September 29, 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
Do the Local Motion News on Jeff Vinik / Bill Gates Projects
Downtown Debriefing Series The Regionalism of Transportation
Monthly Music & Food Truck Events Lights on Tampa 2015
Weekly Programs in the Park  
Major Partnership Events on October 19!  
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
Evening of Comedy with Nick Swardson Beck Group's House Promoted
TIGLFF - Annual Film Festival Returns! Port Recognized for Excellence
Channel District Connect  
We've Got Bolts Fever!  
Dragon Boat Classic  
And There's More!  
Doing Business in Downtown  Around Town
Marketplace News Upcoming Community Partner Forum
Mauraders' Partner Opportunities EDC Goal to Recruit Corporate Headquarters
News from Tampa Bay WaVE Tampa Bay's Top Workplaces
Video Highlights Eboat and Downtown  

The Partnership Presents

Do the Local Motion
Friday, October 3, 12noon to 1pm
Departs from Lykes Gaslight Square Park
Do the Local Motion, downtown’s free guided walking tour series, launches its new 2014-2015 season with All the Way to WFLA – a trip to Channel 8 News Studio for a behind-the-scenes tour.  There will be limited space for this tour so you will need to RSVP please

Do the Local Motion is offered October through May on the first and third Friday of the month. Combining fitness with culture and community - each tour will offer a different theme, taking you to hidden gems in Downtown Tampa! Watch for special evening and weekend tours. Brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership and the YMCA Tampa Downtown.

Downtown Debriefing Series
Tuesday, October 14, 7:30am to 9am
Sheraton Riverwalk Tampa Hotel, 200 N. Ashley Drive
The Partnership presents the first Downtown Debriefing breakfast forum of the season – “Downtown Fast Forward: The Long and Short of Transportation & Land-Use Plans.”  The conversation will focus on long-range and short-term priorities for regional transportation and downtown circulation. The plans, which will be discussed are Imagine Hillsborough 2040 Plan, Transit Assets & Opportunities Study, and Historic Streetcar Extension Study.  Sponsored by University of Tampa
Guest speakers are Beth Alden, AICP, Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization and Steve Schukraft, HDR, Inc.

Monthly Music & Food Truck Events
Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta
Wednesday, October 1, 11am to 2pm at Lykes Gaslight Square Park
Lunchtime food truck rally - brought to you by City of Tampa and Tampa Downtown Partnership.

Rock the Park
Thursday, October 2, 6:30pm to 9pm at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Free live concert in the park at sunset - brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership.

Eat Joe’s Lunchtime Concert
Friday, October 3, 11am to 2pm at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square
Enjoy live music by Alan Darcy: Hot Sax & Cool Voice
Meet The Lightning Bolt Brigade with alumni players, The Lightning Girls, and ThunderBug
Check out The Tampa Bay Lightning's Rolling Thunder Truck for giveaways
The event is hosted by Hillsborough County, and Tampa Downtown Partnership is a proud partner of the event.

Weekly Programs in the Park

Zumba in the Park
Tuesday, 6pm to 7pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
FREE Zumba classes for all levels - brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership and Downtown Tampa YMCA.

Yoga in the Park
Sunday, 6pm to 7pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Don’t forget your mats and water bottles. FREE Yoga classes for all levels - brought to you by Yoga Downtown Tampa and Tampa Downtown Partnership.

Major Partnership Events on October 19!
Begins 9am
Kennedy Blvd. between Tampa Street and Nebraska Avenue
Look Mom, no cars! Nine blocks of street reserved for a family friendly block party.  Family fun and bike and pedestrian safety are the themes of the day - brought to you by Florida Department of Transportation, City of Tampa, Tampa Downtown Partnership, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, HART, Urban Conga, Tampa Bay Cycle, and Walk Wise.

Urban Lifestyle Tour

12noon to 4pm
Downtown Tampa
Tours of  beautiful urban residences for sale and rent at SkyPoint and Element, and local businesses offering specials for tour participants, and special tours offered at Tampa Theatre and Florida Museum of Photographic Arts – brought to you by Smith & Associates, Tampa Downtown Partnership, and other participating partners. 

Tampa Downtown Market
10am to 3pm
Rivergate Tower Plaza (north), 400 N. Ashley Drive
First market of the season, the Downtown Market will run every third Sunday through May 17. .
Features local vendors offering produce, organic, and specialty foods, and artisan wares.
Enjoy live music at this family and pet friendly event – brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership.

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Your Downtown Calendar

Evening of Comedy with Nick Swardson
Tuesday, September 30, 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Comedian Nick Swardson, known for his appearances on Comedy Central and in his recurring Reno 911 role as Terry Bernadino, performs live.

Click here for more upcoming performances and productions at Straz Center for the Performing Arts.

TIGLFF – Annual Film Festival Returns!
October 3 to 11
TECO Plaza, Tampa Theatre, Crumb&Cork, and Anise Global Gastrobar
This major annual event features films, events, parties and celebrities, including John Waters!
For more information, visit Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Channel District Connect
10am to 2pm
Begins at BoConcept, 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Channel District Connect is a celebration of Downtown Tampa’s Channel District. Networking, food, drink, giveaways, shopping and a program which includes Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Commissioner Sandra Murman.

This event is organized by neighborhood grassroots group, Channel District Urban Professionals Society (CUPS).

We’ve Got Bolts Fever!
Tampa Bay Lightning have won two out of three games so far in their pre-season. Here is the schedule for the next few home games:

  • Preseason: Vs. Florida Panthers – Saturday, October 4
  • Vs. Florida Panthers – Thursday, October 9
  • Vs. Ottawa Senators – Saturday, October 11
  • Vs. Montreal Canadiens – Monday, October 13
  • Vs. New Jersey Devils – Tuesday, October 14

Dragon Boat Classic
Saturday, October 4
Cotanchobee Park – Garrison Channel
Dragon Boat Classic is the premier dragon boat event in Tampa raising awareness and money for the Shimberg Breast Center at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

And There’s More!
Check out the Downtown Events Calendar for a comprehensive list of things to do in Downtown Tampa. There is the Opening Reception for the Elger Esser exhibit at FMoPA, and Rock the Yacht on Yacht StarShip this Friday, and so much more.

Here are just a few of the many upcoming downtown events and programs later in October:

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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Veya Fit Spa – Opening Friday, October 3 at 510 N. Franklin St., Level 2
Downtown Tampa welcomes its newest spa! Veya will feature a blend of fitness, massage and nutrition programs at downtown’s newest spa! Pamper yourself with a 90 minute hot stone massage and a facial, or any one of the many other treatments offered in an urban spa experience.

Holy Hog BBQ featured in a Fox News 9 video – Check out this fun video featuring newest downtown eatery, Holy Hog BBQ! 

Crumb & Cork’s PaintNite is tonight! Create a masterpiece while sipping wine in this intimate setting. Make your reservation - space is limited.

Kahwa Coffee is currently hiring at both their downtown locations. Send inquiries and/or resumes to

Mauraders’ Partner Opportunities
The Tampa Marauders F.C. is part of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). The Tampa Marauders Football Club (Tampa Marauders F.C.), who play on University of Tampa’s field, is designed to bring competitive soccer to the Tampa area. Their 2015 season is getting ready to start and they have some advertising and sponsorship opportunities available. If you think this might be something that meets your marketing strategies, contact Laurie-Ann Takacs at to learn more.

News from Tampa Bay WaVE
Tampa Bay WaVE is adding five more technology startups to its roster at the FirstWaVE Venture Center and graduating six more to the next level of the accelerator. Congratulations to graduating companies: Drawer, Marbel, Truckspotting, Visitu, Lilypad, and TieTheKnot. Kudos also to the newest FirstWaVE Accelerator program clients: eStaff365, HoverOwl, iTrekkers, SignWaive, and SkyView. 

Accelerator Spotlight - Only two and half months after launching, Fittr has over 9,000 users! Fittr is a fitness service that creates customized workout routines for individuals based on fitness goal, current level of fitness, and equipment and time available.  Fittr continues to grow as it gains attention from the likes of Yahoo, ProductHunt, LifeHacker, and several other online publications. For more information, visit Tampa Bay WaVE adds five tech startups and graduates six more to next level

Video Highlights Eboat and Downtown
Josh Dohring, of eBoats Tampa and the Dohring Group Inc., collaborated with Three Chairs Productions and FlyMotion Media on a video project that showcases both the eBoat rental service and Downtown Tampa’s waterfront. The video, first shared with Tampa Bay Business Journal, uses high definition technology and drone fliers.  You can read more and check out the video at “Exclusive collaborative video gift use drones to show off Tampa waterfront.”

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Development & Transportation

News on Jeff Vinik / Bill Gates Projects
Exciting news about Jeff Vinik’s Downtown Tampa/Channel District development plans came to light last week, including the big announcement that Bill Gates will be a major investor in the development plans.

Other news includes the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners opening up discussions about bringing the Tampa Rays to Tampa, Bob Abberger resigning from Tramell Crow as senior managing Florida partner to become managing director development of Vinik’s Strategic Property Partners, the possibility of Mr. Vinik buying the Marriott Waterside, his interest in bringing the new USF medical school to downtown, and his strategy to woo major employers to relocate near the Amalie Arena in order to draw more people to live, work, shop, dine, and buy hockey tickets in the Channel District.

To help you keep up, here are some of the stories covering all these “developments” (pardon the pun):

“Vinik partnering with Bill Gates investment fund in what could be 'a billion dollar development' at ...” Tampa Bay Times
“Hillsborough prepares effort to woo Rays across bay” Tampa Tribune
“Sources: Vinik plans to buy Tampa Marriott Waterside”Tampa Bay Business Journal
“Abberger joins Vinik development team, Trammell Crow closing Tampa office” - Tampa Bay Business Journal
“Vinik open to med school in downtown Tampa” - Tampa Tribune
“Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik's downtown plans not just for charity” - Tampa Bay Times
“Why Vinik's plan for downtown could lift all of Tampa Bay” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

The Regionalism of Transportation
Pinellas and Polk counties will each have a referendum on the November ballot, asking voters to approve 1-cent sales tax hikes to pay for better service. The entire region is watching these two processes because they are expected to have an impact on the direction of regional transportation plans. Read more in the Tampa Tribune article, “Buckhorn: Winning Transit Initiatives in Pinellas, Polk will help Hillsborough,” and Tampa Bay Business Journal article, “Tampa Bay mayors on board with transit initiatives.”

Lights on Tampa 2015
Lights on Tampa public art program will have a new 2015 installation called UpLit will showcase local talent’s written words. Professional and amateur artists can submit an original phrase that captures how we live now.  Submissions must be 75 characters including punctuation. Among the panel of jurors will be famous author, Tim Dorsey. The featured phrase will be displayed on a vintage rooftop-style sign during the 2015 Lights on Tampa festival on February 20-21, 2015. Read more at Seven Art Installations to Light Up Tampa during Lights on Tampa 2015.

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Member Corner

Beck Group’s House Promoted
Beck Group managing director, Mark House was recently promoted to the design/build company’s new managing director for strategic integrated projects.

 Mr. House will be responsible for some of the prolific company’s most complex mixed-use projects around the country. Congratulations to Mark House, who is a long-time supporter and friend of Tampa Downtown Partnership, and advocate for Downtown Tampa.

Read more in the Tampa Bay Business Journal article “What you can learn from the national promotion of Mark House.” 

Port Recognized for Excellence
Port Tampa Bay is being awarded, for the fourteenth consecutive year, the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the 2013 fiscal year, from the Government Financial Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA), a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals.

The award recognizes the Port’s high standards in the area of governmental accounting and reporting, as well as a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” in its communication methodology.  Congratulations!


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Around Town

Upcoming Community Partner Forums

  • Visit Tampa Bay will hold their annual meeting on Thursday, October 23. Register here.
  • The Hillsborough Planning Commission will host its 32nd Annual Planning and Design Awards Banquet on Thursday, October 30. Register here.

EDC Goal to Recruit Corporate Headquarters
The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. wants to recruit a brand name corporate headquarters to Hillsborough County within the next three years. Read more in the Tampa Bay Business Journal article, “Tampa Hillsborough EDC puts a corporate HQ win in its sights.”

Tampa Bay’s Top Workplaces
Tampa Bay’s Top Workplaces is a special section published in the Tampa Bay Times, tbt* and online at highlighting the best places to work in the region, and we want to invite you to nominate your business! If you feel your company should be considered as a top workplace, Nominate your company no later than October 24.

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