September 2, 2014    

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
Mayor's Food Truck Fiesta Urbanism on Tap
Rock the Park What's Developing Near The Forum
Outside is In! Free WiFi at Chillura & County Center
  HART's Real-Time Text Messaging
Your Downtown Calendar Detour Alert
Coming to The Straz!  
Tampa Boat Show Member Corner
Museum Happenings On Display at Bank of America
Tampa Theatre Presents CBRE's Ayers Tells Downtown Story
Fashion Gala with a Cause GTE Hires MacDill's Col. DeThomas
Live at the Forum FL Aquarium Rescues Freud the Turtle
  News from Tampa Prep
Doing Business in Downtown  
Marketplace News Around Town
HoJo Downtown Adopts New Name & Style Tampa Bay Leads in Retail Construction
Something for Start Ups Park to be Named for Civil Rights Leader
Healthbox Launches Entrepreneur Program  

The Partnership Presents

Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta
Wednesday, September 3, 11am to 2pm
Lykes Gaslight Square Park
Food trucks surround picturesque Lykes Park for this favorite lunchtime food truck rally brought to you the first Wednesday of the month by City of Tampa and Tampa Downtown Partnership. 

For more information, visit Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta
Photo credit: Joel Corrente/Dynamic Concepts

Rock the Park
Thursday, September 4, 6:30pm to 9pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
This free monthly concert brings you the best of local musical talent along the waterfront at sunset.  And Tampa Downtown Partnership makes it happen!  For more information, visit Rock the Park

Outside is In!
Tampa Downtown Partnership hosts a variety of public realm activation programs throughout the year, including the FREE weekly Yoga in the Park in partnership with Yoga Downtown Tampa on Sundays at 6pm (5pm during Daylight Savings Time) in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  Stay tuned for more information on upcoming seasonal events including Tango in the Park, The Downtown Market, and Do the Local Motion!  

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Your Downtown Calendar

Coming to The Straz
Straz Center for Performing Arts is offering a 25% discount on select 2014-2015 shows through today, Tuesday, September 2, 11pm.  Call 813.229.7827 and mention “Season Sale” or purchase online using promo code “SALE.” (Restrictions apply.)

And mark your calendars for MacDonald Training Center’s 60th Anniversary Celebration at The Straz Center, September 18, 5:30pm.  A concert performance with the support of the Patel Conservatory, musical theatre with the support of The University of Tampa, formal dinner with live entertainment, and a silent auction.

Tampa Boat Show
Friday, September 5 to Sunday, September 7 10am to 8pm (Fri. & Sat.); 10am to 6pm (Sun.)
Tampa Convention Center
Tampa’s longest running boat show is the best place to see and buy boats, gear, and accessories!  For more information, visit Tampa Boat Show.

Museum Happenings
Tampa Bay History Center opened their Spirited: Prohibition in America exhibit this past weekend and is on display through October 20.   

Tampa Museum of Art hosts several programs in the upcoming months including:
PechaKucha on Friday, September 5, 8pm.
Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, September 14, offering free admission and special programming for all military, veterans, and their families.
Five x Five on Friday, October 17, 8pm.  

Florida Museum of Photographic Art opens their traveling exhibit, Ruth Bernhard, with a reception on Friday, September 5, 6pm to 8pm.  The exhibit runs through November 30.  FMoPA is also offering a variety of photography classes for all levels starting this week. 

Tampa Theatre Presents
Monty Python and the Holy Grape – September 12, 13, 14, 18.  Winefest events offer wine tastings, pairing, and brunch. 
An Evening with Emmylou Harris - Wednesday, November 12, 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale this Friday for this live performance brought to you by Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

Fashion Gala with a Cause
Friday, September 26, 7pm to 11pm
The Vault on Franklin
From Runaway to the Runway Gala offers a Class & Sass cocktail hour followed by a runway/designer show. Proceeds benefit Miracles Outreach programs improving the lives of at-risk, foster care, as well as abused and exploited youth of human trafficking in our community. 

Live at The Forum
Just announced – Major concert events coming soon to Tampa Bay Times Forum! 
An Evening with James Taylor and His All-Star Band – November 14, 8pm. Tickets are on now sale. 
Maroon 5 World Tour 2015 – February 25, 7:30pm.  Tickets go on sale Saturday, September 13 at 10am. 

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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
A Downtown Tampa welcome goes to Downtown Tampa’s newest night spot, The Anchor Bar, which opened this weekend, offering lunch, dinner, happy hour specials and televised sports games.  Anchor Bar is located on Twiggs between Ashley Drive and Tampa Street. 

The Hub in Downtown Tampa was the chosen venue for punk band Merchandise’s album release party last Friday.  After the End was recorded on the British label 4AD by this Tampa Bay area based band.  Read more in the Tampa Bay Times article, Merchandise crash The Hub for wild After the End album release

Mise en Place and Taco Bus were named in USA Today’s top ten Tampa Bay foodie spots.  Mise en Place received the nod for the number one spot!  Read more in the USA Today article, Tampa St Petersburg foodie spots 10 best

In its first week of operations, Ulele restaurant gets widespread media attention, including a detailed depiction in a blog by Helen Anne Travis that says it all - From Way Up High - Ulele Restaurant - Tampa

During their First Friday promotion, Oxford Exchange offers extended hours this week (September 5) with live music, light fare, cocktails, board games and a good time.

And check out Tampa Downtown Partnership’s webpages, Music Scene and Downtown Deals, which are updated weekly with the latest offerings by downtown restaurants, bars and retailers.  

HoJo Downtown Adopts New Name & Style
Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa Downtown is changing its name and brand experience. The newly named Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk will offer a fresh, new vibe on the scenic Hillsborough River, with boutique style and a focus on downtown Tampa arts & culture. Stay tuned... more details to come! 

Something for Start Ups
Tampa Bay WaVE will host Start Up Surge on Tuesday, September 19, 12noon to 5pm.  If you are an entrepreneur with an idea or already started building your startup, join in on what they are describing as their “expert office hours on fire” or "speed mentoring" forum. Dozens of mentors, advisors and funding coaches will be on hand for 20-minutes of one-on-one coaching and counseling.  Registration required. 

Healthbox Launches Entrepreneur Program
Healthbox, a startup assistance program, is building a global health innovation community and has invested in Florida based companies that are working out of the Tampa Bay WaVE for the next three months. After a successful accelerator program in Jacksonville last year, Healthbox brought its program to Tampa and unveiled a new group of inspiring entrepreneurs at an event they hosted last week.  These startup groups are tackling major challenges within healthcare, with the backing of Florida Blue. At the event, CEO of Florida Blue, Pat Geraghty introduced the seven companies to the local community with short pitches followed by roundtable discussions. 

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Development & Transportation

Urbanism on Tap
Tuesday, September 9, 5:45pm to 7:15pm
PJ Dolan's Irish Pub & Grille, 2836 E Bearss Ave
This month’s topic is Urbanism on Tap 4.0 - Role of Universities in Urban Design & Innovation. Led by Urban Charrette and CNU Tampa Bay, Urbanism on Tap, is a recurring FREE open mic event, focused on generating constructive conversations within the community about current ideas and trends that are shaping our city.  The upcoming event is the first discussion of a new three-part series focused on the relationship between University of South Florida and Tampa’s urban landscape. Typically, universities across the country are drivers of jobs, education, innovation and urban development as well as redevelopment. Attendees of the upcoming event will look at how this trend plays out in Tampa.
What’s Developing Near The Forum
A company led by Jeff Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, has purchased approximately 24 acres in the south end of the downtown district. Development projects that have been on the table are a new concept entertainment complex at Channelside Bay Plaza, and a 400-room hotel to the west of The Forum. Latest in the news are potential plans for an eight to ten story office building and reconfiguration of the street grid in that area to allow for better traffic flow and a safer pedestrian environment.  Read more in the Tampa Bay Times article, Jeff Vinik, Tampa officials looking at changing streets near Times Forum

Free WiFi at Chillura & County Center
Hillsborough County launched free WiFi for the public beginning last week in Joe Chillura Courthouse Square and around Fred Karl County Center at the corner of Pierce Street and Kennedy Boulevard in Downtown Tampa.

The service will provide up to two hours of free internet connection per person per day to encourage public enjoyment of the area. Users can simply activate WiFi on their device and select the Guest - Hillsborough County signal to use internet. 

HART’s Real-Time Text Messaging
HART is preparing to launch a new text messaging feature to its GPS-based tool, OneBusAway.  The new feature will provide transit customers their real-time bus arrival information via text message beginning September 8. Here’s how it works:

  1. Find your three or four digit HART [stop ID number]. For example: 4804.
  2. Text HART 4804 to 41411.
  3. Receive back estimated arrival times.

Be sure to text the word "HART" followed by a space, and then the actual stop ID number. Message and data rates from phone carriers may apply.

Detour Alert
Northbound I-275 will be closed to all traffic at Armenia Avenue between 11pm and 5:30am on Wednesday, September 3 and Thursday, September 4.  DETOUR: Traffic will be detoured off at Exit 42 and directed south on Armenia Avenue. Drivers can turn left onto Kennedy Boulevard and go east to Ashley Drive, and turn left and go north on Ashley Drive to the entrance ramp back onto northbound I-275. Expect some backups on northbound I-275 during these hours.

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Member Corner

On Display at Bank of America
A magnificent display of art by PARC artists will be in Bank of America Plaza’s 3rd floor lobby throughout September and October between the hours of 7am to 7pm.  Founded in 1953 PARC, provides opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities, offering cultural arts programs which give adults the opportunity to explore their artistic vision and talents, and gain personal and financial independence as an integral part of the entrepreneurial business of art. 

PARC currently works with a diverse group of over 300 men and women who have chosen the arts as their primary interest and engages their abilities in a wide range of art and cultural related activities. 

The training received at PARC allows the artists to have multiple opportunities to participate in community activities, such as art shows and public events.  When an original piece is sold the artist receives half of the sale thus giving them the opportunity to say they are a paid professional artist.  The pride they feel when they sell a piece will leave you smiling!  The other half of the sale goes back into buying more supplies to keep the arts programs vital and innovative for the artists.  PARC appreciates its long standing partnership with the local business community in Tampa Bay and is proud to have their work on display at the Bank of America Plaza. a Downtown Partnership member. 

CBRE’s Ayers Tells Downtown Story
Anne-Marie Ayers of CBRE has been the leasing broker for the Fifth Third Center for the past 14+ years. In her tenure, Ayers has driven the occupancy rate from 72 percent to an average of 93 to 99 percent.  She is now reporting that for the first time, Downtown Tampa is outperforming the Tampa-area market in rent growth and occupancy. Over the next five years, CBRE advisers expect compounded growth rates to be at 33.3%.

These trends attracted Atlanta-based Fairlead Commercial Real Estate to the area, who just purchased the 19-story Fifth Third Center for $47 million. Fairlead was also attracted to the property because of the growing hospitality and retail projects in downtown.

Ayers and a team of CBRE colleagues also worked on the listing of the Tampa City Center, which is set to close next month, and on launching Wells Fargo Center next.  Read more in the Business Observer’s article New Downtown.  CBRE and Fifth Third Center are both Downtown Partnership members. 

GTE Hires MacDill’s Col. DeThomas
Partnership member, GTE Financial, has recently hired Retired Col. Scott DeThomas, former CEO of MacDill Air Force Base, as the credit union’s senior vice president for products and member sales. DeThomas had a 23+ year career in the U.S. Air Force including as accounting and finance officer, director of staff to the secretary of the Air Force, division chief and senior analyst strategy and policy and wing commander and CEO of MacDill Air Force Base. He retired from the Air Force in August. Scott will focus on developing GTE’s sales-focused organization, and the attraction, retention, and development of members. GTE Financial has more than $1.7 billion in assets and 21 community financial centers located throughout West Central Florida. Read more at MacDill’s CEO joins GTE Financial

FL Aquarium Rescues Freud the Turtle
A partnership of Downtown Partnership members, The Florida Aquarium and USF Health’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) have worked together to rescue sea turtle, Freud, an endangered green sea turtle was found lethargic, bloated and covered in algae on Navarre Beach in November 2012. Along with a team from the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine’s Department of Radiology, Freud was analyzed and diagnosed  with a bronchopleural fistula.  After a treatment plan that began in January. Freud has healed and can now safely be released back into the wild.  The Florida Aquarium team is working with Florida Fish and Wildlife on determining when and where Freud’s release will take place. 

News from Tampa Prep
Tampa Preparatory School, a Downtown Partnership member, just announced the opening of the new Active Learning Environment remodel of the Middle School. Within the Active Learning Environment, students will have the opportunity to experiment with and take steps towards mastering collaboration and problem-solving skills. 

The renovation includes space for students to collaborate and explain their work outside the walls of a normal classroom utilizing multiple displays and a green screen. Taking students out of the traditional classroom setting will foster independent problem-solving and collaboration. The common area will have furniture that is easily rearranged to encourage a collaborative work environment. In the classroom, Tampa Prep will be the first school in the country to have the world's first 3LCD touch-enabled interactive projector line two parallel walls. Read more at Tampa Prep Creates Active Learing Environment in Middle School.


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Around Town

Tampa Bay Leads in Retail Construction
A strong housing recovery has driven retail interest in Tampa Bay, which is leading to some impressive construction numbers, specifically 1.43 million square feet currently under construction. Read more in Tampa Bay Business Journal’s article in in Tampa Bay Region Leading Florida in Retail Construction.

Park to be Names for Civil Rights Leader
Osborne Pond and Community Trail, a new park in East Tampa, will open in September and will be named in honor of local Civil Rights leader, Clarence Fort.  Mayor Bob Buckhorn will join Mr. Fort and East Tampa community leaders to cut a ribbon on September 18, 2:30pm at the park (3803 E. Osborne Avenue). 2014 is the 50 year anniversary of the Civil Rights Act being signed into law, and the park will be officially named the Clarence Fort Freedom Trail. To view or download the rendering of the park, please visit

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