Monday Morning Memo

Monday, November 5, 2018

Board Member Spotlight: Greg Kadet

Greg is the Managing Director and Market Head for UBS’ Florida Gulf Coast Market. He is a key member of UBS Global Wealth Management’s Leadership Team and has worked for UBS more than 21 years. Prior to his current role as Market Head, Greg held positions as the Atlantic Region Executive Director, Branch Manager of offices in suburban St. Louis, Assistant Branch Manager in Chicago and Account Vice President and Financial Advisor in Denver, CO & Phoenix, AZ.  Through his experiences and various roles at UBS, Greg has developed strategic thinking that is crucial to meeting client and employee needs. Outside of work, Greg stays involved in his local community by serving as a board member for several organizations; Tampa Downtown Partnership, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, University of Tampa and Leadership Tampa.  He is also an enthusiastic sports fan, soccer coach and surfer. Greg and his wife Brooke live in Tampa, Florida with their two teenage children, Jake and Anna. Greg received his Bachelors of Science in Finance from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Sixth Biennial Tampa's Downtown Survey of Residents and Workers

The sixth biennial Downtown Tampa resident and worker study closes TODAY, November 5th! In 2008, the Tampa Downtown Partnership launched its first community sentiment study for residents and workers. The study and its survey findings have helped steer such game changing initiatives in downtown as river accessibility, the outdoor market, the Glazer Children’s Museum, the Tampa Bay History Center, the extension of the TECO Line Streetcar System, the reopening and of the profoundly enhanced Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, the addition of dog parks, new parking meters that accept credit cards, new directional signage, new restaurants and retail, and extended retail offerings and operating hours.

Since the last survey, the special services district has expanded the boundaries; Downtown Tampa is continuing to grow and improve, and we want to hear from you! We value your input and need your help to understand what it is that you love, or what could be changed. Please take this 9-minute survey to share your feedback and pass the word along!

Invest in our Future; Vote YES

When you go to the polls tomorrow, Tampa Downtown Partnership encourages you to invest in our future and vote YES to All for Transportation and Strengthen Our Schools.

Investing in Transportation

The Tampa Downtown Partnership believes it is time for Hillsborough County to invest in funding measures that will offer a variety of transportation and transit options to be made available for our citizens. “All for Transportation” is a long-term investment that provides the funding, planning and implementation strategy to take aggressive and responsible action on transportation issues that will improve the quality of life in our community. Learn more.

Investing in Education

The Tampa Downtown Partnership believes that investing in education is important for our community and our future. The new funding is necessary to pay for major repairs and to prepare Hillsborough County Schools for the growth in student population. We encourage other Tampa business and community organizations to show their support for Strengthen our Schools by voting yes to the one-half percent sales tax referendum for Hillsborough County Schools on November 6. Learn more.

Winter Village is Coming

Welcome the beginning of the holiday season with the opening of Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park presented by Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, November 16. Remarks begin at 5pm followed by the official ribbon cutting at 5:30pm. Enjoy free ice skating from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, stop by the local boutiques nestled in the Shops of Winter Village, sample holiday treats in the Café, take in the sights and sounds of the holidays under the palm trees, and stick around as Tampa Theatre presents a free screening of “Home Alone” made possible by the F.E. Lykes Foundation. Learn more about the event at

Urban Excellence Awards Peoples Choice Voting Now Open

Join us on November 29th at Armature Works as we celebrate businesses, organizations, individuals, events, and projects that have made significant contributions toward creating a unique, vibrant, and diverse downtown environment – and have made a lasting, positive impact on Downtown Tampa. Kari Goetz, Vice President of External Relations for the Florida Aquarium, returns at Emcee for this fun and honorable event. Each year an awards jury representing a cross-section of Downtown constituencies selects award winners honoring the leadership, innovation, hard work, talent and community spirit. The evening’s program includes networking, dinner, and an awards ceremony where winners will be announced

Voting for the People’s Choice Award is now open so make your vote count! Vote here.

Register to join the celebration today!



Activating Spaces:

Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority Pocket Parks Phase 1
Street Car Live by GMF
Downtown Crawlers

Arts & Culture:

Tampa Museum’s Love is Calling Exhibit
The History Center’s New Pirate Ship Exhibit
Pep Rally Inc.


Street Car by HART
2018 Commuter Challenge Week
Madame Fortune Taylor Bridge Historical Marker Ceremony and Unveiling


Two Wheel Bike Valet
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Franklin Street Block Party
2018 Riverfest


Tampa Theatre
Armature Works
The Hall


Don Me Now
Maven Market Channel District

Private Sector:

Wilson Company Collective – Gin Joint
SHUFFLE – The Heights Shuffleboard Society
Tampa Bay Fiber

Public Sector:

Julian B Lane Riverfront Park
Florida Department of Transportation- District Seven Jackson Street
Rampello K-8 Downtown Partnership School

Person of The Year:

Leo Rodgers
Abbey Dohring
John Bell

DreamIt X BisNow Innovation Summit

Dreamit & Bisnow are proud to present the first ever DxB Innovation Summit, a two-day event with dual content and networking tracks aimed at driving cross-industry innovation with a focus on commercial real estate, urbantech and health technology.

The Dreamit & Bisnow Summit will feature two tracks of content spanning healthtech and urbantech with an all-star line-up of industry titans, high-ranking government officials, innovators, and entrepreneurs to demonstrate the impact of technology on all that surrounds us, to deliver actionable insights, and to offer an unparalleled networking experience.

Use the Discount Code TDP203SZ1G for 20% Off the Price of Admission! Get Tickets  

Cross Bay Ferry Returns

The Cross-Bay Ferry returns to Tampa and St. Petersburg Thursday afternoon with plans to run Tuesdays through Sundays for the next six months, but organizers and local officials want something more far-reaching and regular.

“This next phase, we hope, is going to be a bridge” between “a seasonal service and a permanent ferry service that connects our communities,” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said Wednesday.

Organizers hope for 40,000 passengers between now and April 30. That’s about what they got during a pilot project two years ago, but some things have changed since then.

For one thing, fares are cheaper this time: $8 one-way for adults, or $2 less than in 2016, $5 for seniors, active or retired military service members and college students and $3 for children 5 through 18 when accompanied by a parent.

For another: This winter the ferry will run more often in the evening, and not at all on Mondays, when the boats were mostly empty. Organizers hope the later hours allow and encourage passengers to cross the bay, go out for dinner or watch a Tampa Bay Lightning home game, and catch the boat home that evening.

“We’ll probably try it,” said downtown St. Petersburg resident Rory Carney, 36, who stopped by the dock Wednesday with his daughters Ella, 6, and Mara, 3. “It’s probably not something we would do super often, but maybe to go get dinner or lunch or have an activity day with the kids.”

Because of construction on both sides of the bay, the ferry also will have new locations for its docks.

In St. Petersburg, the ferry will dock at the North Yacht Basin on Bayshore Drive NE near Straub Park. Passengers who buy a ferry ticket can park for free in the SunDial garage at Second Street and Second Avenue N. In Tampa, the ferry will dock behind the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive.

“Our goal has always been to ensure that once people get off the boat, there’s some ways to move them around, since they won’t have their car with them,” said Karen Kress, director of transportation and planning for the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

In Tampa, ferry riders will be able to step off and take the TECO Line Streetcar for free, rent a Coast Bike, hail the recently expanded Downtowner electric shuttle service, or head out onto the Riverwalk. In St. Petersburg, the free Looper trolley bus runs right by the dock.

Since the end of the pilot ferry service in early 2017, Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp said, “people would grab me and say, ‘Commissioner, when’s that ferry coming?’ ” She understood exactly how they felt.

“This is something that Atlanta doesn’t have and Charlotte doesn’t have and Denver doesn’t have,” she said. “We need to make sure this not just the start, but we need to keep it year after year and we need to make it grow. We need to have a regional ferry system here.”

Ferry operator HMS Ferries of Seattle will collect ridership data that could help gauge the market for commuter ferry service between southern Hillsborough County and MacDill Air Force Base — a trip that can take the better part of an hour in by car, but 13 minutes by boat.

The service’s six-month run is being supported with $150,000 each from Tampa, St. Petersburg, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties and the Florida Department of Transportation.

“We’re fully on board,” said David Gwynn, secretary of the Florida Department Transportation district that covers the Tampa Bay area. The agency has set aside funds “so we can continue to be partners in the future and make sure that this isn’t just a one-year type of service.”

“We’re seeing a lot of people want to move to Florida,” Gwynn said, “and we’ve got to find ways to move people. It can’t all be on the roads.”

“Cross-Bay Ferry relaunches on Thursday amid hope for something more”Tampa Bay Times

Roll to the Polls

HART wants to help you Roll to the Polls on Election Day!

All riders displaying their valid voter information card will receive a FREE lift on HART on November 6.

The Roll to the Polls promotion is valid on all HART services, except HARTPlus.

Riders are encouraged to locate their nearest precinct before leaving the house. You can do this and check your voting status by visiting the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections website.

Exercise your right to VOTE!

Member News: Port Tampa Bay Acquires More Land

The Tampa Port Authority has bought a key piece of property to fit into its plans for Port Redwing and South Bay.

“The acquisition of this property is a positive one that’s going to create efficiency, bring more tenants and create more jobs,” Port Tampa Bay VP of Real Estate Lane Ramsfield told Tampa Bay Business Journal.

The deed, which was filed in Hillsborough County on Nov. 1, shows the port closed on the property south of U.S. Highway 41 in Gibsonton on Oct. 26 for just over $2 million.

The 20-acre land is currently zoned as agricultural industrial and is being used for hay.

The land runs along a road the port recently completed that connects the two properties the port already owns — the South Bay planned development, which previously was a fish farm east of U.S. Highway 41, and Port Redwing. The property was an essential piece for the port to buy to make the surrounding properties contiguous.

Ramsfield said the longtime owners of the land, Hsu Swei No Chen and Hung Chen Fong, have been talking to the port on and off about selling the property.

“This property was necessary for our development,” Ramsfield said, speaking about the future tenants for the property. “Even though it’s not waterfront, the type of tenant is the type that’s going to drive bulk products, containers through the port.”

Those tenants would use the Big Bend Channel, for which the port is undergoing a $55 million expansion. The channel, which connects to the Tampa Harbor main channel, will be widened from 200 feet to 250 feet and the depth will be increased from 34 feet to 43 feet.

Tampa Electric Co., one of the region’s major power providers, and The Mosaic Co. (NYSE: MOS), a global producer of fertilizers, both use the Big Bend Channel.

“That area down there is going to become an economic engine for Hillsborough County,” Ramsfield said, stating how the vision is for that area to become a major hub for exporting and importing distribution.

The port now has nearly 300 acres of property in the Redwing area.

“Port Tampa Bay acquires Gibsonton land for Redwing, South Bay plans”Tampa Bay Business Journal (subscription required)

Downtown Calendar

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.

The Revolutionists

Through Sunday, November 18
Stageworks Theatre
This stage production is a brutal comedic quartet about four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror (1793-1794). Lauren Gunderson’s masterful script builds verbal anachronisms, meta-jokes, playful banter, and true historical events into a stirring finale as each woman faces her inevitable fate. In the end, it is a story of how important a woman’s voice can be, even in the darkest of times. A brave and blisteringly funny new work about feminism, legacy and standing up for one’s beliefs. For more info, go to The Revolutionists.

Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta

Wednesday, November 7, 11am to 2pm
Lykes Gaslight Square
Looking for a larger selection of lunch options? Step outside for a meal in the park! Choose from a wide variety of local food trucks serving up all sorts of delicious culinary creations. You’ll have your pick of dishes from plenty of delectable kitchens on wheels! For more information, go to Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta.

Armature Works Run Club

Wednesday, November 7, 6pm to 8pm
Armature Works
Lace up your shoes, stretch out, and meet up in Downtown Tampa for a 5k on the Riverwalk followed by great food and drinks within Heights Public Market. A short warm up will proceed the run. Enjoy 10% off drinks at Fine & Dandy and meet new people! All ages and experience levels are welcome. For more information, go to Armature Works Run Club.

Tampa Bay Corporate Challenge

Saturday, November 10, All Day
Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park
A multi-sport event that allows Tampa Bay area companies to interact with each other through a variety of sporting events. Competitions will take place over the course of the day and companies will earn points toward their overall team score based on participation, placement and volunteer support. For more information, go to Tampa Bay Corporate Challenge.

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

mad Theatre presents 9 to 5 The Musical – Through Sunday, November 11
Navy Band Commodores – Tuesday, November 6, begins 7:30pm
Opera Social Luncheon – Thursday, November 8, begins at Noon
Arts Legacy REMIX: Celebrating Diwali and India – Friday, November 9, begins 6:30pm
The Florida Orchestra – A Child of Our Time – Friday, November 9, begins 8pm
Tampa Bay Symphony presents Symphonic Sensations – Sunday, November 11, begins 2:30pm

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

WEDU Presents: Native America (2018) – Monday, November 5, 7pm to 8pm
Minority Report (2002) – Tuesday, November 6, 7:30pm to 10pm
Somm 3 (2018) – Wednesday, November 7, 8pm to 9:30pm
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) – Friday, November 9, 10:30pm to Midnight

This Week at Amalie Arena

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Edmonton Oilers – Tuesday, November 6, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York Islanders – Thursday, November 8, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Ottawa Senators – Saturday, November 10, begins 7pm

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