Monday Morning Memo

Monday, January 30, 2017

Partnership Presents

Downtown Debriefing: The Arts are Alive

Join us tomorrow, 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.

Get Out and Play!

Up for a game of ping-pong? Show us what you’ve got!  Tampa’s Downtown Guides will be available each Thursday from noon to 1pm in Lykes Gaslight Park to take on a game of ping-pong with anyone willing. It’s FREE, so come out and have some fun. Make your friends jealous by taking a selfie as a player or a spectator and be sure to tag @tampasdowntown  on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – our Guides are very photogenic too!

Save the Date

Mark your calendar! The 21st Annual Development Forum will take place on Friday, March 24 from 8am until noon at the Tampa Convention Center. The Development Forum is a half-day event that explores innovative ideas in urban development and serves as a catalyst for discussion and problem solving for major urban issues. Participants hear from public and private leaders, and industry specialists who offer insight into local, regional and national trends in their field of expertise. This year participants will also receive a presentation on the findings from our 2016 biennial survey of Downtown Tampa’s university students, residents, and workers. Registration will open in the coming weeks.

Annual Meeting: June 15

We’ve set the date for our Annual Meeting and Luncheon for Thurday, June 15 from 11:30am unitl 1:30pm at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. The Partnership’s signature event celebrates accomplishments and inducts new leadership for Tampa Downtown Partnership. Keynote speakers deliver thoughtful discussion, exciting downtown updates, and the Partnership’s vision for the upcoming year. More information and registration will be available closer to the event.

Downtown After Hours

Do you find yourself wondering what is going on Downtown on the weekends? Or perhaps you see tents set up at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and wonder what the event is and when it will occur. Not to worry, we have you covered! Sign up to receive our Downtown After Hours newsletter and every Thursday afternoon you will get a list of all the happenings Downtown from Thursday evening until Sunday night. #DowntownisHappening

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.

Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta

Wednesday, February 1, 11am to 2pm
Lykes Gaslight Square
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.

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workforce

Thursday, February 23, 8am to 9am
HCC Tampa Campus
This seminar will focus on the value Job Seekers with Disabilities bring to small-large companies in the Tampa area. Mike Suarez, Tampa City Council Chair, will MC the event and attendees will listen to a panel of three local executives sharing their organization’s experiences from hiring Job Seekers with Disabilities. A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided. To register and for more information, go to Diversity and Inclusion in the Workforce.

On Stage at the Straz Center

Forbidden Broadway – Through Sunday, March 12
William Shakespeare’s As You Like It – Through Sunday, February 5
Open Rehearsal – Cinderella (La Cenerentola) – Through Thursday, February 2
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Wednesday, February 1, begins 8pm
Wicked – Wednesday, February 1 to Sunday, February 26
Happy Hour Concert – A Toast to the Classics – Thursday, February 2, begins 5:30pm
Greg West – Live & Local – Saturday, February 4, 5:45pm to 7:45pm
Discover Opera – La Cenerentola – Sunday, February 5, begins 2pm

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

20th Century Women – Through Thursday, February 2
In the Mood – Saturday, February 4, shows at 2pm and 8pm.
The Color Purple – Sunday, February 5, 3pm to 5:30pm

This Week at Amalie Arena

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins – Tuesday, January 31, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Ottawa Senators – Thursday, February 2, begins 7:30pm
truTV Impractical Jokers “Santiago Sent Us?” Tour – Friday, February 3, begins 8pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Anaheim Ducks – Saturday, February 4, begins 7pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Old Tampa Book Company

This “old” shop is filled with new ideas including artworks, smart talk literature discussions, author events, and open-mic nights. Check out their “Mystery Books” for $5 each and wrapped with only the first line of the first chapter. Not only will you get a deal, but you can even find signed copies or books from the 1800’s. The Old Tampa Book Company stocks of a wide variety of books, including rare, out-of-print books, and also offers more current titles, even new books. There’s always something new at the Old Tampa Book Company

Marketplace News

Attic Café at 500 E. Kennedy is becoming a pop-up shop on February 6 featuring the new Spring line of Matilda Jane with beautiful baby, girls, tween, and women’s clothing. Purchases support international charities such as the Mighty Acorn Foundation & Changing the Face of Beauty.

Café Dufrain recently unveiled their new menu! As always, they use fresh ingredients, sustainable, organic and/or locally grown. The new menu includes entrees for gluten free and vegan dinners. 

Caffeine Tampa recently hosted Happily Ever Caffeinated, a local downtown webcast that interviews wedding biz people from a totally different angle. The show is hosted by Jessie Stehlik and filmed by Pavel Stehlik, owners of Foto Bohemia, a local Downtown photography business and 2017 Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice winner.

Top Cheap Eats in Downtown

Downtown Tampa is home to these eight businesses listed in the Tampa Bay Times’ list of 50 Top Cheap Eats in Tampa Bay. Congratulations!

  • Inside the Box Café – for sandwiches
  • Urban Juice Co – for healthy juices
  • Anise Global Gastrobar – for wings
  • Eddie & Sam’s – for pizza
  • Hotel Bar – for gastrobar drinks and eats
  • Buddy Brew – for coffee
  • Kahwa Coffee – for coffee
  • TeBella Tea Co – for tea

The Franchise  Show Comes to Downtown

Tickets are available for The Franchise Show, February 18-19,  at the Tampa Convention Center. Meet face-to-face with representatives from top franchise concepts who want to expand or develop in the Tampa Bay Area, and attend seminars on legal issues, financial strategies, marketing tactics, and long-term growth.

Development and Transportation

Parking Survey

The Hillsborough County Planning Commission and  Tampa Downtown Partnership are working to address Downtown parking issues. Your thoughts are very valuable to us. Please take a few moments to take this brief survey to provide input on current and future parking topics, so we can evaluate and try to help make your parking experience even better.

New Features to OneBusAway App

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) has partnered with SeeClickFix, Inc., a communications platform, which will allow HART riders to stay connected with HART. The OneBusAway Tampa app’s latest feature allows riders to report issues, provide suggestions to HART in real time, receive status updates, and monitor the progress and resolutions. In addition, riders can vote on issues that are important to maintaining our transit system.

Vision Zero Committee Hits the Streets

Tampa Bay area bicycle and pedestrian safety advocates will hit the streets for a field review of Hillsborough Avenue during the second of four Vision Zero Workshops, taking place on Jan. 31 from 9am to 11am at the Town ‘N Country Regional Library. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to join the MPO, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office staff, and students and seniors from the neighboring middle school and senior center on a walking audit of Hillsborough Avenue and Hanley Road, where they will observe traveler behavior and road design to determine whether pedestrian access and safety are taken into account at nearby destinations, and what improvements might be made.
“Join Hillsborough MPO In Vision Zero Community Workshop On January 31”83 Degrees  Media

Autonomous Shuttle Becoming a Reality

After securing $1 million in funding from the Florida Department of Transportation, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority is moving ahead with a plan to test, and hopefully implement, an autonomous commuter shuttle in downtown Tampa. The funding is good for two years and could be upped by $500,000 for a third year. The driverless shuttle will be able to ferry about a dozen passengers to and from HART’s hub along a 0.6-mile stretch of the Marion Street Transitway, which is closed to private vehicle traffic from 6am to 7pm, Monday through Friday.
“Autonomous Shuttle Just Around The Corner For Downtown Tampa” –  Crain’s Tampa Bay

Member Corner

Convention Center Announces Restaurants

Now that a new catering contract has been completed, the Tampa Convention Center is moving along with plans to modernize its space and offer new, local restaurant concepts. In addition to Big Ray’s Fish Camp being added to the outdoor area, the Convention Center’s current bistro is being converted into a fully functioning Datz restaurant that will also have a walk-up window for patrons strolling along the Riverwalk. Datz will include a picnic basket to that walk-up menu. The Convention Center is capitalizing on its location along the Riverwalk adding a “resort-like” feel.
“Tampa Convention Center Shows How It Plans To Spice Up Food Offerings With Local Restaurants (Renderings)”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Arts Council Names New Executive Director

The Arts Council of Hillsborough  County has named Martine Collier, CFRE, as their new Executive Director. Collier has over 30 years of experience in arts administration, nonprofit management, marketing, and development. Sheserved the last six years as the President and CEO of Culture Works, a regional arts agency providing funding and services for the 8-county Dayton Region. Learn more about the Arts Council of Hillsborough County at

UT Named Best Business School

For the first time in its history, the John H. Sykes College of Business was ranked last month by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the Top 100 Best Business Schools, and its full-time MBA program ranked 78 out of 80 of the best business graduate programs. The Bloomberg Businessweek ranking was measured by a survey of primarily employers and alumni. The MBA program ranked 12th among colleges and universities in the southeastern United States and sixth among private colleges and universities in the southeastern United States.
“Sykes Named in Top 100 Business Schools by Bloomberg Business Week”The Minaret

Announcement from Hill Ward Henderson

Brett J. Preston, Shareholder at Hill Ward Henderson, recently accepted an invitation to join The Fellows of the American Bar Association. This honorary organization is comprised of lawyers, judges and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession. Individuals are admitted to The Fellows by invitation only, through nomination by their peers.

Speaking Up for Success

Patel Conservatory presents Speaking Up for Success, an eight-week course providing working professionals with the tools to present themselves and their ideas in meeting and speech modes. Participants will focus on the preparation required for a successful presentation and techniques to ease the public speaking process. Registration and more information are available at and by calling 813.222.1040.

Around Town

Tampa Named Best Place for Dog Walking

Tampa was listed at number 4 as a Best City for Walking Your Dog by Like city “walkability” ratings for humans, researchers ranked the most “walkable” cities for dogs. The experts looked at three factors to determine the rankings of 29 major cities: average minutes per dog walk (based on data from jobs), the amount of dog parks per 10,000 residents, and the city’s official “WalkScore.”  View the full list including Tampa’s dog walking score.

Tampa Firm Partners to Buy Vegas Mall

A subsidiary of Tampa’s Third Lake Capital has acquired an open-air lifestyle mall in Las Vegas. Fairbourne Properties, which is wholly owned by Third Lake Capital, partnered with Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America to buy Town Square Las Vegas. Town Square Las Vegas is a 1.2 million-square-foot retail center just south of the Las Vegas Strip. It counts Apple Inc. and Whole Foods Market Inc. among its anchors and has a significant entertainment component, including an AMC 18 Theatre and Stoney’s Rockin’ Country, a country music-themed nightclub.
“Tampa Firm Partners With TIAA To Buy Vegas Mall In Massive Real Estate Deal”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Project Planned at SR 54 and Suncoast Pkwy

N.C.J. Investment Co. of Tampa is seeking to resurrect an expired planning district on 29 acres at the northwest corner of the intersection. The land is directly across SR 54 from the Suncoast Crossings development, where Target closed a retail store in 2016. It also is just east of Asturia, a mixed-use development that welcomed its first residents just seven months ago, but eventually will have nearly 1,200 single-family homes, town homes and apartments, as well as adjoining commercial space.
“Project Planned For Vacant Land At SR 54 And Suncoast Parkway”Tampa Bay Times

Trulieve Opens

Trulieve, one of seven medical marijuana businesses approved to open dispensaries in Florida,  opened its third dispensary on Thursday. The company has locations in Clearwater and Tallahassee and is in the process of opening businesses in St. Petersburg and Bradenton, and locations across the state including Miami and Orlando. Trulieve chose its initial launch locations based on not just proximity to large population centers, but also access to other parts of the state to support its delivery service, which is available to patients throughout Florida.
Tampa Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens This Week”Tampa Bay Business Journal