83 Degrees: Online magazine to debut on Tampa Bay job growth, development
They're calling it 83 Degrees. That's the name of a new Tampa Bay weekly online magazine "focused on area growth and development" that is slated to launch in August with backing from local founding partners that include the Tampa Downtown Partnership. It's called 83 Degrees for the region’s average April high temperature -- no word on why they did not choose August temps. But the free-to-subscribers venture will replace the Tampa Downtown Partnership's eight-year-old monthly online newsletter, InTown Tampa.
The parent company of 83 Degrees is Issue Media Group, is a Detroit-based outfit led by Paul Schutt. Tampa Bay joins Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and a handful of other markets where IMG has launched online products. 83 Degreessays it will cover Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Sarasota, Manatee, and Polk counties with "positive news of job growth and business investment, particularly in the New Economy."
The publisher is Diane Egner, a former bureau chief, editor, and editorial page writer for The Tampa Tribune who then worked as WUSF director of production funding and content director. Creative Loafing visual arts critic Megan Voeller (who tells us she will continue that job as a freelancer) is managing editor. Read more here.
-- Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist