August 24, 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
Partnership's Bike Friendly Program Vinik's Plan Named in Money Magazine
Sidewalk Café Grant in the News A Look at Downtown's Planned Development's
Partnership Researches Last Mile Options Downtown Groundbreakings
  Co-Listing on Kress Building
Your Downtown Calendar News from HART
Preseason Lightning Tickets on Sale GO Hillsborough Update
Lecture on Andy Warhol and Printmaking  
Comedian Patton Oswalt  Member Corner
Coast Summer Scavenger  Tampa Electric Works with County Schools
Winefest 2015: Napolean Wineamite Lightning Hire Assistant Coach
PNC Bank Concert Artist Series  
Doing Business in Downtown  Around Town
Marketplace News Parks "Stay & Play" Program Extended
Helicopter Challenge 2050 Prospective Corporate Headquarters
Lightning & Amalie Arena Job Fair Today Free Spay and Neuter Service
Public Art to Salute Downtown Destinations Entrepreneur Collaborative Center
BankUnited on Lending in Tampa  
CAMLS is "Disney for Docs"  

The Partnership Presents

Partnership’s Bike Friendly Program
The Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Bike-Friendly Tampa Program was featured in a recent Tampa Bay Times article.  To date, 29 businesses have joined Bike-Friendly Tampa- mostly ground floor restaurants, retail and services who offer specials to customers arriving via bicycles. Karen Kress, The Partnership’s director of planning and transportation plans to target larger companies in the second phase of soliciting new downtown businesses, and in the third phase will recruit the district’s cultural organizations.

A study conducted by Oregon's Portland State University found that retail and restaurant consumers arriving by bicycle tend to spend more money per month at businesses than motorists do. This is because bicyclists experience neighborhoods and street-level businesses differently than motorists, lingering at shop windows and reading signage that might offer special items or discounts, something motorists can't do easily.

Read more in Bob Griendling’s article, “Bicycling can bring benefits to businesses and riders.”

Sidewalk Café Grant in the News

The Downtown Partnership offers a Storefront and Sidewalk Café Grant supports and encourages more investment in the street level appearance and sidewalk space activation through storefront and sidewalk cafe improvements.   ABC Action News featured a story on the grant program. You can read about it in “Grant money encourages sidewalk cafe culture on dowtown Tampa streets.”

Partnership Researches Last Mile Options
The Downtown Partnership has been researching potential options for “first and last mile” transportation in its urban district. The first and last mile is a term used in the transportation industry to describe the movement of people connecting by a short distance typically at the beginning or end of their commute. The Partnership is considering the possible use of free electric vehicle service. This idea is in early stages of exploration. Read more in “Short downtown trips spark interest in free electric cars” -


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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.

Preseason Lightning Tickets on Sale
Tampa Bay Lightning Preseason begins September 22, and tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster Tampa Bay Lightning Preseason. Single ticket sales for regular season games go on sale beginning September 4.

Lecture on Andy Warhol and Printmaking
Friday, August 28, Begins 6:30pm (Lecture 7pm to 8pm)
Tampa Museum of Art
In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking looks at how Warhol, the “Pope of Pop”, and his contemporaries used color to challenge, subvert, express emotion, and even experiment. Lecturer, Karin Campbell, is the Phil Willson Curator of Contemporary Art at the Joslyn Art Museum and curator of In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking. The American Spirit: Painting and Sculpture from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. For more information, visit Tampa Museum of Art.

Comedian Patton Oswalt
Saturday, August 29, Begins 7:30pm
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Actor and writer, Patton Oswalt, is popular fixture on the stand-up comedy circuit since the late 1990s and known for his roles, among others, in CBS sitcom King of Queens and Pixar’s Ratatouille (as the voice of Remy).

For more information, visit Patton Oswalt at The Straz.

Coast Summer Scavenger
Sunday, August 30, 10am to 2pm
Downtown Tampa
Ride solo or join forces with up to 4 people per team. The Coast Summer Scavenger [hunt] will bring you through the streets of Downtown, Ybor, Hyde Park, Davis Island and more! Pick up a Coast bike from the downtown area or plan to ride your own. For more information, visit Coast Summer Scavenger.

Winefest 2015: Napolean Wineamite
Thursday September 10 to Sunday, September 13
Tampa Theatre
Features local restaurants, delectable wines, Sunday brunch, an exclusive tasting experience and – New This Year! – a “Movie Under The Stars.” For more information, visit Winefest.

PNC Bank Concert Artist Series
The University of Tampa has announced its 2015-2016 PNC Bank Concert Artist Series at the Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values, sponsored by PNC Bank.

The concert dates follow. Seating is limited, and doors open 30 minutes before the concerts.
•    Brass and Organ Extravaganza!, Sunday, September 20, 2pm
•    The Svyati Duo, Sunday, October 25, 2pm
•    Let Heaven and Nature Sing: The University of Tampa Holiday Concert, Sunday, December 6, 2 and 4pm
•    Virtuoso Music for Organ and Piano, Sunday, February 21, 2pm
•    Music for Organ: Four Hands and Four Feet, Sunday, March 1, 2pm
•    The Amernet Quartet, Sunday April 3, 2pm

For more information, visit UT Sykes Chapel.


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Marketplace News
Old Tampa Book Company offers a 50% off sale running through Sunday, August 30. OTBC is also forming a Downtown Book Club, and seeking input and interest in Downtown book lovers.   Email them to express your interest and input at  

USA Today’s 10 Best Waterfront Restaurants in Tampa include downtown area restaurants, Café DuFrain, Columbia Café, Jackson’s Bistro Bar & Sushi, and Ulele. Congratulations to those restaurants and their teams!

“American Social To Open West Coast Flagship In Downtown Tampa” - PR Newswire  
Speaking of waterfront restaurants, the upscale sports bar and "farm-to-table" restaurant originating in South Florida, is planning a new location in Tampa at The Pointe on Harbour Island, a project being repositioned by Convergent Capital Partners. The space is in excess of 12,000 square-feet.

Crumb&Cork has happy hours, no cover jazz nights and art nights scheduled throughout the week. 

“Holy Hog Barbecue launches Southern-inspired breakfast menu at downtown Tampa store” - Tampa Bay Business Journal
Beginning Tuesday, September 8, Holy Hog will offer a Southern-inspired breakfast menu!

SUP the City  - Wednesdays and Fridays, through September 2. Launching from three different Tampa parks including Water Works, Julian. B Lane, and Cotanchobee, the class paddles along the Hillsborough River.

Helicopter Challenge 2050
Saturday, September 19, 10:30am to 3:30pm
The Hive at John F. Germany Public Library
The Hive will host an event to help young innovators, ages 10-16 as they work on submissions for the Sikorsky Helicopter Challenge. This national scholarship competition involves designing an eco-friendly helicopter of the future with a chance to win $1,000 and a trip to Sikorsky headquarters to see how helicopters are made. Instructors and mentors are wanted for guiding workshop activities and helping participants work on their ideas. (Light lunch provided) Register at Helicopter Challenge 2050. For more information or to sign up as an instructor or mentor, please contact Debra Campbell at 813.760.7860 or

Lightning & Amalie Arena Job Fair Today
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Amalie Arena will hold a part-time job fair today, Monday, August 24, 3pm to 7pm on the Promenade Level of the arena. The fair is being held to fill part-time positions for Amalie Arena events, Lightning hockey and Tampa Bay Storm football games. Positions include ushers, guest service representatives, security, housekeeping, conversion, retail, concessions, kitchen staff, warehouse, and working on the suite level. All positions are part-time and offer competitive hourly wages with incentives. All candidates are asked to dress professionally and to bring five copies of their resume, along with written references. Enter via the main staircase off of Ford Thunder Alley.

Public Art to Salute Downtown Destinations
Poe Parking Garage on Ashley Drive in Downtown Tampa will be transformed with public art, honoring surrounding cultural assets, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa Riverwalk, John F. Germany Library, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Florida Museum for Photographic Arts, Glazer Children’s Museum, and Tampa Museum of Art.

The design of the murals will interpret the call to “Stay Curious”, reminding visitors to continuing learning and experiencing the arts. 

To view more renderings, please visit

BankUnited on Lending in Tampa
Miami-based Banyan Street Capital, who acquired the Rivergate Tower (Sykes Building) in early August for $70 million, received a $58 million mortgage for acquisition and renovations from BankUnited. In a written statement, BankUnited indicated it is enthusiastic about their robust lending in Florida, and in Tampa in particular. Read more in “Lender on Rivergate acquisition 'enthusiastic' about Tampa”Tampa Bay Business Journal

CAMLS is “Disney for Docs”
CAMLS, an innovative medical simulation center in Downtown Tampa, was featured in a recent 83 Degrees article, “Disney for docs: CAMLS leads training in biotech, medical devices.”


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Development & Transportation

Vinik’s Plan Named in Money Magazine
In Money Magazine’s August 16th publication on top places to live, Tampa was ranked “Best Place to Live in the Southeast.” Jeff Vinik’s 40-acre vision plan was cited in the article as a contributing factor on what makes Tampa so hot.

A Look at Downtown’s Planned Developments
As growth of planned downtown residential developments continue, Tampa Tribune takes stock of the numbers. As mentioned in the article, the Biennial Downtown Resident and Workforce Study speaks to the growing demand for downtown residential units. Read more in “New residences rising to challenge of more liveable Tampa.”

Downtown Groundbreakings
Florida Crystals’ Channelside Residences - Last week’s groundbreaking signified the official start of the building construction of the 300-residential unit mid-rise in Downtown’s Channel District. Read about it in “Florida Crystals starts building $60 million mid-rise apartments in Tampa's Channel District” -

Atlanta-based Carter’s Grant Block Development – The Tampa Bay Business Journal reported that Carter is under contract to buy the block of North Franklin Street known as the Grant block and expects to close within 45 days. Construction is to begin shortly thereafter. Read more in “Developer says 23-story tower in downtown Tampa will break ground soon” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Co-Listing on Kress Building
Jeannette Jason, of Cushman & Wakefield Tampa, and her father, Doran Jason, based out of Miami, will co-list the historic Kress Building in the heart of Downtown Tampa as they market the downtown property to developers. Read more in “Downtown Tampa's historic Kress to be marketed nationally as redevelopment opportunity” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

News from HART
Congratulations to Katharine Eagan, Chief Executive Officer of Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, who was recently nominated for the White House "Champion of Change" program in the category focused on "Beyond Traffic: Innovators in Transportation" for exemplary leadership in advancing transportation and leading change that benefit our nation's transportation system for decades to come at the local, regional and/or national levels.

HART ridership continues to remain steady, with July’s ridership numbers at 1.15 million passenger trips. Fiscal year-to-date ridership is approximately 1 percent above same period last year.

GO Hillsborough Update
Be involved in the county’s future transportation plans by attending a GO Hillsborough community meeting. Here is a link to the meeting dates and times, which includes this Thursday’s downtown meeting at John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N. Ashley Dr., August 24, 5:30pm.

Relative to the GO Hillsborough transportation plans, a one-cent sales tax option is being discussed as county officials look to a potential 2016 transportation referendum. Read more in “Hillsborough reconsidering one cent sales tax for transportation.”Tampa Bay Times

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Member Corner

Tampa Electric Works with County Schools
Tampa Electric’s Pam Downing, manager for Industrial Accounts, and Susan Fitzgerald, program manager of Energy Management Services, work closely with Bill Robertson, supervisor of Energy Management Services for Hillsborough County School system to identify ways the school system’s 215 school buildings can save energy and money while still keeping everyone comfortable.

Over the past six years, Tampa Electric has worked with Robertson to install 14 thermal energy storage (TES) units, with two additional units slated for later this year. The units make ice late at night during off-peak hours and use that ice to cool buildings throughout the day, when the demand and price for electricity are higher.

Among other savings, Tampa Electric has provided more than $777,000 in rebates to the Hillsborough County School system for TES units during these past six years.  Visit to learn more about Tampa Electric’s energy-saving programs.

Lightning Hire Assistant Coach
The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired Brad Lauer as assistant coach, vice president and general manager.  Lauer is a native of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, and has spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks.  He helped Anaheim to a 51-24-7 record and 109 points last season, tied for the most in the NHL’s Western Conference.  Lauer made his NHL coaching debut with the Ottawa Senators in 2009 as an assistant coach.   The 48-year-old was drafted by the New York Islanders in the second round, 34th overall, of the 1985 draft.  He played in 323 NHL games with the Islanders, Senators, Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins, recording 44 goals and 111 points.  Congratulations and welcome to Coach Lauer!


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Around Town

Parks “Stay & Play” Program Extended
Tampa Parks “Stay and Play” program will be extended into the 2015-2016 School Year. The program was launched in June, by the City of Tampa to help keep kids safe through extended hours parks programs, giving kids a choice to be a part of a safe, productive, and fun environment. This extension will include free after school and weekend programs at:

•           Copeland Park Community Center, 11001 North 15th Street
•           Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 2200 North Oregon Avenue
•           Grant Park Activity Center, 3724 North 54th Street
•           Jackson Heights Community Center, 3310 East Lake Avenue
•           Springhill Community Center, 1000 East Eskimo Avenue

Prospective Corporate Headquarters
Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation has reported that five brand-name companies are potential candidates to relocate their corporate headquarters within Hillsborough County.  Read more in “Tampa economic development officials say they have 5 corporate HQ prospects” - Tampa Bay Business Journal

Free Spay and Neuter Service
The Humane Society Tampa Bay and PetSmart Charities are offering free spay and neuter service for outdoor cats located in downtown’s 33602 zip code, along with zip codes 33603 and 33604. For more information, call 813.870.3304 or visit Humane Society Tampa Bay

Entrepreneur Collaborative Center
The Financial Seminar is a series of FREE professional business seminars hosted by the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival and the Entrepreneur Collaborative Center . The series takes place into fall months with the larger seminar taking place during the annual Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival in January. Read more at :”Building Businesses for the Future.”

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