June 27, 2016  

Monday Morning Memo is your weekly update on Downtown Tampa development, transportation updates, news and events. Click on the sections below or scroll down to read the complete issue.

In this Issue...

The Partnership Presents Development and Transportation
New Leadership Inducted at Annual Meeting Related to Begin Demolition on Trib Site
Partnership Welcomes New Team Member  Channel District Parcel Purchased
Upcoming Special Events TBX Approved by Hillsborough MPO
Partnership 4th of July Hours Road Construction Updates
  Extended Streetcar Service on the 4th
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
Tampa Red White & Blue Fest Lightning Pick Nine in Day 2 of Draft
Coming up at Amalie Arena TGH Trauma Center Earns Re-Verification 
This Week at Tampa Theatre Jobsite Season Ticket Offer
On Stage at The Straz  
Fourth of July in Downtown Tampa  
Ya La’ford’s The Loudest Line  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Retail Spotlight Boston Herald Touts Tampa as Destination
Marketplace News The Reinvention of Tampa Bay Partnership
The Business of Hockey Fireworks of Art Exhibit
TECO CEO to Retire in August  
TPD Water Response Demo on Wednesday  

The Partnership Presents

New Leadership Inducted at Annual Meeting
Tampa Downtown Partnership's 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting was held last Friday, June 24. Watch next week for highlights from the meeting.

Congratulations to the new 2016-2017 Tampa Downtown Partnership Board of Directors installed at the 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting last Friday, June 24.

Chairman - Greg Minder, intown group
Vice Chairman - Kevin Plummer, Tampa Preparatory School
Treasurer - R. Marshall Rainey, Burr & Forman, LLP
Secretary - Richard C. Linquanti, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt LLC
Immediate Past Chair - David L. Smith, GrayRobinson
President - Christine M. Burdick, Tampa Downtown PartnershipExecutive Committee:

Executive Committee:
John Avlon / John LaRocca, Hillsborough River Realty / The Jeffries Companies
Beth Bernitt, HOK, Inc.
Laura Crouch, Tampa Electric Company
Michael English, AICP, BCC Engineering
Maryann Ferenc, Mise en Place
Mickey Jacob, FAIA, NCARB, BDG Architects
Page W. McKee, DPR Construction
David M. Mechanik, Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, PA
Ronald L. Vaughn, Ph.D., The University of Tampa
Andrea E. Zelman, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Board of Directors:
Robert R. Abberger, LEED AP, Strategic Property Partners | B. Terry Aidman, CPA, Consultant | Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay | Michael A. Bedke, DLA Piper US LLP | Greg Brooks, Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Downtown | Randy Coen, Coen & Company | Santiago Corrada, Visit Tampa Bay | Joseph DeLuca, Tampa Bay Times | Robert Gidel, Holland & Knight, LLP | William A. Gillen, Jr., Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP | Michael Gorsage, Tampa General Hospital | Keith G. Greminger, AIA, Kimley Horn & Associates, Inc. | Thomas N., Henderson III, Hill, Ward & Henderson, P.A | Dianne Jacob, PNC Bank | Gregory Kadet, UBS Financial Services, Inc. | Lindsey Kimball, Hillsborough County | Melanie Lenz, Tampa Bay Rays | Judith Lisi, Straz Center for the Performing Arts | Robert McDonaugh, City of Tampa | Frank A. Nelson, Batson-Cook Company | Patrick Owing, ChappellRoberts | Randall Reid, The Beck Group | Larry Richey, Cushman & Wakefield | Robert J. Rohrlack, Jr. CEcD, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce | L. David Shear. Gunster Law Firm | Jim Shimberg, Amalie Arena | Robert G. Stern, Trenam Kemker | Thom F. Stork, The Florida Aquarium | Jim Themides, Wells Fargo Bank | James R. Weiss, Fifth Third Bank | David Williams, Squire Patton Boggs | Doug Wright, Holland & Knight, LLP

Thanks to the event speakers, guest panelists, and attendees for making the meeting a success. Watch next week for highlights from the event.

Tampa Downtown Partnership would also like to thank the valuable event sponsors for making our 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting possible, including:

Platinum Sponsors
Hillsborough River Realty Corporation / The Jeffries Companies
Holland & Knight
Strategic Property Partners
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Rays

Gold Sponsors
DPR Construction | Hillsborough Community College | Mise en Place | TECO / Tampa Electric | University of Tampa

Silver Sponsors
GrayRobinson, PA | LifeLink Foundation, Inc. | Smith & Associates Real Estate | Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP | Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority | Tampa Steel Erecting Company | Tower Realty Partners | Trenam Law

Media Partner – Tampa Bay Times

Partnership Welcomes New Team Member
Tampa Downtown Partnership has a new team member, Michele Backus, business manager. Michele brings over thirty years’ experience in the accounting field, and has lived in the Tampa area for 17 years. During her free time, Michele enjoys spending time with her husband who is a native from Tampa, three children, and three grandchildren.She looks forward to getting to know the leaders, members, and supporters of Tampa Downtown Partnership. Michele replaces long time team member, Laura Wallace who recently moved to be closer to her family. Welcome to Michele!

Upcoming Special Events
Save the dates for next week’s Partnership hosted events:

Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta – Wednesday, July 6, 11am to 2pm at Lykes Gaslight Square
Rock the Park – Thursday, July 7, 6:30pm to 9pm at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Partnership 4th of July Hours
In observance of the upcoming Independence Day holiday, Tampa Downtown Partnership will modify its hours as follows:

Administrative Office will be closed on Monday, July 4
Monday Morning Memo will be published on Tuesday, July 5
Tampa’s Downtown Guides special holiday hours are Monday, July 4, 9am to 6pm


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Your Downtown Calendar

The following is just a sample of upcoming events in Downtown Tampa. Visit the Downtown Tampa Events Calendar for a more comprehensive list.

Tampa Red White & Blue Fest
Sunday, July 3, begins 5pm
Cotanchobee/Fort Brooke Park
This family-fun evening event embraces Tampa’s rich culture and history, and features live music, food trucks serving All American dishes, and an art on display. For more information, go to Tampa Red White & Blue Fest.

Coming up at Amalie Arena
WWE Raw - Monday, June 27, begins 7:30pm
Nicky Jam - Friday, July 1, begins 8pm

This Week at Tampa Theatre
Dark Horse - Through Wednesday, June 29
Pretty in Pink - Sunday, July 3, 3pm to 4:45pm

On Stage at The Straz
Who We Are: Faces of Tampa Bay - Through Sunday, July 17
Showstoppers, Jr. - Sunday, July 3

Patel Conservatory July Performances:
Les Miserables - Thursday, July 7 to Sunday, July 17
Choral and Chamber Music Intensive Concert - Friday, July 22, begins 7:30pm
Disney’s Cinderella KIDS - Thursday, July 28 to Sunday, July 31
Summer Fantasy - Friday, July 29, begins 7pm
Jazz Intensive Concert - Friday, July 29, begins 7:30pm

Fourth of July in Downtown Tampa
Downtown Tampa is Happening this holiday weekend! There is something for everyone, from special cultural venue offers, to water activities, to special events. Don't miss Channelside Bay Plaza's 4th of July Celebration complete with fireworks at 9pm. See the Development and Transportation section in this newsletter for information on extended streetcar hours and free late night holiday service.

Check out all there is to do this holiday weekend at Downtown Tampa Event Calendar. Enjoy the holiday, and please be safe!


Ya La’ford’s The Loudest Line
Through Wednesday, July 20
TECO Public Art Gallery
For the first time on exhibit in Tampa is St. Petersburg and New York based artist Ya La’ford’s “The Loudest Line: Imaginary Boundaries.” This exhibit explores the sequence of recurring linear and cyclical geometric patterns, composed in an exchange between symbolic trajectories of rings, circles, spheres, and notions of totality, wholeness and infinity.


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Retail Spotlight

Want something fabulous and local? The Tampa Bay History Center’s Museum Store sells a wide variety of locally-made items. 7th Avenue Apothecary Candles, Swanson’s Soaps, and Greacen Artifacts are made in Tampa; Teri Thompson’s pine needle baskets are fashioned in Wesley Chapel; family-owned Creative Craft Woodhouse puzzles are carved in Hudson; and Florida Salt Scrubs are formulated in Boca Raton. Also available are local author Melissa Twomey’s  children’s book Good Night Tampa, Don Maitz’s Florida-centric pirate art, and Carlton Ward’s conservation art.

Not local, but fun, are the fragrant Beehive Candles, socially responsible Bungalow 360 handbags, and a wide variety of creative cookie cutters and kitchen accessories. In conjunction with the History Center’s Golden Legacy exhibit, several Golden Book titles are available too. You don’t need admission to shop here, but if you are a member you will enjoy 10% off.

Marketplace News

Oxford Exchange will host for a book launch on Sunday, July 3, 2pm featuring Tampa Bay Times journalist Craig Pittman for his new release “Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country.” A presentation and a book signing will accompany the event, which is free to attend but you are asked to RSVP.

Old Tampa Book Company has scheduled a Writer’s Workshop and Author Chat with Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar on Tuesday, July 12, 6pm to 7:30pm. The workshop is titled “Getting Started: A Workshop for Novel Writers.” Please RSVP to reserve your seat at 813.209.2151 or book1@gte.net.

Crumb&Cork will be closed for a quick summer vacation, reopening on Tuesday, July 12.

The Business of Hockey
Hockey is big business for the region and for Downtown Tampa. All Tampa Bay Lightning home games were sold out this past season and the NCAA Frozen Four games in 2012 and 2016 helped boost our local economy. And now the Tampa Bay Sports Commission is working on bringing the Frozen Four games back to Tampa! Read more in “Commission highlights Frozen Four experience as it preps next bid” – Tampa Bay Business Journal

TECO CEO to Retire in August
TECO Energy CEO John Ramil announced his retirement which will take effect on August 31, after TECO’s acquisition by Emera takes effect. Ramil has worked at TECO for the past 40 years. Ramil was named president in 2004 and CEO in 2010. He will join the board of directors upon his retirement. Read more in “TECO CEO to retire this year” – Tampa Bay Business Journal

TPD Water Response Demo on Wednesday
This is only a demonstration! Tampa Police Department will hold a water response demonstration this Wednesday, 12noon to 2:30pm, in the water basin adjacent to Tampa Convention Center. This exercise is for training purposes in conjunction with the National Homeland Security Conference being held this week at the convention center. The public is welcome to watch.

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Development & Transportation

Related to Begin Demolition on Trib Site
The Related Group is anticipating a July demolition of the former Tribune Building on the 4.4-acre waterfront site where they plan to build an eight-story, 400-unit residential development with a 10,000-square-foot restaurant. The property is on the west bank of Hillsborough River, south of Kennedy Blvd., in Downtown Tampa. Read more in “Here's when the Tribune's building will be razed” – Tampa Bay Business Journal

Channel District Parcel Purchased
A corporate entity connected to Liberty Group, the Aloft Tampa Downtown developer, purchased a Downtown Tampa Channel District land parcel at the corner of Meridian Avenue and Kennedy Blvd. The .95-arcre parcel was purchased for $3.25 million and plans for the site have not yet been announced. Read more in “Tampa developer buys prime corner of Channel district” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

TBX Approved by Hillsborough MPO
After a long meeting with strongly differing sides to the issue, The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization voted 12 to 4 to approve $6 billion for the TBX project. The project will create toll express lanes to  the badly congested I-4, I-75, and I-275 interstates. The project also includes fixing interchanges and creating a new northbound span to Howard Frankland Bridge. The approval vote came with specific caveats that will dictate Florida Department of Transportation’s community engagement and reporting on the project. Read more in Editorial- "Smart to keep TBX Road Plan Moving" - Tampa Bay Times

Road Construction Updates
UCAP construction project lane closures updates:
One lane of westbound traffic is open on E. Tyler St. from Pierce St. to N. Florida Ave.
One lane of westbound traffic remains open. The intersections of Tyler and Marion, Tyler and Pierce, and Tyler and Florida remain open for traffic.
There will be no construction activity on Monday, July 4, in observance of the holiday.

Water Main Project lane closure:
A water main project will require a eastbound lanes on Cass street from Delaware Avenue to Edison Avenue to be closed Wednesday, June 29 to approximately July 8. Westbound and eastbound traffic will be maintained on the north side of the road.

Extended Streetcar Service on the 4th

On Monday, July 4, the TECO Line Streetcar will offer later night holiday service hours, running from noon to midnight. Free fares will be offered from 7pm to midnight. This is the perfect way to travel to and from the Channelside Bay Plaza fireworks which begin at 9pm. 


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Member Corner

Lightning Pick Nine in Day 2 of Draft
The 2016 NHL Draft took place at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY last week. In total, the Lightning selected six forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender. You can read about their selections in Club NewsTampa Bay Lightning

TGH Trauma Center Earns Re-Verification
Tampa General Hospital’s Level l trauma center for adults and children has received re-verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for its quality of trauma care. TGH’s adult Trauma Center is one of only two verified Level 1 adult trauma centers in Florida, and the only one on Florida’s west coast, according to the ACS website. The Children’s Medical Center is the only verified Level 1 pediatric trauma program in the state. Both centers received initial ACS verification in 2013. The verification recognizes the hospital’s dedication to providing optimal care for adults and children. Verified trauma centers must meet essential criteria that ensure optimal trauma care capability and institutional performance.

Jobsite Season Ticket Offer
Jobsite 2016-2017 Season Tickets are available through July 3 at a price of $125.70 for six plays = less than $21 per performance. An added bonus will be free tickets to the last production of the 2015-2016 season, Time Stands Still.  This offer is good for NEW season ticket holders only. Please write to info@jobsitetheater.org to claim your free tickets. For more information, visit Jobsite Theatre.


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Around Town

Boston Herald Touts Tampa as Destination
The Boston Herald heralds Tampa as the perfect Florida getaway with “just about every amazing Florida experience one could imagine.” Many downtown destinations are included in their list of things to do and places to stay. Read more at “Tampa visitors will find there’s so much to do” - Boston Herald

The Reinvention of Tampa Bay Partnership
The Tampa Bay Partnership, the region’s economic development organization, plans to end its public-private structure and operate under the leadership of a council of governors, consisting of up to 40 CEOs of major, local companies who pay $50,000 a year. A second-tier leadership council of 40+ senior area executives will pay $25,000 a year to participate. The organization will no longer receive government funding, and will invite government-related organizations to join a stakeholders council. The new iteration of this agency is expected to be unveiled in October. Read more in "Tampa Bay Partnership 2.0: To meet regional challenge, economic advocacy group reinvents itself” - Tampabay.com

Fireworks of Art Exhibit
Fireworks of Art: Explosive Exhibit, featuring nine new artists will be on view from July 1 to August 19 at Hidden Springs Ale Works, 1631 N. Franklin St., Tampa, just to the north of Downtown Tampa. Local artists Tim Gibbons of Funky As A Monkey Art Studio and Teri Navajo of the Creative Life Project have joined forces with other local artists in all varieties of technique, media and imagination. The opening reception is July 1, 7pm, and is FREE and open to the public.
For more information, contact tim@funkyasamonkey.com, or Teri Navajo at TheCreativeLife@TeriNavajo.com.

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