Monday, March 20, 2017
Development Forum: Downtown In Motion
Mark your calendar! Tampa Downtown Partnership’s 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. View the agenda and register.
Do the Local Motion Charity Update
We are very excited to announce that Buddy Brew Coffee is launching a fundraising effort to help support Where Love Grows, a local charity that provides meals to hungry children in our community. For a limited time only, Buddy Brew Coffee is offering limited edition, black and rose gold bags of coffee at all their locations to help support Where Love Grows. The Buddy Brew Blackout campaign and their limited edition bags are available while supplies last. Remember, all donations for Do the Local Motion tours go directly to Where Love Grows.
Downtown Security Series Breakfast
The next Downtown Security Series breakfast is scheduled for March 30 at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) featuring Operations Chief Oliver Greene and Emergency Management Coordinator Chauncia Willis. Learn about the purpose and need of the EOC in this interactive and informative breakfast. Networking and a breakfast buffet begin at 7:30am followed by a presentation and tour from 8am to 9am. Click here for more information and to register.
Be an Urban Insider
Snap a selfie or photo with your friends out enjoying Downtown, tag it with #UrbanInsiderTPA, and post it to social media – your photo could end up on our online photo album! Share with us your favorite thing about Downtown Tampa during March and you could be our next Urban Insider. Get out and explore your Downtown!
Celebrate Bike Month
Did you know that there are over 200 public bike racks downtown? There are also bicycle self-repair stations located along the Riverwalk and throughout downtown allowing bicyclists to fix flat tires or tighten a loose screw on your basket. Be sure to check out the City of Tampa’s bike lane and trail map online to help you navigate all the places you can explore on your bike in Downtown Tampa.
Exclusive Gasp! Offer
Readers are able to receive $5 off their tickets to Gasp!, Creative Loafing’s fourth annual performing arts event, presented by Tampa International. Taking place March 31 at the Tampa Museum of Art, the event offers a kaleidoscopic circus of theater, dance, music, spoken word, visual art, scoundscapes, cabaret and more. Enter promo code TAMPADOWNTOWN at checkout by Wednesday, March 22, at midnight, to receive $5 off your ticket purchase.
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. Going to one of the events? Snap a photo and tag #UrbanInsiderTPA
A Presentation and Signing with India Hicks
Wednesday, March 22, begins 6:30pm
This special OE Spotlight presentation and book signing features lifestyle and design icon India Hicks. She will be discussing her latest book, Island Style, while detailing the subtle palette of island life, the family tradition of tablescaping, the warm anarchy of a family kitchen, and much more. For more information, go to India Hicks.
Urban Restaurant Tour
Thursday, March 23, begins 5:30pm
The Urban Restaurant Tour is Tampa’s Thursday night social bicycle ride to experience the best food and drink items from Tampa’s best urban restaurants. Urban Restaurant Tour.
Friday, March 24, 4pm to 9pm
A celebration of Downtown Tampa’s rich arts and culture scene. Nine museums and performing arts venues offer extended hours, free or value-added admission, and/or special programming. While visiting the venues during the event hours, pick up a Fourth Friday wristband for access to food and drink specials (20+ downtown establishments). For more information, go to Fourth Friday.
Taking the Stage at the Straz Center
Martin McDonagh’s A Skull in Connemara – Through Sunday, April 9
Open Rehearsal: Tosca – Tuesday, March 21 to Thursday, March 30
Happy Hour Concert – Scheherazade: A Fantasy in Music – Thursday, March 23, begins 6:30pm
Latin Nights – Thursday, March 23, begins 9pm
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live! – Thursday, March 23 to Sunday, March 26
Momix Opus Cactus – Thursday, March 23, begins 8pm
A Night at the Opera – The Florida Orchestra – Friday, March 24, begins 8pm
it gets better – Friday, March 24, begins 7:30pm
Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young – Saturday, March 25, begins 7pm
Opera Tampa Gala 2017 – Saturday, March 25, begins 5:30pm
DRUMLine Live – Sunday, March 26, begins 7:30pm
Shevonne – Sunday, March 26, 5:15pm to 7:15pm
On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre
1984 – Monday, March 20, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Troubled Waters – Tuesday, March 21, 7:30pm to 8:30pm
The Messengers: A Podcast Documentary – Wednesday, March 22, 7:30pm to 8:45pm
Mr. Gaga – Thursday, March 23, 7:30pm to 9:45pm
Brazil – Friday, March 24, 10:30pm to 12:45pm
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – Sunday, March 26, 3pm to 5pm
This Week at Amalie Arena
Doing Business in Downtown
|Retail Spotlight: Tampa Museum of Art
While no visit to the Tampa Museum of Art is complete without a stop in the Museum Store, many shop or browse throughout the week and weekends. The Store is filled with a well-curated collection of tempting objects, including the finest selection of art books, home decor items, exhibition-related gifts (Tampa Bay sports merchandise currently featured), and easily the area’s best selection of art, fashion, and culture magazines. Artful and unique jewelry, purses, and other accessory items are always in stock, as well as exceptionally unique toys and books for children you may not find anywhere else.
Beauty Brought Out Salon is opening a LuLaRoe pop-up shop at 414 E. Madison on March 21, 23, and 24. Come by to browse through fashion forward dresses, leggings, tees, sweaters, and much more.
At the Great Escape Room, news of expansion! The President’s Bunker opened last week, but you can still be one of the first to test your wits in this innovative new escape room!
Uncommon Finds, Downtown’s niche perfume store, just began a blog. Penned by the “Scent Junkie” himself, thhe blog offers useful advice on how to pick a signature scent for yourself and for special occasions.
Araliya, Yoga, Barre and Motion Art opened its doors on March 15! Classes operate seven days a week for all ages in their expansive studio space, including Tots in Motion for 3-5 year-olds on Saturday mornings at 9:30am. New customers may take unlimited classes for one week for a cost of only $20.
IBM Picks Tampa for Annual Meeting
International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), an information technology company headquartered in Armonk, New York, will hold its annual stockholders meeting in Tampa this year. The meeting is scheduled for April 25 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. Shareholders meetings for major firms like IBM are widely covered by the business news media and can help elevate a city’s profile.
“IBM Picks Tampa for Annual Meeting” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame
Five of this region’s top leaders were inducted Thursday evening into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame during the 29th annual ceremony in downtown Tampa. The Hall of Fame honors area leaders, dubbed at this year’s gathering as “anchors” of the community, for their significant business accomplishments and civic contributions. Among them, in memoriam, is Thom Stork, Former CEO of the Florida Aquarium: A master of tourism marketing, he helped revive the Florida Aquarium in Tampa and served with distinction for many years promoting Busch Gardens. Thom was also a valued board member of the Tampa Downtown Partnership.
“Five Area Business Leaders to be Inducted in April into Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame” – TBO.com
Tampa-based Firm Launches Tech Startup
Threshold 360 LLC, headquarterd in Downtown Tampa, has publicly launched their tech startup. The company, which unveiled its technology at the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, says it is building the world’s largest database of 360-degree immersive experiences of brick-and-mortar locations. The beta version of the company’s mobile app and website allows people to virtually step inside thousands of restaurants, shops, hotels and more in Tampa as well as in St. Petersburg, Austin, San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C., Boston, and Ho Chi Minh City.
“Tampa Tech Firm Launches at SXSW, Unwraps 360-Degree Immersive Experiences” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
Development and Transportation
Transportation App: OneBusAway
OneBusAway Tampa provides real-time arrival and departure time for all HART buses. OneBusAway was started by students at the University of Washington, and it has been deployed in Tampa by the University of South Florida in collaboration with Georgia Tech. Check out their for more information. HART buses are also bike-friendly! All buses hold 2 bikes on the front rack and allow folding bikes to be brought onboard.
Downtown Residential Growth; 2014 to Now
Since 2014, the Downtown core has seen over 2,200 new apartment units open. With another 1,900 currently under construction and more proposed projects on the horizon, we are poised to add, in total, 8,300 new apartment units to our Downtown. Large-scale projects like SPP’s Channelside development and the Port’s Vision place Downtown Tampa in the spotlight for added investment interest from across the globe. To view a map of what is currently being developed, visit our website.
InVision: Tampa Streetcar
The Tampa Historic Streetcar System is a 2.7-mile long streetcar transportation network that provides a unique connection from downtown Tampa and the Channelside District to the Ybor City historic district. Today, the system is used mainly by tourists. But the City of Tampa is exploring a future for the streetcar as a true transportation option for residents, visitors, and employees in the downtown core and kicked off the process with a public brainstorm on Tuesday, March 7. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 4 at the Tampa Bay History Center and is open to the public. You can help determine the future “purpose and need” of the 2.7 mile line.
Regional Transit Feasibility Plan Launches
HART has just kicked off their Regional Transit Feasibility Plan. This is meant to be a “Route Map to Implementation.” The plan will be conducted in two phases. The first phase consists of a year of technical analysis to identify the most competitive projects. During the first year, the milestones will include identifying the most promising corridors for transit, then identifying what type of transit mode can best serve those corridors, and finally, determining which projects could potentially be implemented first. To learn more about the Regional Transit Feasibility Plan, and to participate in the transit preference survey, visit the project website.
“Regional Transit Feasibility Plan Moves Forward to Identify “Catalyst Project” in the Tampa Bay Area” – Tampa Bay Newswire
Hotshots for Charity
Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Downtown Security Network is proud to sponsor TPD’s District Three in the Tampa Police Hotshots for Charity event on April 22. This premier event will feature a fun competition between Team Buckhorn vs. Team Ward. Teams will be provided with a golf cart and each participant will receive 12 or 20 gauge ammunition, breakfast, lunch, an event shirt, and a goody bag. Sponsorship opportunities and team spots are still available! Donations are being accepted for inclusion in the goody bags and for raffle. All donations and funds benefit the Chief’s Scholarship Fund, RISE Tampa, and the Tampa Police Pistol Team. Visit RiseTampa.org/TPDHotshots for more information.
UT Counselors to Host Cigar City Nights
You’re invited! Join the UT Board of Counselors on Friday, April 7, for Cigars City Nights. The event will be held from 5:30–8pm at the Tampa Museum of Art’s Sono Café, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, and provides a perfect place to relax with your clients, co-workers and friends. The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres from Sono Café, a mojito bar, hand-rolled cigars and live music. To purchase tickets, go to cigarcitynights.eventbrite.com. Presale tickets only.
A Call for Entries: Photography Competition
The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (FMoPA) has launched a call for entries for their 7th annual International Photography Competition. Worldwide photographers are invited to take part in the competition. This year, FMoPA will partner with Creative Loafing to celebrate local photographers who participate in the competition and promote the exciting prizes available to all participants. For additional information, visit the competition website.
Arts Council Hosts Seminar
Register for session two in a series of four seminars focused on helping artists build a strategic approach to your organization’s social media marketing campaigns. This month’s session will highlight the social media platforms of Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. Workshop sessions will are held on the first Tuesday of each month, 9:30 -11:30am. For more information and to register, visit tampaarts.org.
TIA Adds New Direct Flight
Delta Airlines will begin nonstop daily flights from Tampa to Salt Lake City on December. 21. The announcement comes just four months after the airport listed Salt Lake City as one of nine target markets for new service.
“Tampa International Airport Gets a New Nonstop Route” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
Ybor After Work
Join the Ybor Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, March 23 at The Brass Tap Ybor for a night of great conversation and networking. Free hors d’oeuvres and drink specials all night long! Meet and talk with some wonderful people who make up our Ybor community. Register here.
MOSI’s Great Summer Camp Giveaway
One lucky family will win a free week of MOSI Summer Science Camps during MOSI’s Great Summer Camp Giveaway! Entering to win is easy; families just need to visit mosi.org/camps and fill out an entry form before April 1, 2017 at 11:59pm.
New St. Pete Police Headquarters
Groundbreaking on a new St. Petersburg Police Department headquarters is slated for April 20, with actual construction beginning as early as May 1. The entire project, which includes a parking garage and offsite shooting range, will cost the city about $85 million. The new facilities are designed to meet the department’s needs for 50 years, but the building itself is expected to last far longer.
“$85 Million St. Pete Police Headquarters to Break Ground Next Month” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
Future of Community Redevelopment Agencies
House Bill 13 and Senate Bill 1770 eventually eliminate city and county authority to create CRAs. The CRAs establish a boundary where property tax revenues are set at a baseline. Property tax revenue exceeding that baseline would be put into a tax incremental fund to be used for economic development, job creation, infrastructure improvements or other enhancements to the area approved in the CRA. The CRA measure in the legislature would block new CRAs from forming and prevent those already in existence from funding new projects after October; existing CRAs would sunset in 2037. That’s a problem for elected officials in Tampa, where in the past year TIF money within CRAs has funded shuttle service, the completion of Riverwalk, a $1.3 million sewer lift station, roadway improvements in Ybor City as well as a high speed ferry service in the works. The types of improvements created through CRAs often lead to job creation and economic development.
“Bay Area Leaders Oppose Measure to Gut Community Redevelopment Program” – Tampa Bay Business Journal