January 26, 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
Downtown Business Watch Meeting Vinik's Downtown Project
3rd Annual DanceWalk Rescheduled The Martin Development Seeks Funding
Guides and Clean Team - Gasparilla Hours FDOT Transportation Meetings
2015 Activation and Storefront Grants City to Pay for Streetcar Study
City Council Candidate Forum  
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
Free Community Concert Tampa Prep Celebrates 40 Years
Live at The Straz Port Hires VP of Real Estate
Gasparilla Pirate Fest & Street Festival  
Tampa Bay Lightning Home Games  
Lights on Tampa  
Two Weekends of Gasparilla Events  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Marketplace News NY Yankees Spring Training Tix On Sale
AIDAVIITA Returns! MacDonald Training Center e-Quality Recycling
HEF Intership Fair  

The Partnership Presents

Downtown Business Watch Meeting
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 9am to 10am
John Rolfe Lounge, 214 E. Cass St.
Tampa Police Department is coordinating a Downtown Business Watch Program that will engage properties and businesses alike to help make downtown an even safer place to be. The Downtown Partnership invites ground floor business representatives, property owners, and other interested parties to this meeting to learn how the downtown community will work together with TPD on homeless issues, crime prevention, safety and security initiatives and more.  Our guest speaker will be Officer Sean Mahabir, Tampa Police Department.

3rd Annual DanceWalk Rescheduled
Friday, January 30, 12noon - 1pm
Meet at Lykes Gaslight Square 
World renowned dance choreographer, instructor and performer, Jae Haile Phillips will lead the dance. Gerald Patillo, of Grown Men on Bikes, will keep the groove going with his decked-out DJ bike. Arrive to the walk a few minutes early for stretching, led by a Downtown Y Instructor, and browse at the Do the Local Motion Village. Click here to RSVP.

Save the date for DTLM’s annual Black Heritage Tour on Friday, February 6. Do the Local Motion is brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership.

Guides and Clean Team - Gasparilla Hours
Tampa’s Downtown Guides will be in full force during the Gasparilla Pirate Fest on Saturday, January 31, with extended hours from 8am to 8pm.  Call 813-267-2220 for help with restaurant suggestions, directions, parking, and event info, stranded motorist assistance, and more. 

The Downtown Clean Team will not provide service during the Gasparilla Pirate Fest, however, they will be out in force on Sunday, February 1. 

2015 Activation and Storefront Grants
Tampa Downtown Partnership offers two grant programs that add to the quality of the downtown pedestrian experience.

The Space Activation Grant Program was newly launched in 2015, replacing the Special Event Grant. The Activation Grant provides financial assistance for publicly accessible activations programs in Downtown Tampa’s public realm.  Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed project will enhance the downtown experience via the arts and/or for social good. For more information, visit Downtown Space Activation Program.

In its third year, the Partnership’s Storefront and Sidewalk Café Grant supports the continuing investment in Downtown Tampa's ground floor retail spaces by quality businesses that are enhancing the street level pedestrian experience.  The grant program encourages more investment at street level.

If you have questions about either grant program, please contact Ashly Anderson at aanderson@tampasdowntown.com or at 813-221-3686.

City Council Candidate Forum
Wednesday, February 18, 7:30am to 9:30am
Embassy Suites Tampa- Downtown Convention Center
The Downtown Partnership will host a Tampa City Council Candidate forum, offering citizens the opportunity to interact with candidates and hear about their priorities for downtown Tampa over the next four years. This event is part of the Partnership's Downtown Debriefing Series, a yearlong series highlighting issues and topics of importance to Tampa's downtown. Admission is $20 for Members and $25 for non-Members. Register here.

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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. 

Free Community Concert
Tuesday, January 27, 7:30pm
Tampa Theatre
All the way from San Antonio, Texas, The U.S. Air Force’s "Brass in Blue" ensemble performs a variety of music including traditional marches, symphonies, jazz, and Broadway tunes at this family-friendly, free concert. Click here to make your  reservation

Live at The Straz
Here's a taste of some of the performances this week at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts:

10th Anniversary Spotlight Celebration - Wednesday, January 28, Begins 7pm
An evening showcasing and celebrating the talents of its students. The Patel Conservatory offers classes in dance, music, and theater for students of all ages and experience levels. Registration and more information are available at patelconservatory.org.

Black Violin - Friday, January 30, Begins 7:30pm
Making their mark in popular music, classically trained South Florida twosome, Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, who go by the name Black Violin, are a welcome revelation for their ability to meld highbrow and pop culture with their groundbreaking blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass.

Book of Mormon - Tuesday January 27 through Sunday, February 1, Check Starting Times
The Tony Award winning Broadway smash continues its run at The Straz. A limited number of tickets are available, with some select evening special pricing using the code MORMON.

Gasparilla Pirate Fest & Street Festival
Gasparilla Pirate Street Festival - Friday, January 30 – 5:30pm to 10pm
Headlining the event at Curtis Hixon Park is The Commodores with special guest, Atlanta Rhythm Section!

Gasparilla Pirate Fest – Saturday, January 31 – 11:30am to 5:30pm
The Jose Gaspar and its flotilla set sail at the south end of Hillsborough Bay to the Tampa Convention Center, docking there around 1pm. Best views are at the Gasparilla Invasion Brunch at the Convention Center (reserved ticket required), many waterfront hotels, Davis Islands and Harbour Island!

Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates, presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, runs 2pm to approximately 5:30pm, from Bay to Bay Boulevard, northbound on Bayshore Boulevard to Downtown Tampa where it continues east on Brorein Street, then north on Ashley Drive. The parade ends at Cass Street & Ashley Drive

Check your favorite Downtown Tampa venues for parade and post-parade parties and events.  A special post-parade concert will be held at Holy Hog Downtown, featuring local favorite, Applebutter Express, who will perform a free show from 4pm to 7pm on their sidewalk patio! Holy Hog will be offering Cigar City special release beers and other Florida's craft favorites, southern-style sangria, and house wines along with their award-winning full food menu.

Visit Downtown Tampa’s official guide to help you navigate all upcoming Gasparilla-themed events at Gasparilla Season 2015.

Tampa Bay Lightning Home Games
Thursday, January 29, Begins 7:30pm at Amalie Arena
The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the Detroit Red Wings at Amalie Arena. For more information, visit Lightning vs. Red Wings.

Saturday, January 31, Begins 7pm at Amalie Arena
The Tampa Bay Lightning will host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Amalie Arena. For more information, visit Lightning vs. Blue Jackets.

Lights on Tampa
Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21, 6pm to 11pm
Save the date for Lights on Tampa featuring Nick Cave – HEARD Tampa! For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, visit Lights on Tampa 2015.

Two Weekends of Gasparilla Events
Save the date for these award winning events held in Curtis Hixon Park and Kiley Gardens:

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts – Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1
GFA attracts +250,000 visitors from all over the world - a testament to this signature cultural event. Delight in artistic inspiration in a versatile range of mediums, from watercolor to wood, painting to printmaking.

Gasparilla Music Fest - Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8
Modest Mouse headlines GMF, winner of Downtown Tampa's 2014 Urban Excellence Award and 3x Best of the Bay Peoples' Choice Award! Group ticket packages available, starting at $400 for 10 Weekend Passes (a $200 discount). GMF is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing world class entertainment to Downtown Tampa while showcasing the best of Tampa's culture and history. Contact jessicaoverfelt@gmail.com for group tickets.

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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Tampa Theatre Honored – Congratulations to Tampa Theatre, named one of one of the best historic movie theaters in the country by Fodor’s Travel! Read more at America’s Best Historic Movie Theaters.

"Tampa Pizza Co. opens at Pizza Fusion site" - TBO.com
You may have recently noticed a name change at the popular pizza place on the ground level of SkyPoint Tower. What hasn’t changed are the operators, Dave Burton and Ralph Santell, and their commitment to running an eco-minded, organic-themed pizza shop with fresh product, in what is now called Tampa Pizza Company!

Downtown businesses - get ready to welcome the AIDAVITA for its third trip to Tampa on Wednesday, January 28. +1,200 AIDAVITA passengers will alight on downtown. This is the only cruise ship that berths in Tampa as a port of call, which means Tampa has a captive audience all day long. Think about opening your shops early and have the welcome mat out to help us greet these international visitors.

The remaining cruise stops in Tampa this Winter/Spring are January 28, February 18, March 11,  and April 1, 2015. Interested in taking a cruise out of Tampa? Visit Port Tampa Bay Cruise Ship Schedule.

HEF Internship Fair
Thursday, April 9, 8am to 2pm
Florida State Fairgrounds
Businesses are invited to participate in Hillsborough Education Foundation’s Internship Fair. The fair is intended to match ambitious high school juniors advancing into their senior year in Hillsborough County Public School Career & Technical Education programs with local businesses searching to hire paid interns for the Summer of 2015. All students are screened and selected by school staff. Businesses will have the opportunity to pre-screen candidates online. To learn more, contact Jacob Lawrence at 813-463-4284 or jlawrence@educationfoundation.com.

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Development & Transportation

Vinik’s Downtown Project
In the news this past week – Jeff Vinik’s downtown development area is in need of a name. And the other story is that although the Florida Board of Governors did not approve USF’s request for a downtown medical campus within Vinik’s the development area, it did approve $5 million to pay for related plans and studies, before the FBOG reconsiders USF's request for the remaining $57 million for the project.

“Big plans but no name yet for Vinik's downtown project” - TBO.com
“USF gets 5 million to study downtown Tampa medical school project - Tampa Bay Times

The Martin Development Seeks Funding
The Martin at the Meridian project, the residential development planned for the north end of the Channel District, has been delayed as the developers continue to seek financing, with the hopes of breaking ground in mid-2015.
“Long-awaited residential tower in Channelside delayed by financing”- Tampa Bay Business Journal

FDOT Transportation Meetings
Florida Department of Transportation has scheduled community open houses to present proposed plans including the creation of express toll lanes on Tampa Bay interstates where separate express lanes are added to area interstate. The purpose of the express lanes is to mitigate traffic on the regular highway lanes, while offering a faster option to drivers willing to pay the toll. 

Tampa Bay Express Lanes Workshop - Thursday, January 29, 5pm
Pepin Hospitality Center, 4121 North 50th Street, Tampa

Visioning Regional Forums - Monday, February 3, 1pm
Marriott Hotel at Tampa International Airport, 4100 George J Bean Parkway Tampa

City to Pay for Streetcar Study
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) had recently completed a streetcar study looking at the possibly of extending the line. A more comprehensive report will be needed, however, and The City of Tampa has agreed to conduct that next study. Mayor Bob Buckhorn also said it was time to end the tri-party agreement between the City of Tampa, Tampa Historic Streetcar Board of Directors, and HART as the City moves to incorporate a multi-modal transportation system for the urban core.

The HART study conducted by HDR, Inc. was recently released with a cost estimate as high as $60 million to expand and modernize the streetcar system.
Bob Buckhorn says Tampa will take lead in paying for Streetcar studyCreative Loafing

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Member Corner

Tampa Prep Celebrates 40 Years
To celebrate Tampa Preparatory School’s 40th anniversary, the school sponsored Tampa Prep Night at a recent Tampa Bay Lightning game against the Colorado Avalanche. Tampa Prep sold over 850 tickets to the game, hosting faculty members, alumni, families and friends for a pre-party and two private receptions at Amalie Arena.  “Tampa Preparatory School Celebrates 40th Anniversary at the Tampa Bay Lightning.”

Port Hires VP of Real Estate
Port Tampa Bay hired Lane Ramsfield as the Vice President of Real Estate for the port authority agency.  Ramsfield has many years of experience in multiple and mixed-use real estate, contract negotiations, marketing, and collaborative efforts.

He was most recently managing partner for RamCapital Investments LLC, of Orlando, and vice president for the Trammell Crow Company before that. Other past positions were with National Retails Properties, Inc., American Airlines and Orange County Government, in California.

Congratulations Lane, and welcome to Tampa!

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Around Town

NY Yankees Spring Training Tix On Sale
Single game tickets for New York Yankees Spring Training games at Steinbrenner Field are now on sale. To purchase tickets, visit steinbrennerfield.com.

MacDonald Training Center e-Quality Recycling
MacDonald Training Center will launch their latest high quality job skills training program - the de-manufacturing of electronics! Beginning this Tuesday, trainees will de-manufacture electronic equipment donated by corporations and private individuals as a new component of MTC's well-established job skills training program. Trainees receive high quality job skills training, and therefore are further enabled to transition to employment in the community and meaningful careers. This is a stepping stone into productive careers in the community for many of the individuals. Learn more at MacDonald e-Quality Recycling.

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