march 2018

fri23mar7:30 am12:00 pm22nd Annual Development Forum7:30 am - 12:00 pm Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602


Event Details

Be sure to mark your calendar for March 23 from 7:30am until noon for our 22nd Annual Development Forum.  This half-day event focuses on the exploration of innovative ideas in urban development and serves as a catalyst for discussion and problem solving for major urban issues. Attendees hear from developers and industry experts on the front lines of the most significant projects in downtown including sports and learn about Tampa’s city center progress in economic development, higher education, and commercial and residential development. The event features local and national keynote speakers who provide insights on the state of downtown as well as provide recommendations for future improvements. Additionally, representatives from some of the most significant and innovative Downtown industries give “barometer” reports of activities in their respective business sectors and provide a picture of how each sector is performing and what to expect in the near future.  Each year, hundreds of downtown stakeholders, urban planners, developers, real estate professionals, property owners, public officials, non-profit organizations, and arts and entertainment professionals and those interested in improving downtown are in attendance. Mark your calendar, tell your colleagues, and we look forward to seeing you there! Register today. #DevelopmentForum2018

Discussion Topics:

The Importance of Leadership in the Business Community

Mickey Jacob, Tampa Downtown Partnership
Steve Bernstein, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce
Rick Homans, Tampa Bay Partnership
Craig Richard, Economic Development Corporation

USF School of Medicine Development Spotlight
Dr. Charles Lockwood, USF Morsani College of Medicine

Higher Education in Downtown
Kevin Plummer, Tampa Preparatory School

UT Development Spotlight
Dr. Ronald Vaughn, University of Tampa

Sustainability Panel

Lisa Marier, Strategic Property Partners
Rob Bennett, TECO Energy
Steven Koontz, Tampa Bay Trane

Real Estate Trends and Updates

Commercial Office Space
Larry Richey, Cushman & Wakefield

Residential Update
Dave Traynor, Smith & Associates

Economic Development Impact of Sports Teams
Speakers to be announced.

Thank you Sponsors!

Platinum: Hillsborough River Realty Corporation/The Jeffries Companies; TECO, an Emera Company

Gold: The University of Tampa

Silver: Appraisal Development International, Inc.; Baker Barrios Architects; Oxford Exchange; Smith and Associates; Stantec; VHB

Media Partner: Tampa Bay Times


(Friday) 7:30 am - 12:00 pm


Tampa Convention Center

333 S Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602