DOWNTOWN TAMPA Services
Tampa Downtown Services and Programs
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, First Aid 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 3G 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 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, AAA-The Auto Club Group, Tampa Fire and Rescue, Tampa Police Department, Visit Tampa Bay, Patel Conservatory, 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.
To reach the Guides, call 813.267.2220
Downtown Guides Hours:
Monday – Friday, 7am to 8pm
Saturday – 11am to 8pm
Sunday – 7am to 4pm
Tampa’s Downtown Clean Team
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.
To reach the Clean Team, call 813.857.8274 or 813.267.2221
Downtown Clean Team Hours:
Monday – Friday – 6am – 3pm
Saturday – 7am – 4pm
Sunday – 7am – 4pm
Business Development & Marketing
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, and marketing and social media strategies that effectively tell Downtown’s story. The Partnership publishes several communications pieces including the Tampa Downtown Guide Book and the Downtown Dining Guide, as well as two weekly online newsletters, Monday Morning Memo and Downtown After Hours. Additionally, the Partnership promotes downtown happenings through social media including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. The program also serves to foster business recruitment and retention efforts, which are essential to downtown development. The Partnership regularly collaborates with downtown commercial leasing agents by providing them with various marketing tools such as access to collective websites, biennial market research, and the opportunity to meet with other leasing agents and potential tenants in an effort to recruit new business to downtown.
The Downtown Debriefing Series features eight breakfast events annually, 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.
The Downtown Tampa Urban Excellence Awards celebrate 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.
The Annual Downtown Development Forum 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.
Activation Grant Program
The purpose of the Tampa Downtown Public Space Activation Grant Program is to create unique, publicly accessible activations in the public realm. The proposed projects must enhance the downtown experience via the arts and/or social good.
Storefront and Sidewalk Cafe Grant Program
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.
Transportation & Planning
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.
Placemaking & Public Space Development
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 downtown’s SSD area and various small-scale projects as needs arise, often in venture with other entities.