season

The NFL season consists of 3 parts: the preseason, regular season, and postseason.

Preseason

The NFL preseason begin in early August each and year and runs through early September. Each NFL team plays 4 exhibition games against other NFL teams, except for the 2 teams playing in the Hall of Fame game, as they have 5 total games. These games do not affect the records of any of the teams and are simply to prepare for the regular season and for the coaches to evaluate their rosters, trimming them from 80 players to 53.

Of those 4 games, 2 are home games and 2 are away.

Regular Season

The NFL regular season consists of 17 weeks with each team playing 16 games and having 1 bye week. Each team's schedule can be broken down as follows:

6 games - 2 games each against the 3 divisional opponents

4 games - against 1 other division from the same conference

4 games - against 1 other division from the opposite conference

2 games - against the 2 teams from the 2 other divisions in the same conference which finished in the same place in the standings last season (ex: 2nd place AFC West plays 2nd place AFC East and AFC North)

Of those 16 games, 8 are home games and 8 are away.

Postseason

After the conclusion of the regular season, 12 teams qualify for the playoffs, 6 teams from each conference. The 4 division winners from each conference make it, as well as 2 wild cards - the 2 non-division-winning teams with the best records.

The top 2 division winners from each conference receive a bye, making it so 8 teams play in the first or "Wild Card" round. In each conference, the 3rd-best team plays the 6th-best team, and the 4th plays the 5th.

The winners of the Wild Card round advance to the division round, with the lower-ranked of the 2 winners facing the #1 team from that conference, and the other winner facing the #2 team.

The winners of the divisional round advance to the conference championship, and the winners of the conference championship games advance as their conference's representative in the Super Bowl.

Either the week before or week after the Super Bowl (it has been changed lately), the NFL has an All-Star game called the Pro Bowl, which is played in either Honolulu, HI or the site of the Super Bowl.

Offseason

Each NFL offseason, there are several key events that change league dynamics and have an effect on the playing season. They are listed below in chronological order.

March - Free Agency

For players whose contracts have expired, they get the chance to experience free agency and sign with another NFL team. This process begins in early March and most of the activity happens during the first 1-2 weeks of free agency, with a few signings happening over the rest of the spring and summer.

April - NFL Draft

The NFL draft takes place on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the last full weekend in the month of April. The draft is a 7 round event in which teams can acquire the rights to eligible players, primarily those leaving college. Draft order is determined by taking the order in which teams finished and inverting it, with the worst team drafting first and theoretically getting access to better players.

May, June - OTAs and Mini-Camps

In May and June, Offseason Team Activities (OTAs) and Mini-camps are held. These are smaller camps and team activities meant to get rookies up to speed and aid players in their conditioning and preparation for these season. Several of these activities are considered voluntary, but many players are expected to show up.

July - Training Camp

In mid-July training camps start around the NFL, with official practices beginning and teams preparing for the regular season.

Television

NFL games are currently televised on 5 different channels in the United States. All Sunday afternoon games with an AFC away team are televised on CBS. All Sunday afternoon games with an NFC away team are televised on Fox. Sunday Night Football games are televised on NBC and Monday Night Football games can be found on ESPN. Certain games on Thursdays and Saturdays can also be found on the NFL Network.

Games can be seen on the local affiliates of networks, or viewers can choose to purchase special packages such as NFL Sunday Ticket from DirecTV. NFL Sunday Ticket allows viewers to watch any NFL game of their choosing every Sunday. Viewers may also have access to the Red Zone channel, which acts as an automated channel-changer, showing the best games and all of the big plays and touchdowns from every game.

http://www.infobarrel.com/National_Football_League
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23 Sep 2015
FLORIDA -- A Hillsborough County school bus has gone into a pond in Northwest Hillsborough in Florida, reports CBS affiliate WTSP.

The bus was coming from Mary E. Bryant Elementary School in Tampa.



WTSP reports that rescue workers have accounted for all the children on the bus. No reported injuries at this point.

At this time there is not any information on what caused the bus to leave the road and go into the pond.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

2015 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/school-bus-crashes-into-pond-hillsborough-county-florida/

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23 Sep 2015
TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tampa Electric, subsidiary of TECO Energy (NYSE: TE), today announced the utility will build the largest solar project in the Tampa Bay area. The 25-megawatt (MW) facility will feature more than 70,000 solar panels on 125 acres of company-owned land at the Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach. Scheduled to be completed in 2016, the solar project will be the largest ever built by Tampa Electric and have the capacity to power more than 3,500 homes.

Tampa Electric has a long history of pursuing and supporting solar power, said Gordon Gillette, president of Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas. With this project, we will have invested more than $50 million in solar since 2000. Were pleased to be able to demonstrate our commitment to providing our customers with more renewable energy by taking advantage of declining solar system prices and the land we own at Big Bend.

This large-scale facility will benefit our more than 700,000 customers and showcase how a diversified mix of energy resources delivers affordable and reliable energy to meet Floridas electricity needs now and in the future, added Gillette.

Hillsborough County Commission Chair Sandy Murman said, Siting this solar project at Big Bend is certain to increase the visibility and understanding of solar power in the Tampa Bay area. I commend Tampa Electric for their vision and long-standing commitment to the environment and community.

The Big Bend site includes Tampa Electrics Manatee Viewing Center (MVC), which has hosted more than 4.3 million visitors since it opened in 1986. That number will increase with construction underway at the Florida Conservation and Technology Center just south of the property.

The Big Bend installation is the second large-scale solar project being built by Tampa Electric. The first, a 2-MW facility at Tampa International Airport, is under construction on the top floor of the airports south economy parking garage. Scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, it will be able to produce enough electricity to power up to 250 homes, or roughly the equivalent of the airports new 1.4-mile automated people mover.

The large-scale solar installations at Big Bend and Tampa International Airport highlight Tampa Electrics commitment to clean energy and complement the utilitys existing solar systems that since 2000 have allowed customers to voluntarily purchase renewable energy. Today, the company has installed solar systems at LEGOLAND Florida, the Florida Aquarium, Tampas Lowry Park Zoo, the Museum of Science and Industry, the MVC, and two schools (Walker Middle School and Middleton High School). Tampa Electric plans to install another solar PV system as part of its Renewable Energy program this year.

The 25-MW solar facility at Big Bend will further reduce Tampa Electrics overall carbon dioxide emissions. The utility is an industry leader in emissions reductions, having completed a $1.2 billion agreement to dramatically reduce overall emissions.

Tampa Electric, one of Floridas largest investor-owned electric utilities, is part of the TECO Energy family of companies. Tampa Electric serves more than 700,000 customers in West Central Florida. TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an energy-related holding company with regulated electric and gas utilities in Florida and New Mexico: Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas System and New Mexico Gas Co. Other TECO Energy subsidiaries include TECO Coal, which owns and operates coal-production facilities in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150804005371/en/Tampa-Electric-Announces-Plans-Build-Largest-Solar
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23 Sep 2015

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