Monday Morning Memo

Monday, February 21, 2022

Last chance to purchase 2022 Urban Excellence Awards tickets is today

Today is the last chance to buy Urban Excellence Award tickets before sales close at 5pm. Each ticket includes entrance to the awards program with plated dinner, live music, entertainment, drinks, and a night to remember. Not attending? Stay tuned to our social media channels to learn about the winners on Thursday morning.


Special thank you to our event sponsors:

Gold: Tampa – Hillsborough Expressway Authority and Tampa Housing Authority

Silver: Visit Tampa Bay

Networking Tent Sponsor: DiMaio & Associates

Award Sponsor: Bake n’ Babes

Bronze: The Florida Aquarium and Strategic Property Partners

Location Sponsor: Straz Center for the Performing Arts


To buy your ticket, click here!

We're Hiring! Join us at our Guides and Maintenance Hiring Event

Join us on February 22nd from 6-8pm at 1415 N Ashley Drive for our Downtown Guides and Clean Team hiring event. Learn a little about us, take a job application, or even interview on the spot! This weekend, Spectrum Bay News 9 shadowed our very own April Meyers to learn more about her work as a member of Tampa’s Downtown Guides team.


Watch the segment by clicking here.

New report highlights Selmon Expressway's economic impact

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority has generated $1.6 billion in Gross Domestic Product and 15,000 jobs since its formation in 1975, according to an updated report from the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR). Those numbers are up from $1.2 billion and 13,000 since the report was last completed in 2016.


To read more, click here.

After a year of hard work, Meacham Urban Farm in Downtown Tampa is thriving

Urban Excellence Awards Finalist, Meacham Urban Farms, celebrated its first year located next to the ENCORE! development in Tampa’s Downtown. Since February of last year, the farm grew more than 60,000 pounds of produce.


To read more, click here.

Latest numbers suggest Cross Bay Ferry has almost recovered from the pandemic

With a new federal grant in tow, the Cross Bay Ferry is staring down a promising future set to include a new boat, year-round service, and a long-awaited connection between South Hillsborough County and the MacDill Air Force Base. Overall revenue this year stands at $309,515, in line with projected revenues of $309,400. The standard round-trip adult fare is $20.


To learn more, click here.

Join us for Fourth Friday is this week with a new information hub location

February’s Fourth Friday is this week! Check out the event website for venue specials, live performances, and more. Due to the Gasparilla Music Festival, the “Information Hub” will be located at the Tampa Riverwalk entrance of the Straz Center, featuring DJ Ekin.


To learn more, click here.

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