Monday Morning Memo

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Partnership Presents

The Downtown Download
Curious about all downtown has to offer? Would you like to know your way around better? Want to see proposed development for the next few years? Learn all of this and get some great insider tips on how to make the most of Tampa’s downtown during the “Downtown Download.” This group presentation can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on your group. Contact Karen Kress, AICP at or 813.221.3686 to schedule your interactive presentation.

Downtown Debriefing: The Arts are Alive
Join us on Tuesday, January 31 for a discussion with downtown arts leaders from the Straz Center, Tampa Theatre and Tampa Bay History Center as they share their exciting plans for expansion and renovation. Maestro’s at the Straz will be our host with gracious support from the University of Tampa.

Networking and registration begins at 7:30am. Register online.

Join Our Guides and Clean Team
The Partnership is now accepting applications for Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team. Deadline to submit application is Friday, January 20. Please, no phone calls or walk-ins accepted. Click here for an application.

  • Tampa’s Downtown Guides serve as good-will ambassadors to downtown’s visitors, workers, and residents. They provide directions, restaurant suggestions, stranded motorists assistance, event information, and more. If you love working outdoors, meeting new people, and providing excellent customer service, then this job is for you! Full benefit package and 401K. Starting salary – $11 hr.
  • Tampa’s Downtown Clean Team provides supplemental litter and debris removal, minor landscaping, and maintenance to downtown’s sidewalks, curbs and other public areas. Must have a valid FL. driver’s license and some experience in landscaping. Full benefit package and 401K. Starting salary – $10 hr.

Tampa’s Story is Changing
The College Football Playoff National Championship is providing Tampa with the tools to craft a story of a new, trendy Tampa. Economic development and government officials have tried for years to craft Tampa’s image as a hip place, home to a savvy, educated young workforce and the types of jobs and investments chasing that talent. But until recently, the city has been perceived by both its residents and outsiders as an afterthought, secondary to places like Atlanta, Dallas and Charlotte, North Carolina. However, now equipped with the positive experiences and picturesque sights afforded by the College Football Playoff National Championship game and Championship Village, we have the unique opportunity to showcase our walkable, livable downtown.
“Here’s Why The College Football Playoff National Championship Was Tampa’s Made-It Moment”Tampa Bay Business Journal

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.

Home School Days: Science Fair
Wednesday, January 18, 2pm to 5pm
Glazer Children’s Museum
Home School and Virtual School students have entered their science fair projects and are ready for the fair! All projects will be displayed with their student scientist at the Museum. For more information, go to Home School Days: Science Fair.

The Comedy Get Down
Friday, January 20, begins 8pm
Amalie Arena
Cedric ‘The Entertainer,’ Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, and Charlie Murphy have been breaking ground in the comedy business and bringing the laughs for decades. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see five members of comedy royalty come together for the comedy event of the year. For more information, go to The Comedy Get Down.

Cory Van Valin – Redefining Magic
Saturday, January 21, begins 8pm
Stageworks Theatre
This show will have you laughing hysterically one moment and completely blown away the next! Cory has built up an amazing repertoire in his years of being a professional magician. Cory has come a long way from opening up for Paris hotel’s headlining act and performing countless private parties and events. This will be his first headlining show! For more information, go to Cory Van Valin.

On Stage at the Straz Center
Forbidden Broadway – Through Sunday, March 12
William Shakespeare’s As You Like It – Through Sunday, February 5
National Geographic Live presents Ocean Wild: The Lights Beneath the Seas – Tuesday, January 17, begins 7pm
Latin Nights – Thursday, January 19, begins 9pm
Charles Gounod’s Romeo & Juliet – Friday, January 20 and Sunday, January 22
Pink Martini – Saturday, January 21, begins 7:30pm
Amy Morgan – Live & Local – Sunday, January 22, 11:45am to 1:45pm

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre
Moonlight – Monday, January 16 to Thursday, January 19
20th Century Women – Friday, January 20 to Thursday, February 2
Gone Girl – Sunday, January 22, 3pm to 5:30pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Caffé Fresco
Caffé Fresco Marketplace at the Bank of America Building is a new convenience store with much more. While you’ll still find snacks, candy, gum, soda, juice, and grab & go foods, this shop also offers a place to buy a fresh Fro-Yo treat, Eat Fresco for dinner, Lilly Dilly’s jewelry, Key West Aloe Skincare, Toffee ToGo, TeBella Tea, packaged Buddy Brew Coffee, and more (including greeting cards, and interesting gifts). Browsers welcome, as they often become shoppers. Follow them on Instagram.

Marketplace News
City Bike held its first party of 2017 on January 14 to unveil the brand new Mr. Pink. The Mr. Pink is one of the best steel road bikes on the market while also being affordable and capable.

Suites@Madison is a new office solutions concept focused on offering economic short and long-term office and meeting room space at 412 E. Madison Street on the 12th floor. Building managers will find that Suites@Madison can alleviate various stresses by providing incoming and current tenants temporary space solutions during renovations and build-outs.

TooJays invites you to get rewarded with their a dining program called “Delicious Reward.” You will receive a small plate or dessert just for signing up. Earn points for every dollar you spend, and when you reach 150 points, you’ll receive a $10 in dining rewards.

CPA Firm Moves DT, Names Managing Partner
Frazier & Deeter CPA has moved their Tampa office to Downtown Tampa and named Tax Partner Mike Hendricks as Managing Partner. Hendricks joined the Tampa office in 2014 while also serving as the Co-Chair of Frazier & Deeter’s National Tax Practice. Frazier & Deeter is among the top 25 largest CPA firms in Tampa, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal. In addition to tax services, the firm’s Tampa professionals provide public and private company audit services, employee benefit plan audit services and other accounting and advisory services.
“Frazier & Deeter Names New Managing Partner Of Tampa Office”

Port Tampa Bay Finds Niche
Local population growth, new destinations, an influx of refurbished and smaller ships are the perfect combination for Port Tampa Bay’s cruise business. Port Tampa Bay officials are hopeful the local cruise industry will continue to build on the 3 percent increase gained in the first quarter of 2017 over the previous year. The plan isn’t to try to compete with the mega ships and bigger ports, said Wade Elliott, vice president of marketing and business development at Port Tampa Bay, it’s to create a niche market in Tampa Bay.
“Port Tampa Bay Finds Niche In Growing Cruise Industry”Tampa Bay Times

Downtown Businesses Embrace Innovation
TorchFi’s WIFI Waiter has chosen Downtown Tampa for its international launch, and is live at two locations:  The Attic Café and Moxies Café and Caterer. WiFi Waiter allows restaurants and cafes to engage with their customers over WiFi without any need of an app. Customers can surf the menu, place an order and also pay online through their phones. Restaurants can record customer data and deliver personalized recommendations which leads to increase in sales. Torchfi’s engineering and backup operations are in India, but its headquarters moved to Tampa four months ago after being chosen to participate in Tampa Bay WaVE, a non-profit to help entrepreneurs grow tech businesses.
“Wifi Waiter Makes Debut In Downtown Tampa”83 Degrees Media

Development & Transportation

ULI Urban Trends Conference
A wide range of local and national real estate experts will offer their insights and predictions for the coming year in west-central Florida at the Urban Land Institute 2017 Trends Conference on January 26. The Trends conference is ULI Tampa Bay’s annual signature event, welcoming prominent professionals from a number of real estate-related fields. The conference will be held at the Bryan Glazer Family Jewish Community Center in Tampa. For more information on the conference, or to register, visit them online.

Channelside Tower Sale Largest in Gulf Coast
The November sell of Skyhouse Channelside for $88 million to AVR Realty Co. is quite possibly the Gulf Coast’s largest urban multifamily sale of the past year. AVR Realty Co.’s acquisition of the 23-story apartment building, completed in 2015 at 112 N. 12th St., in Tampa, represents one of the largest downtown purchases in the company’s nearly 50-year history. Promising to be long-term holders, AVR executives considered the direction of the Tampa market and what’s being planned for Channelside before adding the property to their portfolio.
“Tampa Apartment Tower Sells For $88 Million”Business Observer

Cross-Bay Ferry
Managers of the Cross Bay Ferry announce strong ridership during December 2016, with more than 5,400 tickets sold, up from November’s level of 4,700 tickets sold. Those results show strong community interest in the ferry, especially given the ferry did not run during two holiday “blackout” days, and during several days when weather closed Port Tampa Bay to all commercial vessel traffic, including cruise ships. HMS Ferries Inc. also provided November financial results, reporting $64,213 in net revenue, with ticket sales recovering 46 percent of operating costs, a very high cost recovery statistic for transit. See for more information.

The Pearl Breaks Ground
The Pearl, a four-building, 314-unit apartment community with 28,500 square feet of retail space in Tampa Heights, broke ground during a ceremony on January 11. During the ceremony, developers buried a time capsule featuring a wide range of artifacts meant to represent life in The Heights today. The time capsule will be opened in 2080 –  the 200th birthday of The Heights neighborhood. The Heights master plan covers 43 acres along the Hillsborough River between North Boulevard and North Tampa Street. The development is adjacent to Water Works Park and will be connected to downtown Tampa by the planned last phase of the Riverwalk.

Member Corner

Firm Focuses on Diversity
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has named a new chief diversity and inclusion officer. Heather B. Brock, a shareholder and a member of the labor and employment section in the Buchanan’s Tampa office, is expected to expand its existing initiatives and create new ways and opportunities to build the law firm’s diversity and inclusion in hiring, retention and attorney advancement. As the new CDIO, she will also partner with the firm’s clients to meet and advance their diversity and inclusion goals.
“Buchanan Ingersoll Elevates Tampa Attorney To Chief Diversity Officer”Tampa Bay Times

Final Week to Apply for Artist Grants
It’s the last week to submit your application for the Arts Council’s 2017 Artist Grant program. Artists may apply for up to $3,000 for specific purposes such as new work, residencies/ workshops, exhibitions, or other projects that will further the artist’s professional development. Applications for grants are considered from accomplished local artists in a variety of disciplines and are being accepted now through Friday, January 20, 2017 with the funding decisions being made in February. More information here.

Tampa Theatre Holds Academy Awards Party
Join Tampa Theatre on Sunday, February 26 as they celebrate Hollywood’s biggest night of the year with a Red Carpet Reception and VIP watch party for the live telecast of the 89th annual Academy Awards on the big screen. Tickets can be purchased at the historic Tampa Theatre Box Office and online at

HART Names New Chairperson
the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority Board of Directors elected Hillsborough County Commissioner Lesley “Les” Miller as the new Chairperson for the year 2017, succeeding Tampa City Councilman Mike Suarez. The HART officers are elected annually by the Board of Directors and can serve up three consecutive terms. Commissioner Les Miller and the new officers assumed office as of January 9, 2017. For all-things HART, including OneBusAway, trip planning, schedules, maps and fares, visit

Around Town

Celebrations for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
There are many celebrations honoring Martin Luther King Jr. throughout Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Times is providing live coverage. For a full list of events, visit

How Tampa Ranks for STEM Professionals
The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metro area has been ranked No. 39 on WalletHub’s list of 100 best and worst areas for STEM professionals. That’s a big bump up from the No. 65 spot the Tampa metro held on the same list a year ago. WalletHub looked at 17 key metrics to identify the best markets for STEM professionals. The numbers suggest that while there are professional opportunities in the Bay area, taking into account factors such as job openings and wages, as well as housing affordability and transit accessibility that make up a STEM-friendly environment.
“Tampa Area’s Focus On STEM Jobs Shows Returns”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Foodie Scene Coming to Tampa Heights
Tampa Heights will soon welcome its first meadery, Garagiste Meadery, by owner Chad Wiltz. Wiltz’s meadery will become part of the up-and-coming foodie district beginning to take shape on the northern fringe of the urban core in Tampa Heights. Wiltz has signed a lease for the 1920s office building at 1506 N. Florida Ave. In 1,900 square feet, Wiltz will make and serve a few hundred gallons of mead every month. The meadery is currently navigating the city’s permitting process, and he hopes to be open by late spring.
“Meadery Coming To Historic Tampa Heights Building”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Water Works Park Hosts First 5K
Water Works Park will host their first 5K on February 11 for the 2nd Annual Love Give Live 5K Walk/Run. Proceeds from the race will benefit (2) nonprofits – LifeLink Legacy Fund and Donate Life Florida. For more information on the race, visit the race website.

Tampa Firefighters Museum Casino Night
Join the Tampa Firefighters Museum for their Casino Night on Friday, March 10 at 7pm. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided with a $50 donation per person. Sponsorships are still available! Download the form here. More information is available on the flyer and the invite letter.