March 2, 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 Development Forum State Funding Approved for Quiet Zone
Downtown Tampa Celebrates Bike Month Vinik Project/Downtown Get National Coverage 
Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta Taking to Downtown's Waterways
Rock the Park Road Closures and Detours
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
Tampa Shakespeare Festival EWC Owner is Entrepreneur Forum Presenter
Eat at Joe’s Amalie Arena is No. 2 in U.S.
Executive MBA Shadow Day History Center Offers Camp Discount
Gasparilla Interactive Festival Stantec & Lightning Host Education Program
Gasparilla Music Festival Spotlight on Rays’ Sternberg
Picnic in the Park  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Marketplace News Johnson & Johnson Eying Hillsborough
Medical Tourism in Tampa TIA Master Plan Featured in Airport Business
JLL Broadens Retail Business  

The Partnership Presents

Downtown Development Forum
Friday, March 13, 7:30am to 12noon
Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel
This annual forum explores innovative ideas in urban development and serves as a catalyst for discussion and problem solving for major urban issues in Downtown Tampa. This year's program features:

  • Special Guest, Mayor Bob Buckhorn
  • Industry Updates & Forecasts in Commercial Office - Andy May, Cushman & Wakefield; Residential - David Traynor, Smith & Associates; Tourism/Hospitality - Greg Orchard, Visit Tampa Bay; Port Tampa Bay - Lane Ramsfield; and Technology - Daniel James Scott
  • Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places - Peter Kageyama, Author
  • Fourth Biennial Downtown Tampa Worker / Resident Study - Pat Hill, HCP Associates
  • Go Hillsborough: County Transportation Planning - Mike Merrill, Hillsborough County
  • Tampa Waterfront 2020: America's First Crowdsourced Neighborhood

Thanks to our sponsors, Platinum: University of Tampa; Silver: Bank of America Plaza / Cushman & Wakefield / DLA Piper LLP (US) / DPR Construction / Skoda Minotti / Smith & Associates Realtors; Bronze: Burr & Forman, LLP / HART; Media Partner: Tampa Bay Times.  For more information, and to register, go to Downtown Development Forum.

Downtown Tampa Celebrates Bike Month
March is Florida Bike Month and Downtown Tampa is celebrating with a month of daily social media posts, featuring bike events, tips, and advocacy. Get engaged TampasDowntown Facebook page – watch for our daily posts at 12noon, share your comments, and share the post with your friends. Then dust off those helmets, get on your bikes and take to your favorite downtown streets and the Riverwalk!

Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta
Wednesday, March 4
Lykes Gaslight Square Park
Fabulous food truck fare returns to Downtown Tampa for this monthly lunchtime event, brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership and the City of Tampa. For more information, visit Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta.

Rock the Park
Thursday, March 5
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
This month’s musical lineup presents The Pretty Voices. Jordan Esker & the 100%, and Sammy Smith. A free event brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. For more information, visit Rock the Park.

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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. 

Tampa Shakespeare Festival
Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, March 22
Thursdays – Saturdays, Begins 6pm; Sundays, Begins 2pm
Waterworks Park
Launching their inaugural season with William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet, Tampa Shakespeare Festival performances are free and open to the general public. For more information, visit Tampashakes - Facebook.

Eat at Joe’s
Friday, March 6, 11am to 2pm
Joe Chillura Courthouse Square
Don’t miss this popular lunchtime concert series, featuring free live music, food trucks, and specials on strawberry shortcake. For more information, visit Eat at Joe’s.

Executive MBA Shadow Day
Saturday, March 7, 2:30pm to 7:30pm
UT Sykes College of Business
The University of Tampa invites you to a special EMBA Shadow Day, showcasing the Executive MBA program with a presentation, followed by a chance to sit in on an EMBA class, and concluding with a networking reception. Guests are welcome to bring friends and colleagues who want to connect with current graduate business students and faculty. Learn more about UT’s unique cohort program. RSVP at UT EDU Grad Visit.

Gasparilla Interactive Festival
Thursday, March 5, 5:30pm to 9pm; Friday, March 6, 8:30am to 8:30pm
Various locations including Port Tampa Bay Cruise Terminal 3 and Hablo Taco
Join innovative professionals and entrepreneurs for the inaugural GIF, spotlighting Tampa Bay’s cutting-edge technologies, digital innovation, and entrepreneurial inspiration. Guest speakers and panels will highlight what’s new and predict what’s to come in the tech industry, from 3D printing of the future, to artificial intelligence. Online registration for the Gasparilla Interactive Festival is available at Gasparilla Interactive and is $150 through March 2; $175 after March 2.

Gasparilla Music Festival
Saturday, March 7, Begins 11am; Sunday, March 8, Begins 10:15am
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Two days, four stages, and headliners, Modest Mouse and Gogol Bordello, just begin to describe this favorite music event in the park. Partnering with Gasparilla Music Festival, Tampa Museum of Art will offer Military Appreciation Day, with a Special Beat / Military Discount to the festival and free museum tickets on Sunday:

The Museum will offer free admission to all military, veterans, and their families. Guests will enjoy the new, traveling Norman Rockwell exhibit, live entertainment, docent-led tours, and more.

The Festival will offer complimentary festival tickets to the first fifty military guests at the Museum’s Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, and will debut their Military discount ticket program* throughout the entire festival for other military guests, with a $20 discount off two-day general admission, or $10 off one-day admission.

For more information, visit Gasparilla Music Festival.

Picnic in the Park
Sunday, March 8, Begins 10:30am
Plant Park at University of Tampa
Roll back the clock a century for an old fashioned picnic. Bring your blanket, pack a picnic basket and invite family and friends to experience the pleasures of a simpler time. Test your Victorian sporting prowess with challenges of hoops & sticks, croquet, horseshoes, badminton, and three-legged races. Victorian games will be offered including dominoes, checkers, jacks, or tiddlywinks. We'll have strolling models in vintage clothing, live theater, and continuous entertainment on Center Stage. Blue Bell Ice Cream will provide complimentary ice cream.  For more information, visit Picnic in the Park.

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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Tampa Pizza Company - Tampa restauranteurs Dave Burton and Ralph Santell are the team behind the new pizzeria in downtown, located at Tampa and Zack streets, offering all-natural, healthy pizza crusts and toppings, custom-made wraps, wings, all-natural gelato, craft beers and wine on tap along a backdrop of murals depicting great Tampa scenes. 

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria, is in the news once again, featured in Tampa Tribune, as it expands its business with plans to open new locations in Orlando. But you don’t have to go that far to get their fresh, goodness, as the original location is at 514 N. Franklin Street.
Downtown Tampa pizza maker expanding to Orlando” -

Hablo Taco was featured in Tampa Bay Times as they take a look at one of Downtown Tampa’s newest restaurants and their tequila offerings.
With Hablo Taco, Channelside sees a tequila sunrise” -

The Great Escape Room is part scavenger hunt and part puzzle game, and is now ready to play out as a team building experience in a locked room at 300 E. Madison, #301. Locked in a room for one hour, players work together to find clues and solve puzzles that will lead to their escape.  Only about 20% of groups are able to meet the challenge in the allotted 60 minutes!  
“Test your sleuthing skills in The Great Escape Room” – 83 Degrees
Downtown’s newest restaurant has an operatic name!  Toscanini is now open at 513 E. Jackson St. weekdays from 7am to 9pm.  The restaurant serves tasty and quick breakfasts, New York Style pizza, and a variety of salads, wraps, gyro, burgers and wings.  Stop in and say hello to the newest Downtown restaurateur, Louis of Toscanini!

Medical Tourism in Tampa
Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), located in Downtown Tampa, is one of the medical facilities discussed as Hillsborough County and others look at the potential to expand medical tourism, a term used when a person travels for a medical procedure so that they may convalesce or work through rehab in a vacation setting, such as Tampa Bay.

Tampa Bay area touted for medical tourism” -

JLL Broadens Retail Business
JLL has stepped up their retail brokerage services with the addition of THE Retail Advisors, in response to the escalating demand for retail leasing and tenant representation expertise in Tampa and South Florida. THE Retail Advisors founder, Andrew D. Carlson CRX/CSM/CLS joins the firm as a vice president, along with Drew Carlson and Vanessa Perez, who join as Associates, bringing +30 years of real estate management and leasing experience to JLL. For further information, visit JLL Retail.


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Development & Transportation

State Funding Approved for Quiet Zone
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recently awarded the City of Tampa $1.35 million from the Quiet Zone Grant program to support the creation of a “quiet zone” in Downtown Tampa, along CSX tracks. A study conducted, reported the estimated cost for this project would run approximately $2.7 million.

The excessive noise of the train horns has been a great disturbance to urban area residents, particularly in the middle of the night.  The plans include the installation of gates, medians, and signage at nine public highway-rail crossings from North Jefferson Street to Doyle Carlton Drive. These measures are Federal Railroad Administration requirements for quiet zones. For more information, visit FDOT Grant Award.

Vinik Project/Downtown Get National Coverage 
Jeff Vinik takes the story of his 40-acre redevelopment vision and touts Downtown Tampa’s quality of life to national audiences via Fox Business and CNBC News.
“Why will Tampa be seeing a huge change downtown” – Fox Business
Billionaire Jeff Vinik: No bubble in tech stocks” – CNBC

Taking to Downtown's Water
Tampa Tribune reports on the increasing use of Downtown Tampa’s waterways, with talk about water vehicle rentals and tours in their report where Donna Chen, director of marketing and communications, Tampa Downtown Partnership, weighs in on this phenomenon.

"Water transportation options growing in Downtown Tampa" - Tampa Tribune

Road Closures and Detours
Cypress Street, from Hillsborough River to North Boulevard is now closed.  Parking for Julian B. Lane Park can be found at the temporary parking lot on Laurel Street just north of the park.
Anticipated closure of North Boulevard from Cypress Street to W. Cass Street is March 23.  

Nightly lane closures on Cleveland Street from Brorein Street Bridge to Willow Avenue are ongoing between 7pm and 6am through Wednesday, March 18.  Exceptions will be made on nights with large downtown events, such as concerts and Lightning games.


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Member Corner

EWC Owner is Entrepreneur Forum Presenter
Partnership member, Frank Grebowski of Downtown’s European Wax Center (EWC), is this Wednesday’s presenter at 1 Million Cups, a global entrepreneur project. Frank’s seven day-a-week business opened eight months ago at 105 E. Jackson St. and last month was his busiest since opening!  The presentation will include details on the EWC business model, as well as the determining factors that lead to Frank’s investment in Downtown.

To learn more about the event and 1 Million Cups in Tampa, go to 1 Million Cups.

Amalie Arena is No. 2 in U.S.
Venues Today magazine ranked Amalie Arena second in the United States (fourth in the world) based on worldwide ticket sales for concerts, events and family shows in venues seating 15,001 or more from December 16, 2014 – January 15, 2015. Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia was ranked first in the U.S. and world. Some of the performances during that time included such big names as Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Usher, and Fleetwood Mac to name a few.

History Center Offers Camp Discount
Tampa Bay History Center offers a discount of $15 to their Spring Camp, Pirates, Explorers and More for Tampa Downtown Partnership members. Kids can climb aboard and use their navigation skills to reveal the truth about female pirates, Jose Gaspar (of Gasparilla fame) and Captain Panfilo Narvaez, the real-life, one-eyed explorer of Tampa Bay. Join us for games and crafts as professional underwater archaeologists help you solve mysteries of sunken ships! Round out the week with a ride on the TECO Streetcar to take a tour of the American Victory Ship! 

Stantec & Lightning Host Education Program
Downtown Partnership members, Stantec and the Tampa Bay Lightning, through their Foundation, team up on an educational program that benefits local Hillsborough County children. Hockey by the Numbers is a program that facilitates a math lesson to fourth and fifth graders across the county, connecting elementary math with the world of sports. Read more at “Stantec partners with the Tampa Bay Lightning on hockey by the numbers program.”

Spotlight on Rays’ Sternberg
Tampa Bay Business Journal spotlights Tampa Bay Rays Owner, Stuart Sternberg, in a recent article: “Tampa Bay Rays Owner at Fan Fest: 'This is what the magic of baseball is.”  Tampa Bay Rays are a longstanding member of the Downtown Partnership.

Architectural Photo Contest
Partnership members, AIA Tampa Bay and Florida Museum of Photographic Art (FMoPA) present their annual 2015 Architectural Photography Contest. Top entries will be exhibited at FMoPA during National Architecture Week – April 12 to 18. There are both amateur and professional categories. Learn more at AIA Tampa Bay.

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Around Town

Johnson & Johnson Eying Hillsborough
Johnson & Johnson Services Inc. could bring a headquarters operation and 700 jobs to Hillsborough County. Hillsborough County and the cities of Temple Terrace and Tampa are considering incentives to bring in this major company that plans to invest $23.5 million in the establishment of a North American Headquarters. Read more in “Hillsborough County in the running for 700 jobs” – Tampa Bay Business Journal

TIA Master Plan Featured in Airport Business
Tampa International Airport’s master plan for expansion is featured in the industry publication, Airport Business. Read about the plans in “Tampa Airport expansion delivering “great guest experience.”

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