April 21, 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
Sustany Biz Ceremony & Tour Channelside News
Security Forum Looks at Trafficking HART's Sustainability Practices
Debriefing Presents Library 2.0  
Do the Local Motion  
The Market Returns  
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
Your Guide to IIFA Times Wins Pulitzer
Urban Restaurant Tour Grow Financial is 2014 Top Work Place
Coming Up at The Straz UT's Shakespeare Production
Upcoming Events Volunteer Fair at UT
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Marketplace News Youth Orchestra Spring Concert
FirstWaVE Accelerator Applications Backpack Program for Hungry Children

The Partnership Presents

Sustany Biz Ceremony & Tour
Downtown Partnership collaborated with Sustany Foundation on a Sustainable Business Certification program.  Upon completing a 90-day assessment and implementation initiative, ten of our downtown businesses will receive a Sustainable Business Certification tomorrow, April 22, 2:30pm to 3:15pm at City Hall.  The businesses are Bamboozle Café and Bamboozle Tea Lounge, Anise Global GastroBar, Duckweed Urban Market, Renaissance Planning Group, Sunny Side-Up, Zudar’s Deli, City Bike Tampa,  Moxie’s Cafe, Malio’s Prime Steakhouse, and 22squared.  Congratulations to these businesses, and UT and USF students who provided research support.  

Four of those businesses, Duckweed Urban Market, Bamboozle Café, Malio’s Prime Steakhouse, and Anise Global Gastrobar will be featured restaurants for the Sustany Earth Day Sustainable Restaurant Tour.  Tickets are only $10 and available at Sustany Restaurant Tour.

Security Forum Looks at 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.  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.  Find out about this newly developing business and job creation resource!  Register to attend

Do the Local Motion
FREE lunchtime walking tours are a way to get out and exercise and learn about your downtown.  Upcoming tours include: 

  • Friday May 2, 12noon to 1pm
    Mid-Century Shopping / In the Line of Duty – guided tour presented by USF History Department
  • Friday, May 9, 12noon to 1pm
    Foray to The Forum – Rescheduled due to a “rain out,” guided tour of the Tampa Bay Times Forum

Tours begin at Lykes Gaslight Square.  Brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership.  For more information about these and other Do the Local Motion tours, visit DtLM

The Market Returns
Tampa Downtown Market, your urban market to shop fresh, and shop local, will return this Sunday, April 27,  after taking a holiday for Easter Sunday.  The market operates from 10am to 3pm, 601 N. Ashley (across from Curtis Hixon Park), and features 50 vendors offering fresh produce, specialty foods, artisan goods, and ready to serve food for a nice lunchtime treat as you enjoy live entertainment.  Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, GTE Financial.  Brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership.

April 27: Coast Bike Share, a public bike rental program opening in spring, will hold a drawing for a free one month membership for its bike rental program. 
May 4: City Bike Tampa, a full service specialty bike shop in downtown, will offer a 50% off a tune-up ($35 value) to anyone using the bike valet at the market. 
May 11: Tampa Bay Bike Co-Op, a volunteer organization supporting cyclists, will provide free safety checks from a staff mechanic.  
May 18: History Bike Tampa will offer abbreviated tours from the market at 11am, 1pm, and 2pm.  Regular monthly tours are held the first Saturday of every month on a donation basis.   

  Back to top



Your Downtown Calendar

Your Guide to IIFA
Monday, April 23 to Saturday, April 26
Multiple Locations
Namaste!  Are you ready?  International Indian Film Awards Week is here!  Get involved in the parties, business forums and of course, Bollywood and Hollywood celebrity sightings (from Shah Rukh Khan to Kevin Spacey!).  Many   events will be held in Downtown Tampa. 

Expect some crowds, especially around the Hilton Tampa Downtown where the international stars are staying, sporadically heavier traffic than normal, and some lane closures in downtown this week (portions of Franklin near the Convention Center, including the Franklin St. Bridge will be closed Thursday evening to accommodate a VIP party).  Our Welcome IIFA webpage will help provide all the information you need for a fun and smooth sailingweek of international glitz and glamour!

Tampa’s Downtown Guides will be working extended hours on April 23 to April 25, 7am to 10pm.  The Guides are downtown’s “on-the-street concierges”, offering restaurant suggestions, directions, parking and event information, assisting stranded motorists with flat tires or dead car batteries, and more.  Services are FREE.  Look for the team’s bright yellow shirts and signature pith helmets.  For assistance, call the Guides at 813-267-2220. 

A free, public event and a series of business forums in Downtown Tampa may interest you:

IIFA Stomp! – Wednesday, April 23 in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  A Bollywood Dance Party!  FREE and open to the public.  Tampa Downtown Partnership is a proud sponsor through our Special Events Grant Program.  

IIFA Global Business Forum – Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25 at Tampa Convention Center.

  • Women Leading the Next Wave of Progress
  • Policies that Drive India and US Business
  • The Strongest Business Minds of Our Times and You
  • Educationists That Are Driving the Paradigm for Development

Please help us welcome our international guests with the warm hospitality for which Tampa Bay is known! 

Urban Restaurant Tour
Thursday, April 24
Pump up those bike tires.  It’s time again for the Tampa Urban Restaurant Tour which includes Crumb & Cork, Bamboozle Tea Lounge, Columbia Café Riverwalk, and Fynn’s Bar & Grille!  Reserve your spot now - registration closes, today, Monday!  $14/person (plus tax) guests enjoy the ultimate urban dining experience on bicycle!  For more information, email  tours@floridabiketours.com.

Coming Up at The Straz
Straz Center for the Performing Arts has a full week of performances and beyond.  Here’s some of what is going on…

This Week's Performances:

  • Hat Trick Theatre presents Unnecessary Farce – Currently running through Sunday, April 27
  • Ghost The Musical – opens tomorrow!  Tuesday, April 22 to Sunday, April 27
  • Patel Conservatory presents Jazz Jam – Spring – Friday, April 25
  • The Florida Orchestra presents Tan Dun's Water Concerto – Friday, April 25
  • Charlotte's Web – Saturday, April 26
  • Tampa Bay Symphony – Sunday, April 27

Mark Your Calendars for these future performances:

  • STOMP – April 30 to May 3
  • Oklahoma! featuring 60 Patel Conservatory students, May 1 to 10

… and so much more coming for your entertainment pleasure at The Straz Center!

Upcoming Events

The season for major downtown events continues this week and beyond!  Check out the Downtown Events Calendar for more details on these exciting events and more…

  • 98RockFest at The Forum – Friday, April 25
  • Dragonboat Races at the Garrison Channel – Saturday, April 26 - Tampa Downtown Partnership is the beneficiary of beer sales at this year's Dragonboat Races - so stop by and say hi to your friends from TDP!
  • AsiaFest at Cotanchobee Park – Saturday, April 26
  • Burger Showdown at Curtis Hixon Park – Friday, May 2
  • Urban Art Mart at Hyde Park Downtown Initiative – Saturday, May 3
  • National Train Day at Union Station – Saturday, May 10
  • Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown at Curtis Hixon Park - Saturday, May 10
  • Capture the Moment at FMoPA – Saturday, May 10
  • Craftology at Glazer Children’s Museum – Saturday, May 10 

Back to top



Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Although Ferg's Sports Bar has not yet opened it's new location, it provided tailgate parties during the Lightning’s NHL playoff games.  The popular sports themed bar, with an existing location adjacent to the Ray’s Tropicana Field, has announced that they are going to use shipping containers in the design of their new venue across from The Forum.  The use of shipping containers for pop up retail and restaurants has become a trend  in major cities.  Read more at Tampa Tribune’s article, Container design keeps new Ferg's mobile.  

Anise Global Gastrobar will host Kyanna’s Kick Cancer Cocktail event in honor of the 2014 Girl of the Year on Wednesday, April 30, 6pm.

FirstWaVE Accelerator Applications

Ambitious technology startups – if you are a part of a core talented product team, building a highly- scalable web or mobile product, the FirstWaVE Accelerator Application is for you! Tampa Bay WaVE provides local entrepreneurs and their tech ventures with facilitated access to the resources, education, expertise, talent, and capital they need to create innovation-based companies.  Applications close April 30, 5pm. Register now.   


Back to top


Development & Transportation

Channelside News
Channelside Bay Plaza continues to make news, with last week's Tampa Bay Times article about the value of the plaza’s parking lot, Business empty parking lot at center of Channelside deal.

HART’s Sustainability Practices
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit is building sustainability into its strategy with a commitment to making its operations as resource efficient as possible, as a proud and dedicated participant in the Federal Transportation Administration's Environmental & Sustainability Management System program (ESMS).  The ESMS consists of a rigorous set of management processes and procedures to help HART analyze, control, and minimize environmental impact of its activities and services, and operate with greater efficiency. This month HART will officially launch the ESMS program, during the April 24, ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new HART Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station.  Way to go, HART!

Back to top



Member Corner

Times Wins Pulitzer
Congratulations to our member, Tampa Bay Times for the announcement that they will receive The 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting.   Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia are being honored for their exposure of the unsafe housing conditions provided to the homeless by the Hillsborough County’s Homeless Recovery program. Their work, which also exposed the problems in the management of the program, led to significant reform of the county’s program.  This is the tenth Pulitzer Prize awarded to the Times.    

Grow Financial is 2014 Top Work Place
Grow Financial has been selected by The Tampa Bay Times as the Top Work Place of 2014 (in the large business category) for the second year in a row out of 100 different companies in the Tampa Bay area.  Rankings are based on six workplace factors including:  directions, execution, connection, my work, my manager, and my pay & benefits.  Out of the six factors, Grow Financial scored the highest this year in direction.

“As I visit our branches or walk through our corporate offices, I see great people in every position we have, “said Bob Fisher, President and CEO of Grow Financial.  “We have an outstanding team of talented professionals who have once again made our Credit Union a Top Work Place for three consecutive years in a row, and that is truly a honor.”  You can read more at Top workplaces Grow Financial Federal Credit Union shares strategies.  

UT’s Shakespeare Production
The University of Tampa will present a production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure April 24–27. Show times are Thursday–Saturday, April 24–26, 8pm, and a matinee showing on Sunday, April 27, at 2pm. All performances will be in Falk Theatre, 428 W. Kennedy Blvd.

The production features a cast of 19 students under the direction of Michael Staczar, chair/associate professor of speech, theatre and dance. Admission is free for UT students, faculty and staff. General admission tickets are $15, senior citizens and non-UT students may purchase tickets for $10. For more information, email mstaczar@ut.edu or call 813-257-3987.  The show is sponsored by UT’s Department of Speech, Theatre and Dance.

Volunteer Fair at UT
University of Tampa’s Fletcher Lounge will be the location for Emerge Tampa Bay’s Nonprofit Volunteer Fair this Saturday, April 26.  This is your opportunity to get involved in your community and to find out what you are passionate about.  Come out to support and learn more about your local non-profit and community service organizations!

This is a free event and is open to everyone.  Click Click here to register


Back to top


Around Town

Youth Orchestra Spring Concert
Experience an afternoon of orchestral music performed by talented young musicians during the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Spring Concert on Saturday, May 10, 6:30pm at USF’s School of Music Concert Hall, 3755 USF Holly Drive.  The spring concert will feature the Symphony Orchestra performing Howard Hanson’s Merry Mount Suite.  In addition, two talented TMYO seniors – Tianbo Chen and Joseph Min -- the winners of the TMYO Concerto Competition, will perform as soloists with the orchestra. 

Earlier on the 10th, at 4pm in the USF School of Music Concert Hall, three other TMYO ensembles will perform:  the String Concertino, the Symphonic Strings, and the Philharmonic Orchestra.  The youngest TMYO musicians take the stage, ending with a performance by the Philharmonic Orchestra.  Tickets for both performances may be purchased prior to the concerts at the USF School of Music Concert Hall box office.  Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students.  The purchase of one ticket gives you admission to both concerts.  For more information, visit TMYO.  

Backpack Program for Hungry Children
Visit Tampa Bay and Feeding America Tampa Bay are teaming up to fight hunger among 250,000 children in Tampa Bay.  Feeding America Tampa Bay's Backpack Program fills backpacks with nutritional food supplies for children to take home with them over the weekend so they can focus on success instead of any empty stomach. 

Visit Tampa Bay will be kicking off National Tourism Week for their 1st Annual "Tourism Gives Back" service project at DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Airport – Westshore.  Participating teams of ten will fill bags of food for local children.  Teams will be awarded based on how many kits they are able to create in an allotted time period and for other competitions and activities throughout the service project.  The service project will conclude with Visit Tampa Bay’s networking event, Business by the Bay, at DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Airport – Westshore.  Click here to register your team.

Back to top


Be in the know faster by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook, and following us on YouTube.

Tampa Downtown Partnership
400 N. Ashley Drive | Suite 2125 | Tampa | Florida | 33602 | 813.221.3686 | www.tampasdowntown.com