August 31, 2015  

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 Guidebooks Are Out! UT Building Opening Ceremony
Tampa is #1 Bike Friendly Business City UT Adds On Campus Zipcar Service
Downtown Partnership's Holiday Schedule New Coast Bike Share Member Plans
Partnership's Upcoming Special Events GO Hillsborough Transportation Meetings
Forum on Port Tampa Bay Vision Plan  
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
TMA Lecture on the American Cowboy Sykes Supports Local Education
First Friday at Plant Museum UT Receives Endowment from Ducky's
Tampa Home & Garden Show Florida Trends Recognizes Trenam Attorneys
Ferg's Live Hosts LOCALPALOOZA Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Partner Recognized
History Center's Got the FL Blues  
Winefest 2015: Napolean Wineamite  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Marketplace News Home Improvement Course Available
State Tourism Conference in Downtown Cloar Appointed ULI Tampa Chair
Franklin Street Acquires Appraisal Firm Johnson & Johnson to Open in Tampa
John F. Germany - In Memorium  Up and Comers
Carnival Pride Returns in 2017  
Littlejohn Opens Downtown Location  

The Partnership Presents

New Guidebooks Are Out!
The second edition of the 2015 Downtown Tampa Guidebooks and Dining & Entertainment Guides are printed and in the process of being distributed. Guidebooks contain information on restaurants, retail, services, residents, hospitality and more.

If your downtown business or place of residence has not yet received your supply, please contact Rachael Radawec at 813.221.3686 or

Be sure the check out our Urban Insiders found throughout the 2015 Downtown Tampa Guidebook for recommendations on everything from dining to things to do.

Tampa is #1 Bike Friendly Business City
Tampa Ranks #1 in Florida for Bike Friendly Business City
Last week the League of American Bicyclists, a national organization, recognized eleven Tampa businesses with a varying Bicycle Friendly Business (BFBSM) award, plus six honorable mentions. This placed Tampa as the #1 Bicycle Friendly Business City in the state of Florida, and tied for #15 ranking in the country. These businesses (located in and near Downtown Tampa) were of the 100 new and renewing BFBs joining more than 1,000 visionary businesses from across the country.  

Congratulations to:

  • Tampa General Hospital - Silver Level
  • The Blind Tiger Cafe - Silver Level
  • Buddy Brew Coffee - Silver Level
  • Duckweed Urban Grocery - Silver Level
  • Spain Restaurant & Toma Bar - Silver Level
  • Downtown Tampa YMCA, 100 N. Tampa - Bronze Level
  • Ferg's Live - Bronze Level
  • Downtown Tampa YMCA, Ft. Brooke - Bronze Level
  • Old Tampa Book Company - Bronze Level
  • Anise Global Gastrobar - Bronze Level
  • Tampa Pizza Company - Bronze Level
  • Hablo Taco - Honorable Mention
  • Splitsville - Honorable Mention
  • The Franklin - Honorable Mention
  • European Wax - Honorable Mention
  • The Cry Baby Café - Honorable Mention
  • Cafe Dufrain - Honorable Mention

These businesses applied for and received local certification as Bike Friendly Tampa (BFT) businesses before applying for this national award. They are among the 29 local businesses that hold the local BFT certification.

Learn more about Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Bicycle Friendly Tampa at
Learn more about the Bicycle Friendly America SM Program at

Downtown Partnership’s Holiday Schedule
Tampa’s Downtown Guides will have a modified schedule on Labor Day, Monday, September 7. Their hours of operation will be 7am to 6pm. 

The Tampa Downtown Partnership administrative office will be closed on Monday, September 7, and Monday Morning Memo will be released on Tuesday, September 8. Have a safe holiday weekend as we pay tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country!

Partnership’s Upcoming Special Events
Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta – Wednesday, September 2, 11am to 2pm
Rock the Park - Thursday, September 3 at 6:30pm to 9pm featuring UNRB + Casey Conroy + Black & Tenn.
Cyclovia Returns to Downtown Tampa! – Save the date for Sunday, October 25

Forum on Port Tampa Bay Vision Plan
Wednesday, September 23, Networking – 7:30am; Program – 8am to 9am
Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd. (Free 2-hour parking at Grand Central on Kennedy Garage)
The 2015-2016 Downtown Debriefing Breakfast Series launches with the latest development that everyone is talking about – Port Tampa Bay’s Channel District Vision Plan! Join us for this informative forum as Ram Kancharla, Port Tampa Bay’s V.P. of Planning & Development  provides an overview of the Port’s vision to transform the 45-acre industrial waterfront area into a dynamic mixed use hub.

Click here to register. (Use the PayPal option to pay by credit card.) Member - $20 / Non-Member - $25 / Corporate Table (8) - $160. Limited seating – register today!


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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.

TMA Lecture on the American Cowboy
“Actual Scenes--Genuine Characters: The American Cowboy”
Tuesday, September 1, Reception 6:30pm to 7pm; Lecture 7pm to 8pm
Tampa Museum of Art, Dickey Family Lecture Hall
Stephanie Knappe, Samuel Sosland Curator of American Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, will present the rise of the iconic figure that is the American Cowboy. The lecture is free to Museum members and students (with proper ID). Visit the galleries before the presentation (galleries close at 7pm).

First Friday at Plant Museum
Friday, September 4, 5pm to 7pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
Free admission and tour (starts 5:15pm) of the Museum.  Explore the nation’s only Victorian railroad resort hotel museum, enjoy live music on the veranda, and share a treat with friends at the tastings table.  This event occurs on the first Friday of each month.  Featured performance by Matt Weihmuller’s Jazz Trio on the Museum veranda. 

Tampa Home & Garden Show
Friday, September 4 to Sunday, September 6
Tampa Convention Center
Everything for in and around your home – kitchens, baths, garden displays, landscapers, pools, spas, security systems, garage doors, driveways, windows, solar, and more! For more information , visit Tampa Home & Garden Show.

Ferg’s Live Hosts LOCALPALOOZA
Saturday, September 12, 4pm
Ferg’s Live will host their first annual Local Music Showcase, LOCALPALOOZA, which is free and open to all ages. The event will feature three of the *tbt’s Ultimate Local Bands as voted by readers across Tampa Bay. By popular vote, local featured performers are Lions After Dark, Infinite Skillz, and UNRB – three well-known and highly revered Tampa-based musical groups.

History Center’s Got the FL Blues
Opening Saturday, September 12
Tampa Bay History Center
Curated by the Museum of Florida History, Florida’s Got the Blues exhibit will highlight Florida’s blues music legacy, showcasing the artists who played juke joints and night clubs from the panhandle to Miami, through photos and interactive audio recordings.

Visitors can spin blues records in the gallery or pick up an acoustic guitar and compose their own blues riffs. The exhibit will also include a collection of rock-n-roll photography from the archives of the Tampa Bay Times who have played on stages across Tampa Bay including Elvis, Tom Petty, The Ramones, and U2. The exhibit runs through Sunday, January 3, 2015, and will include a September 23 Florida Conversations: Celebrating Tampa’s Blues with Larry Lisk.

Winefest 2015: Napoleon Wineamite
September 10 to September 13
Tampa Theatre
Tampa Theatre’s fun and quirky, annual fundraiser, “Napoleon Wineamite” features local restaurants, delectable wines, Sunday brunch, an exclusive tasting experience, and – new this year – a “Movie Under The Stars.” For more information, visit Winefest 2015.


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Orangetheory Fitness Channelside is launching a 6-week weight loss challenge, starting September 14, with a cash prize for the winners. To enter, stop by their Channel District location to register. There will be one male and one female winner that will receive a $500 cash prize! Also, if you haven’t taken a class yet and want to try it before signing up let the staff at the front desk know that Laura sent you in order to get 2 FREE trial classes!

Yacht Starship is offering $49.95 Sunset Dining Cruises.  Your ticket includes a 3-course dinner buffet, 2.5 hour cruise, DJ and dancing, and sensational sunsets. Don't forget to enter your StarShip Sunset photo in our Facebook contest! Just upload your photo to the Yacht StarShip Facebook page with the hashtag "#StarShipSunset" and you're entered!

State Tourism Conference in Downtown
More than 1,000 tourism professionals from across the state of Florida convene this week at the Tampa Convention Center to talk about the future of tourism, the state's biggest economic engine. Read more in Governor's Conference on Tourism comes to Tampa for the first time -

Franklin Street Acquires Appraisal Firm
Downtown brokerage firm, Franklin Street recently reported acquiring Tropical Realty Appraisal Services, based in Tampa with offices in Miami, Atlanta, and Key West, which adds a new line of service of real estate valuation and advisory services. Read more in Franklin Street acquires real estate appraisal firm  - Tampa Bay Business Journal

John F. Germany – In Memorium
John F. Germany, founding partner of Holland and Knight, respected community leader, and the driving force behind the downtown John F. Germany Library passed away surrounded by loved ones last week.

Our thoughts are with his loved ones. For more information, please visit “Well-known Tampa judge, education advocate dies at 92” - Bay News 9

Carnival Pride Returns in 2017
Port Tampa Bay announced the return of the newly renovated Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Pride cruise ship back to Tampa to operate a series of five- to 14-day voyages in January and February 2017.  Tampa has been a home port to Carnival ships for over 20 years, providing guests with year-round cruise experiences.

Littlejohn Opens Downtown Location
Littlejohn, a national planning, civil engineering and environmental firm, announced the opening of its Downtown Tampa office. The company has grown from a sole proprietorship to a nationwide firm with nine offices in Tennessee, Arizona, Alabama, and Florida, over the past 25 years. Senior project manager, Marty Morlan, PE will lead the Tampa office.  Read more in Movers and shakers-Littlejohn opens planning engineering office in Tampa - Bradenton Times


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Development & Transportation

UT Building Opening Ceremony
An opening ceremony for the University of Tampa’s new Innovation and Collaboration Building, with the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, will be held Thursday, September 3, 10am to 12noon at 820 W. North A Street. The program will be held in the park at the southwest corner of the building. Tours and an open house will follow the ceremony.  Parking is available in the Rick Thomas Parking Garage.

UT Adds On Campus Zipcar Service
University of Tampa has partnered with Zipcar car sharing service to bring an alternative transportation option to students, faculty, and staff. Zipcar car share allows you the option to rent vehicles for an hour or a day; gas and insurance is included. Tampa Downtown Partnership has been in discussion with Zipcar to bring the service further into downtown as well.

Read more in University of Tampa Partners With Zipcar To Continue Car Sharing On CampusTampa Bay Newswire

New Coast Bike Share Member Plans
Beginning September 1, Coast Bike Share will offer a newly priced monthly membership plan structure. The new “Monthly Basic” cost will be modified from $30 to $15, offering 60 minutes of ride time per day. For super users, a “Monthly Plus” program will be available for 90 minutes per day at $20 a month. A Pay as You Go plan is also available. The new monthly rate is now available using the promo code “CoastTDP15.”

Coast Bikes has also recently installed a hub on Harbour Island, and have more planned in Hyde Park and SoHo. Businesses interested in hosting a rack can contact Eric Trull at for more info.

GO Hillsborough Transportation Meetings
The future of countywide transportation continues with GO Hillsborough meetings scheduled throughout the county. To find a meeting near you, visit GO Hillsborough.

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Member Corner

Sykes Supports Local Education
Last week, Chuck Sykes, CEO of Sykes Enterprises visited Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa to dedicate its new Sykes Innovation Lab which will offer five projectors, a mini computer, and television at each station. This is made possible through a $250,000 donation by the company. Read more in Sykes is getting back in the classroom  – Tampa Bay Business Journal

UT Receives Endowment from Ducky’s
The University of Tampa will be the recipient of a $50,000 endowed athletic scholarship from local restaurant Ducky’s. Read more at Ducky's Establishes Athletic Scholarship At UT - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Florida Trends Recognizes Trenam Attorneys
Florida Trend magazine recognized 11 of Trenam’s attorneys in its 2015 Legal Elite list.  The magazine ranked Trenam as second on the list for top firms in the state for most women honorees. Two Trenam attorneys were recognized in the “up and coming” attorneys list. Those recognized from the Tampa office were Robert A. Colton, Amy L. Drushal, Lara R. Fernandez, Charles F. Ketchey, Stephanie C. Lieb, Lansing C. Scriven, Robert G. Stern, Gary I. Teblum, and Lori V. Vaughan.

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Partner Recognized
Congratulations to Julio Esquivel, managing partner of the Tampa office of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, who is honored with the 2015 Individual Impact Award from the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts (TBBCA) for his exemplary leadership in support of arts and cultural organizations in Tampa over nearly two decades. Read more in “Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick Managing Partner Named Impact Award Honoree.” 


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Around Town

Home Improvement Course Available
Home improvement course scholarships are now available to qualified City of Tampa Water Department customers through a partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools. The next eight-week course starts Tuesday, September 15, 6pm to 9pm at D.G. Erwin Technical Center, 2010 East Hillsborough Avenue. Seating is limited. For more information, call the Tampa Water Department at 813.274.8121, option #5, to verify your utility account and request a tuition voucher, or send an email request to Topics include everything from plumbing to electrical to construction, and the voucher covers the $166 tuition fee. The student will be responsible for just $50 to complete registration.

Cloar Appointed ULI Tampa Chair
Jim Cloar, former Tampa Downtown Partnership president (1992 to 2001), and nationally recognized expert on downtowns, has been appointed Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Tampa Bay District Council. During his 35 years as a ULI member he has served on nine ULI Advisory Panels around the country and is also a Penn Instiitute for Urban Research Scholar.

Read more at Jim Cloar named ULI District Council Chair.

Johnson & Johnson to Open in Tampa
Johnson & Johnson plans to open its North American headquarters in Tampa, creating 500 new jobs to the area. Read more at “Johnson & Johnson to Open North American Shared Services Headquarters in Tampa Bay Region, Creating 500 New Jobs.”- Tampa Bay Business Journal

Up and Comers
Help identify Tampa Bay's up & coming executives, entrepreneurs, sales representatives, teachers, health care professionals, sports icons and other individuals for Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Up & Comers Awards! Nominate here.

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