Our History

The Tampa Downtown Partnership (the Partnership or TDP) is a private, not-for-profit, 501C(6) corporation chartered under the laws of the State of Florida.

The Tampa Downtown Association was originally formed out of a collaboration of downtown stakeholders, including influential property owners, developers and business people who, for several months, held weekly discussions about key downtown issues. They believed that for downtown to continue to prosper as the region’s economic, cultural and recreational center, Tampa’s central business district should have a proactive, private-sector organization that represented the downtown community.

The Association was structured in a way that ensured a broad representation of the downtown business community and provided a forum for dialog among downtown community leaders. The Association drafted a mission statement and goals that formed basis for the Association to begin its work.

On August 7, 1987, the board of directors unanimously voted to change the Association’s name to the Tampa Downtown Partnership.  The name reflects a genuine desire to work together in a partnership with the downtown community to elevate the potential of downtown’s physical and economic development.