Monday Morning Memo

Monday, February 4, 2019

Board Member Spotlight: Kimberly Madison, Esq.

Attorney Kim Madison serves as Strategic Property Partners’ (SPP) Director of Administration, where she negotiates contracts, manages vendor relationships, works on land use and real estate projects, and leads SPP’s organizational diversity outreach and inclusion campaigns while monitoring compliance with city and council agreements.

Prior to joining the SPP team, Kim was a partner in the Tampa office of a nationally ranked law firm, where she handles litigation matters and represented businesses and developers in real estate development, finance and permitting, land use, and government contracts and procurement, including local and statewide certification for minority, women and Florida veteran business enterprises.

SPP is a real estate development joint venture between Cascade Investment, LLC, and Jeff Vinik. SPP is developing its 40 acres in downtown Tampa as a connected urban multi-use project on the waterfront which promotes a walkable, sustainable, healthy environment for tenants, residents, students, and guests.

Urban Excellence Award Winner Spotlight: Duckweed Urban Market

Duckweed Urban Market was named the 2018 Urban Excellence Award Winner in the Marketplace category. With two locations in Tampa’s Downtown, one in the Downtown River Arts District in the Element, and the other located in the Channel District in the Place at Channelside, Duckweed brings walkable, convenient retail and groceries to Downtown’s growing resident population.

The boutique grocer fills a void in the burgeoning neighborhoods and helps create the type of urban environment that a place like Downtown Tampa should be.

Retail, especially businesses likes grocers and convenience stores, are key to the live-work-play scenario that business and political leaders are trying to create in Tampa’s urban core, in an effort to attract a millennial workforce.

About the Marketplace Award: This award is presented to a person, business, project or initiative that has made a positive and significant contribution to the Downtown marketplace or has improved Downtown by contributing a new or unique retail experience.

View all the winners of the 2018 Urban Excellence Awards, held at Armature Works on Thursday, November 29.

Tampa’s Downtown Parking Plan Analysis

On Friday, about 100 Downtown stakeholders and transit enthusiasts joined at TECO Hall to hear the Downtown Tampa Parking Plan, as presented by the Tampa Downtown Partnership. The Downtown Tampa Parking Plan is the first comprehensive analysis of parking in Tampa’s central business and events district. In the last decade, major changes in downtown have greatly influenced its overall parking profile, adding new stress to the system. The presentation outlines short and long-term recommendations from this data-driven, comprehensive study, along with implementation strategies. The plan addresses issues such as availability of parking, managing City-owned assets, and connecting parking to key destinations through enhanced mobility options.

View the full presentation.

View a one-page summary of the study results.

Read an article by Richard Danielson of the Tampa Bay Times, “Tampa Downtown Partnership study: Market for parking has not kept up with evolution of downtown”


Downtown Debriefing Series: West River Redevelopment

Join the Tampa Downtown Partnership as we welcome City officials and developers of the West River Redevelopment Plan to discuss how they plan to create a genuinely diverse and economically integrated community with over 1,600 new residential units. The West River Redevelopment Plan focuses on a 120-acre area bounded by Rome Avenue, Columbus Avenue, the Hillsborough River and Interstate-275.


Mickey Jacob
Chairman, Tampa Downtown Partnership
Principal – Design Studio, BDG Architects


Leroy Moore
Sr. Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Tampa Housing Authority

Keith Greminger, AIA, NCARB
Sr. Planning and Urban Design Manager

Brett Moore
Director of Acquisitions
Related Group

Randy Goers
Project Manager
City of Tampa


February 26, 2019
7:30am – 9am
The Straz Center

Register today!


Sponsor this event and get your company’s name in front of Tampa’s most engaged business leaders and decision makers. View sponsorship opportunities.

Tampa’s Downtown Welcomes Traveling Oktoberfest Experience

The Tampa Downtown Partnership is excited to partner with the Goethe-Institut USA (German Cultural Center), in cooperation and collaboration with Hofbrahaus America, presenting “Wiesn in a Box”. This traveling Oktoberfest experience is touring throughout 2019 and will bring an authentic Biergarten experience to three different downtown neighborhoods in the month of February. This pop-up German biergarten experience will bring a creative mix of fresh baked pretzels, Hofbrahaus products, authentic biergarten seating along with fun games and music.

Wiesn in a Box can be found at MacDill Park on the Riverwalk Feb. 15-17, Barrymore along the Riverwalk Feb. 25-27 and Grand Central courtyard March 1-3.

Get social with it! #wiesninabox #wunderbartogether @wiesninabox

Save the Date: Downtown 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. 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. This year we welcome David Downey, President and CEO of the International Downtown Association (IDA), as our keynote speaker as well as HCP who will present the results of our 2018 Biennial Survey of Workers and Residents. More speakers, panelists and program details will be shared leading up to the event.

April 12, 2019
8am – noon
Armature Works

Save the date, register, and tell your colleagues to join. We look forward to seeing you at this signature Tampa Downtown Partnership event!

Registration is open!

Register Today for the Mayor’s River O’Green Gallop

Walk, run, jump, or jig your way through the River O’Green Gallop as you kick off the day of celebration with a healthy start. This Fun Run will take you 1 mile south along the Tampa Riverwalk, to the History Center, and back with enough time to snag a great viewing spot for the dying of the river, which commences at 11:00am. Be sure to register early, space is limited.

All participants receive a Mayor’s River O’Green tee-shirt as well as a race packet that would rival a pot of gold.

Race Details

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Location: The southwest corner of Curtis Hixon Park
600 N. Ashley Dr.
Walk-up Registration: 8:30am
Pre-registered Registration: 9:00am
Race Begins: 10:00am


Click here to register
Pre-registration: $25
Day of registration:$30

Get more information on this signature event!

Yellow Brick Row Introduces Business Association

On Tuesday,  February 26, the newly formed Yellow Brick Row Business Association along North Franklin Street in Tampa Heights (between Kay Street and Palm Avenue) is hosting an event at Hidden Springs Ale Works featuring a facilitated discussion about commercial main street districts and their importance in a growing city. The event, titled Urbanism on Tap, is open to all interested parties and is hosted by the Urban Charette, CNU Tampa Bay, and Suncoast APA. This effort represents the beginning of a facilitated engagement process into what makes the “Yellow Brick Row” special, what improvements are still yet needed, and how today’s successes can inform guidance for future growth. This visioning and planning process builds off prior community-driven planning and visioning work that has happened over the past two decades. Meet and Greet begins at 5:30pm wit the program beginning at 6pm.

View the invitation.

HART Board Votes Yes for New CEO

Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority has ended the headhunt for a new leader, after voting for Benjamin Limmer as its next CEO.

The HART board voted unanimously to enter contract negotiations with Limmer during the Friday board meeting.

Limmer is an assistant general manager at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority and has over 15 years of experience in transportation. He previously highlighted his work in dealing with transit sales tax in a cover letter stating, “With the passage of the referendum in the fall 2018 comes enormous opportunity. I bring a strong and robust background of implementing and directing sales tax programs in Phoenix and Atlanta and am uniquely suited to take HART into the future.”

“Ben’s experience with expanding bus and rail transit systems in Atlanta and Phoenix, and demonstrated commitment to community outreach, are exactly what Hillsborough County needs to successfully implement the action that for All for Transportation campaigned for and voters resoundingly demanded in November,” All for Transportation chairman Tyler Hudson said in a prepared statement.

Limmer’s presentation to the board outlined his goals for his first 100 days, which he broke down into three phases that included holding meetings to assess the staff at HART and establishing two tasks forces, one for the HART workforce and the other to focus on transit technology, and to develop a plan around the passed sales tax.

“Setting appropriate expectations about what you can do and what do these services mean and when can the public expect to see them is absolutely critical,” Limmer said during the selection process, aware that the funds will not become available until 2020.

In his five-year plan, Limmer said he will look at new bus routes, the extension of the streetcar and said he would hope that HART would become a leader in technology.

The board also interviewed Carrie Butler, general manager for the public transportation bus system in Lexington, Kentucky, but ultimately Limmer won the vote. Commissioner Kimberly Overman said it was a difficult decision as both leaders had proven success in their careers.

HART’s general counsel will need to draft a contract for the new CEO, who could earn between $180,000 to $220,000.

“Hillsborough transit authority to enter negotiations with new CEO”Tampa Bay Business Journal (subscription required)

Coworking Giant Coming to Tampa Heights

WeWork, a New York-based co-working company with 425 locations and 400,000 members worldwide, will open a 50,000-square-foot facility in Tampa in spring 2020.

WeWork at The Heights, as the space will be known, will be part of the revived Tampa Heights neighborhood, a riverfront area north of downtown that has seen a major influx of development in recent years, including the Armature Works event space and public market.

Located at 2002 N. Tampa St., the co-working space will be part of the 300,000-square-foot Heights Union Office project and have room for 800 members, according to a press release.

“WeWork is thrilled to call Tampa our newest home in the Sunshine State as we plant our roots in historic Tampa Heights,” states Bobby Condon, WeWork’s southeast general manager, in the release. “We’re always searching for strategic locations where our members can seamlessly live, work and play, and WeWork at The Heights development will be uniquely poised to provide that experience. WeWork is committed to supporting the growth and revitalization of downtown Tampa, and we look forward to expanding our footprint throughout the city in the years to come.”

According to the release, commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield arranged the lease.

“WeWork has locations in some of the hippest cities in the country,” Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn states in the release. “WeWork’s pick of Tampa is further proof that our city is gaining credibility as a vibrant, cool place to live and work, and a place where some of the country’s leading and most innovative companies want to be.”

“Another competitor enters hot market for co-working space”Business Observer

Downtown Calendar

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.

Donate Blood

Tuesday, February 5, 10am – 3pm
Rivergate Tower
All donors will receive a FREE Long Sleeve T-shirt and a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening! Donate Blood

Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta

Wednesday, February 6, 11am to 2pm
Lykes Gaslight Square
Looking for a larger selection of lunch options? Step outside for a meal in the park! Choose from a wide variety of local food trucks serving up all sorts of delicious culinary creations. You’ll have your pick of dishes from plenty of delectable kitchens on wheels! For more information, go to Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta.

Rock the Park

Thursday, February 7, 6:30pm to 9pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Listen to some great musical talent in a beautiful, relaxing setting. This month’s show features Will Quinlan & The Holy Slow Train, Thor Platter (Cleveland Americana), and Danny and Alex. With food and drinks on the premises and an always exciting vibe, this free concert is guaranteed not to disappoint. For more information, go to Rock the Park.

Ready Steady Yeti Go

Friday, February 8 to Sunday, February 24
Stageworks Theatre
This play is charming and funny with a sharp edge of heartbreaking truth. It’s clever, moving and ingenious. It takes on our assumptions about people’s character and the painful sacrifices we make for love and family. At its heart though, it is an uplifting story about young star-crossed lovers wrapped in a comedy wrapped in a satire with a healthy streak of political commentary. For more info, go to Ready Steady Yeti Go.

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

Hundred Days – Through Sunday, March 24
Arts Legacy REMIX: Black Artists Film Series – Through Sunday, February 17
Jeremy Douglass: Broadway Pre-Show – Tuesday, February 5, begins 7pm
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farewell Play Tour – Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 7
Lippo the Clown’s Small Family Circus – Saturday, February 9, begins 11am
Anton Coppola’s Lady Swanwhite – Saturday, February 9, begins 7pm

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

Shoplifters (2018) – Through Friday, February 8
The Simon & Garfunkel Story – Friday, February 8, begins 7:30pm
OSCAR®-Nominated Animated Short Films (2018) – Saturday, February 9 to Wednesday, February 27
OSCAR®-Nominated Documentary Short Films (2018) – Saturday, February 9 to Tuesday, February 26
OSCAR®-Nominated Live Action Short Films (2018) – Saturday, February 9 to Wednesday, February 27

This Week at Amalie Arena

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Vegas Golden Knights – Tuesday, February 5, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. St. Louis Blues – Thursday, February 7, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Saturday, February 9, begins 7pm

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