Monday Morning Memo

Monday, December 12, 2016

Partnership Presents

Guide Holiday Hours

In observance of the upcoming holidays, Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team will have the following special hours:

December 24
Tampa’s Downtown Guides – 8am – 5pm
Downtown Clean Team – 7am – 4pm

December 31
Tampa’s Downtown Guides – 11am – 8pm
Downtown Clean Team – 7am – 4pm

December 25
Closed – No Service

January 1
Closed – No Service
If you have any questions, please call the Tampa Downtown Partnership at 813.221.3686.

Downtown Debriefing Series

The Tampa Downtown Partnership’s next Downtown Debriefing Series, Intelligent Transportation, will take place at the Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown on Tuesday, December 13, and will focus on what’s next in connected and autonomous vehicles. Join us for a discussion with industry leaders about the future of transportation in Tampa including connected vehicle technology and autonomous vehicles. Speakers include: Paul J. Steinman, P.E. with FDOT; Robert M. Frey, AICP with THEA; Justin Begley with HART; Vik Bhide with the City of Tampa. Registration closes today at noon, register now.

Biennial Downtown Survey to Close

The Tampa Downtown Partnership’s biennial student, resident, and workforce studies are live. Your participation is paramount as Downtown rapidly evolves! Past studies have given rise to many downtown initiatives including enhanced accessibility to the river, events in the parks, new museums and attractions, extended operating hours for transportation and merchants, full-service grocers, and many more. In exchange to 10-15 minutes of your time, all participants receive a coupon for special Downtown discounts and offers. Gift card drawings will follow the close of the surveys.

Share your vision for Downtown Tampa by December 30:
If you attend university in Downtown Tampa:
If you live in Downtown Tampa:
If you work in Downtown Tampa:
Note: If you live and work in Downtown, please take the resident survey.

Do the Local Motion

Join us for the 9th Annual Holiday Hop Tour of Trees! Beginning from Poe Plaza at noon, the tours are free but a $5 donation is encouraged to support Where Love Grows, a local charity that feeds hungry children in our community. For more information, go to Do the Local Motion.

Parking Survey

The Hillsborough County Planning Commission and the Tampa Downtown Partnership are working to address Downtown parking issues. Your thoughts are very valuable to us. Please take a few moments to provide input on current and future parking topics, so we can evaluate and try to help make your parking experience even better. Thank you for your feedback!
Click on the link or copy and paste into your browser:

Downtown Storefronts – Holiday Competition

As the Tampa Downtown Partnership works to expand the holiday experience this year, you may have noticed one of its newest programs, the storefront window paintings. Fourteen vibrant scenes line the busy streets of Downtown Tampa now through the end of this year. Have a favorite? Voting opens today to select the People’s Choice Winner for this inaugural year. Click here for a map of all participating merchant locations and click here to vote for your favorite.

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.

Downtown River Arts Annual Meeting

Wednesday, December 14, 7pm to 9pm
Barrymore Hotel
The Downtown River Arts Neighborhood Association (DRANA) Annual Meeting/ Membership Mixer is a great way to meet people from the neighborhood. For more information, visit Downtown River Arts.

Tampa Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K Road Race

Sunday, December 18, begins 7:30am
Channelside Bay Plaza
The sweetest race in town! This event features the best goody bags in running, scrumptious post-race treats, and a one-hour concert by country music star, Michael Ray! For more info, go to Tampa Hot Chocolate.

Lighted Boat Parade

Sunday, December 18, begins 6pm
Begins at Rick’s on the River
Join Friends of the Riverwalk for the a fun parade of lights on the river! This moving event features multiple stops, including Rick’s on the River, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, The Sail Pavilion, and Channelside. Enjoy a bright evening along the water in Downtown Tampa! For more info, go to Lighted Boat Parade.

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

One Man Dark Knight: A Batman Parody – Friday, December 16, begins 7:30pm
Francesca – Live & Local – Saturday, December 17, 4:45pm to 6:45pm
Next Generation Ballet presents The Nutcracker – Saturday, December 17 to Sunday, December 18
Land of the Sweets – Sunday, December 18, begins 3:30pm
The Christmas Post – Sunday, December 18, begins 4pm

On Screen at Tampa Theatre

Ice Guardians – Monday, December 12, begins 7pm
FREE Community Movie Night & Theatre Announcement – Wednesday, December 14, begins 7pm
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) Holiday Classic – Friday, December 16, 7:30pm to 9:45pm
Die Hard (1988) – Friday, December 16, 10:30pm to 12:45am

This week at Amalie Arena

93.3 FLZ’s Jingle Ball 2016 – Saturday, December 17, begins 7pm
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Sunday, December 18, begins 3pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: A Gift for Africa

A Gift for Africa will pop up December 15 and 16 at Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park, Presented by USAmeriBank. The company manufactures, distributes and markets food, beauty products and handmade gifts made by women in eight different countries of Africa. You will find gourmet gluten-free foods and organic skin care and hair care made in the USA with ingredients from Africa. The company was created by Sabina Zunguze, a native of Zimbabwe, with the mission of assuring that all the women artisans that work for the company are fairly paid and treated with respect.

Marketplace News: NYE Downtown

Aloft’s W XYZ Bar – New Year’s Eve Premier. Reserve by calling 813.225.4272 or online.
Anise Global Gastrobar – A ticketed event includes a welcome cocktail, buffet, champagne toast. Portion of proceeds will be donated to BeatNB to help cure children’s cancer.
Bizou Brasserie and Le Méridien Tampa – Midnight Masquerade at Bizou. Ring in the New Year with a night of disguise, live music, drinks and dancing at Bizou Brasserie.
District 3 – Diamonds Are Forever. Dress to kill for this 007/James Bond themed party.
Florida Aquarium – Aqua Eve, presented by Aramark and Pepin. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a splash.
Glazer Children’s Museum – Downtown Countdown. Family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration from noon to 5pm.
Malio’s Prime Steakhouse – New Year’s Eve dinner. Call 813.223.7746 for reservations.
Maloney’s Local Irish Pub – Ohio State Watch Party. Ring in the New Year with live DJ, dancing, and a champagne toast, from 7pm to 3am.
Pokey’s Rock & Roll – All-day and all night party. Live music and DJ from 11pm until 2am.
Spain Restaurant and Tapas Bar – New Year’s Eve four-course pre-fixe menu served from 4pm to 10pm with a Flamenco Show at 8pm.
Tampa Marriott Waterside Grill – A chef tasting is being served from 5pm to Midnight in the Waterside Grill. Early reservations are suggested at 813.204.6388.
Tampa Theater – NYE Wrap Party. Togas or movie inspired costumes are encouraged for this Animal House themed New Year’s Eve party.
The Vault – An Evening of Opulence. Dress in elegant 1960’s Havana style attire for the New Year’s Eve party.
Yeoman’s Cask & Lion – New Year’s Eve Brunch and celebration from 11am – 2pm. Live music at 8pm on New Year’s Eve.

Book a Holiday Party at Winter Village

From simple soirees and happy hours to elaborate gatherings for friends and colleagues, contact Sono Café at Winter Village by Mise En Place! Enjoy the beautiful backdrop of Winter Village, Presented by USAmeriBank, and the Hillsborough River along the University of Tampa’s campus while celebrating the holidays with friends and colleagues. Contact for booking information.

College Football Cleanup

The City of Tampa, Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management, wants to make sure our downtown businesses have the best service possible during the upcoming Holiday and special event season, which includes the 2017 College Football Playoffs. To order Downtown Core Service Area bags or for additional questions or concerns, please call the City of Tampa Utilities Consolidated Call Center at 813.274.8811, or visit

Development & Transportation

Port Vision 2030

Port Tampa Bay unveiled its $1.4B master plan – Vision 2030 – on December 8 and it includes various strategic infrastructure improvements such as warehouses, berths, road and rail improvements, navigation, cranes, cargo storage yards, cruise terminal, and the 45-acre plan for Channelside released in August of 2015. The master plan forecasts a robust growth period ahead for Tampa’s cruise business, with annual revenues from passengers potentially nearing $1.4 million by 2030 compared to about $900,000 recorded in 2015.
“Here’s How Port Tampa Bay Plans To Reshape Tampa Over The Next 15 Years” Tampa Bay Times

Parklets Gaining Popularity Downtown

Semi-permanent parklets could be coming to Tampa next year. Including a design from Gensler, seven parklets, or extensions of the sidewalk built on street parking spaces, were displayed on 12th Street for four hours on Nov. 5 during a pop-up festival for the annual Tampa Bay Design Week. Parklets are a trend gaining popularity across the country as a space for people to sit, relax and enjoy the city on streets that would otherwise be used simply for traffic.
“Could Parklets Be Coming To Tampa In 2017?”83 Degrees Media

Pinpoint Safety Concerns in Hillsborough

As part of the Vision Zero effort, the Hillsborough Planning Commission has created a map to address transportation safety concerns. Pinpoint the specific locations where improvements are needed from your perspective as a pedestrian, cyclist, transit user or driver. Click here to view the map and to share your roadway safety concerns.

TBARTA Names Priorities

Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) Board of Directors unanimously approved the regional Near-Term Priority and Future Priority projects for the year 2017. The projects, 24 in total, were selected based on specific criteria, including whether they are regionally significant, can be implemented within the next five years (Near-Term) or ten years (Future), and have support from the respective agency(ies) where the project is located. For more information about the TBARTA Board Meeting and TBARTA Priorities, contact Michael Case, TBARTA Principal Planner and Project Manager, at, or visit

Member Corner

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Add Jeb Bush

Former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush is teaming up with major law firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney in a strategic affiliation with the former Florida governor through his consulting firm Jeb Bush & Associates.
“Jeb Bush Forms Strategic Alliance With Major Law Firm With Big Florida Presence”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Ava restaurant chooses The Heights

SoHo Capital brings Neapolitan pizzas and paninis to its Armature Works market. The new pizzeria is the latest tenant scheduled to open at The Heights Public Market, which will share the 70,000-square-foot Armature Works that SoHo Capital is restoring with two restaurants, a rooftop social area, multiple event spaces and a co-work space.
“Ava At Armature: The Soho Favorite Joins Tampa’s Heights Public Market Lineup”Creative Loafing Tampa Bay

FMoPA Call for Senior Photos

The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts is announcing a call for entries for our upcoming exhibition of Senior photography. The last day to submit artwork for this show is January 22, and they are accepting both physical and digital submissions. More information about the show and registration for submissions can be found at

Tampa Bay WaVE Gets $50k for Seed Fund

On December 6, the Tampa Bay WaVE received funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration to develop a seed fund for young and promising firms. It’s at least the third local fund for early-stage companies. University of South Florida also plans to use a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to create a fund dubbed Seed Tampa Bay, while TiE Tampa Bay raised $2 million in pledges in October for an angel fund to support fledgling businesses.
“Seed Funds Sprouting Throughout Tampa Bay”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Dress for Success Event

Rivergate Tower has organized a charity drive, partnering with Dress for Success and European Wax Center – Downtown Tampa, on Wednesday, December 14 from 11am to 2pm in the Lobby. Dress for Success is a national women’s charity that helps prepare women to overcome challenges and find employment. Donations will help both organizations empower women to get back on their feet and into the workplace. Bring in your gently used business attire, and visit the brow experts while stopping by. Visit the Tampa Bay Dress for Success website for more information.

Around Town

Historic Flight to Cuba from TIA

Taking off at 6:15am from Tampa International Airport on December 12, Southwest Airline’s Flight 3952 was the first commercial flight to Havana in over fifty years. The U.S. Department of Transportation gave the green light to commercial flights to Havana, including the Southwest flight at TIA, in late August. Dallas-based Southwest (NYSE: LUV) is one of eight U.S. airlines to begin scheduled flights to Havana this year.
“Historic Flight To Havana Takes Off From Tampa International Airport (Video)”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Coworking Space Boom

Coworking spaces for independent workers are likely to become a much bigger part of where Tampa Bay’s future workforce will call their “office.” More than a dozen coworking spaces are in full swing and plenty more are popping up from Pasco to Brandon to Tampa and St. Petersburg. They are also destined to play integral roles in high profile redevelopment projects, like Strategic Property Partners’ revival of downtown Tampa and the Heights mixed use project north of downtown Tampa along the Hillsborough River.
“Coworking Is Spreading Fast Across Tampa Bay As People Trade The Cubicle For The Cool And Creative”Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Heights Becoming a Neighborhood

Tampa’s oldest neighborhood is reinventing itself right on the river. The Pearl, a 314-unit apartment complex, is expected to be complete in Fall of 2017. The proximity to Tampa’s Riverwalk and the urban core is drawing millennials in addition to empty nesters and professionals.
“Tampa Heights Reinventing Itself on The River With The Pearl” ABC Action News

St. Pete State of the Economy

Mayor Rick Kriseman and members of his team laid out year over year comparisons on key economic benchmarks like retail vacancies, new dwelling units and declining poverty during the 2016 State of the Economy presentation on December 5 at USFSP. Residential growth was a main focus as the city issued the second highest number of building permits in 2015 with the highest value ever at $600 million. Sewage dumps and the construction of a new pier were also discussed with the mayor announcing that poverty among African-Americans dropped on average 1.7 percent in Florida and 1.6 percent nationwide from 2014 to 2015.
“Pier, Sewage, Rays Dominate State Of St. Pete Economy Talk”Tampa Bay Business Journal