Monday Morning Memo

Monday, May 8, 2017

Partnership Presents

Read the May 15 Monday Morning Memo.


2017 Annual Meeting: Save the Date

We’ve set the date for our Annual Meeting and Luncheon for Thursday, June 15 from 11:30am until 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. Register here.

Tourism Downtown Debriefing Recap

On Tuesday, May 2, Santiago Corrada, President & CEO of Visit Tampa Bay and Maryann Ferenc, Incoming Board Chair of Visit Florida, discussed the current state of the tourism industry and the threats this vital industry is currently facing. Attendees were shown current Visit Tampa Bay marketing promotions and how they contribute to the $5.6 Billion tourism industry and the 48,000 jobs it supports in Hillsborough County alone every year. A grim fate was shared with the audience on Tuesday as a video depicted the fall of tourism in Colorado after their budget was questioned and ultimately removed. The implications of such an act were irreversible in Colorado and hopefully our state will not witness the same fate. View the video here. Access the presentation given by Corrada.

Next Downtown Debriefing: Cybersecurity

Join us on May 30 for our next Downtown Debriefing Series featuring Kenneth Knapp, the Director of Cybersecurity Programs at the University of Tampa. Mr. Knapp will discuss identity theft, online safety, and personal information security. His research focuses on information and cyber security effectiveness in organizations. His specialties include information systems management, information and cyber security, IT governance and strategy, data and network communications, systems analysis and development and design. Register today!

Access Biennial Survey Results

In March, Tampa Downtown Partnership and HCP unveiled the results of the Fifth Biennial Survey of Downtown Workers and Residents in addition to the Second Biennial Survey of Downtown Univeristy Students. Brokers, investors and public officials alike can benefit from understanding and interpreting the results of the Fifth Biennial Survey when looking to the future of Tampa’s Downtown. Not only does the survey provide insight for what workers, residents, and students want for their Downtown, but it provides undeniable statistics on their behavior. This type of knowledge is invaluable when determining the potential profitability and success of investment decisions. View the full Resident and Workforce Study or the Student study.

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

Brews and Bites at The Sail

Friday, May 12, 6pm to 10pm
Tampa Convention Center
A rolling celebration of food and fun, featuring a fleet of area food trucks and live entertainment from local musicians at the venue’s unique 360-degree waterfront bar. For more information, go to Brews and Bites at The Sail.

The Weeknd

Friday, May 12, begins 7:30pm
Amalie Arena
The Grammy Award®-winning, multi-platinum selling artist brings his lineup of top hits to Downtown Tampa. Do not miss the chance to see The Weeknd on his first-ever world tour. Get your tickets, sing along to your favorite songs, and get dancing!  For more information, go to The Weeknd.

SeaGrapes Wine and Food Festival

Friday, May 12, begins 8pm
The Florida Aquarium
Immerse yourself in a wine and food festival unlike any other! Enjoy wonderful wines and sample fantastic foods while strolling among some of the most amazing animals and plants from around the world. For more information, go to SeaGrapes Wine and Food Festival.

Mother’s Day Events

Sunday, May 14
Downtown Tampa
Downtown is brimming with fun ways to spend a day with mom! Enjoy special deals and activities at a variety of Downtown Tampa’s establishments. Visit Mother’s Day.

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

That’s the Spirit – Thursday, May 11, begins 6:30pm
Sebastian Maniscalco: Why Would You Do That? – Friday, May 12, begins 7pm
The American Songbook: Then and Now – The Florida Orchestra – Friday, May 12, begins 7pm
Patel Conservatory Youth Ballet’s Beginning Dance 1 Recitals – Saturday, May 13, begins 11:30am
Masters of Dance: Balanchine and Robbins plus Petipa’s Don Quixote Suite – Saturday, May 13 to Sunday, May 14
Mother’s Day Brunch – Sunday, May 14, begins 11am

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

The Dinner (2017) – Through Monday, May 15
Siddhartha Mukherjee: Science and Storytelling – Wednesday, May 10, begins 7pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Museum Store at TBHC

Visitors to the Museum and those who only stop by to shop always find a beautiful store loaded with local goods.  Merchandise includes local foods such as honey, jelly, and candies.  Also stocked are locally made soaps and lotions, as well as local artisan creations such as jewelry and home decor.  Historians appreciate the wide range of locally focused books, photographs, fine art and maps.  Unique Tampa shirts  are also a shop staple.  And best of all, your purchase helps support the Tampa Bay History Center.

Marketplace News

The Farmacy a Vegan Kitchen + Bakery will have their “soft open” at Duckweed Urban Grocery from May 8 through May 12. Owners Charles, Michelle and Tim credit their shared healthy lifestyle and diet in bringing them all together and inspiring Farmacy. Farmacy offers ready-made options for people on the go, including BBQ Black Bean Meatballs, Shepherd’s Pie, and their soon to be famous Cashew Mac-N-Cheese (featured at the Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown). Several items will be gluten free, most are organic, and all are 100% plant-based. Farmacy takes great steps to make sure the food appeals to every taste.

The Hall on Franklin is holding a job fair as they search for passionate, talented, dedicated individuals to round out their team and execute their vision. Dates are Monday May 8 from 11am-3pm and Tuesday May 9 from 11am-3pm.

The Portico Café celebrated their Grand Opening last Friday morning, with Mayor Bob Buckhorn cutting the ribbon. With its soft opening completed, the Café has now expanded its hours of operation to Monday through Thursday, 7am-7pm, Friday, 7am-9pm, Saturday, 8am-9pm. View an article on the opening from Creative Loafing.

Give Day Tampa Bay’s resounding success is found in the numbers!  $1,754,365 from 12,400 donations,  in 24 hours! You may have noticed Beat NB’s beautiful installation  at Lykes Gaslight Park on Tuesday which created much interest and support, thanks to Board President Kyle Matthews and board member Xuan Hurt (Anise Global Gastrobar).  The organization was the winner of the grand prize for a large nonprofit with the most online donors on Give Day, and also won local prizes. Beat NB is founded by parents of children with neuroblastoma cancer and funds research and awareness.

The Key Person of Influence is hosting a CEO Social for established C-Executives, Business Owner and Community Leaders, Tuesday, May 9 from 6pm to 8pm in Downtown Tampa. The event is limited to 12 individuals.

Vinik’s New Company to Manage Sun Dome

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik’s new company has struck a deal to manage the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome. Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties, which had already landed a multimedia rights partnership deal with USF, will oversee staff operations, booking and management of events and activities, and the arena’s annual operating budget, which is subject to approval by its board. It is a five-year agreement that begins July 1 and includes an option to renew. USF’s existing agreement with TBEP gives the group exclusive rights to sell all commercial multimedia sports marketing, sponsorship and respective inventory for USF, including the naming rights to the Sun Dome. Like the arena management deal, it also begins July 1.
“Vinik Group to Manage USF Sun Dome”

WaVE Doubles Space at Channelside Bay Plaza

Tampa Bay WaVE, a nonprofit that services and houses young technology firms, has doubled its physical space with the opening of its second location at Channelside Bay Plaza on May 2. While a milestone for WaVE, it’s also a sign of a growing technology ecosystem in Tampa Bay, which offers the possibility of creating a more vibrant and diverse economy. The 14,000-square-foot space, formerly occupied by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, houses companies that have outgrown WaVE’s initial site at 500 E. Kennedy Blvd. and giving them the option to stay and grow in Tampa Bay. WaVE also launched a membership program, Friends of WaVE, to encourage the Tampa Bay business community to become early adopters of technology coming from WaVE companies.
Tampa Bay WaVE Expands Footprint for Growing Startups” –

Development and Transportation

Transportation App of the Week

The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) 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. It is made possible by a $115,000 grant provided by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District 7. The goal is to reduce 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. Click here to learn more.

National Bike Month with HART

Discover how easy (and quick!) it is to Bike & Ride. HART has bike racks on every bus, and you can experience the ease of riding HART with your bike year round. Why not use National Bike Month to give it a try? Bicycle friendly transit provides cyclists with increased options to travel, and it also expands transit ridership. Cycling HART riders find that bikes not only speed up their commutes, but also provide them greater exercise, ground coverage, and route options. Roughly, 20,000 Bikes on Buses trips were taken last month. Click here to learn more about the HART Bikes on Buses program, including how to secure your bike on the bus bike rack.  HART also has a Bikes on Buses how-to video on YouTube here.

Streetcar Expansion Plans Considered

There are a half-dozen ways Tampa could expand the TECO Line Streetcar — north to Tampa Heights, west to Hyde Park, looping through downtown — but each has its own mix of costs, benefits and challenges. So Tuesday night, consultants studying the future of the Tampa trolley took the options to about 75 residents, business owners and neighborhood activists at Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor City campus. At this point, the study is about 25 percent done and has yet to consider other technical factors, including whether Tampa should switch to a different kind of streetcar vehicle. Those will come later. The $1.6 million study has looked at seven possible expansions. The city’s consultants expect to develop cost estimates over the next three to four weeks and gather more public reaction at the city’s website.
“Tampa Trolley Study Identifies Seven Expansion Alternatives”Tampa Bay Times

Florida Aquarium to Unveil Event Venue

On Thursday, May 11 at 5:30pm, The Florida Aquarium, Mayor Bob Buckhorn, and the Mosaic Company welcome key stakeholders to the Mosaic Center ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of Downtown Tampa’s new premier event venue.  The ceremony officially marks the end of The Florida Aquarium’s $15 million Rising Tides Capital Campaign which funded The Carol J. and Barney Barnett Learning Center, Stingray Beach, Vinik Channelside Rooms and other key elements at the Aquarium. Guests and media will experience the new venue, its stunning views as well as the beautiful art, theming and interior design and culinary prowess of the Aquarium’s event team.  Interviews regarding this new offering for Tampa residents also will be available.

New Apartments Fill a Niche Downtown

Urban Core Holdings is turning its attention to another real estate transformation: The redevelopment of an old office building at 220 E. Madison St. in downtown Tampa into 120 micro apartments, between 300 and 400 square feet each. If the group’s vision is fully realized, the building won’t have any parking, and the majority of residents won’t own a car. Despite Tampa’s progress with urban revitalization over the last few years — thousands of residential units have been built in the city center, and retailers and restaurants are beginning to follow — Urban Core Holdings’ project is a pioneering one. Micro apartments are typically built in extremely dense urban areas with well-connected transit systems and dozens of shops and eateries within walking distance. Tampa is still a car-dependent city with limited shopping and dining options in the urban core.
“From ‘Good Bones’ To A Hatred of Cars, Here’s What Drives The Developer Behind Downtown Tampa’s Micro Apartments”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Member Corner

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.

Amalie Arena Seeking Artwork

The Amalie Arena and the Tampa Bay Lightning are excited to announce the sixth annual Open Call to Artists! The Lightning Foundation is seeking artwork from local artists to display throughout Amalie Arena for the upcoming season. Submissions open now, multiple cash prizes available! The exhibit’s goal is to display images that embrace and celebrate the greater Tampa Bay community, and that can help the Arena reflect the vibrancy of the area. Submissions are due by September 7, 2017. For more information, visit TampaBayLightning/art.

Feldman Equities Welcomes New Analyst

Feldman Equities welcomes industry veteran Christopher Ross to help lead the expansion of its commercial real estate portfolio. Chris joins Feldman Equities as a Senior Analyst and will prospect all new acquisitions.  Chris will lead due diligence and perform financial analysis for development projects, including the company’s upcoming mixed-use Riverwalk development. For more information visit,

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.

Around Town

Partnerships Are Fueling Innovation

The fast-growing city on Florida’s central Gulf coast (Tampa) is becoming a model for how collaboration between government and business and forward-thinking leadership can foster a growing digital economy. Of the 1,000 people who move to Florida every day, 200 choose Tampa as their new home. What’s drawing them to Florida’s third largest city? Along with the great weather and beaches, millennials are attracted to the region’s affordable housing and vibrant job market. The region boasts a bustling business to business (B2B) market that is acting like a rising tide for the local economy. It’s also developing a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem with technology incubators that foster promising startups.
How Cross-Sector Partnerships Are Fueling Innovation in Tampa”Route Fifty

TIA Phase 2 Expansion Funding Approved

The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, which governs Tampa International Airport, has approved plans to go ahead with Phase 2 of TIA’s ambitious expansion plan. The board voted to approve a $132.4 million amendment to the authority’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget, at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday. This portion of the $543 million Phase 2 of the master plan will allow the airport to begin demolition of the Red Side garage and former Airside D guideway, as well as start on the Gateway Development Area. The Gateway project will cost more than $121.7 million, while the garage demolition will cost approximately $10.6 million.
“Aviation Authority Votes On Phase 2 Funding For Tampa International Expansion (Video)”Tampa Bay Business Journal 

Voters Approve Rowdies’ MLS Bid

The Tampa Bay Rowdies’ won overwhelming approval from city voters Tuesday, giving team owner Bill Edwards the ability to transform Al Lang Stadium into a venue for Major League Soccer. The referendum will allow city officials to begin negotiating a 25-year lease with Edwards, who wants to spend up to $80 million to expand the stadium’s capacity to 18,000 seats. The City Council will need to approve an ordinance before negotiations between the city and the team could begin. The two sides could reach an agreement before the city gets an expansion team, but it wouldn’t go into effect unless MLS decides to expand to the city.
“St. Petersburg Voters Overwhelmingly Bless Tampa Bay Rowdies’ Bid to Join Major League Soccer”Tampa Bay Times

Bucs File Plans for Indoor Practice Facility

The Bucs have filed plans with the city to build a 112,660-square-foot indoor practice facility that’s 90 feet tall — roughly nine stories — on their property at One Buc Place, the team’s headquarters off of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in West Tampa. The Bucs’ facility comes as the team is in the midst of a multi-year, nine-figure stadium renovation project. The team is in the second phase of improvements to Raymond James Stadium, a $150 million project that includes $28.8 million in public money.
Bucs Moving Forward With Long-Awaited Indoor Practice Facility”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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