Monday Morning Memo

Monday, October 16, 2017

Partnership Presents

Announcing the Retirement of Christine Burdick

On Wednesday, The Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and staff at Tampa Downtown Partnership announced the retirement of President and CEO, Christine Burdick, effective January 1, 2018. Christine will continue to act as President and CEO until December 31, 2017 focusing on special projects. During this transition period, Lynda Remund, COO, will be assisting in the management of the day-to-day operations. Burdick became the president of the Tampa Downtown Partnership in April 2002 and has contributed to enhancing the vibrancy, urban development and quality of life throughout Downtown. Under her leadership, the Tampa Downtown Partnership has created and implemented a variety of programs and services, including; the Downtowner free ride service, Coast Bike Share, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, the relocation of Tampa Museum of Art, City of Tampa’s InVision Tampa Masterplan, the launch of Tampa Historic Streetcar, Winter Village, and numerous others. View the full press release, coverage in the Tampa Bay Times and in the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Grant Programs Bring Art to Downtown

The following is an excerpt from a full story covered by Bay News 9 reporter, Sara Belsole. Read the full article on their website at

Artist Meghan Scalise, who owns Tada! Traditional and Digital Arts, has painted three murals in downtown thanks to a public activation grant from the Tampa Downtown Partnership. “Murals are a great way to add life to a building that maybe doesn’t have great architectural character, or maybe to an area that you want to give a community identity to,” Ashly Anderson, Senior Design Manager for the Tampa Downtown Partnership, said. Grant applicants can be reimbursed up to $2,500 for their art. The project has to be in Downtown Tampa and in a place where the public can access it. It doesn’t only apply to murals; it can also include installations, events and performances.

Howl-O-Scream Ticket-Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Carolynn Cross! She is the winner of two tickets to Busch Garden’s Howl-O-Scream. Carolynn just posted the phrase provided in last week’s Monday Morning Memo to Facebook and now she is going to enjoy a night filled with fun and terror! Running through October 29, unexpected terrors lurk around every corner, including hundreds of roaming creatures, new haunted houses and exciting live, interactive entertainment. As if that wasn’t enough, Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream is the only place to scream your way through Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark. Get ready for guts, gore and seriously sinister fun! #NowhereToHide

Holiday Storefront Painting

Working with a local artists, the Tampa Downtown Partnership is continuing a yearly tradition of the Holiday Storefront Window Painting Contest. Merchants can elect to be part of the competition by selecting one of three levels of involvement which are based on price and desired level of window decor. Painting will be completed by November 21, at which time a People’s Choice voting competition will take place on-line. Help us spread the holiday spirit throughout downtown by joining in on the fun in a friendly holiday-themed competition. Please complete this form and submit by November 1.

Host Your Company at Winter Village

Hosting your annual holiday party at Winter Village is an exciting and fun-filled alternative to traditional corporate gatherings. Enjoy all the sights, sounds, and smells of the holidays in beautiful Downtown Tampa along the waterfront with your colleagues. Choose from two event options to fit your organization’s needs and pick a date from November 17 to January 5, 2018. Hold your event during the day, or evening – it’s up to you! Download the application.

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, October 19, 6pm to 10pm
Grand Central at Kennedy
Enjoy some gourmet food truck fun paired with Independent short flicks and live music! Pour House and City Dog Cantina provide micro brews and tasty cocktails. 10-15 gourmet food trucks will offer everything from burgers to vegetarian bites. There is sure to be something for everyone! For more information, go to Flicks and Food Trucks.

Do the Local Motion

Friday, October 20, Noon to 1pm
Begins at Poe Plaza
This fun Friday event is a healthy and social way to enjoy your lunch hour and learn interesting tidbits about Tampa’s Downtown! Your support also helps to fight childhood hunger in our community. Proudly brought to you by Where Love Grows and Tampa Downtown Partnership. For more information, go to Do the Local Motion.

Inaugural Wing Fling

Saturday, October 21, begins 11am
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
The Inaugural Tampa Bay Wing Fling will feature the tastiest drumsticks and wings from all over Tampa Bay! This event will be Tampa’s biggest wing festival and competition. Any and all fans of the bar food favorite will find themselves in wing heaven! Inaugural Wing Fling

Showing at Jobsite Theater
The Threepenny Opera – Wednesday, October 18 to Sunday, November 12

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center
mad Theatre presents Disaster!Through Sunday, October 22
Michael McDermott – Monday, October 16, begins 6:30pm
Siro-A: Techno Circus – Thursday, October 19, begins 6:30pm
Neil DeGrasse Tyson: An Astrophysicist Reads the Newspaper – Thursday, October 19, begins 7:30pm
Broadway Ball After Dark – Saturday, October 21, begins 8pm

Now Showing at Tampa Theatre
Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards – Monday, October 16, 7:30pm to 9pm
M.F.A. (2017) – Tuesday, October 17, begins 7:30pm
Marjorie Prime (2017) – Wednesday, October 18, 7:30pm to 9pm
Jane (2017) – Thursday, October 19, 7pm to 8:30pm
The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Friday, October 20, 10:30pm to 12:15am
Ghosts Behind The Screen – Saturday, October 21, begins 2pm
Scream – Saturday, October 21, 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Demons (1985) – Saturday, October 21, 7:30pm to 9pm
Late-Night, Lights-Off Paranormal Experience – Saturday, October 21, begins 10pm
The Fly – Sunday, October 22, 1:30pm to 3pm
The Tingler – Sunday, October 22, 4pm to 5:30pm
The Thing – Sunday, October 22, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
The Host – Sunday, October 22, 9:30pm to 11:30pm

This Week at Amalie Arena
Bruno Mars – Thursday, October 19, begins 8pm
Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017 – Friday, October 20, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh Penguins – Saturday, October 21, begins 7pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: City Bike

Over the  years, City Bike owner Kevin Craft has been centered in Tampa’s cycling community evolution. With his business continuing to grow, Kevin moved into a larger storefront in 2015  at 208 E. Cass Street. In addition to bike sales, the store offers full repairs (and check-ups), rentals, accessories, and bike clothing. Stop in and meet Macey the smiling City Bike dog, Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay shop dog, and worst guard dog. City Bike offers 10% off on parts, labor and accessories for military personnel, and University of Tampa students, staff, and faculty.

Marketplace News

Warby Parker Co-Founder, Dave Gilboa, shared his insight on starting a company from scratch with The Atlantic. Warby Parker, the eyewear retailer worth more than $1 billion, has a store in the Oxford Exchange.

American Social will open its doors in the coming weeks, bringing jobs and more visitors to Tampa’s Harbor Island. The upscale sports bar has locations in Fort Lauderdale and Miami’s Brickell district, and now two local brothers are bringing the restaurant bar concept home to Tampa Bay.

The Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina will host more than 1,000 women from around the state are expected to head to downtown Tampa for the annual Women’s Conference of Florida later this month.

Port Tampa Bay Sets Revenue Record

Port Tampa Bay posted its biggest operating revenues ever this year – $55.4 million – beating its previous record from two years ago. The total reflects revenue solely generated by port operations, not property tax revenue or grants, officials said. The increase for the 2017 fiscal year was driven by growth in cruise ship business, where the number of cruises sailing out of Port Tampa Bay rose 24 percent, but also in other areas. Operating revenues rose 12.6 percent from last year’s $49.2 million. The old record was $51.3 million in 2015.
“Port Tampa Bay Sets Record With $55.4 Million In Operating Revenue In 2017”Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Named an Innovative City

Tampa is a rising star among U.S. cities embracing and capitalizing on the shift to a digital economy. The city was included for the first time in the “Innovation that Matters” report, which features an index that compares key statistics in more than two dozen cities to show how well they are turning capital into successful tech industries. The report, released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Free Enterprise, C_TEC and 1776, focuses on next-wave startups, which are technology-driven companies that are developing innovative solutions to complex challenges in different industries.  Tampa just missed being in the top 25 cities, a list led by Boston and the San Francisco Bay area, but was included in the report for the first time because of an overall increase in startup activity.
“Tampa Makes Its First Showing On Nationwide Innovation Report” –  Tampa Bay Business Journal

Glazer Children’s Museum Operations Improve

The Glazer Children’s Museum has revamped its internal financial system and software, so that in early 2018 everything will be connected, giving president and chief executive officer Jennifer Stancil and her senior team the hard data that will enable them to make more informed and better operational decisions. The museum now has a full-time chief financial officer in Jane Soltys, who joined in January, as well as its own in-house accounting department, Stancil said. Previously, an external company dealt with the finances. The museum has been showing increases in its earned revenue, Stancil said. In 2016, the museum had a $3.14 million budget where earnings exceeded $1.45 million. That trend is expected to follow suit this fiscal year as well.
“For Glazer Children’s Museum Leaders, A New Approach Is Leading To Better Operations”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Development and Transportation

Vote for Your Favorite Overpass Design

During an October 9, Virtual Town Hall Meeting (VTHM), the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) unveiled two pier design options for the Selmon Extension project and invited the public to select their favorite option in a “Vote for Your Favorite Pier Design” community engagement opportunity. During the October 9 VTHM, participants viewed renderings and heard features of two pier design options:  VIVID and ESTUARY.  Voting on pier design options opened Monday, October 9 at 7:30pm and will close on Friday, October 20 at 11:59pm. The winning public selection will be announced on Monday, October 23. Vote online or by calling a toll-free hotline, 1.855.980.7525. 

Tampa Bay Next Concepts Unveiled

The Florida Department of Transportation wants to eliminate some local highway improvement concepts from consideration, including a “do nothing” approach, a big-city style beltway and a boulevard concept that would bring the highway down to street level. Two concepts released last month would reconstruct the interstate in and around the downtown interchange. One includes an east to west express lane while the other pushes the fast lanes to the north and south. Two other concepts would utilize existing infrastructure while revamping lanes and exits. Another boulevard concept running north to south north of the downtown interchange is still being considered.
FDOT: Get Rid Of Beltway And Boulevard Concept In Tampa Bay Next”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Mixed-Use Development to Break Ground

Altis Grand Central is slated to begin construction today, October 16. The development will include 314 residential units and 9,750 square feet of retail space on a 2.5-acre site bound by Grand Central Avenue to the north and Cleveland Street to the south, Cedar Avenue to the east and Magnolia Street to the west. That land includes Lot C, where Oxford Exchange leased around 60 parking spots. Once Altis wraps up construction on its parking garage, Oxford Exchange will lease 40 spots there. To accommodate for the lost parking during construction, Oxford Exchange has leased spots in lots owned by Tampa General Hospital.
Oxford Exchange Rolls Out New Parking Options As New Mixed-Use Development Begins Construction”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Trouble Obtaining Land: Latest in Rays Ballpark Search

It is proving harder than expected to put together the land needed for a Tampa Bay Rays ballpark near downtown Tampa, and now local officials are exploring another option in the West Shore area. But even if all the pieces come together, Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan said he is less confident than ever that the county and Rays ownership can come to an agreement on how to pay for a ballpark that would lure the team from St. Petersburg. Some landowners in the Channel District-Ybor City region — for months the focal point of the Tampa ballpark site search — are so far unmoved by offers from Hillsborough County to acquire their property. The thorny negotiations put in peril two coveted locations in that area, Hagan said, though he declined to identify the exact location of those sites. The lack of progress has forced the county to look at another undisclosed site in West Shore, he said, the coastal community on Tampa’s west side.
“Trouble Obtaining Land For Rays Ballpark Near Downtown Tampa May Push Search To West Shore”Tampa Bay Times

Member Corner

The Urban Home Tour

The Urban Home Tour is the signature fundraiser for the Channel District Community Alliance(CDCA). Held November 5 from noon until 6pm, funds raised by the tour will be used for community event and projects throughout the Channel District. The CDCA tries to give visitors a taste of what it is like to live in the Channel District. Come tour 10 unique residences throughout the Channelside District neighborhood. Participating retail establishments will also be offering samples and giveaways to attendees. The Urban Home Tour will be followed by an exciting block party in the Grand Central Courtyard featuring live music, a drawing for local prizes, and a silent auction. Get more information and purchase tickets here.

TBARTA Holds a Commuter Choices Day

On October 18, from 11am to 2pm at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) will hold a Commuter Choices Day event, at which the City of St. Petersburg will be presented an award for its recent designation as a ‘Best Workplaces for Commuters’ (BWC) employer, and commuting resources and options will be offered and promoted to attendees. Mayor Kriseman will accept the BWC Award on behalf of the City, which has a history of promoting commuting choices to its employees. The City partnered with TBARTA under its Commuter Services employer program earlier this year to expand commuting options for City employees. City staff also received assistance in assembling the criteria to become a BWC recognized employer.

Walking Tours Are in Season

Do the Local Motion is back this October with free guided walking tours of Downtown Tampa, highlighting the area’s architecture, public art or historical locations.  Guided tours are a great way to uncover local culture, both indoors and outdoors, with an informed leader. Participants learn about the city and also get a daily dose of exercise, as the walks cover a distance of up to two miles. The tours are kicking off their tenth year in October 2017, and now have a new leader, as the program has been handed off to Where Love Grows. Do the Local Motion was the innovation of the Tampa Downtown Partnership, one of the founding partners of the Bike/Walk Tampa Bay coalition.  Once a Tampa Downtown Partnership program is seeded, it is transferred to a trusted community partner to continue its expansion and growth. Vicki Anzalone from Where Love Grows has been the with the Local Motion program from its beginnings nine years ago, making the transition easy. Where Love Grows’ mission is to end childhood hunger beginning in our community.
“Do The Local Motion Returns To Get People Moving While Learning About Tampa” –

EDC Celebrates Another Year

On Tuesday, October 17, hundreds of community and business leaders will celebrate the rise of Tampa and Hillsborough County as a top business destination at Amalie Arena for the Tampa Hillsborough EDC’s signature event. Registration for the 2017 Annual Meeting starts at $75 per ticket. Their signature event, the Annual Meeting looks back at the past fiscal year’s biggest achievements of both the EDC and Investors, while providing an exceptional networking opportunity for the hundreds of attendees the event attracts every year. This year’s theme, RISE, will celebrate how far the Tampa and Hillsborough County has grown in the past year and the path, full of opportunities, that lies ahead for the community.

Around Town

Join the Diversity Council

Hillsborough County is seeking interested residents to serve on the Diversity Advisory Council. The Council was created to facilitate communication between Hillsborough County government and diverse populations, and to address matters related to diversity that affect County government and its citizens.  Six positions are vacant. Five terms are for two years ending August 31, 2019, and one term is for one year ending August 31, 2018. Positions are specified as individuals from the following categories: At-Large; Far East Asian; Indian Asian; Native American; and Caribbean (two positions). Get more information here.               

Priorities of New Temple Terrace Mayor

As Mel Jurado takes up the gavel as mayor, she joins a City Council determined to get construction started on city-owned downtown redevelopment property even if it isn’t the Downtown Temple Terrace people once envisioned. The council has received several offers from developers after a search by its real estate firm, Cushman & Wakefield, and Jurado has said the city needs to pick the best of them and get them built. That’s because a $23.5 million loan — money the city borrowed more than a decade ago to buy and improve the property — must be paid off or refinanced by next April.
“Top Priority For Mayor Mel Jurado: Sell City’s Redevelopment Property”Tampa Bay Times

The Cost of Landing Amazon’s HQ2

The prospect of landing’s second North America headquarters has public officials and economic development experts salivating at the chance to land what is being billed as a $5 billion, 50,000-job investment to their hometown. But as the Oct. 19 bidding deadline fast approaches, cities also are grappling with a sobering reality: HQ2 is going to be an expensive proposition. More than 50 cities throughout North America have announced plans to submit bids to Amazon for its new HQ2 facility. As such, Amazon is in a powerful position to potentially secure billions in taxpayer subsidies and related incentives. It’s a position with which the company is well acquainted.
“Amazon’s HQ2 Promises Huge Benefits. But As The Tampa Bay Region Can Tell You, It Won’t Come Cheap”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Clearwater Farmers Market Set to Return

A downtown Clearwater farmers market is expected to return to the waterfront for a third season this fall, but a new face is likely to be running the show. The city is negotiating with Orlando-based Red Top Productions and expects to have the company launching a new market on Thanksgiving weekend, according to Parks and Recreation director Kevin Dunbar. Natalie Nagengast, who operated the Pierce Street Market for two seasons, was disqualified from the bidding process because she failed to disclose her list of vendors, a requirement for consideration. The city originally put the market contract out to bid for the first time in June after Nagengast ran the market for two seven-month seasons on a special-event application. Because the private business was using public property and received $30,000 in cash grants from the city since 2016, Dunbar said the event had evolved to a point requiring a competitive bid.
“Downtown Clearwater Farmers Market Could Return Under New Management”

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