October 27, 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" Downtown Medical Campus Trend
Downtown Halloween Happenings Downtown CRA to be Extended
2014 Urban Excellence Awards Supporting Transit
Workforce & Resident Study Hillsborough Hires Transit Consultant
  I-275 Traffic Alert
Your Downtown Calendar  
Lightning vs. Coyotes Member Corner
World Stroke Day FMoPA Wants Scholarships for Kids
"Translucence" Art Installation Visit Tampa Bay Leadership
America's Got Talent Auditions UT Receives $10 Million Donation
Picnic in the Park TGH Receives Makeover
Downtown Calendar of Events  
  Around Town
Doing Business in Downtown Goody Goody's to Return to Tampa
Marketplace News Pets For Vets
Forum on Health Care  
Downtown Library Study  

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
Last chance to register for tomorrow’s forum.

Guest Panel includes Roy G. Paz, Master Patrol Officer Tampa Police Department – Moderator; Antoinette D. Hayes Triplett, CEO, Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative; and John Bennett, Assistant Chief, Tampa Police Department. Register today at Downtown Security Series – Tampa’s Homeless Downtown Security Series is a breakfast forum series offered by Tampa Downtown Partnership, touching on safety and security related topics of interest to our downtown community members.

Downtown Halloween Happenings

Don’t miss out on the spook-tacular fun! The Downtown Partnership has compiled a list of 2014 Downtown Halloween events, films, and activities, with something for everyone to enjoy. For the full list, visit Downtown Halloween 2014

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

Workforce & Resident Study
It is time once again for the Downtown Partnership’s 4th Biennial Downtown Workforce & Resident Study. For the next several weeks, those who live, work, and/or attend college in or near Downtown Tampa will be asked to take a 10 to 15 minute survey to help gather valuable information about downtown trends, the changing work and residential environment, and growing consumer demands. Survey cards will be distributed to downtown businesses, residential buildings, and places of higher education; also the links to the surveys will be available later this week at www.tampasdowntown.com, and in upcoming Monday Morning Memos.Those who participate in the survey will receive a special discount card with offerings from several downtown businesses, and will be entered to win tickets and gift cards to downtown venues. 

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Your Downtown Calendar

Lightning vs. Coyotes
Tuesday, October 28, 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
Tampa Bay Lightning will take on the Arizona Coyotes at home. The Lightning will also host the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, October 30 and the Washington Capitals on Saturday, November 1.
World Stroke Day
Wednesday, October 29, 11:30am to 1:30pm
Lykes Gaslight Square Park
American Stroke Association Tampa Bay and Verizon will host a World Stroke Day pop-up station to teach people how to avoid strokes and detect the signs of an incident with friends or family. For more information, visit World Stroke Day event to take place in Tampa next Wednesday. – Creative Loafing Tampa

“Translucence” Art Installation
 Saturday, November 1, through Sunday, November 9
Tampa Museum of Art
Chicago-based artists, Sean Gallero and Petra Bachmaier, will create a site-specific installation at the Tampa Art Museum’s Pavillion XXIX, with a focus on color, perception, and transparency. The artists have designed other sculptural experiences at John F. Kennedy Airport and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.   The installation will cover the Morsani Atrium and lobby’s 48 glass panels and will be visible in the day and night.

America’s Got Talent Auditions
Sunday, November 2
Tampa Convention Center
The NBC reality television show is holding auditions for Season 10. Competition is open to all ages with a variety of performance art talents. Be prepared to perform up to a 90-minute set. Register at americasgottalentauditions.com for online and open call auditions.

Picnic in the Park
Sunday, November 2
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Picnic in the Park features a FREE concert of familiar arias and show tunes sung by the Opera Tampa Singers. Bring your picnic lunch and enjoy a delightful afternoon of beautiful music. Food trucks and award-winning local visual artists, with items for purchase, will add to the festivities. This year Opera Tampa has added a Picnic Table Package for more comfort and elegant enjoyment.

For more details, visit  Picnic in the Park.

Downtown Calendar of Events
For a full comprehensive list of things to do in Downtown Tampa, visit the Downtown Calendar of Events.


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Ferg’s Live is expected to open in mid-December, with an 8,000 square foot space that can serve up to 225 people, and will offer regularly scheduled live concerts.  The owner, Jay Mize, who is also the owner of Irish 31 in Hyde Park and Westchase, is interviewed in Jay Mize from pubs to Ferg’s teamwork…Tampa Bay Business Journal

City Bike Tampa is moving – next door to a larger location at 208 E. Cass St. Look for the same great bike products and service – but now more of it!  

Sassy Winks is a new salon offering eyelash extensions. Welcome to owner and esthetician, Saline Bowers.  Sassy Winks is located at 101 S. 12th Street, Suite 601 in the Channel District.

Hattricks Tavern was the setting for a new Bud Light commercial shot during the Jets vs. Patriots game a few weeks ago.  Read more at Bud Light commercial filmed in Tampa BarSports Talk Florida

Henry B. Plant Museum will offer a special Holiday Shopping Day on Monday, November 3. Featuring unique holiday ornaments, home décor, and beautiful gifts for all on your list. 
20% Discount for members and UT Community, and 10% discount for all other shoppers

Oxford Exchange, with Buddy Brew Coffee, is hosting a screening of A Film About Coffee, an independent feature-length documentary about the specialty coffee industry. Tickets are $15. Dinner will be available in the conservatory at 6:30pm for those interested (not included in ticket price). The Buddy Brew Coffee counter will be open and offering complimentary coffee tastings. The screening begins at 8:30pm.
A Film About Coffee Trailer
A Film About Coffee | E-Ticket

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.

Downtown Library Study
Hillsborough County is weighing options about the John F. Germany Library – whether to renovate the existing building or go beyond with a new structure and/or location. Read more in Future of main library in downtown Tampa: renovation or something more?Tampa Bay Time

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Development & Transportation

Downtown Medical Campus Trend
As USF considers Jeff Vinik’s offer for a plot of land at Channelside and Meridian to build a medical school, Tampa Tribune takes a look at the trend of college campuses moving to downtown and the economic reasons in USF plan for downtown campus part of national trend.

Downtown CRA to be Extended
In an agreement between the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County, the Downtown Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) will be extended until the year 2043, with some limitations on the amount of the county’s contributions. Read more in the news article, Tampa okays deal on downtown redevelopment cash. – Tampa Bay Times

Supporting Transit
As Pinellas County voters get ready to vote for the Greenlight Pinellas referendum, Tampa Downtown Partnership co-authored a position statement supporting the transportation initiative with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and South Tampa Chamber of Commerce.  Please take a moment to read it.

A recent news story takes a look at those people who are in need of transit to get to work and school in For some Greenlight debate is about getting to work schoolTampa Bay Times

Hillsborough Hires Transit Consultant
Hillsborough County has retained a consulting firm, Parson Brinckerhoff, to develop a countywide transit plan as it prepares for a potential 2016 transportation tax referendum. Read more in the following editorial, Public can drive transportation plan. – Tampa Tribune

I-275 Traffic Alert
Northbound I-275 will be closed to late traffic at Armenia Avenue from Tuesday, October 28 to Wednesday, October 29. The northbound Howard Avenue entrance ramp will be closed during the same time period. Closures will occur from 11:30pm to 5:30am.
The suggested detour after exiting at Armenia Avenue, is to head southbound to Kennedy Boulevard, turn left/head east to Ashley Drive, and left again/north on Ashley Drive to the entrance ramp to northbound I-275.

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Member Corner

FMoPA Wants Scholarships for Kids
Florida Museum of Art (FMoPA) is working toward offering a scholarship program for kids’ photography workshops. FMoPA wants to bring the beauty of photography and arts education into Tampa Bay communities where children may not be exposed to the arts in their day-to-day lives. Help them reach their goal of $8,239 by making a donation of any size at Power2Give: FMoPA Scholarship Project.

Visit Tampa Bay Leadership
Visit Tampa Bay held board elections at their annual meeting last week, and appointed announcing their new board chair, Ken Anthony - principal of Affinity Insurance, who will take over for outgoing chair, Pam Avery, general manager of the Holiday Inn Westshore Airport. Read more at Visit Tampa Bay names five new board members and new chairman - Tampa Bay Business Journal

UT Receives $10 Million Donation
The University of Tampa recently received a generous donation of $10 million from Howard Jenkins, the chairman of the executive committee of Publix Super Markets, along with his wife Patricia.

UT is a private university with an enrollment of approximately 7,700 students situated within Downtown Tampa on the west bank of the Hillsborough River. UT is a long time member of the Downtown Partnership, and UT's president, Ron Vaughn serves on the Partnership executive committee and board of directors.

Read more about the Jenkins' generous donation in Publix family makes $10M donation to UTTampa Bay Business Journal

TGH Receives Makeover
Last week, Tampa General Hospital held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the newly renovated main entrance at the West Pavilion and its new food court. Among the many upgrades, the entrance includes a new covered loading area, valet service, and the food court includes new healthy options. Read more at TGH more visitor friendly after major makeovers


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Around Town

Goody Goody’s to Return to Tampa
Iconic hamburger hangout, Goody Goody’s is to be resurrected by none other than Richard Gonzmart, owner of Columbia Restaurant Group, after recently purchasing the recipes and iconic sign from the owner. Gonzmart is seeking the right location for this latest restaurant project. Read more in Goody Goody's return is goody goody news for Tampa. – Tampa Tribune

Pets For Vets
Hillsborough County’s Pet Resource Center, the County’s animal shelter, invites the community to its First Saturday Celebration on Saturday, November 1, 10am to 3pm at 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa. The event will kick off pet adoption special, Pets-For-Vets!

In a month-long salute to America’s Armed Forces, the Pet Resource Center will waive adoption fees on all adult cats and dogs and reduced adoption fees for kittens and puppies for active and retired military members. 

The general public will also be offered reduced adoption fees for adult pets. First Saturdays will include music, food trucks, and kids’ activities For more information, contact Hillsborough County’s Pet Resource Center at (813) 744-5660 or visit Hillsborough County Pets. 

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