June 20, 2016  

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
30th Annual Meeting & Luncheon News About Vink-Cascade
Workplace Emergency Preparedness Tampa Bay Times Endorses TBX
Community Fitness Classes MPO TIP Update Hearing
  HART Summer Blast Pass
Your Downtown Calendar  
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche Member Corner
An Exhibit by Norma Kamali Downtown Attorney Appointed to Bar Committee
Fourth Friday Returns this Week Port Partners with FDEP
This Week at Tampa Theatre Amazon Smile Gives Back to FMoPA
On Stage at The Straz The Diversity Initiative
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Retail Spotlight: Oxford Exchange Shop Heights Development Project Announced
Marketplace News Region Attractive to Millennial CEOs
Marriott Waterside Offers Well™ Rooms Tampa Indie Flea Continues in Summer
Downtown Meeting & Conference Spaces  
Women Making Waves in Tech  

The Partnership Presents

30th Annual Meeting & Luncheon
Friday, June 24, 11:30am to 1:30pm
Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel, 211 N. Tampa St.
Special Guest - Mayor Bob Buckhorn 
Once a year the Tampa Downtown Partnership has the opportunity to share with our members and the downtown community a celebration of our organization's accomplishments and induct the Partnership's new leadership at our Annual Meeting and Luncheon. This year's event promises to deliver thoughtful discussion and exciting downtown updates.
Click here to register.

Thank you to Annual Meeting & Luncheon Sponsors:
Hillsborough River Realty Corporation / The Jeffries Companies
Holland & Knight
Strategic Property Partners
Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay Rays

– DPR Construction, Hillsborough Community College, Mise en Place, TECO / Tampa Electric, University of Tampa

- GrayRobinson, P.A., LifeLink Foundation, Inc., Smith & Associates Real Estate, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, Tampa Steel Erecting Company, Tower Realty Partners, Trenam Law

Media Partner
– Tampa Bay Times

Contact Kimberly Finn at 813,221,3686 or kfinn@tampasdowntown.com to learn about table sponsorships.
Workplace Emergency Preparedness
Downtown Tampa property owners and businesses are urged to prepare now for hurricane season (June 1 – November 30), or any emergency by registering or updating their emergency access cards. The cards help emergency personnel identify who should initially be allowed access into downtown following a disaster or evacuation. Click here to access an application form. Residents are not required to have a re-entry card, but may be required to show a photo ID with a downtown address. Tampa Downtown Partnership facilitates the registration process as part of our Downtown Security Network initiatives.

Make preparedness training part of your workplace emergency plan. Tampa Police Department conducts one-hour “Active Shooter” Lunch & Learns for companies’ employees. The session teaches employees what actions to take if faced with an active shooter situation. Contact Officer Sean Mahabir at 813.480.1272 or via email at sean.mahabir@tampagov.net to schedule a session.  

Community Fitness Classes
Free, weekly Community Fitness Classes in the Park powered by Athleta and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership and our partners:

Tuesdays, 6pm – Zumba in the Park
Wednesdays, 6pm – Bamboozle Fit Club
Sundays, 6pm – Yoga in the Park

All three classes are held at Curtis Hixon Waterfront 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.

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche
Through Sunday, June 26
Stageworks Theatre
Last week for this wildly popular production! It’s 1956 and the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein is having their annual quiche breakfast. Will they be able to keep their cool when Communists descend on their idyllic town? For more information, go to 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche.

An Exhibit by Norma Kamali
Through September 25
Tampa Museum of Art
An Exhibit by Norma Kamali: CITY: Fashion + Art + Culture - The first fashion exhibition of its kind Downtown, celebrating Norma Kamali’s prolific career spanning five decades of incredible innovations. Signature pieces and iconic designs from her collections illustrate Kamali’s passionate commitment to women’s health, fitness, and beauty. A selection of her groundbreaking fashion films will be on view with the designer’s larger-than-life fashion cutouts. For more info, go to Norma Kamali

Fourth Friday Returns this Week
Friday, June 24, begins 4pm
Downtown Tampa
A celebration of Downtown Tampa's rich arts & culture scene. Nine Museums and performing arts venues offer extended hours, free or value-added admission, and/or special programming. While visiting the venues during the event hours, pick up a Fourth Friday wristband that is your access to food and drink specials (20+ downtown establishments) and two complimentary Pirate Water Taxi trips between venues.

New this month – Tampa Museum of Art will remain open until 10pm for this event!

Thanks to event sponsor, TECO Energy, for their support. For more information, go to Fourth Friday.

This Week at Tampa Theatre
Weiner - Through Thursday, June 23
Forbidden Plant - Sunday, June 26, begins 3pm

On Stage at The Straz
Who We Are: Faces of Tampa Bay - Through Sunday, July 17
mad Theatre presents Cabaret - Through Sunday, June 26
Fourth Friday: Celebrate Downtown at The Straz - Friday, June 24, begins 4pm
Jr. Intensive and PCPD Intensive Showcase - Friday, June 24, begins 4:30pm


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Retail Spotlight: Oxford Exchange Shop
Intended to express the power and delight of curiosity, The Shop at Oxford Exchange offers the surprise of constant discovery. Curated from local and global, vintage and new, a highly eclectic range of goods is like a traveler’s ultimate wish list — a whimsical and highly personal collection, certain to contribute to a higher quality of life. 

Last year Oxford Exchange launched a private label line of products, and is currently working on developing new concepts for that line. The OE team sees this line as a physical extension of their brand - to live within our customer’s lives and homes.

Marketplace News
Uncommon Finds, Tampa’s only boutique dedicated to fine fragrances for men and women, is celebrating it’s one year anniversary! Congratulations to Rob Akins, proprietor! If you wear fragrances or know someone who does, stop in and experience unique scents found nowhere else in the area. The shop, located at 406 N. Morgan St., also carries a selection of fragrant candles that make great gifts. Drop by to shop, set up an appointment for a private consultation at 813.215.3218 or ScentJunkie@uncommon-finds.com; or you can also shop online. 

AJ's Cigars to Go of Tampa, vendor of fine cigars and accessories, located at Lykes Gaslight Square on the corner on Franklin and Madison streets, now has regular Friday hours from 9am to 1pm. Stop by and check out all that AJ has to offer.

Oxford Exchange will host a free event featuring acclaimed author, Julie Lawson Timmer, on June 26, 11am to 1pm. A book signing of her newest novel, Untethered, will follow a conversation with the author.

Marriott Waterside Offers Well™ Rooms
Tampa Marriott Waterside has launched Delos Stay Well™ rooms which offer advanced air purification, circadian rhythm lighting, dawn simulation, aromatherapy, and other the new amenities. These rooms offer health and wellness features that help travelers maintain their health and well-being while on the road. Read more at “Tampa Marriott Waterside Introduces Healthy Stay Well Rooms By Delos.”

Downtown Meeting & Conference Spaces
Downtown Tampa offers a plethora of conference and meeting rooms for all sizes and needs. One of the unique facilities that might not automatically come to mind  is CAMLS, (USF’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation located at Franklin and Brorein ). This healthcare training facility is available for corporate meetings, conferences, board retreats or other meetings that need to take place outside the company itself; and not just for healthcare related meetings! For information on CAMLS and other conference facilities, visit Downtown Tampa Meeting Spaces.

Women Making Waves in Tech
Thursday, July 14,
The Attic Cafe
A panel of speakers present the theme, "You Are a Woman in Technology." They will share what a technology business looks like, the role of women in the industry today, as well tips and secrets for growing out of and breaking stereotypes. Register here.


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Development & Transportation

News About Vink-Cascade
Strategic Property Partners, Jeff Vinik’s and Cascade Investment LLC’s real estate company, announced they will hold an informational meeting along with general contractor, Kimmins Contracting Corp, for subcontractors on Thursday, June 23, 4pm at Port Tampa Bay Boardroom, 1101 Channelside Drive. Read more in “Vinik-Cascade contractor to hold meeting for subcontracting work on $35M job” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

James Nozar, CEO of Strategic Property Partners, was hired earlier this year to lead the Vinik-Cascade 40-acre downtown development project from planning and design into construction, and is featured in a recent article, “Meet James Nozar, Jeff Vinik's right hand man to transform Tampa" - Tampabay.com

Tampa Bay Times Endorses TBX
Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board takes a position on the TBX initiative stating:
“Tampa Bay Express, the state's ambitious plan for widening the region's highways, is a critical piece in the overall effort to improve the area's overwhelmed transportation system. Hillsborough County officials should move ahead with TBX in a key vote this week and avoid sending the wrong message to Tallahassee that Tampa Bay remains stuck in neutral on solving its biggest challenge. Keeping the project in play also will provide more time for local and state officials to address a host of practical concerns, from the use of toll lanes and the lack of mass transit to the impact a wider highway will have on Tampa's inner-city neighborhoods.”

Read the paper’s full position statement at “Editorial: Despite drawbacks, TBX interstate project worth pursuing” - Tampa  Bay Times

MPO TIP Update Hearing
Wednesday, June 22, Begins 6pm
601 E. Kennedy Blvd, 2nd Floor Board Room
The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning for Transportation Board will hold its annual public hearing concerning the update of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The program includes a variety of projects to address the county’s transportation needs including:

  • More bus service and replacement of old vehicles
  • Repaving roadways to preserve our system
  • Improving intersections – safer and more efficient for all users
  • Traffic signal coordination upgrades
  • Making it safer to walk and bicycle with new sidewalks and trails

Click here for more information.

HART Summer Blast Pass
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit once again is offering their Summer Blast Pass which offers youth, ages 5 to 18, unlimited rides throughout the summer for only $25. The Summer Blast Pass is the perfect way for youth to get to summer jobs, the movies, the mall, and of course, to Downtown Tampa for the rich offerings of cultural attractions, John Germany Library, on-the-water activities, and more.

The pass may be used from June 1 to August 31 on any HART service except HARTPlus and the TECO Line Streetcar. Riders 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Proof of age is required at the time of purchase. For more information, including where to purchase the passes, go to HART Summer Blast Pass.  


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Member Corner

Downtown Attorney Appointed to Bar Committee
Michael G. Cooke, a Tampa Environmental Practice law attorney with Greenberg Traurig, P.A. has been appointed to the State and Federal Government Administrative Practice Certification Committee of The Florida Bar for a three-year term. As a committee member, Cooke will help determine state and federal administrative practice certification requirements. Committee members are also involved in reviewing applications for certification and review challenges to certification examination result challenges. Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of an attorney’s competency and experience within an area of law, and the attorney’s commitment to professionalism and ethics. 5,010+ Florida lawyers are recognized as specialists in one or more of the 26 certification areas. Congratulations to Mr. Cooke on his appointment!

Port Partners with FDEP
Port Tampa Bay Board and the Board of Trustees of the Florida Internal Improvement Trust Fund are expected to enter into a 40-year lease agreement on Tuesday, June 21 that will give Florida Department of Environmental Protection renewed oversight of the Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve, an expansive natural preserve in southern Hillsborough County, that is also home to ecological restoration efforts.

Amazon Smile Gives Back to FMoPA
Shop online and support Florida Museum of Photographic Art (FMoPA). Follow the steps below, and Amazon Smile will donate a portion of your purchase to FMoPA:

  1. Go to http://smile.amazon.com
  2. Sign in to your Amazon account.
  3. Locate the box "Find a different charitable organization" and search for "Florida Museum of Photographic Arts."
  4. Select FMoPA and start shopping!

The Diversity Initiative
Thursday, August 25, Noon to 1pm
TPepin Centre
Join other H/R Professionals, Business Owners and Hiring Managers for a complimentary lunch as The Diversity Initiative, Inc. and TPepin’s Hospitality Centre present resources and solutions to promote a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce.


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Around Town

Heights Development Project Announced
SoHo Capital LLC unveiled plans last week for The Heights 43-acre mixed use, waterfront development which will include 1,500+ residential units and 640,000-square-feet of commercial space, valued at $820 million.  Located just to the north of Downtown Tampa, this project will be a catalyst for the revitalization of the Tampa Heights community. The project will include the preservation of the historic Armature Works building, which will be transformed into a market hall that offers multiple event spaces. Read more in "Tampa Heights is the next Hyde Park" - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Region Attractive to Millennial CEOs
According to a report released by Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp last week, millennial CEOs look for factors such as work-life balance, local and state pro-business leadership, labor force, and infrastructure when considering business location. Those indicators were rated high for the Tampa Bay region compared to competing cities including Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, and Nashville. Read more in “Foodie, craft beer, attract Millennial CEOs” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Tampa Indie Flea Continues in Summer
The popular Tampa Indie Flea event will continue its third Sunday of the month event at the Rialto Theatre throughout the summer months. Some of the merchants will be indoors to beat the heat. Read more in “Tampa Indie Flea embraces summer” - Tampa Bay Times

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