April 14, 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 Streetcar SSD Discount Rates
Sustany Biz Ceremony & Tour HART- In the News
Downtown Market Connect Tampa Bay
Security Forum Looks at Human Trafficking Walmart Market Pulls Out of Encore
Debriefing Presents Library 2.0  
Walkwise Training Member Corner
  Fifth Third Helps Metro Ministries
Your Downtown Calendar TMA to Add Lobby Art
Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin Wednesday FMoPA Photography Classes
Flicks and Food Trucks  
Easter Brunches, Services, & Events Around Town
IIFA Comes to Tampa Next Week! Best Places to Work Awards
May Events Historic Preservation Grant
  Volunteers Needed!
Doing Business in Downtown Spring Hops
Marketplace News Tampa Heights Ecofest
The Business of Conventions  
TGH One of 100 Great Hospitals  
Update on Channelside Property   
New Leases for Two Harbour Place  

The Partnership Presents

Do the Local Motion
Friday, April 18, 12noon to 1pm
Tampa Bay Times Forum
Join the Partnership’s FREE “Foray to the Forum” guided walking tour this Friday.  This family friendly tour of The Tampa Bay Times Forum, is just in time for the Easter Holiday weekend and the NHL play off season!  We’ll be greeted by ThunderBug, served cold water, tour the facilities by a special guest tour guide, and end with a treat, compliments of the Tampa Bay Times Forum!  For more information about the Do the Local Motion tour series, visit DtLM

Sustany Biz Ceremony & Tour
Tuesday, April 22, Begins 5:30pm
Duckweed Urban Market, Bamboozle Café, Malio’s, and Anise Global Gastrobar will be the featured restaurants for the Sustany Earth Day Sustainable Restaurant Tour.  The tour calls attention to ten downtown businesses who are receiving their Sustainable Business Certificate from the City of Tampa on that same day. 

In addition to the businesses featured in the restaurant tour, the following businesses will also be receiving their Sustainable Business Certificate: 22squared, City Bike, Tampa, Moxie’s Café,    Renaissance Planning Group. Sunny Side-Up, and Zudar’s Deli.  Congratulations to all ten businesses for adopting new environmentally sustainable practices!  This program is coordinated by Sustany Foundation with the support of the Tampa Downtown Partnership and City of Tampa. 

Advance tour tickets for only $10 are available at Sustany Restaurant Tour.  

Downtown Market
Sundays, 10am to 3pm
601 N. Ashley (across from Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park)
Shop Fresh!  Shop Local!
The Downtown Market will be closed this Sunday, April 20 in observance of the Easter holiday. 
The Market will continue to embrace our bicyclist guests with the following upcoming activities:

  • April 27: Coast Bike Share bikes on display, and a drawing for a free one-month membership. 
  • May 4: City Bike Tampa will offer bike valet and a 50% off a tune-up ($35 value). 
  • May 11: Tampa Bay Bike Co-Op will provide free safety checks by staff mechanic to attendees on bikes.
  • May 18: History Bike Tampa will offer abbreviated tours from the market at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. 

Security Forum Looks at Human Trafficking
Tuesday, April 29, 8am
University Club, 201 N Franklin St., Suite 3800
The Downtown Partnership’s Downtown Security Series features “Tampa’s Fight Against Human Trafficking” this month.  Human trafficking, a growing problem worldwide, includes forced prostitution and pornography, involuntary labor, servitude, and debt bondage.  Roughly 20.9 million people are enslaved throughout the world, 2.5 million in the U.S., and Florida is a hub for such activity.  Knowledge is power.  Register to attend.  

Debriefing Presents Library 2.0
Wednesday, April 30, Networking - 7:30am; Program – 8am to 9am
Maestro's at the Straz Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place
The Partnership’s Debriefing Series features Downtown's NextGen Innovation Center.  As the John F. Germany Public Library transitions into a cutting edge 21st century library, it has struck a partnership with The Community Innovation Center, soon to be downtown’s newest innovation incubator, a learning center to facilitate job creation.  The center will be equipped with 3D prototypes, green screen, recording studio, and educational workshops.  Speakers:  Megan Danak, John F. Germany Library; and Irv Cohen and Jamie Klingman Learning is for Everyone, Inc.  Register to attend

WalkWise Training
Did you know Florida consistently leads the nation in pedestrian and bicycling deaths? Be part of the solution by hosting a presentation about pedestrian safety!  The Partnership visits businesses, community groups, health fairs, and more, sharing information for both motorists and walkers. 

As a bonus, we offer “Downtown Download,” updates on downtown development projects, amenities and services, new businesses, and other downtown related topics.  To sign up, contact Karen Kress.  The  WalkWise/BikeSmart/DriveSafe campaign was created by the FDOT and USF Center for Urban Transportation Research, and brought to you by the Tampa Downtown Partnership.   

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Your Downtown Calendar

Stanley Cup Playoffs Begin Wednesday
The Tampa Bay Lightning opens their First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Wednesday, April 16 against the Montreal Canadiens. 
The First Round Schedule:

  • Wednesday, April 16, 7pm at Tampa Bay Times Forum
  • Friday, April 18, 7pm at Tampa Bay Times Forum
  • Sunday, April 20, 7pm at Bell Centre
  • Tuesday, April 22, 7pm at Bell Centre
  • Thursday, April 24, 7pm at Tampa Bay Times Forum *If necessary
  • Sunday, April 27, TBD at Bell Centre *If necessary
  • Tuesday, April 29, TBD at Tampa Bay Times Forum *If necessary

Single game tickets start at just $25 each. Purchase at Ticketmaster or call 800-745-3000.  Better pricing and guaranteed seat location for postseason games available by putting a deposit down on a season ticket membership for 2014-15.  Those prices are less than $20.  Purcahse your season tickets at 813-301-6600 or at Tampa Bay Lightning

Flicks and Food Trucks
Thursday, April 17, 6pm to 10pm
Grand Central at Kennedy
Food trucks line up on Madison Street to serve you while live music, independent films and craft beer are served up on Grand Central’s outdoor plaza at this monthly event.  Admission is free. 
For more information, visit Flicks and Food Trucks

Easter Brunches, Services, & Events
Downtown has plenty to offer for celebrating Easter with the entire familys.  Visit the Partnership’s webpage for a comprehensive list of Easter brunches, services and events

IIFA Comes to Tampa Next Week!
The glitz and glamor of Bollywood is but a week away for Tampa!   There are many ways to be a part of the celebrations.  Here’s the schedule of events to help you plan… 

Wednesday, April 23
  • 7pm: IIFA Stomp at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Thursday, April 24

  • 9:30am: IIFA Global Business Forum Day 1 at Tampa Convention Center
  • 6pm: IIFA Rocks & Post Party at Tampa Convention Center - Green Carpet, Awards Event, and Post Party
  • 9am to 6pm: IIFA Expo at Tampa Convention Center

Friday, April 25

  • 9:30am: IIFA Media & Entertainment Summit at Florida Ballroom at Marriott Waterside
  • 9:30am: IIFA Global Business Forum Day 2
  • 4:30pm: IIFA Magic of the Movies & Technical Awards at MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre -
  • 10:30pm: IIFA Post Party at Hard Rock Tampa

Saturday, April 26

  • 9am to 6pm: IIFA Expo at Tampa Convention Center
  • 12noon to 1pm: IIFA Film Workshop Masterclass with Kevin Spacey at Hilton Downtown Tampa
  • 4:30pm: IIFA Awards at Raymond James Stadium - Green Carpet and Awards Event
  • 10:30pm: IIFA Awards Post Event Party at Hilton Downtown Tampa
  • 9am to 6pm: IIFA Expo

For more information, visit Visit Tampa Bay - IIFA Celebrations

May Events
Mark your calendars!  May offers a plethora of special events in Downtown Tampa!  A sampling of what is to come…

For more information on upcoming events, visit the Downtown Events Calendar.


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Our first daily vendor on The Riverwalk at MacDill Park has opened up shop in mid-March - Yolk, White & Associates, owned by Dylan Frechette.  Dylan offers omelettes,fritattas, and other egg dishes, along with sides on Mondays to Fridays, 7am to 11am and also provides delivery to downtown locations by calling 813-453-8256.   Dylan is a local guy, and graduate of USF. 

Watch for other new marketplace businesses opening up in Downtown Tampa in the next few months.  Two of those include: TooJays - Opening in May at SunTrust Building; and Nature’s Table - Opening expected for July in the Park Tower Building.  Café Dufrain, located on Harbour Island, is certainly not new, but is now offering their new, special spring menu.

Want to get fit?  Phil Michaels Phitness, the premier “phitness” and wellness provider for luxury rental communities, serves currently at two downtown community facitilies, The Slade and Pierhouse.   If you live in either of these communities, you can save time, money, gas, and frustration by working out where you live with the guidance of Phil Michaels Phitness!

The Business of Conventions
Visit Tampa Bay ended the second quarter of its fiscal year having booked five major meetings and conventions, securing over 43,700 room nights and $18 million in economic impact.  Read more at Tampa Bay Convention Sales Update

TGH One of 100 Great Hospitals
Tampa General is one of only two Florida hospitals listed in the 2014 "100 Great Hospitals in America” by Becker's Hospital Review, a national healthcare publication.  Hospitals are selected based on their rich histories, strong credentials, a growing focus on how to best care for patients in an era of reform, historically notable medical advancements made, and those that serve as academic hubs or local mainstays in their communities. Congratulations to TGH!  For more information, visit Beckers Hospital Review 100 Great Hospitals

Update on Channelside Property
Channelside Bay Plaza was in the news last week.  Here are the latest updates as reported:
Tampa Bay Business Journal April 9 article, both-sides-claim-victory-in-channelside-court.
Tampa Bay Times April 9 article, judge-hands-tampa-port-authority-another-defeat-on-channelside

New Leases for Two Harbour Place
Cushman & Wakefield negotiated eight separate transactions for new and renewing tenants for office space during the past 12 months at Two Harbour Place, a 12-story Class A building on Harbour Island.  These leases comprise more than 56,000 square feet of space, or about 30 percent of the entire building. The building is now 96 percent leased. Read more at: Cushman Wakefield announces more than 56000 square feet of leasing at Two Harbour Place.  


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Development & Transportation

Streetcar SSD Discount Rates
Did you know that if you live or work in the TECO Line Streetcar’s Special Service District (includes Downtown Tampa), you are eligible for a 50% discount?  A discounted 20-ride card is available to you at a cost of only $25 with proof of residency or work.  For more information, visit 20-Ride Streetcar Discount Pass

HART - In the News
Last week, the HART Board of Directors appointed HART Chief Operating Officer Katharine Eagan, AICP, as its new Interim Chief Executive Officer after CEO Philip R. Hale announced his retirement, effective May 2, 2014.  Congratulations to Philip Hale on his retirement, and best wishes to Katharine Eagan as she takes the helm. 

HART Becomes First Public Transportation Agency in Florida to Convert to CNG with its new fueling facility, equipped with four 300 hp compressors with four fast-fill CNG dispensers for buses, vans and other fleet vehicles.  The agency plans to initially deploy 28 new CNG vans, replacing its current diesel-powered models, and will add 22 new CNG buses to its fleet next year, replacing diesel models. By the end of 2015 HART expects a total of 89 CNG vehicles in service. CNG vehicles produce fewer emissions and contain significantly less pollutants than gasoline and diesel. 

And also in transit news, discussions heat up about offering faster bus service between Tampa International Airport and Downtown Tampa.  Read more in Tampa Tribune article, Search goes on for faster bus service to TIA.  

Connect Tampa Bay
Connect Tampa Bay, a non profit transit advocacy group is keeping an eye on transit project lists and feel there aren't enough projects that bring 21st century solutions to Hillsborough County.  They will hold a brainstorming meeting to discuss ideas:
Saturday, April 19, 1:30pm to 4pm at John F Germany Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr.  RSVP to kevinmthurman@gmail.com.

Walmart Market Pulls Out of Encore
The Encore Community plans call for a grocery store, and discussions that were on the table with Walmart Neighorhood Market have stopped because Walmart’s developers have chosen not to consider design adaptation as called for in the Encore plan.  You can read more at Walmart’s deal for Encore fizzles

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Member Corner

Fifth Third Helps Metro Ministries
For the fifth consecutive year, Fifth Third Bank (Tampa Bay) is partnering with Metropolitan Ministries in their efforts to fight hunger in the Bay Area. The “Fifth Third Feeding Families” food drive – aimed at collecting enough non-perishable items to feed 5,300 families in Tampa Bay – will run from April 3 through May 3 (“Fifth Third Day”). 

Food collection bins are set up at all 47 Fifth Third banking centers including in their downtown location.  Please donate non-perishable food items, such as canned fruits and meats, peanut butter, boxed cereal and beans. 

For more location information, visit 53.com.

TMA to Add Lobby Art
Tampa Museum of Art has commissioned LIGHT, a site-specific work by noted Chinese contemporary artist, Wang Yuyang, to hang in the lobby in honor of their our upcoming exhibition My Generation: Young Chinese Artists (June 7 – September 28).   Click here to learn more and make a donation to help bring LIGHT to TMA.

FMoPA Photography Classes
Florida Museum of Photographic Art offers a plethora of photography classes.  One of their popular classes, the Lighted Bridge Photo Safari will be held this Thursday, April 17, 7pm to 9pm.  Register here.


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Around Town

Best Places to Work Awards
Thursday, April 24
A La Carte Event Pavilion
This Tampa Bay Business Journal event recognizes the Best Places To Work in Tampa Bay, based on online survey results taken by company employees.  Register Here

Historic Preservation Grant
The Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program was created to promote historic preservation, heritage tourism, and related economic development within Hillsborough County (for both incorporated and unincorporated areas).  Available grant funds are awarded to selected applicants on a minimum of one-to-one (1:1) matching basis, not to exceed an award of more than $250,000 per applicant, per project in any County budget year.   Grant Application deadline is June 6, 3pm.  For additional information, contact Joselle Pulgaron, at pulgaronj@hillsboroughcounty.org or 813-272-5560. 

Volunteers Needed!
The Metropolitan Ministries Family Care Center is undergoing improvements and upgrades.  Volunteers are  needed for three painting parties.  You can sign up for a full day or a portion of a day: 
Wednesday April 16, 8am-3:30pm
Thursday April 17, 8am-3:30pm
Friday April 18, 8am-3:30pm

RSVP to ElizabethKlein@beckgroup.com.  

Spring Hops
Saturday, April 19, 1pm to 5pm
Ybor Square
Creative Loafing presents an outdoor beer festival with rock and roll flair.  Sample over 22 local craft beers at our outdoor beer festival, Spring Hops.  And here is a special offer for Monday Morning Memo subscribers: Use the code SPRINGBREWS for $5 off each general admission or VIP ticket (offer expires April 18, 12midnight). 

Tampa Heights Ecofest
Tampa Heights Community Garden is holding its Third Annual Earth Day Celebration on Sunday, April 27 from 2pm to 6pm on Tampa Heights Greenway.  For more information, go to Tampa to celebrate Earth Day with Ecofest

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