Monday Morning Memo

Monday, October 23, 2017

Partnership Presents

The Power of Public Art

Join us for a Downtown Debriefing program about the power of public art on Tuesday, October 31. The panelists include Tes One, who is an artist and director at SHINE St. Petersburg Mural Festival, Robin Nigh from the City of Tampa Art Programs Division, and Martine Collier from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Moderated by Mickey Jacob, who is the Board Chair for the Tampa Downtown Partnership, this program will focus on how public art is able to shape the unique character of Tampa, and how it can build the community in our city. Networking and registration start at 7:30am and the program and continental breakfast start at 8am in Maestro’s at the Straz Center. Come join in on the conversation and register today.

Downtowner Celebrates a Year

Tampa Downtown Partnership and Downtowner celebrate a full year of the free ride service in Downtown Tampa, announcing ridership of more than 180,500 and the addition of a new “combo ride” feature. “Downtowner free ride service has changed the way workers, residents, and visitors get around Downtown Tampa,” said Karen Kress, Director of Transportation and Planning for Tampa Downtown Partnership. “Our continued growing ridership proves that people are looking for more convenient ways to get around our Downtown without having to get into their cars – especially for short trips.” This app-based, on-demand free ride service is the first of its kind in Downtown Tampa, reaching over 100,000 riders in just under seven months of its launch date. According to Stephen Murray, CEO of Downtowner, Tampa is their largest market. Read the full press release.

Fourth Friday is this Week

Every fourth Friday of the month, we celebrate the arts and culture scene in Tampa with free or reduced admission, special programming, and great deals at local restaurants and bars. Getting around to each location is also made easier with a free hour of Coast Bike Share with a special code for new users, complimentary rides on the TECO Line Streetcar with the Fourth Friday wristband, and free rides throughout Downtown Tampa using the Downtowner app. Get access to all these special deals when you visit one of the participating arts and culture venues listed here. Be sure to sign up for the Fourth Friday email list to receive each month’s offerings and check out the Fourth Friday website for more details.

Wayfinding Contractor Selected

The Tampa Downtown Partnership received several bids in response to the Request for Proposal for the Wayfinding Program Inventory and Maintenance. The selection committee chose the firm Merje and expects to kick-off the 3 month project next week. Wayfinding is particularly important in complex built environments such as urban centers,healthcare and educational campuses,and transportation facilities. The current wayfinding was placed in 2009, before Super Bowl XLIII. Learn more about the RFP here.

Deadline is Approaching: 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.

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

Tampa Pig Jig 2017

Saturday, October 28, begins 1pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront
This annual fundraiser hosted on downtown Tampa’s beautiful waterfront features live music, great food, a BBQ competition, drinks, and games. The event benefits the NephCure Kidney International. Over the past 6 years, the Tampa Pig Jig has raised over $2,000,000 with all proceeds benefiting NephCure. Justin Moore and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will perform. For more information, go to Tampa Pig Jig 2017.

Riverwalk Trick or Treat

Saturday, October 28, begins 4pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
At this free community event kids in costume and their families will gather for a fun evening trick-or-treating along the entire length of the Tampa Riverwalk. Plus there will be a family-friendly showing of Ghostbusters in Water Works Park after trick or treating! For more info, go to Riverwalk Trick or Treat.

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

On Your Feet! – Tuesday, October 24 to Sunday, October 29
Godspell – Thursday, October 26 to Sunday, October 29
Opera Tampa Singers in The Witching Hour – Friday, October 27, begins 7pm
The Florida Orchestra – Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – Friday, October 27, begins 8pm
PJ Masks Live: Time to be a Hero – Saturday, October 28, begins 2pm

On Stage at Jobsite Theater

The Threepenny Opera – Through Sunday, November 12

Now Showing at Tampa Theatre

Get Out – Monday, October 23, 7pm to 8:45pm
The Strangers – Monday, October 23, 9:45pm 11:15pm
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – Tuesday, October 24, 7pm to 8:45pm
Interview with a Vampire – Tuesday, October 24, 9:45pm to 11:45pm
Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Wednesday, October 25, 7pm to 9pm
The Evil Dead – Wednesday, October 25, 9:45pm to 11:15pm
As Night Falls – Thursday, October 26, 7pm to 8:15pm
Dawn of the Dead – Thursday, October 26, 10pm to 11:45pm
The Babadook – Friday, October 27, 7:30pm to 9pm
The Shining – Friday, October 27, 10:30pm to 1am
Frankenweenie – Saturday, October 28, 2pm to 3:30pm
Frankenstein – Saturday, October 28, 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Young Frankenstein – Saturday, October 28, 7:30pm to 9:15pm
Frankenhooker – Saturday, October 28, 10:30pm to Midnight
Hocus Pocus – Sunday, October 29, 2pm to 3:45pm
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman – Sunday, October 29, 5:30pm to 6:45pm
Spirits of the Bay – Sunday, October 29, begins 7:30pm

This Week at Amalie Arena

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings – Thursday, October 26, begins 7:30pm
Santana – Friday, October 27, begins 8pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Anaheim Ducks – Saturday, October 28, begins 7pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Farmacy Vegan Kitchen + Bakery

In August, Farmacy doubled its footprint in Downtown Tampa when it expanded into Duckweed in the Channelside District. The partnership between the two defined this expansion and the location is conveniently located to plenty of parking and residential. Both locations feature a variety of ready-to-eat food and smoothies that are 100% vegan. Most popular are their delicious baked goods including gluten-free donuts. The staff is always friendly and happy to make suggestions if you are unsure of what to order. Their menu is always changing so be sure to stop in and check out their Instagram – they are always posting drool-worthy photos! @Farmacyvegankitchen

Marketplace News

Small Business Saturday is November 25! American Express makes it easy for owners to create customizable marketing pieces for your physical location, online shop, and social media site using their Shop Small Studio.

1895 Kitchen-Bar-Market is the new bar that Urban Juice Co. has transitioned into and they received a wonderful write-up in

American Social Bar & Kitchen opens on Harbour Island on Monday, October 30. Join for $5 signature burgers all day as they open their doors to the Tampa community.

Kahwa Coffee inside the Rivergate Tower served its last cup of coffee on Friday, October 20. A new vendor will replace Kahwa, serving Starbucks coffee and ready-to-eat snacks.

Starbucks is coming to Harbour Island. With seating for 69 people, the location in The Pointe will be 1,981-square-feet.

The Barrymore Hotel is hosting an Art Meets Jazz Night on November 1 with 100% of the net proceeds going to families and neighbors of the families of their sister hotels in Ponce and Mayaguez Puerto Rico and 50% of any profits obtained by Francine Bauer, local artist, will also be donated.

Startup Advocate Launches

Friends of WaVE, a membership program and support organization for Tampa Bay WaVE, officially launched last Wednesday night with a kickoff party at Ulele. The program is designed to create advocates in the community who can help grow young companies at WaVE, a startup incubator. Friends of WaVE members often will be early adopters of technology developed by its companies and their customers, and will also help the companies make community connections. While WaVE already has financial support from corporate partners, the new organization is seen as a way for individuals and smaller companies to back startup initiatives. An individual membership is $1,500 and a company membership is $3,000.
“Tampa Tech Incubator Launches Effort To Boost Startup Support, Funding (Video)”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Element Tower Sells for $112M

Element, a 35-story tower at 808 N. Franklin St., sold to NorthlandInvestment Corp. for $112.4 million, or nearly $284,683 per unit in a deal that closed late Thursday, said Brian Moulder, managing director with Walker & Dunlop. Northland’s purchase includes the ground-floor retail space in Element. Moulder and managing director Pat Jones represented the seller, Miami-based Crescent Heights, in the transaction. Element was sold to Crescent Heights in 2013 as part of a major portfolio deal, and Moulder, who was with CBRE at the time, sold the building to that group. The recorded price for that transaction was $98 million, or $248,000 per door. The deal is among the top dollar-value transactions in downtown Tampa and recent years — even though it is among the oldest residential buildings to sell.
Downtown Tampa’s Element Tower Sold For Scorching Price Per Unit”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Development and Transportation

Demolition Continues at Channelside Bay Plaza

Now, 17 years after it opened, one wing of Channelside Bay Plaza is being demolished to re-open that space and, a new development team hopes, reshape visitors’ perceptions of the place. Once the southwest wing is gone, it will make way for part of Water Street Tampa, the massive $3 billion redevelopment project being launched by Strategic Property Partners. The southwest wing being demolished over the next couple of weeks once was home to Stump’s Supper Club, Howl at the Moon, Bennigan’s, Margarita Mama’s, and, more recently, Hablo Taco, Thai Thani and Oishi Sushi & Hibachi Grill — now all closed. Still open, however, are Channelside businesses in the plaza’s other wings, including Splitsville, Cold Stone Creamery, Hooters, Precinct Pizza and Wet Willie’s frozen daiquiri bar.
“Demolition Begins On Wing Of Channelside Bay Plaza, Making Way For Water Street Tampa (W/Video)”Tampa Bay Times

Connecting the Urban Core to the Heights

The city of Tampa’s “InVision: Tampa Streetcar” group is recommending an extension to the city’s existing TECO Line Streetcar System that would take riders from the Fort Brooke Garage to Tampa Heights, connecting destinations throughout the downtown core. The preferred route would connect riders to downtown and beyond and aims to reduce parking congestion and traffic. The city will announce its preliminary recommendations from the $1.2 million study at a community workshop on Oct. 24 at the Chester H. Ferguson Law Center on Tampa Street, on the north side of Interstate 275 at 5:30pm.
“New Tampa Streetcar Route Would Connect The Urban Core To The Heights”Tampa Bay Business Journal

The Making of a Landmark

The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is proposing the Creighton Building located at 101 S. Franklin Street for designation as a City of Tampa Local Landmark. The HPC will hold a public hearing to consider and, possibly, forward a recommendation to City Council on this designation, pursuant to Section 27-262, City of Tampa Ordinances. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, November 14, at 9am in the City Council Chambers, 3rd Floor, 315 E. Kennedy Blvd.

Winners Announced for Planning & Design Awards

Congratulations to all winners of the 35th Annual Planning and Design Awards, presented by the Planning Commission of Hillsborough County. Urban Conga, the Cross Bay Ferry, and the Kotfila Dog Park were among the winners for their outstanding contributions to the Downtown community. View all the winners here.

Member Corner

New EDC Chairman Outlines Priorities

During the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp.’s annual meeting at Amalie Arena, Dr. Alan List, president and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center and the new chairman of the organization, outlined several priorities he expects to tackle during his term — one in which he anticipates greater national focus on the Tampa Bay area. List succeeds Ken Atwater, Hillsborough Community College president, as chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough EDC.
“Moffitt CEO Alan List, New Chair Of Tampa Hillsborough EDC, Outlines Goals For 2018”Tampa Bay Times

Rampello Seeks Teach-In Volunteers

Rampello K-8 Downtown Partnership Seeks Great American Teach-In Volunteers! GATI 2017 is Thursday, November 16th! Sign up to speak about your career and make a difference in your community. No teaching experience necessary. Email with questions. Follow this link to apply:

WaVE Accelerator Accepting Applications

Do you have what it takes to be Tampa’s next great start-up?  Tampa Bay WaVE is accepting applications for their Accelerator Program. Tampa Bay WaVE’s nationally recognized accelerator program is renowned for helping entrepreneurs transform their ventures into sustainable businesses that have a strong advantage in the tech industry. WaVE offers startups of all sizes and at all stages the resources they need to build and scale their business. The deadline to submit applications is November 1st.

Hillsborough County Honors State Attorney

State attorney. Appellate judge. Student of Tampa history. Emiliano Jose “E.J.” Salcines has served in all three roles. A statue just outside the old Hillsborough County Courthouse at 419 Pierce St. will portray each of them when it is unveiled at a ceremony at 2pm on Friday, Oct. 27. A plaque adjacent to the Courthouse statue will commemorate him as “a recognized scholar, author, educator, and esteemed historian.” Many people in Hillsborough County, though, know him simply as “E.J.” A reception on the ground floor of Hillsborough County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd, will immediately follow the dedication. The next day, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, the West Tampa Branch Library, 2312 W. Union St., Tampa, will host “Salcines Day.”

Around Town

Tax Incentive Will Bring Jobs to Tampa

Hillsborough County Commissioners are expected to approve a tax incentive on Wednesday for an unnamed company to bring 235 higher-wage jobs to the area. The tax incentive will cost the county between $14,000 and $141,000 in lost property tax revenue. If this business locates in Hillsborough County, it would generate up to $4.5 million in capital investment. The tax incentive is part of the state’s Qualified Target Industry program and will yield the company more than $700,000 in tax savings over five years beginning in 2019. If the business locates within Tampa, Hillsborough County will split the $141,000 local match with the city. If the location falls within a Community Redevelopment Area, the county would pay just 10 percent, or $14,100 over five years.
“Hillsborough County Uses State Incentives In Attempt To Lure 235 Jobs”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Vietnam Memorial Coming to Hillsborough Co.

The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, a 3/5-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., is coming to Hillsborough County Oct. 26-29. The traveling exhibit will be at Hillsborough County’s Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr., Veterans Museum, 3602 U.S. Highway 301 N. in Tampa. The park will offer special hours for the event: 9am to 9pm daily. Admission is free. Schools and other groups are asked to schedule visits in advance by emailing 

Tampa Draws Successful Women

Tampa is the No. 2 city for businesswomen looking to pursue a successful career, according to a new report from Sharefile. Tampa was second only to Baltimore, based on the number of women-owned businesses, executive jobs and wages, and buying power. Three other Florida cities made the top 20 — Orlando was No. 5 overall, Miami was No. 9 and Jacksonville was No. 19.
Click here for more information.

Brandon Corridors Pilot Project Public Meeting

Covering topics from development and redevelopment opportunities to transit and road improvements, the Brandon Corridors & Mixed-use Centers Pilot Project comprehensively looked at the land use and transportation issues facing the area. Conducted to study project feasibility, the study is conceptual in nature and includes no construction plans or funding. The study looked at the feasibility, advantages, and disadvantages of several concepts. Join Plan Hillsborough for a public meeting on October 30 at The Regent from 6pm to 7:30pm.

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