July 21, 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
Air, Sea & Rail Travel Safety Latest on Channelside
Traffic Boxes Turned into Art Trio at ENORE! Grand Opening Last Week
Partnership Endorses Greenlight Pinellas News from HART
Library Museum Check-Out Pass  
Ice Cream Sundays  
Light Up Channelside Fireworks  
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
Splashy Urban Restaurant Tour Trenam Kemker Launches Maritime Blog
Patel's Summer Fantasy 2014 GTE Awarded for Marketing
Off-Camera Lighting Workshop Smith and Associates Exceeds Sales Goals
Teacher Appreciation Day TGH in Top Ten Ranking
Downtown Du Dash  
Lightning 2014-15 Season Tickets  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Tampa Bay WaVE Accelerator Program Tampa Makes Another Top 10 List
Burdick Weighs in on Downtown's Hotel Story HCC to Host Startup Weekend
Businesses Asked to Support Walk Water Works Park Opening
  Selig Supports Tampa Bay Baseball

The Partnership Presents

Air, Sea & Rail Travel Safety
Tuesday, July 29, 7:30am 
Registration/Networking; 8am to 9am - Program
University Club, 201 N. Franklin, Suite 3800
You won’t want to miss this upcoming Downtown Network Series breakfast addressing the timely subject of travel safety. 

Travel – Is It Really Safe Speakers Panel:
Roy G. Paz, Tampa Police Department - moderator
Jeff Smith, Port Tampa Bay
Gregory Mertz, Tampa International Airport
Andrew Ross, Tampa International Airport Police Dept.
Steve Chambers, Amtrak Police Department
Click here
to register. 

Traffic Boxes Turned into Art
Tampa Downtown Partnership continues its Beautification Program with  artwork installation on 72 traffic signal boxes throughout the downtown district.  Those boxes are adorned with the same artwork as featured in the Frames on Franklin project. The art was applied to the traffic boxes by Team MK Graphics, a small local business owned by Mickey Kempgens, using vinyl and laminate applications, taking 13 days to install the art. 

Frames on Franklin was installed on Franklin Street at Brorein on the side of the Selmon Expressway on-ramp earlier this year, with the generous support of Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority and assistance of the City of Tampa’s Art Program.  The featured artwork includes six iconic images by local artist Tim Boatright representing Tampa and its rich history and culture.  Tampa Downtown Partnership's Beautification Program is an ongoing initiative to improve downtown's streetscape aesthetics through the installation of potted plants, tree lighting, bins, street pole banners, and public art installations. 

Partnership Endorses Greenlight Pinellas
The Tampa Downtown Partnership's Board of Directors unanimously endorsed the Greenlight Pinellas plan at their June 17 Board Meeting. The business group's leadership understood the importance this initiative has to the entire region, and to the connectivity of Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.  To further convey the Board's support, the Executive Committee of the Partnership Board approved a resolution that included a financial commitment of $2,500 to support the efforts of Friends of Greenlight, the campaign supporting the approval of Greenlight Pinellas which will be on the Pinellas County November 2014 ballot.
Greenlight Pinellas plans call for express bus service every 30-minutes to Westshore and Downtown Tampa by 2015. Current service is limited to weekday rush hours, with no Westshore connection or weekend service. The plan includes future seven days per week express bus service linking Westshore and Downtown Tampa to Downtown Clearwater, East Lake and Downtown St. Petersburg. Greenlight Pinellas' light rail plans would connect with a Hillsborough rail system, via a new Howard Frankland Bridge. 
Read more at Tampa Downtown Partnership latest to endorse Greenlight Pinellas.

Library Museum Check-Out Pass
Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library will launch a pilot program allowing customers to check out FREE passes to three downtown museums and one Ybor City museum beginning July 22.  With the help of Tampa Downtown Partnership, the Library enlisted Glazer Children’s Museum, Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa Bay History Center, and Ybor City Museum State Park to participate in this program.  Library card holders will have the opportunity to check out a family pass for these destinations with The Library Takes You There: Discovery Pass Program

The program will be piloted at the downtown library, John F. Germany Public Library with a goal to expand to additional libraries and attractions in the near future.  A launch ceremony will be held Tuesday, July 22, 10:15am at the library, 900 N. Ashley Drive, on the Children’s Floor.  The event is open to the public.  For more information about this and other FREE programs @ your library®, call 813-273-3652 or visit HCPLC.

Ice Cream Sundays
Sunday, July 27, 11am to 3pm
Washington Street Park
This free Channel District meet and greet includes a DJ, local frozen treats, Victory Coffee, and pet checkups from Harborside Animal Hospital.  Tampa Downtown Partnership has been an integral part at helping get this new monthly social off the ground. 

Light Up Channelside Fireworks
Saturday, July 26, Begins 5pm
Channelside Bay Plaza
Downtown Partnership is a proud sponsor of this summer-long event which starts the evening with live music, food trucks, and fun, with a big bang finish of fireworks along Garrison Channel at 9pm.  For more information, visit Channelside Fireworks

Back to top



Your Downtown Calendar

Splashy Urban Restaurant Tour
Wednesday, July 24, Begins 5:30pm
Bike, dine, and swim at this month’s culinary cycle tour which begins at Crumb&Cork, with following stops at Maloney’s Local Irish Pub, TAPS Restaurant Bar & Lounge, and WaterWorks Bar & Grill, ending with a pool party at Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa Downtown.  Registration for this cycle and dine culinary tour closes today.  CLICK HERE to register. 

Patel’s Summer Fantasy 2014
Friday, July 25, Begins 7pm
Straz Center’s Ferguson Hall
More than 200 pre-professional ballet students from 32 states and four countries will perform in suites from the ballets Don Quixote and Coppelia.  These dancers were chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants nationwide to come to the Patel Conservatory to train and perform. Leading the ensemble will be guest principal dancer siblings from Boston Ballet, Jeffrey and Lia Cirio.  For more information about this and other upcoming performances, visit Straz Center.

Off-Camera Lighting Workshop
Saturday, July 26, 1 to 5pm
Florida Museum of Photographic Art
This intensive, 1/2-day hands-on workshop, one of the many photography classes offered at FMoPA, covers the fundamentals of portrait photography with off-camera flash using small, portable hot shoe-mounted flashguns (speedlights), remote triggering devices and light modifiers to enhance the texture, dimension and mood of photos quickly and easily.  For more information, visit FMoPA Class

Teacher Appreciation Day
Saturday, August 9, 10am to 5pm
Henry B. Plant Museum
Tampa Bay teachers and their families are invited to visit the Henry B. Plant Museum with FREE admission as a salute for their service as they educate for our future. School IDs required. 

Teachers can explore at their leisure, learn about exciting Field Trip opportunities in 2014-2015, and enjoy the Museum’s in-depth, self-guided audio tour, the historical video on “Florida’s First Magic Kingdom,” and The Pottery of Wedgwood exhibit. 

Downtown Du Dash
August 23, Begins 6:45am
Endurance athletes will have an opportunity to showcase their athletic abilities in the inaugural Cott Beverages Downtown Du Dash.  This latest initiative of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission’s Event Development Institute is open to anyone interested in challenging themselves in a modified duathlon. The format of the event will consist of a timed run and bike ride through the streets of Downtown Tampa, with three different competition categories: competitive, recreational (non-competitive) and youth.  To register, please visit DowntownDuDash.com

The Cott Beverages Downtown Du Dash kicks-off a busy day in Downtown Tampa with the recently announced Tampa Bay’s Tailgate Taste Fest taking place at 11am to 8pm in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  Kicking off football season, this event features some of the top local restaurants showcasing their best tailgate food. For more information, please visit TailgateTasteFest.com.

Lightning 2014-15 Season Tickets
Heads up Bolts fans!  Tampa Bay Lightning unveiled their Half-Season Ticket Plans for the 2014-15 season today.  Plans start as low as $420, or just $20 per game.  There are two schedule options available for fans to choose from, Plan A and Plan B. Half-Season Ticket Plans are on sale now by visiting Tampa Bay Lightning

Back to top



Doing Business in Downtown 

Tampa Bay WaVE Accelerator Program
Tampa Bay WaVE’s FirstWaVE Accelerator is a business accelerator program focused on early stage technology startups, providing resources, education, expertise, talent and capital for innovation-based companies. Application deadline for the next wave of program participants is Wednesday, July 30.  For more information, visit Tampa Bay Wave Accelerator Application

And congratulations to Tampa Bay WaVE for a Letter of Commendation from Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners for their FirstWaVE program which to date has helped local innovation-based entrepreneurs to raise $8.4 million in investment capital to grow their companies. 

Burdick Weighs in on Downtown’s Hotel Story
Downtown Partnership president, Christine Burdick, was interviewed by WFLA Channel 8 News about downtown’s growing hotel supply with the recent openings of Le Meridien and Aloft Hotels and plans for more hotels.  Read more at New Hotel Opens in Downtown Tampa

Businesses Asked to Support Walk
Tampa Police are seeking your support for their 20th Annual Tampa Police Memorial Run/Walk, scheduled October 11.  With 2000 participants, expected, they are asking for door prizes such as gift baskets, gift certificates, and coupons for services or discounts at your local business.

The Tampa Police Memorial Fund sponsors local charities and special events throughout the year that impact the Tampa Bay community. This year alone the Memorial Fund has donated over forty thousand dollars to programs such as the Special Olympics, Tampa Police Explorers, Sincerely Santa, Tampa Police Honor Guard and The Police Unity Tour. Proceeds also provide scholarships for the children of Tampa Police Department personnel. The Fund helps support the Tampa Police Museum and provides maintenance for the Tampa Police Memorial Monument. To donate door prizes for this family friendly event, email James.Contento@Tampagov.net.  All contributions are tax deductible (Tax ID #59-3397263).  

Back to top


Development & Transportation

Latest on Channelside
Breaking news last night as reports come in that a proposed settlement for the Channelside Bay Plaza property, which has been tied up in federal bankruptcy court, has been reached.  Read more in the Tampa Bay Times article, Settlement proposed for Channelside purchase.  

Trio AT ENCORE! Grand Opening Last Week
Downtown’s supply of diverse residential offerings continues to expand with last week’s grand opening of The Trio at ENCORE! The three building complex features 141 multifamily residential units, state of the art in-unit and community amenities in this mixed use, mixed income planned community situated on the north side of Downtown Tampa. 

News from HART
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) is now offering their Summer Blast Pass the midseason reduced rate of $15.  Youth, ages 5 to 17, ride for $15 from now through August 31! 

HART has reported another record breaking month with 1,194,379 customer trips taken in June.  That is an increase of almost 7 percent over June 2013. 

A new bike service station has been installed at HART's Marion Transit Center in Downtown Tampa.  This is the second station to be installed in downtown.  The first is near the Sail Pavilion at The Riverwalk. 

Minor services changes took affect this week on six HART Bus Routes.  Learn more at Service Changes Effective July 20.

Back to top



Member Corner

Trenam Kemker Launches Maritime Blog
Downtown Partnership member, Trenam Kemker, just launched their Florida Admiralty Law Advisor, the firm’s blog with general information and regulatory updates about maritime law. The blog focuses on commercial maritime disputes and litigation, and offers insights and best practices to help those in the industry maintain and improve compliance.

Jason Baruch, the chief blog contributor and shareholder in Trenam Kemker’s Tampa office, writes about an array of issues including maritime contract disputes, maritime commercial torts, the interesting ins-and-outs of admiralty jurisdiction in the federal court system, and the implications that the latest legislation and court rulings are having on the maritime industry.

GTE Awarded for Marketing
Congratulations to Downtown Partnership member, GTE Financial, who was selected by the Marketing Association of Credit Unions (MAC) for two of its 2014 awards: a Silver award for Image Enhancement for their free gas promotion last October, and a Bronze award for Best Logo for their Get Fit program logo.  

“It means so much to be awarded and recognized for our credit union’s marketing efforts, creativity, and results,” says Mandy Zurbrick, vice president of Member Marketing and Promotion for GTE Financial. “Others in our industry are doing remarkable things, so it’s a real honor to have been selected twice from among so many great submissions.” Read more at GTE Financial Receives Two More Industry Marketing Awards

Smith & Associates Exceeds Sales Goals
Between sold homes and current pending sales, Partnership member, Smith & Associates Real Estate, exceeded their goal of a half-a-billion dollars in sales in the first 6 months of 2014. Their 2014 goal is to break $1 billion in sales volume by the end of the year.

Smith & Associates celebrations at local venues included a recent party at Le Meridien Hotel in Downtown Tampa.  When asked why Smith & Associates chose to celebrate at some of the area’s newest local spots, Vice President of Real Estate Services, Amy Seeks, stated, “We love the Tampa Bay community and like to see local businesses share in our successes. These local spots are what keep our economy thriving and a lucrative local economy is always followed by a prosperous real estate market.”  Smith & Associates is locally owned and operated for 40+ years. 

TGH in Top Ten Ranking
Kudos to Tampa General Hospital who was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the number two hospital in Florida and the best hospital in the Tampa-St. Petersburg metro area for 2014-2015.   The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. TGH is listed as one of the top 50 hospitals nationally in four medical specialties: Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Nephrology, Orthopedics, and Urology. 

Back to top


Around Town

Tampa Makes Another Top 10 List
Tampa is in the #1 spot nationally for The Pour Fool’s Top Ten Emerging Beer Towns list.   
As quoted in the article, “In terms of creativity and growing skill, Tampa is easily America’s Next Big Thing.”

HCC to Host Startup Weekend
Hillsborough Community College Startup Weekend which begins Friday, July 25, 6:30pm is a 54-hour event that provides the networking, resources, and incentives for individuals and teams to start with an idea and launch a company.  This weekend-long, hands-on experience provides entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs with a chance to see if startup ideas are viable. 

Water Works Park Opening
Tuesday, August 12, 10am - Ribbon Cutting
Saturday, August 16, 5pm to 9pm - Festival and Fireworks
Water Works Park
Mark your calendars for the ribbon cutting and festival coming up in August to celebrate the opening of Water Works Park.  The festival will feature food trucks, children’s activities, entertainment, and more will start the event, ending with a fireworks display at approximately 9pm.

The 5-acre Water Works Park, located at the north edge of Downtown Tampa will include a play area modeled after a ship, splash pad, dog run, performance pavilion, and open lawn for events.  The Tampa Riverwalk was also extended to run throughout the park along the Hillsborough River. A kayak launch, eight boat slips and a water taxi stop will be installed once the permits are approved. Ulele Spring has been restored and opened to river, and adjacent to that is the site for Columbia Restaurant Group’s Ulele Restaurant which is scheduled to open in late August.  

Selig Supports Tampa Bay Baseball
Retiring Commissioner Bud Selig weighs in on his thoughts about Tampa Bay baseball, with his opinion that there is a strong regional market for baseball, but the Tampa Bay Rays is in need of a new stadium.  Read more in Tampa Bay Business Journal’s article, Selig voices support for Tampa Bay baseball.  

Back to top


Be in the know faster by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, and following us on YouTube.

Tampa Downtown Partnership
400 N. Ashley Drive | Suite 2125 | Tampa | Florida | 33602 | 813.221.3686 | www.tampasdowntown.com