Monday Morning Memo

Monday, May 15, 2017

Partnership Presents

Partnership Events: Save the Dates!

Be sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 30 from 8am until 9am and Thursday, June 15 from 11:30am until 1:30pm. On May 30 we host one of our Downtown Debriefing Series breakfasts at the University of Tampa’s Plant Hall. Kenneth Knapp, the Director of Cybersecurity Programs at the University of Tampa, will discuss identity theft, online safety, and personal information security. Register for our Cybersecurity Debrief. You also don’t want to miss our Annual Meeting on June 15 from 11:30am until 1:30pm at the Hilton Downtown Hotel. This signature event celebrates accomplishments and inducts new leadership for Tampa Downtown Partnership. Register for our Annual Meeting.

Premier Florida Screening of Citizen Jane

Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to partner with Tampa Theatre for the first Florida screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City on Wednesday, June 7. Hailed as a “timely, inspiring documentary you can’t miss” by Parade Magazine, Citizen Jane retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs vs. Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. The evening will kick off with an hour long Jane Jacobs Walk enabling members of the Downtown Tampa community to discover their city and environment through shared observation. The Walk will depart at Tampa Theatre at 5:30pm and will return as the doors and bar open right at 6:30pm. The audience is encouraged to wear costumes for the Jane Jacobs Look-A-Like contest to win a four-pack of tickets to the Tampa Theatre’s Summer Classics movie series. The contest will take place at 7:15pm with the film beginning at 7:30pm. Following the screening, at 9pm the audience is invited to stay for a panel discussion and Q&A with local industry professionals. Tickets are available on Tampa Theatre’s website. View the Facebook event.

100,000 Downtowner Rider Countdown

In less than seven months, Downtowner has logged close to 100,000 passengers. We believe that is something to celebrate! According to Downtowner calculations, the 100,000th rider should occur later this week. The lucky rider will win a full Tampa Bay Sports package including Rays Baseball tickets, Amalie Arena concert tickets, Lightning and Storm swag! Be sure to follow @TampasDowntown and @Cityof Tampa for the countdown and updates. The winning rider could be you! #Downtowner100K

Hurricane Preparedness Meeting

Hurricane season is upon us and we all have to be prepared. Join us in TECO Hall on Thursday, June 1, for our Annual Hurricane Preparedness Meeting, sponsored by TECO, an Emera Company. Registration and buffet breakfast will start at 7:30am with the program beginning at 8am. Register today.


  • Holley Wade, Special Operations Manager, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue
  • Bill Wade, President, Tampa Firefighters Museum


  • Ed Mora, P.E. Manager, Distribution Restoration, Tampa Electric Company
  • Chief Thomas Forward, Fire Rescue, Tampa Fire Rescue
  • Richard G. Henning, Senior Flight Director, NOAA Aircraft Operations Center
  • Brian LaMarre, Meteorologist-In-Charge, National Weather Center, Tampa Bay Area

Inspiring Art in the Channel District

Motivated by our Public Space Activation Grant Program, talented artist Meaghan Farrell Scalise of Traditional and Digital Arts (tada!) painted an inspirational public art mural in the Channel District’s neighborhood. The mural, located on the side of the artists’ building at 108 N. 11th St., depicts a small dog backed into a corner radiating enough energy to cast a large shadow of a howling wolf. The purpose of the piece, Scalise said, is to get people to look inwards and consider their own courage and determination. See the mural and learn more about our grant programs!

Friday is National Bike to Work Day

Join us this Friday for a ride from Seminole Heights – Tampa Heights to Downtown Tampa in honor of National Bike to Work Day! Starting at Rustic Steel Creations (3919 N Highland Ave.) at 7:30am, we will bike as a group down Highland Avenue to the Riverwalk and end at MacDill Park. Coffee will be offered, compliments of Yolk White & Associates on the Tampa Riverwalk. Invite your friends! RSVP to or at 813.221.3686. Helmets and lights are available upon request. View the flyer.

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

Flicks and Food Trucks

Thursday, May 18, 6pm to 10pm
Grand Central at Kennedy
Gourmet food truck fun paired with independent short flicks and live music! This urban, hip event features microbrews and tasty cocktails from the Pour House and City Dog Cantina. Gourmet food trucks line up to offer everything from burgers to vegetarian bites. There will be something for everyone! For more information, go to Flicks and Food Trucks.

Tampa Bay Storm vs. Washington Valor

Saturday, May 20, begins 7pm
Amalie Arena
The Tampa Bay Storm host the expansion Washington Valor for the first time this season. Head to Downtown Tampa’s sports mecca for an indoor football showdown on turf. Don your blue and gold and cheer on the Storm! For more information, go to Tampa Bay Storm vs. Washington Valor.

Do the Local Motion Season Ends

Friday, May 19, begins at Noon
Pirate Water Taxi Dock, Sail  Pavilion
Do the Local Motion is celebrating their final event of the ninth season on the Pirate Water Taxi! A $15 registration fee will cover your ride, drinks, and snacks. Register here. Running October through May, Do the Local Motion are free walking tours of Downtown Tampa. Any donations collected go straight to Where Love Grows, a not for profit organization that feeds hungry children in our community. Learn more about Where Love Grows and their mission to help meet the needs of those living with food insecurity.

Bikes, Brews, and Blues

Sunday, May 21, begins at 11am
Grand Central at Kennedy
Join the CDCA for a Sunday afternoon of fun with Bikes Blues and Brews. The event kicks off with a bike cruise filled with costumes and creatively decorated bikes, followed by live entertainment, happy hour and food. Bike registration will begin at 11:30 with the ride starting at noon. For more information, visit The 2017 Bikes, Brews, and Blues.

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

Club Jaeb – Darrin Bradbury – Monday, May 15, begins 7:30pm
Opera Tampa League’s Wondrous Wednesday – Wednesday, May 17, begins 5:30pm
Israel Horovitz’s Glouchester Blue – Wednesday, May 17 to Sunday, June 11
Latin Nights – Thursday, May 18, begins 9pm
Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto – The Florida Orchestra – Friday, May 19, begins 8pm
Patel Conservatory End-of-Year Celebration – Saturday, May 20, begins 7pm
A Night of Joy & Praise with the Mann Family Tour – Sunday, May 21, begins 6pm
Kaakimaas Box presents The Legends – Sunday, May 21, begins 6pm

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

The Dinner (2017) – Through Monday, May 15
Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train – Tuesday, May 16, begins 7:30pm
The Lovers – Friday, May 19 to Thursday, May 25
Hackers (1995) – Friday, May 19, 10:30pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Maven Designs

Located in the Channel District, at 207 N. 11th Street, Maven Designs opened four months ago and specializes in refurbished and painted furniture. Skilled crafters also repair and custom paint furniture as well using Annie Sloan Chalk Paints. The shop has a large selection of wall décor and vintage accessories.  Hours are 9:30am to 5:30pm during the week. Open most Saturdays, but call first at 813.463.3595. Also contained in Maven’s 5,000 sf space are the corporate offices of Maven Estates (real estate services) and Maven Development Construction Company.

Marketplace News

Old Tampa Book Company was named #6 out of the top 50 Indie Bookstores in America by Huffington Post! Read the entire article here. 

Falafel Inn at SkyPoint celebrates their 2nd Anniversary with special bargains today, Monday 15, from 11am to 3pm. Their famous falafel sandwich and chicken sandwiches are only $2.99. Aside from these specials, all other menu items are 10% off. 

The Tampa Bay Rays have announced a May group ticket offer:  Buy a group ticket package of 20 tickets or more, and receive another game for 20 absolutely free! To order, call 727-825-3188 and tell them that you heard about the deal from Lori at the Downtown Tampa Rays Pro-Shop.

LuLaRoe Clothing is popping up on Wednesday, May 17 at the Bank of America building’s 8th Floor Conference Center (Suite 890) from 10am to 2pm. 

Building Company Opens Office Downtown

Gilbane Building Company, a global leader in construction services, announced it has opened a new office in Downtown Tampa, Florida. The new Tampa office will be led by Vice President Tim Hensey who heads up Gilbane’s Southwest area of Florida. This serves as the seventh office for Gilbane in Florida which joins offices in Sarasota, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Orlando, Gainesville and Jupiter. The location allows the company to better serve clients and partners and deliver safe, quality projects through innovative solutions, Lean construction and proven best practices.
“Gilbane Building Company Opens New Office in Tampa”PRWeb

Tampa Seeks Restaurants for Downtown

City Hall is back out in the market seeking private-sector partners to open restaurants in two spots close to the Riverwalk. One is a 10,000-square-foot space at the Tampa Convention Center. The other is a 2,600-square-foot space overlooking the lawn at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
“Tampa Again Seeks Restaurants for Convention Center, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park”Tampa Bay Times

Development and Transportation

Transportation App of the Week: 511

511 is a simple, easy-to-remember three digit phone number for statewide traffic and travel information. Travelers can receive traffic information by visiting, downloading the 511 app on iTunes or following 511 on Twitter. The 511 system provides traffic on all of Florida’s interstates, toll roads and many major metropolitan roadways. Traffic cameras and are available on Users can also register for personalized services on

Aquarium Unveils New Event Venue

On May 11, The Florida Aquarium unveiled the Mosaic Center with the cutting of a “bow tie,” the trademark attire of its past President and CEO Thom Stork. Downtown Tampa’s new premier event venue boasts beautiful views of the bustling Harbor Island, Garrison Channel and the Channel District while providing stunning interior design elements, first-class food service and menu options from Aramark.  As part of its ongoing conservation efforts, proceeds from meetings and events held at the Mosaic Center will support The Florida Aquarium’s conservation efforts to protect and restore Florida’s marine life. View photos and video.

Vinik Invests in Urban Technology Company

Tampa Bay Lightning Owner and leader of the Channel District’s large-scale redevelopment, Jeff Vinik, will partner with New York-based Dreamit to bring its high-end business accelerator and startups specializing in urban technology to Tampa this fall. The global contacts of this thriving startup organization include entrepreneurs, business accelerators and venture capitalists. Dreamit will create a program focused exclusively on urban technology — assisting startups to make cities smarter, more efficient, friendlier and more connected.
“Trigaux: Here’s The Latest Thing Jeff Vinik Is Doing To Make Tampa A Magnet For Urban Development”

TBX “Reset”

Last Tuesday, FDOT updated Hillsborough County leaders on the so-called “Reset” TBX plan, the $6-billion project that would expand the interstates by adding express toll lanes. But it’s not just expanding the roads, FDOT also wants to expand the rails by adding mass transit into Tampa’s daily transportation diet. For the next two years FDOT will be gathering public feedback, before they break ground on anything. Their tone is very different from when they first tried to sell the public on TBX. Expect to see a lot of public workshops as they want people to be engaged.
Massive Plan To Reimagine Transportation In The Tampa Bay Region”ABC Action News


Member Corner

Florida Aquarium Names New CEO

Last Monday the Florida Aquarium announced that their Search Committee has chosen Roger Germann to be the organization’s next president and chief executive officer. Previously Executive Vice President and 16-year veteran at the John G. Shedd Aquarium and U.S. EPA Great Lakes Advisory Board Member, Germann will assume his post June 5, 2017. Part of what attracted Germann to the Florida Aquarium is Jeff Vinik’s $3 billion mixed-use district. The aquarium will be examining the entire redevelopment of Tampa and see how the institution can play an important role in the economy, the community and the environment.
“Florida Aquarium’s New CEO Predicts A ‘Bigger And Bolder’ Future”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Port Tampa Bay Welcomes Return Ship

Port Tampa Bay is pleased with Royal Caribbean International’s decision to bring the Empress of the Seas back to Tampa for summer 2018. On April 30 of this year, Empress of the Seas began sailing during the summer season for the first time from Tampa with visits to Havana, Cuba, and will have 42 homeport calls from the Florida west coast port city this summer. Empress of the Seas will offer a series of four- and five-night cruises from Tampa in the summer of 2018 to Key West, Costa Maya, Cozumel and Havana, Cuba.

Shumaker Advisors Launches in Florida

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, a full-service business law firm with offices in Tampa and Sarasota, Ohio and North Carolina, is launching Shumaker Advisors Florida, LLC, a public affairs group that will provide advocacy, issue management and business-to-government and business-to-business services. Headed up by Shumaker partner and business lawyer Ronald Christaldi, president and CEO of Shumaker Advisors in Florida, the public affairs practice will provide public and private sector clients with services at the federal, state and local levels.
“Shumaker Advisors, LLC Launches in Florida”Tampa Bay Newswire

Trenam Adds Land Use Specialist

In a strategy that is expected to boost its real estate and lending transactions practice, the Trenam law firm has brought on Katherine O’Donniley as senior counsel. It didn’t take long for Trenam Managing Shareholder Marie Tomassi to see O’Donniley’s value to the firm. “I knew the minute I met her,” Tomassi told the Tampa Bay Business Journal in an interview Tuesday. “My focus is on land use, local government and regulatory practice, which is a need that Trenam had in its real estate practice,” O’Donniley said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Business Journal. “So my specialty lined up with a need within the real estate team. It was a great fit.”
“Why Trenam Added A Land Use Specialist To The Firm”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Be Part of Creating Arts Council 2.0

The Arts Council is getting ready to celebrate its 50th year in Hillsborough County. As they look toward that anniversary, they are reviewing what has been accomplished and also planning for the future. To help decide what their future looks like, the Arts Council is asking creatives, cultural workers, arts supporters, teachers and parents to tell them what the Arts Council should continue doing and what needs to change. What kinds of programs would serve your needs? Take the survey to be a part of creating Arts Council 2.0.

Around Town

Gandy Property to Become Master Planned Community

Gritty industrial activity could give way to more condos, apartments and townhomes as yet another prime waterfront tract in Tampa hits the market. Tampa-based Viper Ventures is selling Rattlesnake Point, nearly 31 acres on a peninsula that lies south of Gandy Boulevard and close to the Westshore Marina District master planned community. The property most likely would be redeveloped for multi-family housing with space for a restaurant, shops and a hotel. The tract currently contains a 67,000-square-foot warehouse used by a boat repair firm and several smaller industrial buildings. A CSX rail line runs along the south edge of the property, which is on Tyson Street across from the popular Hula Bay Club restaurant.
“Tampa’s Waterfront Rattlesnake Point Is For Sale; Condos And Apartments Could Replace Warehouses”Tampa Bay Times

Military Families Get Into MOSI Free

MOSI joins more than 2,000 museums across America in the Blue Star Museums program to offer active-duty military families free admission all summer.  Thanks to generous support form USAA, military families get in free all summer to MOSI and its huge summer experience, Cardboard Space Adventures — plus special free access for veterans and their families on Memorial Day weekend.  Blue Star Museums is a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. Find participating museums and plan your trip.

Where Florida Ranks Among States for Business

Florida was ranked among the best states for business for the fifth straight year in Chief Executive magazine’s 13th annual Best & Worst States for Business survey. See the slideshow to see the 10 best and worst states, and to see where Florida ranked. The Sunshine State consistently has ranked among the leaders since the survey’s inception — in part because CEOs find it one of the top living environments. The Chief Executive rankings reflect CEO perceptions of best and worst states based on a range of key measures, which drive investments in offices, factories and other facilities that bring jobs to a region. This year, more than 500 CEOs participated in the survey.
See Where Florida Ranks Among Best And Worst States For Business”Orlando Business Journal

Tourism Praised Despite Visit Florida Cuts

A few days after the Florida House approved cuts to Visit Florida, which would reduce its funding to $25 million from $75 million in 2016, Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg have gone all out to show how vital the tourism industry is to the region. Visit Tampa Bay hosted a luncheon during National Travel & Tourism Week, to tout the industry’s $5.6 billion in total economic impact in Tampa. The political battle over Visit Florida’s funding resulted from the last year’s disclosure that the tourism marketing group paid rapper Pitbull $1 million to promote the state. That led to the resignation of Visit Florida’s CEO Will Seccombe in January. Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, a Republican representing Land O’ Lakes, called for eliminating Visit Florida. But the most recent bill just cut the group’s budget and included some new rules making Visit Florida more transparent.
“Tampa Bay Touts Tourism in Wake of Proposed Visit Florida Budget Cuts”Tampa Bay Business Journal

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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