Monday Morning Memo

Monday, April 3, 2017

Partnership Presents

New Fitness Classes in the Park

Tampa Downtown Partnership  and YMCA Central City are happy to announce new fitness classes in the park! Kicking off April 17 in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, U-JAM Fitness classes will start at 6pm every Monday, ending by 7pm with fitness instructor Heather Rollert, aka “HI-Rolla,” who is a U-Jam Fitness® and U-coach Instructor, also certified in Zumba® and AFAA. U-JAM Fitness® is an athletic dance fitness workout designed for all fitness levels that combines World Beats with easy to learn steps and high energy music for a workout that will keep your students coming back for more. U-JAM Fitness® takes you around the world from Bollywood to Hip-Hop and Latin to Jazz fused with an “Urban-Hip Hop” flavor and Old School Jams. It is an intense cardio dance workout designed to burn calories, tone your body, and leave you begging for more!

Downtowner Stats for March

When the Downtowner free ride service launched in October of last year Tampa Downtown Partnership couldn’t wait to see how the service would be used. Now wrapping up its sixth month of service, it is safe to say Downtowner is a smashing success.  Over 46,900 rides have been completed from October 20 through March 30, moving 75,829 passengers throughout Downtown Tampa. Drivers crossed over 91,740 miles within Downtown in the month of March eliminating over 37 tons of CO2 from Tampa’s air with their electric vehicles. Haven’t tried the Downtowner yet? Download the app today! Be sure to plan ahead during peak hours.

Mayor’s Mac N Cheese Throwdown

This free, signature event presented by Tampa Downtown Partnership in conjunction with the City of Tampa and Mayor Bob Buckhorn, will take place on April 29 from 3pm to 7pm in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. In addition to Mac & Cheese tastings, the Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown will feature a stage with live entertainment of local and regional musical talent, craft beer and wine vendors and games / activities for all ages. Registration is open for volunteers who want to experience all the fun and contribute to this great event! Feel free to share this link with your network of friends and colleagues – the more, the merrier!

Rock The Park This Thursday

Since 2010, Tampa Downtown Partnership has brought Rock the Park to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. This free monthly music series showcases Central Florida’s musical talents of all genres the first Thursday of every month. Join us this Thursday at 6:30pm as we welcome BUNCH, Flow Sisters, and Mountain Holler to the stage. Pack a picnic basket and bring Fido – dogs on leashes are welcome! Be sure to follow Rock the Park on Facebook to receive all event announcements and updates.

Get Social with Tampa’s Downtown

Tampa Downtown Partnership wants you to join in the conversation on social media! We are active on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn – posting traffic alerts, events, breaking business news, and fun photos of our Downtown. Tagging @TampasDowntown ensures we see your post and may re-post/tweet to our audience of over 60,000 Downtown residents, workers, and stakeholders.  Love posting about your favorite spots and businesses Downtown? Be sure to tag #UrbanInsiderTPA

Your Downtown Calendar

The following is just a sample of upcoming events in Downtown Tampa.  Visit the Downtown Tampa Events Calendar for a more comprehensive list. Going to one of the events? Snap a photo and tag #UrbanInsiderTPA

City of Tampa State of the City

Tuesday, April 4, begins 10am
Kiley Gardens
Join Mayor Bob Buckhorn as he highlights the progress and energy in Tampa today. This event is open to the public and seating is first come first serve. For more info, go to City of Tampa State of the City.

Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta

Wednesday, April 5, 11am to 2pm
Lykes Gaslight Park
Enjoy your lunch break in the great outdoors! Choose from a variety of colorful food truck options as the rolling kitchens line the park and serve up crafty meals to hungry Downtown patrons. For more information, go to Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta.

Chillounge Night

Saturday, April 8, begins 6pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
The park will transform into the ultimate outdoor lounge under the stars. Three live band performances will be featured). The evening entertainment lineup will also include a fashion show, the colorful Brazilian Samba Parade, and National Anthem by Jay Rosenberg. Plus, no evening is complete without a sparkling firework display. Chillounge Night.

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara – Through Sunday, April 9
Honors Recital – Thursday, April 6, begins 7pm
Tosca – Friday, April 7 to Sunday, April 9
Bianca Del Rio – Not Today Satan Tour – Friday, April 7, begins 8pm
Amy Morgan – Live & Local – Sunday, April 9, 11:45am to 1:45pm

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

Personal Shopper – Through Wednesday, April 5
Toni Erdmann – Friday, April 7 to Tuesday, April 11
Weird Science – Friday, April 7, begins 10:30am
Look to the Sky – Saturday, April 8, 2pm to 3:15pm
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure – Sunday, April 9, 3pm to 4:30pm

This Week at Amalie Arena

Arijit Singh Live in Concert – Saturday, March 8, begins 8:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres – Sunday, April 9, begins 5pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Plant Museum Shop

The Museum Store has new stock that draws from Museum’s current exhibit, “Menus, The Epicurean Experience.” Table linens from Provence, wooden serving pieces, trivets, salt and pepper shakers, candle sticks, grinders, art plates, and canvas wine casks. Check out the perfect host gift of a Ridley’s Food & Drink Quiz game. For the canine gourmet in your life, look for the Harry Barker cookies in the stately tin, as well as Kitty Kat Catnip for your favorite feline. This lovely boutique is filled with unique fashion accessories, fun toys, and custom-made Plant Museum tee-shirts, candles, postcards, cookies, tea, and coffee. There’s no admission fee to shop, and every purchase supports the museum!

Marketplace News

Easter Brunch is happening in Tampa’s Downtown! Brunches featuring the Easter bunny and lavish buffets. Be sure to make your reservations early.

Garagiste Meadery is set to open this summer at 1506 N. Florida. Inspired by the growth and development of Tampa Heights, this meadery will serve old world tradition mixed with South Florida style.

Bamboozle Café will host the opening reception for upcoming exhibit, Fools for Art,  on Tuesday April 4 from 6pm to 9pm. The exhibit will feature art from Willy Rivera and Tim Gibbons.

Arbonne Skincare and Shop will ‘pop-up’ at the Region’s Bank Building, Suite 2140 from 11am to 2pm on Wednesday, April 5.

Cocoa Exchange will ‘pop-up’ at the Bank of America Building, Suite 890, on Thursday April 9. From the Mars family of chocolatiers, the company aspires to us only sustainable cocoa in all of their products by 2020 – their Dark chocolate is already 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Channelside Bay Plaza’s New Tenant

Boston-based Suffolk Construction announced it will open a 4,500-square-foot office at Channelside Bay Plaza in downtown Tampa in April. About 20 employees will work from the site, which will be the construction firm’s fourth location in the state. BDG Architects is partnering with Suffolk Construction to complete the design of the new space, which will include virtual reality technology capabilities.
“Suffolk Construction To Open Office In Tampa’s Channelside Bay Plaza”Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Named Best City for Business Travel

Tampa has been named the eighth best city in the United States to travel to for business. Call International, a travel risk management company, evaluated the country’s 20 biggest markets for how friendly they are for business traveler needs such as on-time flights and reasonably priced hotels. The markets were judged on factors including hotel prices, 4G LTE coverage, traffic, emergency room efficiency and timeliness of flights.
“Study: Tampa Named Eighth-Best City For Business Travelers”Tampa Bay Times

Development and Transportation

Channel District Developer Looks to the Future

Mercury Advisors, which developer Ken Stoltenberg runs with business partner Frank Bombeeck, built Grand Central in 2005. Since then, luxury apartments have replaced most of the vacant lots and derelict warehouses that once dotted the urban neighborhood. With billions more in development slated to break ground in the coming years, it’s the best Stoltenberg says he’s ever felt about the Channel district. The neighborhood has come so far, Stoltenberg said, that Mercury Advisors is considering another condominium project, on land that the group has owned since 2006, at Channelside Drive and East Whiting Street. It would be a boutique project, with 61 units priced between $750,000 and $1.3 million.
“As Downtown Tampa’s Channel District Hits A Tipping Point, One Of Its First Developers Looks To The Future”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Transportation App of the Week

Did you know that taxi companies have apps too? Now that 64 percent of the U.S. population own smartphones, the need for service industry app solutions is greater than ever. That’s why YellowCabCo. developed its own free transportation app, allowing customers to hail a cab with the touch of a screen. Using GPS and mobile technology, our customers can now order a cab ride, watch in real-time as the cab arrives, and rate their customer experience all from their mobile devices. Download their app today and see for yourself.

InVision Tampa Plan at 5 Years

At the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s 21st Annual Downtown Development Forum, Randy Goers, Urban Planning Coordinator with the City of Tampa, provided an update on the InVision Tampa Plan. Launched in 2012, InVision Tampa placed an emphasis on people, places, and progress with 106 actions outlined for completion. Since its launch, 25 have been completed and 54 are underway including the completion of 12,194 dwelling units and 11.3 miles of bike lanes throughout Tampa. View the full presentation including future developments and other focus areas. Visit to view all presentations given during the Downtown Development Forum.

Tampa Streetcar: Be a Part of the Solution

The Tampa Historic Streetcar System is a 2.7-mile long streetcar transportation network that provides a unique connection from downtown Tampa and the Channelside District to the Ybor City historic district. Today, the system is used mainly by tourists. But the City of Tampa is exploring a future for the streetcar as a true transportation option for residents, visitors, and employees in the downtown core. The process kicked off with a public brainstorm on Tuesday, March 7. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 4 at the Tampa Bay History Center and is open to the public. You can help determine the future “purpose and need” of the line.

Member Corner

TECO Big Bend Solar Array Commendation

On Friday, March 31, the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners commended Tampa Electic, also known as TECO – an Emera Company, for the creation of the Big Bend Solar Array, further demonstrating its commitment to providing clean energy for Hillsborough County. The Big Bend Solar Array is a 23-megawatt facility that produces over 30 percent more energy than fixed solar arrays. Completed in February of 2017, it can power more than 3,300 homes and reduces carbon dioxide emissions by up to 30,000 tons every year. View the full press release.

UT to Offer Master’s in Cybersecurity

The University of Tampa has announced it will begin offering a master’s degree in cybersecurity to prepare individuals to become proficient in ensuring the confidentiality, availability and integrity of data, in preserving and restoring systems, and in developing risk management skills. Starting in Fall 2017, the M.S. in Cybersecurity, offered by the Sykes College of Business, will help students launch or advance a career in the dynamic and growing cybersecurity industry. For more information, see

Social Media for Artists

Presented by A MEDIA Marketing and sponsored by the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Social Media for Artists is a two-part series just for artists covering various social media channels, including YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. Session one, on April 11 is for beginners and session two, on May 9, is for intermediates. Visit Hillsborough Arts for more information and to register.

Vincent Jackson and Matt May in Conversation

The Tampa Museum of Art is pleased to announce a special program in conjunction with the current exhibition on view, Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present, featuring Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson and Photographer Matt May in Conversation, on Wednesday, April 5, at 7pm.  Registration and RSVP required. Free for members and students, $15 for not-yet-members. Includes gallery access. Cash bar and concessions available for purchase from SONO Café on South Terrace. RSVP to Michele Laws at or at 813. 421. 6631.

Westshore Alliance Development Forum

If you want to know what’s happening in Westshore, you don’t want to miss this event! Westshore offers exciting opportunities for those who work, live, play and stay in this premier community. Join us for the 15th Annual Westshore Development Forum on Tuesday, April 11to find out the latest market trends, real estate and development initiatives that are creating a vibrant urban experience in the heart of the Tampa Bay region. View the event page for more information and to register.

Around Town

Community Conversation on Trail Networks

Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp, District 6 Countywide, is hosting a Community Conversation Tuesday, April 4 in Tampa concerning trails, greenways and active transportation in Hillsborough County and the region. The event is the first in a series of conversations Kemp plans to hold throughout the county to discuss topics of interest with residents. The Tuesday April 4 Community Conversation will feature Dale Allen, Executive Director of the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation. For more information, visit

Historic Preservation Funds Available

The City of Tampa has once again made the Interstate Historic Preservation Trust Fund Grants available to residents with a homestead property within the national historic boundary of V.M.Ybor. The deadline to submit the application is May 3 at 3pm. For more information on this program, the loan program, or the matching grant program, visit

West River Redevelopment Underway

The city is demolishing the Water and Wastewater Maintenance Yard on Rome Avenue in West Tampa to make room for portions of the $350 million West River redevelopment plan, which includes a massive rehab to parts of West Tampa along the Hillsborough River north of downtown. The plan calls for a more walkable community and a reimagined Main Street with robust shopping and dining options. New housing will accommodate residents of all incomes with a mix of single family homes, apartments and subsidized housing. The plan also includes relocating a publics works fleet from a 12-acre site along the river.
“Buckhorn Knocks Down A Building To Make Room For $350M Redevelopment In West Tampa”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Tampa Bay’s Most Valuable Brands

Tampa Bay-based companies Publix Super Markets Inc., Jabil Circuit Inc., and Raymond James Financial Inc. have all been named on the 2017 list of America’s most valuable brands. Compiled by Brand Finance, a valuation and strategy consultancy, Publix ranked No. 122, Jabil at 420, and Raymond James moved up to No. 428 from 456 in 2016. Brand Finance said Publix’ brand value is $5.8 billion, compared to $6 billion a year ago. Jabil’s brand value is $1.5 billion for 2017; it was $2 billion last year. Raymond James’ current brand value is just under $1.5 billion this year, compared to $1.3 billion a year ago.
3 Tampa Bay Companies Among America’s ‘Most Valuable Brands’” Tampa Bay Business Journal

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