Monday Morning Memo | Tampa Downtown Partnership 

September 19, 2011

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...

Downtown Happenings Urban News
Downtown Debriefing Series: The Talent Dividend Prize! Be the Thunder
Happy Birthday Glazer Children's Museum! Tampa's Downtown on Ice Returns!
H.P. Plant Museum's "The Great Gatsby Party" Sono Café Now Delivers!
Sunset Wild Dolphin Ecotours Best in the Biz-Many are Downtown!
Free Museum Day - Tampa Bay History Center 1 of 12 Tampa Education Ctr (SLU DT Campus) is Open
MOR to Turn Park into 5 Hour Comedy Block!  
City of...Fashion+Art+Culture  
Calling All Local Artists!  
City Development & Transportation  Around Town Collaboration 
Local Landmark Looking for a Café or Restaurant Let's Build A Playground!
HART Board Public Hearing Dragon Boats Happy Hour Mini Regattas
Platt Street Bridge Closure Downtown Y Corporate Cup 5K Run
  Support Needed for Super Bowl Bid

Downtown Happenings

Downtown Debriefing Series: The Talent Dividend Prize!

A Tampa Downtown Partnership debriefing series event with Dr. Ken Atwater (Chair, Tampa Bay's Talent Dividend initiative and President, of Hillsborough Community College) will discuss the issue of educational attainment, and the fact that it can be the biggest predictor of success for cities and metro areas today.  It has been proven that the more educated a region's population, the more robust its economy will be.  The Talent Dividend Prize is a $1 million prize to be awarded to the city or region that exhibits the greatest increase in the number of post-secondary degrees granted per one thousand population over a 4 year period and achieves its “Talent Dividend”.  The Talent Dividend Prize is offered as a joint effort by CEOs for Cities, The Kresge Foundation and Lumina Foundation for Education. Join us to learn more about the Talent Dividend as it relates to downtown Tampa and Hillsborough County and how your organization can support this initiative. The event will take place at the Tampa Club (101 East Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 4200) on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. Networking and registration with the program beginning promptly at 8:00 a.m. - Click here to register for the event


Happy Birthday Glazer Children’s Museum!

The Glazer Children’s Museum is offering $5.00 Admission through September 30th, 2011 in celebration of its first birthday.  The museum along Tampa’s waterfront opened last September and attracted more than 200,000 visitors in its first nine months, exceeding expectations.  Regular admission is $15.00 for adults; and $9.50 for children.  (As per the article in St. Petersburg Times on Thursday, September 15, 2011)

H.P. Plant Museum’s “The Great Gatsby Party”

The Great Gatsby Party will be held in Fletcher Lounge at The University of Tampa on Saturday, October 1, 2011, 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm. This will be a legendary party, just like Jay Gatsby’s parties in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. Instead of a Long Island home, this unique evening will take place in the fashionable Tampa Bay Hotel dining room. The roaring twenties will come to life as gangsters demand the password to enter through the custom designed doors to the merrymaking. Denise Moore and The Helios Swingtet will set the tone for dancing and entertainment. Black Jack and Roulette will be offered for those who feel lucky. 1920’s Menus from the Tampa Bay Hotel have been used to create food for even the most gourmet palette.

Sunset Wild Dolphin Ecotours

The Florida Aquarium offers evening Wild Dolphin Ecotours aboard the Bay Spirit II, a 72-foot powered catamaran, that will take you to see wild dolphins, bird sanctuaries and other native Florida animals found in the bay. This 90-minute tour includes a cash beer and wine bar with amazing views of the bay. Click here for more information. The tours will be on Friday, September 23 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m. The Bay Spirit II is located at the Tampa Convention Center Marina, downtown Tampa.


Free Museum Day -Tampa Bay History Center One of Twelve

The Smithsonian Institution has selected the Tampa Bay History Center to participate in its Smithsonian Affiliations Program. The History Center joins a prestigious national list of affiliates and is one of only 12 in Florida. To celebrate, the Tampa Bay History Center will be participating in Smithsonian Day on Sept. 24th. As part of the celebration, the museum will offer free admission to guests. Click here for 83 degrees article.

MOR to Turn Lykes Gaslight Square Park in to 5 Hr Comedy Block!

Downtown Tampa you are invited to stop by for a laugh during lunch! On Friday, September 23, Tampa Bay’s popular entertainment television station MOR will be turning Lykes Gaslight Square Park into a 5 hour comedy block featuring standup comedy performances by nationally known comedians including Tim Wilkins, Long Island Mary, Michael Murillo, Juanita Lolita and more!  It’s all to celebrate the launch of “The Big Bang Theory” and “30 Rock” on MOR and as well as the station’s new 5 hour comedy block of programs Monday thru Friday from 3p – 8p.  Click here for more information.

CITY of...Fashion+Art+Culture 

The Tampa Museum of Art becomes a CITY of...Fashion+Art+Culture on Friday, September 30th, 2011. Don't miss this evening where style and culture meet fun and fabulous. CITY fashion event kicks the season into high gear with a visual narrative of fall vibes. A spectacular fashion show produced by Neiman Marcus highlights the latest fall fashion trends. Delectables & libations; entertainment; admission to museum galleries; valet parking and more! For more information on this event click here


Calling All Local Artists!  

The Tampa Bay Business Journal is seeking artwork for the 2012 Book of Lists. Once again, the TBBJ is seeking original artwork from LOCAL bay area artists to be published in the Book of Lists in December of 2011. They are looking for original paintings, drawings or artistic photographs that reflect the artist's interpretation of the Tampa Bay area. The book contains more than 100 lists of area industries and reaches more than 136,000 readers in the Tampa Bay area business community and is used widely as a long-term business resource.  Click here for more information. Submissions must be received by Friday, October 14, 2011 and the selected artists will be notified by  November 1, 2011. 


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City Development & Transportation

Local Landmark Looking for a Café or Restaurant

Mayor Bob Buckhorn said, “We are long overdue for a waterfront restaurant along the river in this community”.  The City of Tampa has released a RFP (Request for Proposals) for the acquisition (long-term lease or lease with option to purchase) and redevelopment of a portion of the Water Works Building as a café or restaurant. The building is located along the east side of the Hillsborough River in the Tampa Heights area.

For a copy of the RFP package, please click here.  All interested parties are invited to submit proposals no later than 4 p.m. on Oct. 13, 2011 to the City of Tampa Purchasing Department, 306 E. Jackson St., Tampa, FL 33602.  For additional information, contact Urban Development Manager Michael Hatchett at (813) 274-8812 or

HART Board Public Hearing

The HART Board tentatively voted to raise their millage rate from .468 to .500 (which is the cap) at their Sept. 12 hearing.  If it passes, the average household will see an annual increase in their assessment of only 41 cents.  If it does not pass, HART will look to cut $1.8M more in bus service and staffing to balance the budget.  It is important for the Board to hear from the business sector how important transit is to our community. Please attend the final public hearing on Monday, September 26 at 5:30pm at the HART Ybor Offices (1207 E. 7th Ave), 3rd Floor. If you cannot attend in person, send comments to the Board via the Board Clerk, Lena Petit @ Click here for more information.

Platt Street Bridge Closure

This is another reminder that the complete closure of the Platt Street Bridge for 105 days will occur on October 3. There is a community information meeting scheduled for Sept. 27 @6pm at the Freedman Tennis Court Center, 59 Columbia Dr. on Davis Islands. For road detour options, click here. You can also explore whether a HART bus route might be a more productive use of your time while sitting in the expected congestion. Click here for a flyer detailing their routes. 
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Urban News

Be the Thunder

Tampa Bay Lightning is calling upon all their fans to “Be the Thunder” behind our Lightning. The fans are encouraged to serve as the force of nature that occurs when you see the Lightning.   To read more on “Be The Thunder” from the Tampa Bay Business Journal, click here.

All 2011-12 Tampa Bay Lightning full season ticket holders will receive a “FREE” Lightning home jersey, plus they will receive a discount at the concession stands!  For information on season tickets call: (813) 301-6812 or e-mail Chris Duffy at

Tampa’s Downtown on Ice Returns! 

Ice skating returns to Curtis Hixon Park this year on November 10! This popular event will run through the holidays until January 1, 2012.  “Friends of Tampa Recreation” invites Downtown businesses the chance to support the event while promoting their business to the more than 22,000 people who are expected to skate this year with rink side “dasherboard” signage.  The deadline to reserve is November 1.  For more information, click here.

SONO Café Now Delivers!

SONO Café, which overlooks the Hillsborough River and counters the idea of fast foods and a fast life by inviting its guests to slow down and enjoy their dining experience, is now offering delivery. Their menu is rooted in Italy – where the concept of ‘Slow Food’ was founded in 1989.  They quickly became Tampa’s downtown hub during the week and weekend.  SONO Cafe is operated by Mise en Place of Tampa at the Tampa Museum of Art..  Click here for their catering & delivery menu.

Best in the Biz-Many are Downtown!

The results are in for the TBBJ’s Readers’ Choice Awards! The process began in early July when the newspaper began soliciting nominations from readers through an online form in nearly 60 categories focused on business-to-business relationships. Hundreds of nominations were received. The survey contained 56 categories and more than 750 businesses, with nearly 6,000 people who participated in promoting the process on social media channels.  Congratulations to all those who made the list in the category, “Favorite economic development council/organization”; Tampa Bay & Company, Pinellas County EDC, St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, Tampa Downtown Partnership, Tampa Bay Partnership, Westshore Alliance, Pasco EDC, Tampa Hillsborough EDC, Wesley Chapel EDC and Bradenton Downtown Development Authority.  To read more about the other categories and winners click here.

Tampa Education Center (SLU Downtown Campus) is Open

The Tampa Education Center is Saint Leo University’s first continuing education center intended to serve the greater Tampa Bay area.  It is located in the heart of a growing downtown Tampa business community, conveniently located at Grand Central in the Channel District.  The SLU Tampa Education Center offers classes in the evenings and on weekends specifically designed to accommodate the schedules of working adult students in Hillsborough County.  For more information click here or call (813)226-2777

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Around Town Collaboration

Let’s Build A Playground!

The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department is building a playground and they are seeking 100 volunteers to assist in a community build day beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 22 at Cuscaden Park, located at 2900 N. 15th  Street. The children residing in the VM (Vicente Martinez) Ybor neighborhood, where Cuscaden Park is located, began planning their new playground in August when a professional playground designer from KaBoom!, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to create great play spaces, met with the children to find out what they wanted in their own play space.  We invite you to be one of the volunteers who will build these children a new playground on one monumental day. No previous building experience is necessary. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. To volunteer, please contact: Julio Barrera at (813) 274-5188 or email:

Dragon Boats Happy Hour Mini Regattas

Start your weekend off right with a little fresh air, a little water and a whole lot of fun! Paddlers need not have any experience to participate. In fact, we encourage you and a friend to come out and try your hand at dragon boating for the first time. It's a great time to get involved, and learn how you can enter a team in the annual Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races. Click here for more information.

Downtown Y Corporate Cup 5K Run

The Downtown Y invites all Tampa Bay businesses to create a team and join us in achieving a common goal to complete a 5K run/walk together – build community involvement and promote healthy living.  Don’t have a team?  Join the Y Runners Team.  Individual runners are welcome to participate.  The run is October 20, 2011 @ 6:30pm and starting at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.  Click here for more information. Sponsorship is also still available at .


Tampa Bay is bidding to host its 5th Super Bowl in 2015, and they need the community’s help!  Tampa Bay’s bid video is culminating with a group video shoot this Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Skyway Park in Tampa.  We are asking that community supporters and their family, friends, coworkers, colleagues, neighbors, staff and other supporters come out to be a part of Tampa Bays’ bid to host Super Bowl XLIX.  Here are all the details:

Who:     ALL Tampa Bay area residents and supporters
What:    Video shoot for Tampa Bay’s bid to host Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 
When:   Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011.  Please arrive promptly at 7:30pm. 
Where:  Skyway Park in Tampa - 3901 George Rd., Tampa, FL 33634.
Details: Participants will gather on the field at approximately 7:30pm and  collectively, the group will welcome the NFL and team owners back to Tampa Bay.  The entire Tampa Bay community is invited to attend to show their support. 

Those who plan to attend are requested to RSVP by noon on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011.  To RSVP send an e-mail to Tony Diaz at

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