Since 1986, the Tampa Downtown Partnership has been working to enhance the quality of life in Tampa’s Downtown. We aim to provide workers, residents and visitors a clean, safe and dynamic neighborhood.
The Tampa Downtown Partnership administers the Special Services District (SSD) program through an annual contract with the City of Tampa. The Special Services District is the longest operating business improvement district in the State of Florida. It encompasses 1,192 aces and 337 blocks. Since its inception in 1994, the SSD has provided services above and beyond the standard services provided by the City of Tampa. Funding for the SSD comes from an assessment placed on non-exempt property owners within the District. These programs and services make significant improvements in the way Downtown looks and operates.
As part of the Downtown Special Services District renewal process, the Partnership holds three community meetings in July prior to the Public Hearing before Tampa City Council. This year the meetings will be held via Zoom and will cover the SSD FY22 Workplans and Budget.
Connect with us at one of the following meetings:
July 22 at 8:30 am
July 27 at 12:00 pm
Monday – Friday – 7am – 8pmSaturday – 11am to 8pmSunday – 7am to 4pm
The Partnership’s Downtown Guides’ mission is to provide a safer, more accessible environment for people in downtown. The Guides help provide a safe and inviting Downtown environment through their role as on-street ambassadors. They help deter suspicious activity as Downtown’s additional eyes and ears, and offer a friendly “concierge” type service. The Downtown Guides are unarmed public safety ambassadors, who are First Aid and CPR certified and work closely with the Tampa Police Department through the Downtown Security Network and Downtown Business Watch programs. They patrol the Special Service District (SSD) on foot and in a service vehicle. In an effort to streamline operations, the Downtown Guides now use 4G enabled iPads to help provide visitors with real-time information with access to maps, the Partnership website, and Downtown events calendar.
On-going training is an essential element to the Guides’ performance, and they receive some of the best available from organizations like AAA – The Auto Club Group, Tampa Fire and Rescue, Tampa Police Department, Visit Tampa Bay, and more.
Tampa’s Downtown Guides are also available for hire to assist at special events by directing attendees, distributing event information and greeting customers. To apply for assistance, please fill out the Special Event Assistance Application and/or contact Shaun Drinkard via email or at 813.221.3686 for more information.
The Partnership’s Downtown Clean Team provides supplemental litter and debris removal, minor landscaping, and maintenance to the sidewalks, curbs, and other public areas located within the Downtown Special Services District, to maintain a clean and safe Downtown experience. Team members also observe and report code enforcement issues, trip hazards, streetlight outages, and other relevant concerns related to the look and safety of Downtown. The Clean Team also recently began using iPads to track and record maintenance concerns, directly reporting the issues electronically to the appropriate City of Tampa department for resolution. Event organizers should fill out the Special Event Assistance Application and/or contact Shaun Drinkard via email or at 813.221.3686 for more information.
Monday – Friday – 6am – 3pmSaturday – 7am – 4pmSunday – 7am – 4pm
The Tampa Downtown Partnership supports the growth and vitality of the urban core through the marketing of downtown. This program promotes Downtown Tampa through the development and management of public relations campaigns, marketing, and social media strategies that effectively tell Downtown’s story.
The Partnership publishes several communications pieces including the Downtown Dining and Entertainment Guide, as well as weekly online newsletters, such as the Monday Morning Memo. Additionally, the Partnership promotes Downtown happenings through social media including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
Features virtual events focusing on important development issues that impact Downtown including topics such as the Downtown Residential Experience, the importance of smart planning, sustainability, arts & culture, transportation Initiatives, City of Tampa updates and other important issues.
Celebrates businesses, organizations, individuals, events and projects that have made significant contributions toward creating a unique, vibrant and diverse downtown environment – and have made a lasting, positive impact on downtown Tampa. Each year an awards jury representing a cross-section of downtown constituencies selects award winners honoring the leadership, innovation, hard work, talent and community spirit.
Brings together developers, real estate professionals, property owners and those interested in the future of downtown to attend the Downtown Development Forum. The half-day event centers on the exploration of innovative ideas in urban development and serves as a catalyst for discussion and problem solving for major urban issues in Downtown Tampa.
Once a year the Tampa Downtown Partnership has the opportunity to share with members and the community a celebration of the organization’s accomplishments and induct new leadership at the Annual Meeting and Luncheon.
The Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Transportation Management Organization looks for ways to improve Downtown mobility, commuting, and parking options. The goal is to provide maximum accessibility and mobility to and within the urban core by offering multiple options that are fast, convenient, and sustainable.
This program helps make Downtown Tampa more inviting by beautifying green space and public areas through redevelopment projects, landscaping and urban design, and public art. The program also supports and partially funds various small-scale projects as needs arise, often in venture with other entities.
The purpose of the Tampa Downtown Storefront and Sidewalk Cafe Grant Program is to support and encourage more investment in the street level appearance and activation through storefront and sidewalk cafe improvements.