Monday Morning Memo

Monday, May 22, 2017

Partnership Presents

Cybersecurity and Information Debrief

On the heels of the largest ransomware attack of 2017, Tampa Downtown Partnership and the University of Tampa present the latest Debriefing Series on a very timely and critical topic, Cybersecurity. Wannacry ransomware has swept across the globe having cyber experts working around the clock to protect their systems from this unprecedented malware. Kenneth Knapp, Director of Cybersecurity Programs at the University of Tampa will discuss cyber threats like Wannacry and others that could impact computer systems. Breakfast and registration begins at 7:30am with the program  running 8am to 9am. Registration and more information.

 Annual Meeting Registration

Join us for our 31st Annual Meeting and Luncheon on June 15 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. The Partnership’s signature event celebrates accomplishments and inducts new leadership for Tampa Downtown Partnership. Select speakers deliver thoughtful discussion, exciting downtown updates, and the Partnership’s vision for the upcoming year. Networking and registration begin at 11:30am with lunch and the program beginning at noon. Register here.

TECO Line Streetcar Joins Fourth Friday

Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to announce the addition of the TECO Line Streetcar System to the Fourth Friday lineup of promotions. The Streetcar will now be free to all Fourth Friday participants wearing the complimentary wristbands distributed by participating arts and cultural venues. “THS, Inc. and HART are always looking for ways to improve regular ridership, particularly for area residents,” said Michael English, Board Chair of THS, Inc. “This downtown event includes Ybor City for the first time, which is noteworthy. We support all three districts the system runs through, and want such events to be successful for everyone.” Now in its second year, Fourth Friday, presented by TECO, an Emera Company, announces its lineup for this month’s event on Friday, May 26 featuring museums and performing arts venues offering 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 at establishments throughout Downtown and Ybor. For more information, go to Fourth Friday.

Our Online Newsroom and Report Library

Tampa Downtown Partnership is dedicated to being an active conduit of information, resources and intellectual capital. One of the ways we achieve this goal is through our participation and commissioning of reports and studies of Downtown Tampa including our Biennial survey of Downtown workers, residents, and university students. Over the years we have worked with groups like the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization on transportation studies and urban design. View our reports by visiting our website. You can also view press coverage Tampa Downtown Partnership has recently gained. Remember to share your news with us to be included in upcoming Monday Morning Memos.

Downtowner Celebrates 100K Rider

On Thursday evening at 6pm, Downtowner free ride service received its 100,000 ride request. The lucky rider, Jake, was surprised with balloons and a Tampa Bay Sports Package! View the Facebook live video and read the full press release for more details.

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

Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester Blue

Through Sunday, June 11
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Stumpy and Latham are working-class painters employed by upscale clients. Blood-red and blackmail emerge as dominant hues on the palette in this dark comedy. Who will cash in their paint chips first and take the fall? Who will be left standing when the last lies are told? For more information, go to Israel Horovitz’s Gloucester Blue.

Urban Restaurant Bike Tour

Thursday, May 25, begins 5:30pm
Starts at Ferg’s Live
Entry fee includes small plates at all restaurant destinations (see itinerary for details), safe, guided bicycling routes between destinations with group leaders and bike attendants to help along the way. Urban Restaurant Bike Tour.

Tampa Bay Margarita Festival 2017

Saturday, May 27, begins at Noon
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Listen to live music all day on the main stage and play games with your friends while you sip and drink from a HUGE variety of Margarita drinks. From classic to top shelf to extreme margaritas, make sure you visit all the featured bars! Tampa Bay Margarita Festival 2017.

Alabama: Southern Drawl Tour 2017

Sunday, May 28, begins 7pm
Amalie Arena
One of country music’s greatest bands comes to Downtown Tampa to put on a show to remember. From humble beginnings picking cotton to international stardom and 73 million albums sold, Alabama has truly changed the face and sound of country music. You do not want to miss this legendary group performing live! For more information, go to Alabama: Southern Drawl Tour 2017.

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

The Lovers – Through Thursday, May 25
JFK in Tampa – Wednesday, May 24, begins 7pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: The Island Shop

The Island Shoppe on Harbour Island is the creation of Tambi Ali, who felt it was time for organic and gourmet foods for locals. The store opened just five months ago. Upon entry, shoppers are welcomed with the scent of fresh flowers and produce, and find local artisans such as Lola’s Handcrafted. There is a lot of goodness in this small shop including selections from award winning Stonewall Kitchen foods, Illy Coffee, Sweet Sam’s Baking Company, locally made Eat Fresco foods, a wide array of wines, craft beers, cheeses, pickles and much more.

Marketplace News

The Market on Harbour Place is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. Congratulations!

The Olive Café recently opened at 410 E. Madison St., serving breakfast and lunch.  Their menu includes $3.50 basic sandwiches, $5 big fresh salads, and $1 fresh brewed iced tea or coffee. All daily specials are $7. Call ahead for big orders at 813.506.3680. 

Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida has signed an agreement to buy NorthStar Banking Corp., the holding company for NorthStar Bank. NorthStar has three offices, in downtown and south Tampa, and in Belleair Bluffs in Pinellas County.

The Original Chicken Station is still the home of Downtown’s famous bourbon chicken that people have come to love. Now they offer freshly made sushi. Diners can now dine-in or pick up a wide variety of conveniently packaged sushi every weekday.

American Social had announced that it will open its  new restaurant on Harbour Island later this summer with 8,000 square feet inside and a 4,000-square-foot outdoor, waterfront patio. The owners plan to create 120 new jobs and serve brunch, lunch and dinner. Downtown Tampa will be the third American Social location, and the first for Florida’s Gulf Coast. 

Law Firm Opens FL Office

Freeborn & Peters, a Chicago based law firm, has opened an office in Tampa City Center. The location, which is the firm’s first in Florida, will include two primary attorneys — Lawrence P. Ingram and Jessica Kirkwood Alley and two associate attorneys, Jason P. Stearns and Robert A. Stines, as well as several professional staff members. The office will serve clients involved in litigation, particularly in professional liability, third-party insurance coverage, qui tam, healthcare fraud and restrictive covenant disputes.
“Chicago Law Firm Freeborn & Peters Opening Tampa Branch”Tampa Bay Times

Downtown IT Firm Battles Ransomware

It’s been all hands on deck at ReliaQuest’s security special operations center in Tampa since late last week when a ransomware attack spread like wildfire to more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries and continues to threaten business, individuals and government IT systems . At the young cybersecurity firm, nearly 170 of its 250 employees are on technical security, rotating in shifts 24/7 to track the attack of the so-called WannaCry ransomware program that targets a security hole in the Microsoft Windows operating system. The malicious software, or malware, locks users out of their computers, threatening to destroy data if a ransom is not paid.
“Trigaux: How Tampa’s Reliaquest Cybersecurity Firm Tracks Ransomware Attack Around The Clock”Tampa Bay Times

Burgerim is Coming to Downtown Tampa

Israeli-based fast-casual burger chain Burgerim is bringing its signature gourmet fast food to 800 N. Franklin St. in downtown Tampa and 505 Gulfview Blvd. in Clearwater Beach. New to Florida, Burgerim’s “always more than one” approach allows guests to tailor a duo, trio or 16-pack of 2.8-ounce patties to their liking. Mini burgers are customized through three bun, five sauce, 10 patty and nine topping options.
“Gourmet Mini Burgers Are Making Their Way To Tampa Bay”Creative Loafing

Vinik Family Announces The Art of the Brick

Vinik Family Foundation invites Tampa Bay to experience THE ART OF THE BRICK, a captivating exhibition featuring artworks made exclusively from one of the world’s most recognizable toys, the LEGO® brick, by award winning artist Nathan Sawaya. THE ART OF THE BRICK debuts on Friday, June 23, at 802 East Whiting Street (formerly District 3) in downtown Tampa. THE ART OF THE BRICK is free and open to the public. Tickets or advanced reservations are not required. For more information, including how to plan your visit, special group instructions and more, visit:

Development and Transportation

Transportation App of the Week: Walk Score

Walk Score helps people find walkable places to live. Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score measures how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle (not how pretty the area is for walking). Walk Score is available for any address in the United States, Canada, and Australia. They believe that walkable neighborhoods with access to public transit, better commutes, and proximity to the people and places you love are the key to a happier, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. Downtown Tampa is rated a “Walkers Paradise” at 91, “Bikeable” at 61 but only a 55 for transit. Go online or download their app to see how your neighborhood ranks.

May is National Bike Month

One of the major recommendations in the Invision Center City Plan was to make our roads safer for all users. Since that planning effort launched 5 years ago, did you know the City of Tampa stats on bike lanes and trails are pretty impressive: 11.3 miles completed; 2.5 miles under construction and 9.6 miles planned. And with 300 Coast bikes around, there is no excuse not to get out and enjoy the ride! This all adds up to the City being nationally recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community.

Streetcar Summer Promos

The TECO Line Streetcar is preparing to celebrate the summer by announcing extended service hours and free fares to help you get around Downtown.

Memorial Day Fireworks (Sunday, May 28):

  • Extended service to 11pm.
  • Free fares from 7pm to 11pm.

July 4th Fireworks (Wednesday, July 4):

  • Extended service to Midnight.
  • Free fares from 7pm to Midnight.

Employee Transportation Plan Opportunity

Tampa Downtown Partnership has been selected by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) to identify up to 15 companies in downtown Tampa to receive between 5 and 10 hours of free on-site consulting over the next three months, as part of a transportation improvement program from the Florida DOT.   The consultant team will meet one-on-one with each selected business to learn more about the transportation challenges facing companies and travelers and recommend changes that could be made to get people to and around the downtown more easily and cost-effectively.  There’s no financial commitment on your end, and I’ll be facilitating the engagement by our consultant team. Contact us to schedule a time to review.

Biking and Walking in Tampa Bay

Bike/Walk Tampa Bay invites you to join an inspirational evening focused on people who walk and bicycle in the Tampa Bay region. Learn from local bicyclists, club leaders, advocates, and officials as they share their stories. The evening will end with the inaugural Bike/Walk Tampa Bay Annual Awards ceremony recognizing people who walk and bicycle and the organizations who support them. To register and to view a program agenda go to:

Member Corner

UT Names Head of Advancement

Keith Todd, who recently spearheaded the largest fundraising match in U.S. philanthropic history, has been named The University of Tampa’s vice president for development and university relations. Todd will begin his duties at UT in early June. As vice president, Todd will be tasked with further building a strong culture of giving at UT that will provide unprecedented support for scholarships, endowment and institutional initiatives. He will focus on increasing philanthropic support of the University, building relationships across Tampa Bay and nationwide, securing private support from donors and increasing public awareness of UT.
L. Keith Todd Named Head of Advancement at the University of Tampa”Tampa Bay Newswire

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.

HART’s Transit Redevelopment Plan

In 2017, HART is carrying out a major update of its 10-year Transit Development Plan (TDP). This effort focuses on updating the bus network and identifying opportunities to implement innovative, cost-effective solutions that are Beyond the Bus. A practical, forward-thinking TDP will identify opportunities to rework the current network and identify a smart, phased approach for implementing new services as funding allows. There will be multiple options to have your voice heard either via in person, or by virtually attending a public meeting, as well as with a public input survey

ICYMI: Portico Café Opens

Tampa java lovers now have a new place to satisfy their coffee cravings – and help the homeless with each cup. After more than a year of planning and construction, The Portico Café is now open. It’s the latest addition to the Portico campus, which is an outreach ministry of Hyde Park United Methodist Church. The café is an example of the church’s vision that The Portico be a place that fosters important conversation, offers a connection to the community, and facilitates change, said campus director Rev. Justin LaRosa.
“Downtown Tampa’s Portico Café Opens to Customers While Offering Opportunities”Tampa Bay Times

Around Town

Tampa Named a Top Fit City

Half of the U.S. metro areas improved their scores on the 10th annual American Fitness Index released by the American College of Sports Medicine, and Tampa is one of them. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater jumped from No. 26 in 2016 to No. 19 in the 2017 index, according to results released last Tuesday. The Bay area scored 54.1 out of 100 possible points. Data from this report, and other rankings, are used to educate community leaders on the importance of things such as physical activity; they can then use that information when determining policy, systems and strategies to create sustainable communities, according to AFI.
“Tampa Metro Ranks Among Top 20 ‘Fit Cities’ In New Index”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Bike Commuting in Tampa

Tampa Bay was named in the top 25 large metros (those with more one million people) by the share of commuters who bike to work and the location quotient for cycling commuters. A location quotient or LQ makes it easy to compare a metro to the national average. For example, an LQ of 1 means a metro is essentially at the national average, an LQ of 2 means it is twice as high, and LQ of 3 means it is 3 times as high, and so on. Tampa Bay was ranked number 14. View the full article here.

Sneak Peek of The Hall on Franklin

The Hall on Franklin is very much an active construction zone, but small details are coming together, hinting at what the finished product will look like behind its yellow brick facade in Tampa Heights. The Hall is a restaurant collective that will feature small kiosks from seven separate vendors. Jamal Wilson, the investor behind the Hall, has recruited some of the biggest names in the city’s food and cocktail scene to the project.
“See Inside The Hall On Franklin, The Restaurant Collective Opening Soon In Tampa Heights (Photos)”Tampa Bay Business Journal

TIA’s Mini-Transit Project

The people mover and other improvements that are part of the nearly $1 billion first phase of the Tampa International Airport expansion allowed the airport to decongest its roadways and make way for the $543 million second phase. Included in that next phase is the $121.7 million Gateway project that spans 17 acres. It includes a remote commercial curb with five lanes, an atrium and pedestrian bridge and a build out of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority facilities and operations centers, along with additional office space. The portion of Gateway open for outside development includes a 240,000-square-foot, eight-story building.
“Tampa International CEO Calls The Airport’s Next Phase A ‘Mini-Transit’ Project” Tampa Bay Business Journal

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