February 23, 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
19th Annual Downtown Development Forum Downtown Medical School to Get State Funding
Do the Local Motion Lightning Fundraiser HART Earns Top Honors
Candidate Forum Focuses on Transit HART Offers Lift to the Polls
  CSX Quiet Zone Study
Your Downtown Calendar Road Closure Updates
Lunch with an Author Fundraiser  
Black Heritage Celebration's Family Reunion Member Corner
Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Architectural Photography Contest
Glazer Museum Offers Special Admission Trenam Kemker Shareholder Appointment
GradNation Tampa Bay 2015  
  Around Town
Doing Business in Downtown County's Business Incentives
Marketplace News TIA Flies High in Satisfaction Ranking
Downtown Spring Camps  

The Partnership Presents

19th Annual Downtown Development Forum
Friday, March 13, 7:30am to 12noon
Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel
The Downtown Development Forum explores innovative ideas in urban development and serves as a catalyst for discussion and problem solving for major urban issues in Downtown.

This year's program features: 
Industry Updates & Forecasts – Commercial & Residential Real Estate, Tourism & Hospitality, and Port Tampa Bay. 
Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places  

TDP Biennial Worker / Resident Study
Go Hillsborough: County Transportation Planning
Tampa Waterfront 2020: America's First Crowdsourced Neighborhood  

Click here to register.

Do the Local Motion Lightning Fundraiser
Tuesday, March 24, 6:30pm
Amalie Arena
The Tampa Bay Lightning roll out the "blue" carpet for Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Do the Local Motion (DTLM) during their game against the Panthers. This fundraiser includes a VIP tour of the arena prior to the game. For a link to discounted tickets please email rradawec@tampasdowntown.com. DTLM is a free downtown walking tour offered the first and third Fridays of the month from October to May.

Candidate Forum Focuses on Transit
Public transportation is a key issue for Downtown Tampa stakeholders, and candidates for the upcoming Tampa City Council elections paid attention to that at last week’s Downtown Debriefing breakfast. You can read the details in the Tampa Bay Times article, "Tampa council candidates forum focuses on transportation". 

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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. 

Lunch with an Author Fundraiser

Friday, March 20, Begins 12noon
University Club, One Tampa City Center, 38th Floor
The Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, Inc. presents Therese Anne Fowler, author of Z-A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald during Women’s History Month, and seeks nominations for the Helen Virginia Stelle Award. $50 individual; table and sponsorship tickets available. Reservations are required. Contact the Friends of the Library at 813-273-3349 or via email at foltampa@gmail.com.

Black Heritage Celebration’s Family Reunion
Tuesday, February 24, 10am to 1pm
Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, Kennedy Blvd at Pierce St.
Hillsborough County’s Black Heritage Celebration Committee, Department of Aging Services, and Office of Community Affairs will present the 23rd Annual Black Heritage Celebration. The event will feature a multi-generational tribute to the rich history of African-Americans in Hillsborough County. An all-ages audience will gather for this year’s theme, “Family Reunion,” to enjoy Motown music and dancing, Rampello School Jazz Band, the presentation of colors and remarks from local leaders, a soul-food lunch at 12:30pm in the park and more. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.HillsboroughCounty.org.

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
Saturday, February 28, 9am to 6pm; Sunday, March 1, 10am to 5pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
The tradition continues as the park is lined with artists for the weekend, typically drawing a quarter million attendees to this free event. For more information, visit Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.

For information on other upcoming Gasparilla-themed events this season, click here.

Glazer Museum Offers Special Admission
Saturday, February 28, 10am to 6pm
Glazer Children’s Museum
will offer a special 50% admission price for all guests that day. The admission includes entrance into their Wizard of Oz Traveling Exhibit.

GradNation Tampa Bay 2015
Wednesday, March 4, 8am to 4:30pm
Hilton Tampa Downtown
Students from four Hillsborough County high schools are convening the community to discuss the important goal of raising high school graduation rates. These students spent the last year surveying peers on existing barriers and supports to high school graduation from a student perspective, followed by designing programs to help more students earn a high school diploma. The students will present their research and the status of their program implementation, and talk about how community members can get involved.  Community leaders will put the work of students into the context of other efforts and the local, state and national level. Register at all4schools.org/event/grad-nation-community-summit.

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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Ferg’s LIVE Tampa is coming to Downtown Tampa, and they are accepting job applicants during open calls on Monday, February 23 and Tuesday, February 24, 2pm to 5pm at 490 Channelside Drive. Ferg’s is seeking servers, bartenders, bar backs, hostesses, and cooks.

Duckweed Urban Grocery is hosting an open mic night on Sunday, March 1 with poet/host Diana Browning and poet/sound guy Moe St. Evergreen. Open to the public. 

Downtown Spring Camps
Need to go to work while your child is home from school during Spring Break? Downtown Tampa entities offer unique Spring Camp opportunities that you’ll want to check out. Those offering camps this year are Florida Aquarium, Tampa Bay History Center, Glazer Children’s Museum, Stageworks Theatre, and the YMCA. For more information, visit Tampa’s Downtown Spring Camps.


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Development & Transportation

Downtown Medical School to Get State Funding
Last week, the Florida Board of Governors unanimously approved funding for the University of Tampa’s Downtown Medical School Campus development project. The plan is to move USF’s medical school and Heart Institute to a downtown site, on a piece of property donated by Jeff Vinik, Tampa Bay Lightning owner and major downtown property owner. Read more in the following articles:
“What's next for the downtown Tampa USF medical school” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

“USF gets approvalto replace med school" - WTSP

Christine Burdick, president of Tampa Downtown Partnership, stated, “This move of USF’s medical campus to downtown will be a catalyst for more investment in Tampa’s downtown. Other cities that have located medical campuses in their urban cores have experienced significant economic growth as a result of professors, staff, and students joining the downtown population.”

HART Earns Top Honors
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) has earned the “Gold Standard” designation, top honors from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for outstanding security program. The TSA’s BASE program is a comprehensive voluntary review of transit security, developed to help transit systems across the USA increase domain awareness, enhance prevention and protection capabilities, and elevate response preparedness.

HART Offers Lift to the Polls
On Election Day, Tuesday, March 3, HART will offer free bus rides for customers who show a valid voter registration card to encourage voting. The card must be presented to the driver at the time of voting. For more information, visit Ride Free on Election Day.

CSX Quiet Zone Study
The noise level of the CSX trains running through Downtown Tampa in the middle of the night has been an ongoing problem for area residents. In response, the City of Tampa hired a consultant to look at the feasibility of creating quiet zones both downtown and Ybor City. Read more at “Tampa receives study on silencing CSX trains; would cost $2.7 million to implement downtown”SaintPetersBlog 

Road Closure Updates
UCAP project road closures and detours include the following:

  • Cypress Street, from the Hillsborough River to North Boulevard is now closed.  Please use the temporary parking lot on Laurel Street to access Julian B. Lane Park.
  • Anticipated closure of North Boulevard from Cypress Street to W. Cass Street beginning March 23. 

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Member Corner

Architectural Photography Contest
AIA Tampa Bay and Florida Museum of Photographic Art present the annual 2015 Architectural Photography Contest. Top entries will be exhibited at FMoPA as part of National Architecture Week, April 12-18. Winners announced at a reception on April 16. Registration deadline is March 27. Entry deadline is April 1. For eligibility information and registration, visit AIA Tampa Bay.

Trenam Kemker Shareholder Appointment
Trenam Kemker shareholder, Robert G. Stern, was recently appointed to the University of Florida’s Board of Trustees by Governor Rick Scott. Stern, who earned both his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida, will serve a five-year term. He is one of two trustees appointed. Read more at “Trenam Kemker Shareholder Appointed By Gov. Scott To University Of Florida Board of Trustees.”

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Around Town

County’s Business Incentives
The Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners recently approved a package of incentives, totaling $3.4 million in county funds, for Citigroup, which has proposed adding 1,163 jobs and investing $90 million in capital improvements at its Brandon campus, where it currently has 5,173 employees. This move is a sign of this board’s commitment to bringing new business, and adding jobs to the county. Read more at “Murman: Hillsborough commissioners send message with vote”Tampa Bay Business Journal

TIA Flies High in Satisfaction Ranking
Airports Council International has ranked Tampa International Airport number 2 in North America and number 5 in the world. Read more at “TIA ranks No. 2 in North America, No. 5 in the world for customer satisfaction”Tampa Bay Business Journal

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