The Tampa Downtown Partnership administers the Special Services District program through an annual contract with the City of Tampa. Since 1994, the Special Services District (SSD) has focused on maintaining a clean and safe downtown for people to live, work and play. As the longest operating business improvement district in the state of Florida, the Special Services District encompasses 1,085 acres and 348 blocks. Property owners initiated the District as an economic development tool, providing a reliable source of income to enhance the services of the Central Business District.
In 2017, property owners in Tampa Heights requested the provision of Special Services be extended into their area. In response to these requests and the growth of Tampa’s Downtown and adjacent neighborhoods, City Council approved the expansion on Thursday, August 23, 2018. Service began October 1, 2018.