November 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
Vote for People's Choice Award Waterfront 2020 Plan Update
PopShop Returns for the Holidays Channel District Bulk Condo Sale
Bike Friendly Tampa Business Spotlight HART Transit Holiday Schedule
Partnership Thanksgiving Schedule  
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
Downtown on Ice Walker Brands Hires VP of Brand Strategy
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Los Angeles Kings TGH Recognized for Academic Program
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders ChappellRoberts Creates New VP Position
Holiday Classic - Miracle on 34th Street News from Greenberg Traurig
Broadway's Kinky Boots Comes to The Straz  
This Wonderful Life  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Marketplace News Courtney Campbell Trail Public Meeting
Downtown Tower Commands Top Rent Crew Awards Ceremony
History Center Receives Accreditation Florida Blue and Lightning Help Metro Ministries
Buy a Paver for Your Team and Clients  
Consider UT's Tembo for a Holiday Donation  

The Partnership Presents

Vote for People’s Choice Award
Cast your vote for the Urban Excellence People’s Choice Excellence Award. Pick your favorite Downtown event, project, program, business, or initiative. The "People's Choice" Winner will be honored at the Downtown Partnership's 2015 Urban Excellence Awards event. Voting closes Tuesday, December 1, midnight.

Congratulations to all other 2015 Urban Excellence Award Winners:
Coast Bike Share / Encore! / Kennedy Plaza Segment of the Tampa Riverwalk / Pour House & Ginger Beard Coffee / Selmon Greenway & AIA Design Week / Stay Curious by Tes One and Bask, Public Art at Poe Garage / Tampa RiverFest / University of Tampa Innovation and Collaboration Building / Jeff Vinik

Register for the 2015 Urban Excellence Awards Ceremony:
Tuesday, December 8 at Le Méridien Tampa Hotel
Cocktail Reception: 5:30pm to 6:30pm / Awards Ceremony: Begins 6:30pm
Individual tickets are $30. Click here to register for the event.

PopShop Returns for the Holidays
Wednesday, December 9, 11:30am to 1:30pm
The Esplanade, Franklin Street at Jackson Street
Shop Downtown Tampa’s wonderful collection of merchants and restaurants for holiday ideas for your staff, supervisors, friends, and loved ones. Find the most unique and memorable gifts, while supporting your local community merchants! Watch for gift idea lists made available by PopShop businesses in upcoming editions of Monday Morning Memo.

PopShop is brought to you by Tampa Downtown Business Coalition in partnership with Tampa Downtown Partnership, Cushman Wakefield, Hilton Tampa Downtown

Bike Friendly Tampa Business Spotlight
Tampa is ranked #1 in Florida for the highest number certified bicycle-friendly businesses. Bike Friendly Tampa (BFT) is a business certification program offered by Tampa Downtown Partnership, the City of Tampa, Florida Department of Transportation, and Pedal Power Promoters, to recognize businesses committed to promoting and supporting cycling.  Here are this week’s spotlighted businesses:

Cigar City Cider & Mead offers customers a diverse selection of ciders and meads brewed with Florida grown ingredients. Ciders are made from apples and can be classified anywhere from “dry” to “sweet”, and meads, that are produced with honey and run the gamut from dry to sweet and anywhere in between. Customers arriving by bike receive 5% off! Riders are reminded these interesting and flavorful beverages contain alcohol, so drink and pedal responsibly. 

The Blind Tiger Cafe was established in the tradition of a Prohibition era speakeasy. The hip staff, many of whom bike to work, serves traditional coffees, teas, and pastries, and the space doubles as a boutique featuring unique urban textiles. Cyclists receive 10% off food and beverage.

Partnership Thanksgiving Schedule
The Tampa Downtown Partnership wishes everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Please note our special holiday hours for this week:
Wednesday, November 25

  • Downtown Guides – 8am to 5pm; Clean Team – 6am to 3pm
  • Administrative Office Closes at 12noon

Thursday, November 26 – Thanksgiving Day

  • Guides and Clean Team - No Service
  • Administrative Office Closed
  • Downtown Market Closed – Will return Thursday, December 3

Friday, November 27

  • Administrative Office Closed


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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.

Downtown on Ice
Daily skating through January 3
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
It may not feel like winter in Tampa, but you can lace up your skates in Downtown Tampa's outdoor skating rink. That's right, outdoors! Skates are available for rental. For more information, check out Tampa's Downtown On Ice.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Los Angeles Kings
Wednesday, November 25, puck drops at 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
The Tampa Bay Lightning take the ice against the Los Angeles Kings in the only meeting between these two teams at Amalie Arena during the regular season. For more information, go to Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Los Angeles Kings.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders
Saturday, November 28, puck drops at 7pm
Amalie Arena
The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the visiting New York Islanders. This will be the first matchup to take place in Tampa this season between these two Eastern Conference foes. Grab your seat, get behind your team, and #BeTheThunder! For more information, check out Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders.

Holiday Classic - Miracle on 34th Street
Sunday, November 29, begins 3pm
Tampa Theatre
Macy's executive Doris Walker, played by Maureen O’Hara, hires a kindly old man, played by Edmund Gwenn, to play Santa in the department store’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but he claims to be the real Kris Kringle in this classic holiday film. His incredible claims convince both Doris’ daughter Susan, played by Natalie Wood, and a young lawyer, played by John Payne, who decides to defend Kringle in court when he is institutionalized as insane.

Before the film, Santa himself will be in the lobby for family photos starting at 2pm, and will share a special story from the stage immediately before the film. For more information, check out Miracle on 34th Street.

Broadway's Kinky Boots Comes to The Straz
Tuesday, December 1 to Sunday, December 6
The Straz Center for the Performing Arts
The Straz Center's Broadway Series season continues with the production of award winning Kinky Boots, with featured songs by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper.

This joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Go on this journey from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

This Wonderful Life
Thursday, December 3 to Sunday, December 20
Stageworks Theatre
One actor inhabits every role in this hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film, It’s a Wonderful Life. George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter, and the gang come to life as a single actor creates a heartwarming story about the effect that one man’s life has on the people around him. For more information, go to This Wonderful Life.


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
The Attic Coffee House, a coffee shop, café, and bar will be opening soon in Downtown Tampa, serving Buddy Brew and Alessi Bakery products. They expect to open mid-December at 500 E. Kennedy Blvd, Suite 400.

Oxford Exchange will host their Third Annual Holiday Gift Bazaar on Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6, showcasing the best independent vendors, artisans and craftsman.

Thanksgiving Day plans couldn’t be easier when you leave it to Downtown marketplace businesses offering dining, take out, and more.

Downtown Tower Commands Top Rent
According to recent JLL data released last week, North Tampa Street #26 on the list of the top 38 most expensive central business district streets, commanding nearly a 23% premium over the rest of the market. Read more in “These two Tampa streets are among the most expensive for office space in the U.S.” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

History Center Receives Accreditation
Congratulations to Tampa Bay History Center, who recently received the prestigious American Alliance of Museums (AAM) accreditation. 

Of approximately 35,000 U.S. museums, historic houses, aquariums, and more, roughly 3% are accredited by the AAM.  The History Center joins a select national list of just over 1,000 AAM-accredited institutions, including nine museums in the Tampa Bay area and just over 50 in Florida.

Founded in 1989, the History Center opened a new, 60,000-square-foot facility in Tampa’s Channel District in January of 2009. In 2011, the History Center became a Smithsonian Affiliate.

AAM accreditation is a rigorous process that includes a detailed self-study, a review of the museum’s “core documents,” a multi-day site visit by peer reviewers, and a final determination by the Alliance’s Accreditation Commission. “This is a big step for us,” said C.J. Roberts, the History Center’s Frank E. Duckwall President and CEO. “Achieving accreditation is a stamp of approval, it means we’re providing the best stewardship of the resources entrusted to us,” he said.

Buy a Paver for Your Team and Clients
Want to recognize your team, commemorate a company milestone, or show your appreciation to one of your clients? Friends of the Riverwalk’s paver brick program offers you the opportunity to leave an everlasting message on the popular Riverwalk.  It’s easy to order at Tampa Riverwalk Paver Brick Program

Consider UT’s Tembo for a Holiday Donation
Tembo is a program created by University of Tampa students to maximize human potential through education via mobile phone. The goal of their pilot study is to educate 10 million children living in poverty in developing nations. Tembo is a finalist for the Hult Prize Boston Accelerator, where they pitched their program to President Bill Clinton for $1 million. They are also contenders in the second round of Forbes $1 Million HeroX Competition, and are one of six in the world to be accepted into the IBM Smartcamp, hosted by the Techstar's Barclays Accelerator!

Companies or individuals interested in supporting their efforts can make a donation via  Their campaign is to raise $600,000 by January 1.

The team is comprised of Phil Michaels, MBA: Entrepreneurship & MS: Marketing; Samantha Taranto, BS: Finance & Education; Sercan Topcu, MS: Marketing; Brent Caramanica, BS: Accounting & Economics; Ulixes Hawili, BS: Economics & Mathematics; and Eric Biel, MBA: International Business.  They have expressed gratitude to the University of Tampa and Dr. Ron Vaughn, UT President for immeasurable support on this winning project.


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Development & Transportation

Waterfront 2020 Plan Update
Jeff Vinik, Tampa Bay Lightning and Strategic Property Partners owner, presented an update this past week about his Downtown Waterfront Master Plan, reporting that his team is making good progress on landing a commercial tenant to lease headquarters space in one half of a 650,000-square-foot office building. Mr. Vinik spoke at the Thought Leaders’ discussion series forum. He expects that once the first major tenant is announced, a domino effect will occur. Read more in “Vinik: We’re making progress on signing major office building tenant” - Tampa Bay Times

Channel District Bulk Condo Sale
A St. Petersburg firm, Cardinal Point Management has partnered with Boston investors, Long Wharf Real Estate Partners LLC to purchase 214 residential units and approximately 11,500-square-feet in The Slade, located in Downtown’s Channel District, paying $40 million for the purchase. Read more in “Channel district fractured condos sold” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

HART Transit Holiday Schedule
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) will offer Sunday level bus service and no streetcar service on Thanksgiving Day. For more information about their holiday hours visit GoHART.


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Member Corner

Walker Brands Hires VP of Brand Strategy
 Walker Brands, a Tampa-based destination and corporate branding firm, has hired Thomas Plummer as their vice president of Brand Strategy. Plummer is a marketing leader with 20+ years experience in brand strategies, consumer insights, and the disciplines of market research. Plummer has worked with major consumer, travel and hospitality brands such as HSN, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., Outrigger Hotels, and Dove Chocolate, among others.

At Walker Brands, Plummer will lead strategic development efforts and provide guidance to the brand services team to develop effective programming and ensure on-brand execution that results in improved brand health and performance for clients. “Tom understands the importance of brand and brings the ability to distill information and generate key insights that result in great strategy. He’s also someone with both a lot experience and perspective, and we’re thrilled he’s part of our team,” said Nancy Walker, president, Walker Brands.

TGH Recognized for Academic Program
An academic nursing program created to help hospitals improve medical care for older adults has awarded Tampa General Hospital (TGH) its highest designation for comprehensive care of the elderly. NICHE, based at NYU College of Nursing, awarded TGH with the exemplar status, the highest of four program levels. A main focus of TGH’s NICHE program is encouraging nurses to become trained Geriatric Resource Nurses (GRN’s) through the NICHE organization.

ChappellRoberts Creates New VP Position
ChappellRoberts, one of Tampa’s largest advertising agencies, recently promoted Christine Turner to vice president of account services — a new position at the agency created to better serve its growing local, national and global accounts. Turner will now lead the agency’s account service team as well as many key agency initiatives.

In 2006, Christine was named ChappellRoberts’ first-ever agency principal. Today, she leads various key accounts; manages multiple agency teams, including research, digital and media; and acts as team mentor to many of the agency’s emerging leaders. 

“For more than 17 years, Christine has tirelessly focused her efforts on taking our clients and our agency to the next level,” said Colleen Chappell, president and CEO of ChappellRoberts. “This highly strategic position marks a new level of leadership at our agency that will only continue to position ChappellRoberts and its clients for continued growth.”

News from Greenberg Traurig
David B. Weinstein, managing shareholder for international law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A.’s Tampa office, has been named to the State Litigation Advisory Committee of the U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, the litigation arm of the U.S. Chamber. The Litigation Center is a nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that advocates for the fair treatment of business before courts and regulatory agencies. The State Litigation Advisory Committee focuses on state law issues.


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Around Town

Courtney Campbell Trail Public Meeting
Tuesday, December 8, 6pm to 7:30pm Open House
Loretta Ingraham Recreation Complex, 1615 N. Hubert Ave.
(Located off of Lois Ave. near International Mall)
Drop in to see plans for trail improvements and provide your input.

Crew Awards Ceremony
December 3, 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel
For the fourth year, CREW Tampa Bay will host their 4th Annual Excellence Awards, honoring top talent and recognizing significant transactions in commercial real estate. Register at Crew Tampa Bay Excellence Awards.

Florida Blue and Lightning help Metro Ministries
Florida Blue and Tampa Bay Lightning are teaming up to provide gifts for children and teens of families in need this holiday season. The public is invited to the Westshore Florida Blue Center, 201 North Westshore Blvd., on Tuesday, November 24, 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Meet and get autographs from and photographs with Goalie Ben Bishop, the Lightning Girls, and Thunderbug from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Any fans bringing a new sports-themed gift for a teen or child to donate to Metropolitan Ministries will have a chance to win a Tampa Bay Lightning prize pack that includes tickets to an upcoming game.  For more information, visit Florida Blue.

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