October 20, 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
Security Series - "Tampa's Homeless" Potential Downtown medical School
2014 Urban Excellence Awards County & City Strike Deal on CRA
Halloween, Holidays, and Deals! UBS Realty Purchases Crescent Bayshore
BayCycle Bike Safety Classes  
Downtown's Event-Filled Sunday  
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
Rodger & Hammerstein's Cinderella TGH Wins Consumer Choice Award
Superior Donuts Tindale Oliver Awarded SR 7 Corridor Study
Nightmare on Franklin St. Series Jacob Appointed to HART Board
Spooktacular 5k News from UT
Lego Movie in the Park  
The Vault is Unlocked  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Marketplace News Partnership's Finn Honored
Tampa Bay WaVE Startup Weekend Tampa Bay Business 100
Forum on Health Care Guavaween Returns!
Treat Staff to Inspirational Luncheon Junior League Holiday Gift Market 

The Partnership Presents

Security Series – “Tampa’s Homeless”
Tuesday, October 28, 7:30am – Registration & Breakfast, 8am to 9am - Program
University Club, 201 N. Franklin St., Suite 3800
Homelessness affects everyone. Many who are homeless suffer untreated emotional disorders, while the economic impact comes in the form of the cost of social services, ordinance enforcement (panhandling, loitering), and crime fighting. The presence of a homeless population can affect local business and tourism. Hear from our expert panel members who work daily toward resolving Tampa’s homelessness challenges.

Guest Panel:
Roy G. Paz, Master Patrol Officer Tampa Police Department - Moderator
Antoinette D. Hayes Triplett, CEO, Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative
John Bennett, Assistant Chief, Tampa Police Department

Register today at Downtown Security Series – Tampa’s Homeless.

Downtown Security Series a breakfast forum series offered by Tampa Downtown Partnership, touching on safety and security related topics of interest to our downtown community members.

2014 Urban Excellence Awards
Wednesday, November 19, 6pm – Reception, 7pm – Awards Ceremony
Aloft Tampa Downtown Hotel
A celebration of businesses, organizations, individuals, events and projects that have made significant contributions toward creating a unique, vibrant and diverse downtown and have made a lasting, positive impact on downtown Tampa. Award Winners will be honored for leadership, innovation, hard work, talent, and community spirit. Make your reservations at Urban Excellence Awards.

Halloween, Holidays, and Deals!
The Downtown Partnership has compiled a list of 2014 Downtown Halloween Haunts for a spell-binding time, Holiday Venues and Caterers for your holiday party planning, and a regularly updated list of Downtown Deals for your convenience.
Downtown Halloween 2014
2014 Holiday Venues and Caterers
Downtown Deals

BayCycle Bike Safety Classes
Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Tampa BayCycle, Tampa’s SPOKESpeople for all things cycling, will provide free bike safety classes in conjunction with the forthcoming launch of Coast Bike Share. In partnership with the City of Tampa, Tampa BayCycle will hold ten classes in November, with more classes to be added throughout the city in upcoming months.

A certified instructor will walk class participants through the basic “Top 10” tips of bike safety in an informal classroom style setting. Each participant will receive safety gear, such as a helmet, light set, or vest. The one hour classes are free and open to the public, and begin at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted:

  • Tuesday, November 4, 12noon – Hillsborough Community College, Ybor Campus (Ybor Room, 2112 N 15th St.)
  • Tuesday, November 4, 6pm -  Hillsborough Community College, Ybor Campus (Ybor Room, 2112 N 15th St.)
  • Wednesday, November 5 -  Pour House (1208 E. Kennedy Blvd. #112)
  • Thursday, November 6 – Don Vincente de Ybor Historic Inn (1915 Avenida Republica De Cuba)
  • Monday, November 10 - Kate Jackson Community Center (821 S. Rome Ave.)
  • Wednesday, November 12, 12noon - Kahwa Coffee Café (400 N Ashley Dr.)
  • Wednesday, November 12 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Complex (2200 N. Oregon Ave.)
  • Monday, November 17 - Desoto Park Playground Activity Complex (2617 Corrine St.)
  • Tuesday, November 18 - Sandra Freedman Tennis Complex (59 Columbia Dr.)
  • Thursday, November 20 - Duckweed Urban Grocery (803 N. Tampa St.)

Please RSVP by visiting tampabaycycle.com. To request a free bike safety class for your neighborhood association or organization, please visit tampabaycycle.com/events.

Downtown’s Event-Filled Sunday
Downtown Tampa was bustling on what was a picture perfect day on Sunday, October 19. Thanks to all who attended, the businesses and organizations who participated, and all who volunteered for the three Downtown Partnership events – Cyclovia, in partnership with Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Tampa, the opening of the new Downtown Market season, and Urban Lifestyle Tour in partnership with Smith & Associates. 

To stay up to date on downtown happenings, visit our Downtown Event Calendar and sign up for our Downtown After Hours newsletter.

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Your Downtown Calendar

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
Tuesday, October 21 to Sunday, October 26
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love – the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more – plus some surprising new twists! For more information, visit Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella.

Superior Donuts
Runs through Sunday, October 26
Stageworks Theatre
Last week to catch this comedy production about an offbeat friendship that grows between a cantankerous, white donut shop owner and a street-savvy, ambitious black teenager with something to hide. This provocative comedy turns up the heat on the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship. For more information, visit  Superior Donuts.

Nightmare on Franklin St. Series
Various Dates and Times through October 31
Tampa Theatre
It’s that time of year for scary movies, And Tampa Theatre has a lineup of ghoulish and frightening film classics with their Nightmare of Franklin Series. For more information, visit Tampa Theatre.

Spooktacular 5K
Saturday, October 25, 8am to 12noon
Cotanchobee Park
Food, music, raffles and massage chairs will be available to participants. Proceeds from this 5K Race and Children’s Fun Run will support programs sponsored by Children Across Borders. For more information, visit Spooktacular-5K & Children’s Fun Run.

Lego Movie in the Park
Saturday, October 25, 7:30pm – 9pm
Water Works Park, 1710 N. Highland Avenue
The City of Tampa and Friends of Tampa Recreation present "The Lego Movie" as part of their Screen on the Green movie series. Food trucks and concessions will be on hand. For more information, visit Screen on the Green.

The Vault is Unlocked
November 6, 6pm to 9pm
The Vault, 611 N. Franklin Street
An open house to celebrate downtown at the elegant venue, The Vault, with an invitation extended to the Downtown Partnership community. Cocktails and menu samplings from popular downtown restaurants.  Please RSVP by October 23 to james@thevaulttampa.com.

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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Bamboozle Tea Lounge located at 109 N. 12th Street in Channel District, will be open for brunch on Sundays beginning October 26. Watch for more information on their special brunch menu.

Oxford Exchange will be hosting its 2nd Annual OE Holiday Gift Bazaar on December 6 and 7, and are seeking vendors, artisans, and craftsman who would like to participate.  If interested, contact Jess English at shop@oxfordexchange.com.

The Downtown Partnership is seeking downtown businesses to offer a special deal (discount, value-added, or BOGO) extended to participants in our upcoming Biennial Workforce & Resident Study. If interested, please contact Donna Chen at 813-221-3686 or dchen@tampasdowntown.com. The offer will need to run through December 7. You will be reaching an audience of Downtown, Ybor City, Harbour Island, Hyde Park, and Seminole Heights workers and residents, and you will receive promotional exposure in exchange for your offer. Today is the deadline to respond. 
Tampa Bay WaVE Startup Weekend
Tampa Bay will be competing in the Global Startup Battle. Hundreds of Startup Weekend and other UP Global programs are hosted around the world and winning teams from each event move forward to compete with one another via a global video competition. Startup Weekend event is November 14 through 16. Early bird tickets are on sale until October 22.  Please plan to support the Tampa Bay WaVE as it strives to put Tampa Bay’s start up community on the map. For more information, visit Start Up Weekend.

Forum on Health Care
Tuesday, October 28, 7:30am to 9:30am
The Westin Tampa Harbour Island
Is your business interested in how the changing landscape of the health care industry may impact your business? If so, join Fifth Third Bank and the Tampa Bay Business Journal for the annual Decoding Health Care event.
Treat Staff to Inspirational Luncheon
Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County, Inc. will host their Four Season Author Series luncheon on Friday, October 31, 12noon at University Club of Tampa. The featured speaker is Ben Montgomery, award winning author of the “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail.” This is a great opportunity to show appreciation to that special employee by treating them to this lunch forum. Tickets are only $30. RSVP by Tuesday, October 28 at 813-273-3616 or email fourseasonsluncheon@gmail.com.

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Development & Transportation

Potential Downtown Medical School
Jeff Vinik, owner of Tampa Bay Lightning, has offered an acre of the downtown land he has assembled for redevelopment, to the University of South Florida for the Morsani College of Medicine and USF Health Heart. You can read more in the following articles and editorial:
Vinik offers to give USF downtown Tampa land for medical schoolTampa Bay Business Journal
“Jeff Vinik hires Tallahassee lobbyists amid talk of USF med school move”Tampa Bay Times
Editorial: “Bring medical school downtown”Tampa Tribune

County & City Strike Deal on CRA
Last Wednesday, the Board of Hillsborough County Commissioners unanimously voted to extend the life of Downtown Tampa’s Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) while setting aside up to $100 million of the property tax revenues generated from downtown to the CRA, with the remainder to go toward county projects.  Other Tampa CRAs are under consideration for renewal at this time as well.  Read more in: Hillsborough approves deal for $100M in downtown development fundsTampa Bay Times

UBS Realty Purchases Crescent Bayshore
Just reported - Crescent Communities sold Crescent Bayshore for $111.5 million to UBS Realty. Crescent Bayshore, a recently opened 367-unit residential high rise on north Bayshore, offering some of the highest apartment rental rates in Tampa. Read more at Crescent Bayshore sold for $111.5 million - Tampa Bay Business Journal

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Member Corner

TGH Wins Consumer Choice Award
Tampa General Hospital has been named a 2014/2015 Consumer Choice winner by National Research Corporation for the ninth consecutive year. Winners are determined by consumer perceptions on multiple quality and image ratings collected in the company’s Market Insights survey, the largest online consumer healthcare survey in the country. Hospitals named by consumers are analyzed and ranked based on Core Based Statistical Areas defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Winning facilities were ranked the highest. Congratulations to the TGH team!

Tindale Oliver Awarded SR 7 Corridor Study
Tindale Oliver announced last week that it has been selected to conduct the State Road 7 Corridor Study for the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization. The study will look at the 20-mile stretch of US 441/SR 7 from the Broward/Dade County line to Sample Road to identify short and longer-term strategies to reduce congestion and improve multimodal mobility and safety.

State Road 7 corridor is the county’s busiest transit corridor and a rare example in Florida in which at least 10 percent of all travel along the corridor is by bus. A key focus of the study will be improving safe and convenient access to transit and identifying infrastructure solutions to improve the efficiency of transit in the corridor.

Jacob Appointed to HART Board
The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority board of directors named Mickey Jacob, FAIA, executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at BDG Architects, as a new board member effective November 1 for a three year term. 

Mr. Jacob, whose career in architecture spans more than 25 years, has served on many boards and committees, including the Tampa Downtown Partnership board.  Jacob has also served as 2013 President of the American Institute of Architects.

News from UT
University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business was once again named one of the world’s top business schools for the ninth consecutive year by The Princeton Review.  Read more in “University of Tampa's Sykes College of Business Again Named…” 

Also, as the academic year gets under way, University of Tampa presents a myriad of musical and stage productions open to the public. This week, UT will once again present its popular Dance Happening, featuring pieces that explore everything from current social issues to dance for the pure joy of movement. For a list of upcoming events and performances, visit UT  Calendar and sort by those events “Open to Public.”  UT is a private, residential university located on 105 acres on the riverfront in downtown Tampa, serving 7,752 students from 50 states and 137 countries


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Around Town

Partnership’s Finn Honored
Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts will host its annual Impact Awards on Thursday, October 23, 6:30pm at The Vinoy Grand Ballroom in St. Petersburg. Downtown Partnership director of programs and membership, Kimberly Finn is one of the honorees for her work in the arts community, including her leadership in Community Stepping Stones.

Downtown entities and Partnership members also being honored include Hill Ward Henderson, Glazer Children’s Museum, and Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus. Congratulations to all!

Tampa Bay Business 100
Thursday, October 23, 6pm to 9pm
Grand Hyatt
Join the Tampa Bay Business Journal at the 2014 Tampa Bay Business 100 Awards, recognizing the achievements of the top 100 privately held companies in Tampa Bay.
Register here.

Guavaween Returns!
October 25, 6pm to 2am
Ybor City
Live Music on the main stage, Burlesque and Side Show Acts in the Theatre, Street Performers and more. Learn more at Guavaween Tampa.

Junior League Holiday Gift Market
Thursday, November 6 to Sunday, November 9
Florida State Fairgrounds
Shop, share, and care – and celebrate the parade of giving at this holiday wonderland.
The Junior League of Tampa commits 100% of the net proceeds from our fundraising efforts to JLT community and membership programs. This exceptional shopping event will feature more than 150 specialty merchants offering unique gift items. For more information, visit http://holidaygiftmarket.org

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