Monday, October 2, 2017
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.
Win Tickets to Threepenny Opera
We’re giving away a set of tickets to Jobsite Theater’s production of Threepenny Opera! Tweet or post the statement below on Facebook and you could be going to the Friday, October 20 show at 8pm. You must post the tweet by Friday, October 6 at 3pm. The winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday, October 9. Here is the tweet: “Hey @tampasdowntown – I want to win tix to see Threepenny Opera! @StrazCenter #JS3PO #Jobsite3PO”
A Call for Food Vendors
The Tampa Downtown Partnership hereby gives notice of their request for submission of proposals from qualified and experienced applicants for the lease of the one to three food and beverage spaces within Winter Village at Curtis Hixon. The Tampa Downtown Partnership’s intent in the lease of the space is to provide additional dining options to the visitors of Winter Village. The space is being leased as is and will require additional build out at the expense of the operator. Responsive proposals will demonstrate (1) successful experience in the restaurant industry (2) a use of the space that is complementary to the activities at Winter Village (3) a contributing but limited themed holiday menu. Proposals shall address planning, design, and project implementation. View the full RFP here.
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.
Do the Local Motion Kicks Off
Do the Local Motion Walking Tours is kicking off their 10th season this Friday featuring the Straz Center! Meet us at Poe Plaza Esplanade intersection of N. Franklin and Jackson St. between 11:30am and noon – all tours depart at noon. Walks remain free, however a suggested donation of $5.00 is appreciated to help support Where the Love Grows’ efforts to fight childhood hunger in our community. Do the Local Motion is a healthy and social way to enjoy your lunch hour and learn interesting tidbits about Tampa’s Downtown! Register here.
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
The Marvelous Wonderettes
Through Sunday, October 15
This off-Broadway smash hit takes viewers to the 1958 Springfield High School prom to meet four girls with dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As they take the audience through their lives and loves, the girls serenade the crowd with classic ‘50s hits. In act two, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. The girls discuss the highs and lows they have experienced in the past decade and find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. For more information, go to The Marvelous Wonderettes.
Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta
Wednesday, October 4, 11am to 1pm
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.
Rock the Park
Thursday, October 5, 6:30pm to 9pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Listen to some great musical talent in a beautiful, relaxing setting. This month’s show features Kevin Maines and The Volts, Sam E Hues, and The Sara Rose Band. With food and drinks on the premises and an always exciting vibe, this free concert is guaranteed not to disappoint. For more information, go to Rock the Park.
Taking the Stage at the Straz Center
Music Faculty Recital – Tuesday, October 3, begins 7pm
mad Theatre presents Disaster! – Thursday, October 5 to Sunday, October 22
The Florida Orchestra – Carmina Burana – Friday, October 6, begins 8pm
Silly Sam the Music Man – Saturday, October 7, begins 11am
AC² An Intimate Evening With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen: Deep Talk and Shallow Tales – Saturday, October 7, begins 8pm
Straz Center Totally ’80s Open House Party! – Sunday, October 8, begins 1pm
Now Showing at Tampa Theatre
Let’s Play Two (2017) – Tuesday, October 3, 7:30pm to 9pm
Viceroy’s House – Wednesday, October 4, 7:30pm to 9:15pm
Ghosts of Tampa Theatre Tour – Thursday, October 5, begins 11:30am
Scott Frieman: Deconstructing The Beatles – Thursday, October 5, begins 7pm
Doing Business in Downtown
|Retail Spotlight: Oxford Exchange
The Oxford Exchange (OE) retail shop offers interesting and exciting shopping with its abundant collection of fine goods for all ages, such as French kitchen décor, niche perfumes from Olfactive Studio & Astier de Villatte), note cards and greeting cards, sophisticated accessories, fun toys, and classic baby apparel. There is also the distinctive OE brand with its fine umbrellas, candles, soaps, and even matches. You may also explore shops-within-the-shops such as the OE Book Store, Warby Parker’s, and Aesop skincare. Relax at some of the best after-shopping seating you’ll ever find while you sip on a Buddy Brew or TeBella. OE truly offers the experience of unique shopping and the convenience of finding the perfect gift for you or someone else.
CW’s Gin Joint, owned by Wilson Company President Carolyn Wilson, opened at 5pm on Friday, September 29. The Jazz age styled bar and restaurant also offers a fine and varied menu of entrees and sharable plates.
The Attic Café has re-opened with a new, upgraded kitchen, giving Chef Rosa added space and tools to deliver a more diverse menu, not only for restaurant patrons, but also for private parties and special events.
Pokey’s Pub has a new owner! Oner Esner is an experienced entrepreneur with previous restaurant ventures in Belarus and Australia. The new pub owner was drawn to Tampa by family connections and is eager to deliver the same great food, beverages, and soccer game parties!
Kahwa Coffee has teamed up with Tampa Bay Rays’ Evan Longoria, who lent his name, time and coffee tasting time to produce a special blend, Signature Series No. 3, a medium dark roast. The new blend is being sold with proceeds to Hurricane Irma relief and other charities.
The Downtown YMCA has moved one of its Downtown locations from 100 N. Tampa Street to The Studio at 104 S. Franklin Street, opening today with group exercise, including cycling, yoga and body flow classes. No join fee for new members signing up at The Studio until October 31.
Oxford Exchange’s owners are taking their concept to downtown Baltimore. The restaurant is the first phase of the project and slated to open in June 2018.
USF Business Program Named For Vinik Family
Jeff Vinik’s ties to the University of South Florida continue to get stronger, as a Muma College of Business program now bears his family’s name. The Vinik Sport and Entertainment Management Program was started five years ago with the Tampa Bay Lightning owner’s assistance. Since then, USF officials say he and his wife, Penny, have contributed more than $6 million to the graduate-level initiative.
“USF Business Program Named For Vinik Family” – WUSF Public Media
Florida Hospital Expands Lightning Sponsorship
Florida Hospital is expanding its sponsorship of the Tampa Bay Lightning, becoming one of the team’s five largest corporate sponsors. The hospital was previously one of the team’s “preferred partners”; now, in addition to stepping up its sponsorship, it is also the 25th anniversary season presenting sponsor as well as the team’s official health and wellness sponsor. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The four other championship sponsors are Dex Imaging, Chase, Spectrum and the Tampa Bay Times. As part of the sponsorship, Florida Hospital will take over the southwest quadrant or “quad” in the arena — around 4,000 square feet of space for branding and entertaining with food and beverages.
“Florida Hospital Expands Tampa Bay Lightning Sponsorship” – Tampa Bay Business Journal
Co-Working Company Predicts a Disruption
Co-working spaces are popping up all over the Tampa Bay region. Tampa has the Oxford Exchange, CoCreativ, Tampa Bay WaVE and CoWork Tampa in Ybor City. Freelancers, entrepreneurs and startups are the ideal customers for such venues but what about established companies? Jamie Hodari thinks his company has the answer. Hodari is the CEO of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Industrious, which is set to open a new, nearly 20,000-square-foot boutique co-working space in December in Tampa at 401 E. Jackson St. A former lawyer and journalist, Hodari, 35, has landed bold-face brands like Lyft, Pandora, GM, Pinterest and Pfizer at other Industrious locations nationwide, and he’s looking to make a splash — and a disruption — in Tampa.
“Hold the Foosball” – Business Observer
City Council Votes on Tax Hike
Shortly after midnight Friday morning, the Tampa City Council voted 4-3 to raise property taxes for the first in 29 years. The vote will raise the millage to 0.475, from $5.73 to 6.2076 per $1,000 of assessed property value. It came after seven long hours, which included two breaks for budget director Sonya Little and her financial team to go recalculate how differed proposed rate increases would affect Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s proposed $900 million-plus budget. The reason that Buckhorn was asking for the first property revenue hike in 29 years was several-fold. That included debts going back to the Dick Greco administration from 1996.
“After 7 Hours, Tampa City Council Votes To Raise Property Taxes” – SaintPetersBlog.com
Development and Transportation
FDOT Unveils New Concepts
Express lanes may not be coming to downtown Tampa after all. Or at least not to the stretch of Interstate 275 that goes north through Bearss Avenue. Significant backlash last year caused the DOT to put the $6 billion plan on hold. Since then, the department has hired new staff, organized more community meetings and reopened a federal study. It will re-evaluate parts of the project, including the controversial interchange known as “malfunction junction.” As part of the study, tolls are not guaranteed on express lanes from West Shore through downtown Tampa up north toward Bearss. Instead, those lanes would have limited entrance and exit ramps, meaning they would be intended for regional travel over longer distances.
“No Toll Lanes North Of Downtown Tampa In Three Of Four Interstate Proposals” – Tampa Bay Times
Connected Vehicle Construction Begins Downtown
In Downtown Tampa, nightly lane closures began at 33 intersections on Monday, September 25, for installation of underground conduit and equipment on existing traffic signal poles and mast arms for the THEA Connected Vehicle Pilot Project. Temporary lane closures will begin at 7 pm on September 25, 2017 and will reopen by 5am the following morning. Work will take place seven nights a week for the next five weeks. Construction will occur at one intersection at a time. At least one lane of traffic will be maintained at every intersection during construction. The project is anticipated to be completed by 5am on Monday, October 30, 2017, weather permitting. View the map highlighting the intersections here.
Participate in the Connected Vehicle Pilot
The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) and its partners are bringing innovative connected vehicle technology to Tampa’s downtown, and you can be a part of it! A car or truck equipped with connected vehicle technology “talks” wirelessly to other vehicles, traffic signals, crosswalks and more. This wireless communication can help prevent crashes, keep traffic moving and even improve fuel efficiency. By mid-2018, THEA will equip 10 buses, 10 streetcars and the cars of 1,600 individual volunteers with this exciting new technology to make downtown Tampa a safer, smarter place to walk, ride and drive. Learn more/register to participate by clicking here.
Major HART Route Changes
Major changes are on the way to Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority bus routes. In less than a week the majority of riders will see their routes get shorter, but for others their routes will disappear all together. It’s a significant schedule change branded as Mission Max and it’s the first major shake up of the busing network since 2003. There’s two new routes HART employees point as examples of improved service. Route 60LX includes new all-day, hourly service to the Northwest Transfer Center, Tampa International Airport, Downtown Tampa and Brandon Mall. Route 360LX also includes new all-day, hourly service that will connect Brandon Mall, Downtown Tampa, Britton Plaza and MacDill Air Force Base.
“Major Schedule Shake-Up On The Way For HART Bus Routes” – ABC Action News
Tampa Theatre Screening and Q&A
Erotically charged and complex, Like Water for Chocolate gave American audiences a wholly new respect for Spanish-language cinema upon its release in 1992, and its force on the screen has never been equaled. The book on which it is based was a phenomenal bestseller in multiple languages. Author Laura Esquivel has since become a matriarch of the Mexican cultural and literary scene, and a political advocate and elected federal representative in Mexico City. For this very special presentation of Like Water for Chocolate, Tampa Theatre is proud to welcome author and screenwriter Laura Esquivel, who will join live on the Tampa Theatre stage to welcome the audience and host an exclusive post-film Q&A.
EDC Wins Big at IEDC Annual Conference
During the IEDC Annual Conference, the Tampa Hillsborough EDC received a handful of trophies. The EDC received a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award in the category of video/multimedia production for its Welcome to Tampa Bay video, as well as a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for its most recent annual report, THRIVE. The EDC’s work with Pinellas County Economic Development and Pasco Economic Development Council, Global Tampa Bay, also won a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award in the category of regionalism and cross-border collaboration for the cooperative effort. The tri-county organization is looked at as a model example of collaboration throughout Florida as well as at the national level.
Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Selected
Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Katie Molloy has been selected by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce to participate in the Leadership Tampa 2018 class. Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Katie Molloy has been selected by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce to participate in the Leadership Tampa 2018 class. At Greenberg Traurig, Molloy focuses her practice on trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation, and defending matters involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour claims in state and federal court. She provides advice and counseling on a broad range of employment law and human resources matters, and assists employers with administrative investigations before the EEOC, DOL, and NLRB.
Brews by the Bay
On Friday, October 13, 2017, guests are invited to enjoy a night full of friends, beer, food and live entertainment at The Florida Aquarium’s annual Brews by the Bay Beer and Food Festival from 8pm – 11pm. As one of The Florida Aquarium’s annual fundraising events, Brews by the Bay supports the Aquarium’s conservation, education and animal rescue and rehabilitation programs. Guests are invited to explore the Aquarium at night, which will be overflowing with endless beers, delicious food from local area restaurants and a sea of live entertainment. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
UT Sets Another Enrollment Record
For the 21st consecutive year, The University of Tampa has set another enrollment record. This year’s total enrollment, including graduates and undergraduates, is 8,913 — up 7 percent from last year’s total of 8,310. This year’s total enrollment is about quadruple the University’s enrollment of two decades ago. The enrollment continues to be strong as new student enrollment goals were attained, plus the University posted a 78 percent freshman-to-sophomore retention rate. This rate is a record for UT.
Tampa Electic Commits to Solar
Tampa Electric Co. is making a substantial commitment to solar energy. During the next four years, Tampa Electric plans to add 6 million solar panels in 10 new photovoltaic solar projects across its service territory in West Central Florida. The utility plans to build 600 megawatts of solar energy capability – enough to power 100,000 homes – by 2021. The move piggybacks on a newfound push for solar by all major Florida utilities. The utility expects to invest about $850 million in the project. The solar additions will significantly reduce Tampa Electric’s carbon dioxide emissions and give customers the benefits of zero fuel-cost solar generation for years to come. View the full press release.
Buddy Walk Event at Raymond James
Friends Down Syndrome West Florida will host a Buddy Walk® event for families affected by Down syndrome on October 7 at Raymond James Stadium. The event runs from 11am until 4pm. More than 2000 people are expected to attend the event, which is one of over 250 Walks across the country this fall to raise awareness and funds for programs that benefit people with Down syndrome and their families. The Tampa Buddy Walk® will feature a meet and greet with Superheroes, Princesses, Storm troopers and an appearance from Darth Vader. Participants will also enjoy a raffle featuring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with signed merchandise from QB Jameis Winston, WR Mike Evans, DE Gerald McCoy. To learn more, visit www.buddywalk.org, or contact Lynn Foyt at Friends Down Syndrome West Florida.
Tampa Heights Gets Infastructure Boost
Miami-based FMSbonds Inc. raised $21.5 million of tax-exempt bond financing to help the Tampa-based Heights Community Development District fund the construction of public infrastructure. Proceeds from the bond issue conducted by FMSbonds are expected to fund construction of new roads, sidewalks, parking garages and other public infrastructure projects in the 43-acre Heights Community Development District.
“Miami-Based Firm Raises $21.5M For Community Development District In Tampa” – The Real Deal
Surviving an Active Shooter Event
The Ybor City Development Corporation (YCDC) invites all business owners and employees to attend an Active Shooter Training on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Ybor Room on the Hillsborough Community College (HCC) Ybor City Campus. Tampa Police Officer Sean Mahabir will teach you how to ‘run, hide, or fight’ in this free, hour-long class. The flyer can be found here.
NSU College of Medicine Gifted $50M
Nova Southeastern University (NSU) announces the largest philanthropic gift in its history from Tampa-area cardiologist Dr. Kiran C. Patel and his wife, pediatrician Dr. Pallavi Patel. The commitment will significantly expand its programs in osteopathic medicine and health care sciences, and be used to develop a new 27-acre campus for NSU in Clearwater, Fla. The Patels are renowned in Florida for their philanthropy, community service and entrepreneurship. The commitment from the Patel Family Foundation includes a $50 million gift and an additional $150 million real estate and facility investment in a future 325,000 square-foot medical education complex that will be part of NSU’s new Tampa Bay Regional Campus, in Clearwater. The campus will house a new site for NSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as its existing programs in the Tampa area. Read the full announcement here.
West River Project Delayed
Errors in an application have cost the Tampa Housing Authority a 10-year, $21 million tax credit that was earmarked to help build much-needed affordable housing in Tampa’s ambitious West River revitalization project. The credits were awarded in May to The Boulevard at West River, an apartment block that would include 200 affordable housing units. But the Florida Housing Finance Corporation last week reversed its decision after an administrative judge ruled that mistakes in the Housing Authority’s application should disqualify it from the award. Instead, the tax credits will now go to Blue Sky Communities, a private developer that challenged the award in court. The setback will mean at least a year’s delay for The Boulevard project, said Leroy Moore, Housing Authority Chief Operating Officer.
“$21 Million Mistake Delays Tampa Housing Authority’s West River Project” – TBO.com
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