November 24, 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
Downtown Worker & Resident Survey Holiday Transit Schedule
Partnership Honored by Tampa Police Coast Bike Share Up & Rolling
Kress Awarded Planner of the Year  
Guides and Clean Team Holiday Schedule Member Corner
Retail Forum: The How, When & Where Museum of Art Gets Matching Donations
Urban Excellence Honored Tindale Oliver - New Team Members
  TECO Sponsors Holiday Lights
Your Downtown Calendar December 5 is Tampa Prep Day!
Downtown Celebrates the Holidays  
Get Roasted: Pre-Thanksgiving Event  Around Town
Yacht Starship's Thanksgiving Eve Party Artist Grants: Now Accepting Applications
Florida Orchestra's Pixar in Concert  
Harbour Island Art Walk  
Miracle on 34th Street  
   
Doing Business in Downtown  
Marketplace News  
UT Recruiting Trends Program  
Merged Law Firm Consolidating in SunTrust  
The Business of Collegiate Sports  
CEOs Perceive Tampa More Favorably  
   

The Partnership Presents

Downtown Worker & Resident Survey
If you live, work, or attend college in Downtown Tampa, please lend your expertise by completing our Biennial Downtown Workforce & Resident Survey. Share your own downtown experience and thoughts about how Downtown Tampa can be improved.  The survey takes 10-15 minutes and the deadline is December 6.

As a thank you, all participants will receive a discount card with special offers redeemable at the following downtown businesses: Pizza Fusion, Maloney’s Irish Pub, The Hideaway Sushi Lounge, Bay City Sandwich Shop, Hayman Jewelry Co., Sacred Heart Gift & Book Store, Tampa Water Taxi Co. LLC, and Tampa Bay Rays Pro Shop & Ticket Outlet.  Respondents who provide an email address will also be entered into a drawing for Downtown Tampa gift cards and tickets, including four tickets to Tampa Bay History Center and dinner for two at Bizou Brasserie at Le Meridien Tampa.  Watch for additional information on more prizes to win!

Partnership Honored by Tampa Police
The Tampa Downtown Partnership was awarded the 2014 Business Partnership Award by the Tampa Police Department last week for continued dedication and support of TPD.  Thanks to our friends at the Police Department, and we would in turn like to thank them for their dedication, service, and their partnership with our organization. 

Kress Awarded Planner of the Year
Karen Kress, the Partnership’s director of planning and transportation since July 2003, was honored last week by the Suncoast Chapter of the American Planners Association as  Planner of the Year! The award ceremony was held at Tampa Museum of Art on Friday, November 21.

Karen manages the Partnership’s Transportation Management Organization, the Urban & Design Committee, and the Transportation Committee for the Partnership. The entire Downtown Partnership staff and board of directors congratulates Karen for this prestigious award!
 

Guides and Clean Team Holiday Schedule

Thanksgiving Holiday:
Wednesday, November 26   
Thursday, November 27    
Friday, November 28

Christmas Holiday:
Wednesday, December 24   
Thursday, December 25   
Friday, December 26

New Year’s Holiday:
Wednesday, December 31   
Thursday, January 1       
Friday, January 2         


Downtown Guides: 8am to 5pm    
No Service
Downtown Guides: 7am to 8pm


Downtown Guides: 8am to 5pm    
No Service
Downtown Guides: 7am to 8pm


Downtown Guides: 7am to 8pm    
No Service
Downtown Guides: 7am to 8pm


Clean Team: 6am to 3pm
No Service
Clean Team: 6am to 3pm


Clean Team: 6am to 3pm
No Service
Clean Team: 6am to 3pm


Clean Team: 6am to 3pm
No Service
Clean Team: 6am to 3pm

Visible in their bright yellow uniforms, Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team are proud to keep downtown’s streets and sidewalks clean, safe and litter free all year.  Their services are provided free within the Special Services District.  To thank the teams for their hard work, the Partnership is accepting non-monetary donations to include in an Appreciation Bag to be presented to each team member on December 18.  Click here for more information and thank you in advance for supporting the teams’ efforts each and every day.  

Another glowing testimonial about the Downtown Guides’ stranded motorist service – Rudie Gazheli of CEA Group said, “I wanted to express my gratitude for the assistance I received with having a flat tire change the evening of November 7, 2014, in the BOA parking garage. Teresa and Josh were extremely helpful and got me on my way in less than 15 minutes. I had volunteered the evening to work concessions for my daughter's swim team during the last football game of her school. Thanks to Teresa and Josh's promptness and assistance, I was able to keep my commitment. Thank you very much Tampa Downtown Partnership!”

Retail Forum: The How, When & Where
Friday, December 5, Registration/Networking – 7:30am; Program/Breakfast – 8am
Maestro’s at The Straz Center
Expert Panel:
Samantha Perry David, WS Development / Hyde Park Village
Andrew Wright, Franklin Street / Channelside Bay Plaza
Ray Priddle, BoConcept Tampa
The Partnership’s Downtown Debriefing Series focuses on retail this month.  For decades, traditional urban retail has been missing in Tampa's urban core and the surrounding urban neighborhoods. Now, with the resurgence of residential development and rising office occupancy, retail has yet to reappear. But, the vitality and credibility of a "cool" urban neighborhood depends on restaurants, convenience goods, groceries, soft goods, etc. Thanks to University of Tampa, for sponsorship of the Debriefing Series!
 
Come hear insights from professionals in our city who are working on downtown/intown retail redevelopment projects. Click here to register.

Urban Excellence Honored
The Downtown Partnership hosted the Annual Urban Excellence Awards last week at Aloft Tampa Downtown.  Emceed by Cyndi Edwards and Jerry Penacoli of WFLA’s Daytime show, ten honorees were awarded in different categories of urban excellence, for significant contributions to Downtown Tampa. Thanks to our sponsor, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt. Read about those who were recognized by visiting Urban Excellence Awards Winners.
 


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Your Downtown Calendar

Downtown Celebrates the Holidays
Tampa Downtown Partnership’s “go-to" webpages give you the lowdown on all the Downtown Holiday Happenings, featuring holiday gift shopping, party venues, caterers, events, entertainment and festively fun things to do, such as Tampa’s Downtown on Ice, which launched last weekend in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. 

Save the date for these upcoming major events:
Tampa Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony – Friday, December 5
Santa Fest & Holiday Parade – Saturday, December 6

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Let the downtown festivities begin!

Get Roasted: Pre-Thanksgiving Event
Wednesday, November 26, Begins 7pm
Grand Central at Kennedy
The 13 Ugly Men group is hosting this social evening to raise money to help rehab the Firehouse #6, the oldest active firehouse in Tampa Bay.  Click here to register.

Yacht StarShip’s Thanksgiving Eve Party
Wednesday, November 26, Begins 7pm
603 Channelside Drive
An exciting R&B Cruise Party to get the holiday weekend underway, with music by the Bus Stop Band. Click here for more information

Florida Orchestra’s Pixar in Concert
Friday, November 28, Begins 8pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
The joy of Pixar’s most beloved characters and memorable scores come to life with beautiful orchestral accompaniment, featuring clips from Pixar’s 14 animated films.  Click here for more information.

Harbour Island Art Walk
Sunday, November 30, 12noon to 5m
Harbour Island Waterfront
An afternoon of local art, fashion, food, drinks, and live entertainment. Click here for more information

Miracle on 34th Street
Sunday, November 30, Begins 3pm
Tampa Theatre
Part of Tampa Theatre’s Holiday Classic Series, the original version stars Natalie Wood. Click here for more information.

For more information on Lightning Games, museum exhibits, live productions, concerts, movies, and other events and activities, visit the Downtown Events Calendar.

 

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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment is debuting a new, online merchandise shop for fans of locally-based collegiate and professional sports teams, Sports fans can secure the latest officially licensed products for their favorite teams. Free shipping is being offered for buyers that enter the promotional code FREESHIP at checkout through Monday, December 1.  The online store features all of the latest Tampa Bay Lightning merchandise and novelties.

Harbourside Animal Hospital, the Channel District’s friendly, high tech veterinary service, is offering FREE first exams for new pet clients in the month of December! 

Duckweed Urban Grocery is now carrying fresh, raw milk, sweet cream butter, and the “best cottage cheese around” from South Tampa Farm.

UT Recruiting Trends Program
Friday, January 9, 7:30am Networking/Breakfast; 8am to 11:30am - Program
University of Tampa, 9th Floor Vaughn Center
The University of Tampa's Office of Career Services and event partner, University of South Florida Career Services, will host the 7th Annual Recruiting Trends Program. Dr. Phil Gardner, Director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI) at Michigan State University, will share the latest data from the recently released Recruiting Trends survey that many of you have participated in.  A panel of local leaders from a variety of industries will share their expertise and vision for their organization as it relates to company culture.  Registration will open the first week of December and space is limited. 

Merged Law Firm Consolidating in SunTrust
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney/Fowler White Boggs, recently merged law firms, are consolidating their 30,000 square foot downtown office space in the SunTrust Financial Centre. They are  expected to take occupancy in late-2015.  Read more in "Downsizing downtown: Buchanan Ingersoll/Fowler White consolidating in SunTrust tower." - Tampa Bay Business Journal

The Business of Collegiate Sports
The 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four is coming to Tampa Bay at the Amalie Arena.  Tampa is also hosting the Women’s Final Four in April 2015, and was host in 2008 as well.  It is reported that the presence of the Women’s Final Four in 2008 produced more than $19 million in direct economic impact in the region. Congratulations to Tampa Bay’s bid committee, comprised of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, Visit Tampa Bay, Amalie Arena, USF Athletics, Hillsborough County, the City of Tampa, Florida Sports Foundation and others.

CEOs Perceive Tampa More Favorably
A recently released poll conducted by market research consultant Barry Quarles shows that CEO perception of Tampa has improved since a survey conducted in 2002.  Quarles reports this is good news since companies want to locate where they are wanted.  He also warned that Tampa’s biggest vulnerability is transportation.  Read more in “CEO survey: To recruit headquarters, tell companies you want them”Tampa Bay Times
 


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Development & Transportation

Holiday Transit Schedule
Thursday, November 27, Thanksgiving Day
Sunday Schedule - HART local bus routes and HARTPlus 
Other HART service will not operate

Friday, November 28, Black Friday
Saturday Schedule - HART local bus routes, HARTFlex (Northdale) and HARTPlus
11am to 1:30am - TECO Line Streetcar System 
Other HART service will not operate

For more information, visit GoHART.org.

Coast Bike Share Up & Rolling
You can now rent and ride a bike with Coast Bike Share by the hour, month, or with an annual membership!  Bike stations can be found around Downtown Tampa, Ybor City, Davis Island, and Hyde Park.  Read more about the service in “Take a bike: Downtown Tampa launches bicycle sharing.” - Creative Loafing Tampa

In anticipation of last week’s bike share launch, Downtown Partnership’s BayCycle program has been offering bike safety classes all around Tampa.  Those scheduled classes are completed, but if your organization would like to request a specially scheduled class, please contact Karen Kress at kkress@tampasdowntown.com or 813-221-3686. 


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Member Corner

Museum of Art Gets Matching Donations
A generous friend and longtime supporter of the Tampa Museum of Art is challenging the museum to raise $100,000 by December 31. To help the cause, this friend will match any donation, dollar-for-dollar, up to that amount. When you give before the end of the year, your impact will be doubled. Make your donation online or contact Julia Gorzka Freeman at 813.421.8370 or julia.freeman@tampamuseum.org to learn more about how you can be part of raising these crucial funds for educational programs and exhibitions.

Tindale Oliver – New Team Members
Tindale Oliver recently announced two new team members in its Tampa office - Nancy Amador, its new Human Resources Manager, and Angel Acey, Accounting Assistant. Nancy will plan and coordinate all human resources activities for Tindale Oliver’s six offices. Angel will be assisting with project set-up, project budgets, billing terms, and contract administration. Congratulations to both Nancy and Angel!

TECO Sponsors Holiday Lights
TECO Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas are sponsoring the installation of holiday lights at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to create a greater sense of the holiday season throughout downtown.  Their display is in conjunction with the Tampa’s Downtown on Ice skating rink. The theme of the installation, adjacent to the rink, is "Ice," for obvious reasons!

TECO Energy is built on a foundation of more than 100 years of history. It incorporates the strengths of three businesses and support services to work together as one united company. In the spirit of coming together, they have chosen to reinforce the values that unify their companies and support services under one common TECO Energy umbrella.

For more information, visit TECO Energy.

December 5 is Tampa Prep Day!
Mayor Bob Buckhorn has declared Friday, December 5 as Tampa Prep Day in acknowledgement of the school’s partnership with the community for the past 40 years. The mayor will speak at a student assembly that day, and The SunTrust building will be lit in red and gold to show support and appreciation of Tampa Prep. Tampa Prep is a member of Tampa Downtown Partnership, and its head of school, Kevin Plummer, serves on the executive committee of the Partnership board.  Read more in “Mayor Buckhorn Declares Tampa Prep Day.”  

 

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Around Town

Artist Grants: Now Accepting Applications
The Arts Council of Hillsborough County is accepting applications from local artists for grants of up to $3,000 each from its 2015 Individual Artist Grant program.  This grant program funds specific projects that will further the artist’s career. The application must be received by the Arts Council on or before Friday, January 20, 2015, 5pm. Click here to learn more.



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