Monday Morning Memo

Monday, May 1, 2017

Partnership Presents

New Fitness Classes Every Monday

On Monday, April 17, Tampa Downtown Partnership and YMCA Central City kicked off the first U-JAM Fitness class at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. U-JAM Fitness classes start at 6pm every Monday, ending by 7pm with fitness instructor Heather Rollert, aka “HI-Rolla,” who is a U-Jam Fitness® and U-coach Instructor, also certified in Zumba® and AFAA. U-JAM Fitness® is an athletic dance fitness workout designed for all fitness levels that combines World Beats with easy to learn steps and high energy music for a workout that will keep your students coming back for more. U-JAM Fitness® takes you around the world from Bollywood to Hip-Hop and Latin to Jazz fused with an “Urban-Hip Hop” flavor and Old School Jams. It is an intense cardio dance workout designed to burn calories, tone your body, and leave you begging for more!

Downtown Debriefing Series: Trends in Tourism

Join local and regional decision makers for our May Downtown Debriefing series as we welcome Santiago Corrada, President & CEO of Visit Tampa Bay and Maryann Ferenc, Incoming Board Chair of Visit Florida, as they discuss tourism trends and the future growth of this vital industry. Taking place at the Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown on May 2, networking and registration begin at 7:30 with the program and continental breakfast taking place from 8am to 9am. Visit our website for ticket information and to register.

Food Truck Fiesta

Do you have plans for lunch on Wednesday? You do now! Join Tampa Downtown Partnership and the City of Tampa from 11am to 2pm in Lykes Gaslight Square for the monthly celebration of tasty treats prepared by local food truck vendors. Follow the Facebook page for updates and to see the food truck lineup!

Rock The Park This Thursday

Since 2010, Tampa Downtown Partnership has brought Rock the Park to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. This free monthly music series showcases Central Florida’s musical talents of all genres the first Thursday of every month. Join us this Thursday at 6:30pm as we welcome BUNCH, Flow Sisters, and Mountain Holler to the stage. Pack a picnic basket and bring Fido – dogs on leashes are welcome! Be sure to follow Rock the Park on Facebook to receive all event announcements and updates.

History Bike Tampa, Part 2

History Bike Tampa and Tampa Downtown Partnership are partnering to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the City of Tampa’s Invision Center City Plan. The route will travel some of the recent bike infrastructure completed and planned. Several stops will highlight new and renewed developments. Join us to see first-hand all the great accomplishments and what’s in store for a rapidly developing urban core. Tours are two hours in length and begin at Kahwa Coffee’s location in downtown Tampa on the corner of N Tampa Street and E Polk St. The ride is limited to 60 people, and is on a first-come-first-served basis. More information on History Bike Tampa.

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

Streetcar Results Roundtable

Tuesday, May 2
HCC Ybor Campus
The City of Tampa will hold the last of three public meetings to discuss “Invision: Tampa Streetcar,” a public transportation feasibility study for the extension and modernization of the current streetcar system. The May 2nd meeting will be a roundtable discussion of the results obtained from the two community brainstorm sessions held earlier. Streetcar Results Roundtable.

Avenue Q

Thursday, May 4 to Sunday, May 21
Stageworks Theatre
A laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets a collection of colorful characters who help him finally discover his purpose in life! For more information, go to Avenue Q.

3rd Annual Riverfest

Saturday, May 6 to Sunday, May 7
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
This FREE event will run the entire length of the Riverwalk and will feature family-friendly activities and events showcasing Tampa’s cultural institutions, local music, and restaurants. One of the new events this year is the Hot Dog Festival, which includes a Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. For more information, go to 3rd Annual Riverfest.

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I – Tuesday, May 2 to Sunday, May 7
Spring Music Spectacular: A Concert for Peace – Wednesday, May 3, begins 7pm
Patel Conservatory presents Evening of Dance – Friday, May 5, shows at 6pm and 8pm
Lumina Youth Choirs Spring Sing – Saturday, May 6, begins 4pm
Private Lesson Recitals – Saturday, May 6, 10am to 6pm
RiverFest – Secret Walls – Saturday, May 6 to Sunday, May 7
Tampa Bay Symphony Dazzling Inspirations – Sunday, May 7, begins 4pm

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

Colossal – Monday, May 1, 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Heat (1995) – Tuesday, May 2, 8:30pm to 11:30pm
Stop the Presses – Wednesday, May 3, 7:30pm to 9pm
Westworld – Friday, May 5, 10:30pm to Midnight
How to Build A Time Machine (2016) – Sunday, May 7, 3pm to 4:30pm

This Week at Amalie Arena

Eric Church: Holdin’ My Own Tour – Thursday, May 4, begins 8pm
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Saturday, May 6, begins 8pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Sheraton Riverwalk

Here’s a shop we’re betting you don’t know exists! It’s quite compact but overflowing with merchandise!  It’s the gift shop inside the Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel. For convenience you’ll find a variety of toiletries, cosmetics, baby diapers, phone chargers,  and over-the-counter medications. For fun,  you’ll find great clothing, hats, purses, sandals, toys, fine wines, and much more.

Marketplace News

A new UPS Store opened in the Channel District, at 107 E. 11th Street. This shop offers convenience to neighborhood residents, businesses and students with  copying/printing services, office supplies, shipping, passport photographs, and mailboxes.

Burgerim will be opening at Element this year. This Israeli-based franchise got its start in 2011, and quickly drew attention from foodies around the world as word spread about the gourmet mini-burgers and unique customized menu concept. Stay tuned for the grand opening! 

Pop Up Shoppers – Look for these great temporary shops, just in time for Mother’s Day!

  • At 100 N. Tampa, Conference, Suite 2140:
    • Tuesday, May 2nd
      • Erika Williner Jewelry from 11am-3pm, along with Mary Kaye Cosmetics
      • Wednesday, May 3rd Origami Owl from 10am-2pm
  • At Bank of America Tower, Suite 890
      • Mobile Photographer, Jonathan Wood,  from Noon to 3pm, taking  executive/corporate portraits, beginning at $75.  

Portico Café to Open on Friday

The community is invited to join Mayor Buckhorn  at the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of Portico Café on Friday May 5 at 10am. The Portico Café, located at 1001 N. Florida, is a “cafe with a mission.” A portion of the staff are hired from local not-for-profit agencies. Each purchase supports the livelihood of people transitioning out of difficult situations.  The Café seeks to be a gift to the community with excellent coffee and foods, while it also fosters conversation, and brings connections and community change in downtown Tampa. Visit their website.

Amalie Welcomes Sir Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney has added a massive new run of U.S. dates to his One On One tour.  The newly announced dates include a show in Tampa, where Paul will play July 10th at AMALIE® Arena, returning to the city for the first time since his The ‘US’ Tour 2005 hit St. Petersburg Times Forum. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, May 1 at 10am, and will be available for purchase online at or by calling 800.745.000.  American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, April 26th at 10am local time through Sunday, April 30 at 10pm local time.

How the Bolts Sell Season Tickets

In the two years that Jarrod Dillon has headed up sales and marketing for the Tampa Bay Lightning, he’s always had the buzz of the NHL playoffs to help sell season tickets. That’s not the case this year — the Bolts missed the playoffs after a slew of injuries and a less-than-stellar performance on the ice in the first half of the season — but so far, it’s not affecting Dillon’s ability to sell season tickets. His sales team is focused on engaging with new season ticket holders, building the type of relationship and loyalty that will bring them to the arena even when the Bolts aren’t playing as well.
“Here’s How The Tampa Bay Lightning Are Selling Season Tickets Without Playoff Buzz”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Give Day Tampa Bay

Give Day Tampa Bay, the 24-hour online giving challenge hosted by the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, returns for a fourth year on May 2, 2017. Give Day is your opportunity to learn more about the hundreds of nonprofits in our community and to support causes you care about. More than $2 million was raised for nearly 600 Tampa Bay area nonprofits during the 2016 Give Day Tampa Bay. Join us on May 2 to give where you live! Go to to donate to 500+ local nonprofits.

Development and Transportation

Transportation App of the Week

Did you know the City of Tampa has an app for that?  A few key features include the Customer Service Center, Utility Bill Payment, News and Press Releases, Active Development, etc. Use this link to also access the Tampa Police Department and Tampa Convention Center apps as well.

May is National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month and there’s no better time to hop on a bike. Throughout May, Coast Bike Share is encouraging you to ditch the car and #BikeInstead while exploring local coffee shops, restaurants, museums, farmers markets, architecture, gardens and neighborhoods. Here’s how it works:

  • Snap a photo while biking and post it to Instagram or Twitter. Tag #BikeInstead and @CoastBikes.
  • Be in the running to win brunch for two at Oxford Exchange, a $100 gift certificate to Stillwaters Tavern in St. Pete, movie tickets to Tampa Theatre, and more!

Winners will be selected at random every week. Be sure to check Bike/Walk Tampa Bay for resources and a calendar of events to celebrate Bike Month!

TBARTA Aims to Ease School Traffic

The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) has announced a partnership with local education-technology company PikMyKid to bring their real-time mobile app dismissal management system to 20 select schools across the Tampa Bay area. Through a $115,000 grant provided by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District 7, TBARTA will be covering the full-cost of the yearly licensing fee for schools identified in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties, with the goal of reducing school traffic congestion created by pick up and drop off lines as well as improving the safety and reliability of transportation in getting students to and from school. Read more.

Regional Transit Bill Moves to Final Vote

A bill aimed at re-purposing the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority to make it more effective cleared its final committee stop in the Senate Tuesday, but it’s not entirely what supporters wanted. A highly amended committee substitute for Senate Bill 1672 sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) would change “transportation” to “transit” in the agency’s name and require a series of benchmarks aimed at planning better regional connectivity. The amended version of the Senate bill removes the Senate president and House speaker appointees from the board and gives the governor four appointees. It would require legislative approval for any rail projects proposed by TBARTA and to undergo a feasibility study. The amended bill would block TBARTA from advocating on behalf of projects.
“Regional Transit Measure Gets Watered Down And Kicked To A Final Vote”Tampa Business Journal

ICYMI: Tiny Apartments Proposed for Downtown

Urban Core Holdings, LLC is currently under contract to purchase a 12-story downtown office facility with plans to create micro apartments – 300 to 400-square-foot living quarters that are designed to appeal to those who live and work in the area. Starting at $850 a month and maxing out at $1,100 the apartments, located at 220 E. Madison St., will provide an alternative that is far cheaper than other downtown Tampa complexes, says Omar Garcia of Urban Core Holdings. Among people under age 35, especially young professionals, Garcia notes there is substantial appeal for this type of living space, which facilitates proximity to high-paying jobs in the downtown area.
“Developer Proposes Micro Apartments In Downtown Tampa”83 Degrees Media

Member Corner

Rain or Shine Hillsborough County’s Got You Covered

Hillsborough County is launching an umbrella sharing program! Umbrellas will be located in shops, restaurants, and other businesses in downtown Tampa. On your way out the door, grab one of the blue or clear umbrellas embossed with the Hillsborough County logo to protect you from the rain or to provide some shade from the sun. While you are enjoying the cover, be sure to check the umbrella handle to discover some unique things to do in Hillsborough County. When you’re in downtown Tampa, you won’t have to worry about the weather, because “We’ve Got You Covered!”

Here’s How it Works:

  1. Grab an umbrella at a participating location.
  2. Get covered from the rain or sun.
  3. Return it on your next visit or drop off at any participating location.
  4. To find participating locations go to and while you are there check out some unique events, programs, and services available to you.

Intriguing Exhibit Unveiled at Plant Museum

The Henry B. Plant Museum announces the opening of “Mr. Skinner, at Your Service”: The Labor of Fine Dining at the Tampa Bay Hotel, an exhibit designed and curated by history students at The University of Tampa. Professor Charles McGraw Groh, Ph.D., worked with a class of his students this semester to develop this temporary exhibit. The student exhibit will open May 3 with a grand opening at 4pm and close on May 21.

Emera Names Local Board

When the energy conglomerate Emera acquired TECO Energy in late 2015 in a $10.4 billion deal, it promosed to establish a local board to keep close ties to the community. Just last week Emera kept that promise as it announced a board of well-known local and state community and business leaders to oversee operations of Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas which together serve 1.1 million customers in Tampa Bay and across Florida. The board includes: Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio; Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik; former speaker of the Florida House Will Weatherford; Rhea Law, chair of the Florida offices of Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney law firm; Pat Geraghty, chief executive officer of Jacksonville-based Florida Blue.
“Emera Names Local Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas Board”Tampa Bay Times

Hill Ward Henderson Congratulates Attorney

Shareholder Landis V. “Lance” Curry, III was recently appointed Chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee effective July 1, 2017. He was appointed to this position by The Florida Bar President-Elect, Michael J. Higer. The scope and function of the Appellate Court Rules Committee is to carry out the mandate of Rule 2.140, Florida Rules of Judicial Administration, concerning the proposal of new rules of procedure and changes to existing rules. For additional information, please visit the firm’s website at

Executive Files: UT Dean Ghannadian

Dean of the John H. Sykes College of Business and Professor of Finance at the University of Tampa, Dr. Frank Ghannadian has been with the university since July 2007. Since then, the college has doubled in enrollment and expanded the masters of science programs, MBA programs. When he began 10 years ago, the faculty size was about mid-50s and now the college is approaching 90 full-time faculty. Read and/or view his full interview  with Tampa Bay Business Journal editor, Alexis Muellner.

Around Town

PTC Closer to Dismantling

The Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission is one stroke of the governor’s pen away from not being an agency anymore, as the Florida House of Representatives on Friday approved a bill to abolish the embattled agency 118-0. Droves of Tampa Bay area elected officials, business leaders and state lawmakers called for the agency’s dismantling after a series of blunders. Without the PTC, regulatory authority over those services, as well as tow trucks and some ambulatory services, would be likely left to Hillsborough County government through a series of inter-local agreements with Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City.
Hillsborough PTC Gets The First Nail In Its Coffin After Years Of Uber Debate” Tampa Bay Business Journal

Regional Recycling Campaign Launches

Hillsborough County,  Pinellas County, the City of Tampa, and the City of St. Petersburg have partnered to launch a regional campaign to teach Tampa Bay residents about a universal problem – plastic bags in recycling. The regional multimedia public education campaign features a new bay-spanning video and co-branded webpage,, which will provide correct recycling information and encourage residents to keep recycling bag-free, no matter where they are in the Tampa Bay area. This partnership marks the first time Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, the City of Tampa, and the City of St. Petersburg have worked together on a single regional recycling campaign. For additional information, visit or

Tampa is the Overall Best City

In an age where Millennials curate their moving options, increasigngly Tampa, Florida is coming out on top. According to, Tampa is the number-one city people moved to in 2016. It also ranks as the hottest city for start-ups, according to Fortune, the most pet-friendly, claims RewardExpert and the best overall city in the Southeast, says Money magazine. A confluence of activity, along with a visionary mayor, vibrant culture, accessible airport and diverse population, is transforming Tampa into the hippest city in America.
“Why Are So Many Millennials Become Tamprenuers?” Forbes

Tampa Named Healthiest Housing Market

Online real estate marketplace Ten-X recently released a study that looked at the hottest single-family markets as of the spring of 2017 in the nation’s 50 largest housing markets and Tampa took the top spot. Metro employment is up an impressive 3.1% year over year and has been consistently growing in the 2% to 4% range for five years, and jobs have grown at a similar pace for the past five years. Existing home prices rose 13.1%, and the region’s population growth should allow Tampa to continue its upward climb.
“The Nation’s Healthiest and Unhealthiest Housing Markets”

Gallery AIA Hosts Visual Arts Exhibit

Gallery AIA at the new Tampa Bay Center for Architecture and Design in Ybor City debuted its inaugural visual arts exhibit on Friday in conjunction with the Fourth Friday Tampa event. The Center is at 1315 East 7th Avenue in Ybor City. The exhibit is called CONSTRUCT and features 16 artists from the Tampa Bay area whose work explores the ways in which we build our world. It runs through June 23.
“Gallery AIA Hosts Inaugural Visual Arts Exhibit”Bay News 9

ULI Florida Summit

The annual ULI Florida Summit at the Tampa Marriott Waterside on May 25 and 26, 2017 connects the top real estate professionals from throughout the state including developers, attorneys, engineers, architects, and land use planners, from both the private and public sector. From keynote addresses to conference sessions, the 2017 Summit will focus on today’s changing markets, trends, and opportunities, and feature leading industry professionals. More than 600 ULI members and non-members who are interested in the progress and prosperity of our state convene at the annual statewide Summit. It is hosted and produced jointly by the five ULI District Councils of Florida.

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