Monday Morning Memo

Monday, September 18, 2017

Partnership Presents

Executive Commmittee Profile

The Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Executive Committee includes developers, architects, engineers, and heads of companies who are fully invested in the betterment of our Downtown. This week, we highlight Andrea E. Zelman, Counsel for Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC.  Mrs. Zelman concentrates her practice in land use and environmental law, including zoning matters, Developments of Regional Impact, comprehensive land use plans, Development Agreements, annexations, transportation issues, the Bert J. Harris Act, the drafting of land development regulations and land use litigation. She has represented developers of projects of various sizes – including large mixed use communities, urban infill developments, hospital expansions, office complexes, shopping centers and apartment buildings. In 2017, Zelman  was appointed by Mayor Buckhorn to the City of Tampa Charter Review Commission.

Annual Conference on Downtowns

The Tampa Downtown Partnership is committed to ensuring our Downtown is a vibrant, diverse, safe, and welcoming place to live, work, play and learn. Our staff applies the most current best practices in city planning, event execution, and city management, to name a few. Last week, members of our staff attended the International Downtown Association’s 63rd Annual Conference in Winnipeg to learn and network with fellow members of Downtown Associations throughout the world. Attendees also got to hear from Shaun Drinkard and Rachel Radawec as they presented on Winter Village, and Lynda Remund as she discussed our programs and services. Learn more about the International Downtown Association.

Hurricane Prep and Recovery

Hurricane season runs from June through November and it is never too late or early to prepare your business should another Irma come our way. The Hillsborough County Emergency Management team works year round to ensure they are ready to respond to hurricanes or any other type of disaster. Download the Annual Disaster Planning Guide. Mayor Bob Buckhorn wants to make sure that you are receiving the help you need to rebuild, restore and recover from Hurricane Irma.  Now, you can learn more about storm debris pickup, apply for home repair assistance or just simply make a donation to help Hurricane Irma survivors by calling (844) 852-8889.  City employees will be standing by to take your call and point you in the right direction. Learn more about the City of Tampa’s Disaster Recovery Program. View a list of volunteer opportunities in our area.

Request for Proposals Announcement

Tampa Downtown Partnership is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals for a Downtown Wayfinding Inventory and Maintenance Program. Proposals are due by Friday, October 6 at 2pm. The Partnership will manage the project in close coordination with the City of Tampa and under the leadership of Randy Coen, Tampa Downtown Partnership Board Member. The current signs were installed in time for the Superbowl in January 2009. The new program aims to update the wayfinding signs in our Downtown to reflect all of the great changes and development our city has and is experiencing. View the RFP here.

Fourth Friday

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. September’s offerings will be available on Wednesday!

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

Art Meets Jazz Night

Thursday, September 21, 6pm to 9pm
Waterworks Bar and Grill at the Barrymore Hotel
Join us for Art Meets Jazz Night at The Barrymore Hotel, featuring live jazz music from Johnny Magnussun, art exhibition by local Tampa artist(s), a full buffet and full bar. Art Meets Jazz Night

Flicks and Food Trucks

Thursday, September 21, 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! Flicks and Food Trucks

This Week at Amalie Arena

Preseason: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Carolina Hurricanes – Tuesday, September 19, begins 7:30pm
Mumford & Sons – Wednesday, September 20, begins 7:30pm
Preseason: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Nashville Predators – Friday, September 22, begins 7:30pm
The Spin Stops Here Tour 2017 – Saturday, September 23, begins 5pm
PRESEASON: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers – Sunday, September 24, begins 7:30pm

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

Beach Rats – Through Thursday, September 21
Challenge Cup Tampa – Tuesday, September 19, begins 6pm
Rooted In Peace (2016) – Wednesday, September 20, 7:30pm to 9pm
The Trip to Spain (2017) – Friday, September 22, 7:30pm to 9:15pm
Vampire’s Kiss (1988) – Friday, September 22, 10:30pm to 12:30am

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

RENT – 20th Anniversary Tour – Tuesday, September 19 to Sunday, September 24
Coyote Peterson’s Brave Adventures: The Tour – Friday, September 22, begins 7:30pm
Combustion Live Presents “Christopher Titus, Amerigeddon” – Saturday, September 23, begins 8:30pm
Sarah Morey – Saturday, September 23, 5:45pm to 7:45pm

On Stage at Jobsite Theater

The Flick – Through Sunday, September 24

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: CVS

While many of us know CVS as a great place to pick up convenience items such as over-the-counter medicines, groceries, toiletries, and beverages, a closer browse can also uncover all kinds of treasures. Next time you’re there, check out their selection of casual clothing, gift cards, reader eye glasses, electronics, greeting cards/wrap, cosmetics, and designer colognes. Stop by soon, and you’ll find 75 percent off select summer goods! Hours are 7am to 9pm weekly, 8am to 6pm on weekends, 9am to 3pm on Sundays.  And don’t forget to use your CVS Extra Care Rewards when you shop.

Marketplace News

Franklin Manor will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a weeklong series of complimentary parties and special events kicking off on Wednesday, September 20 through Sunday, September 24.

Oxford Exchange celebrates its five-year anniversary on Septembaer 24 from 9am to 5:30pm with festive suprises, exclusive birthday cocktails, and more.

TECO’s Public Art Gallery presents an exhibition titled “Alt. Spaces” by husband and wife team Ron Weiss and Christine Ghezzo, photographers who are represented by United Photographic Artists Gallery. Admission is free, and the exhibit runs through October 31.   

The Columbia Restaurant is celebrating their 20th Annual Community Harvest program throughout September. Diners simply select their charity and the restaurant will donate 5 percent of their meal check to the non-profit organization of their choice.

Ferg’s Live and Irish 31 are hosting a “Salute to First Responders” on Monday, September 18 from 11am to Midnight where First Responders can enjoy two drinks and an appetizer on the house. The offer is extended to all EMS, Healthcare Professionals, Police, Fire, and Military personnel.

The Economic Impact of the Arts

Many may think supporting the arts is an act of charity or something done just for fun, but a new study outlines the true value in terms of dollars and sense. In fiscal year 2015, the nonprofit arts and culture industry had an economic impact of $433.2 million in Hillsborough County alone. The Arts and Economic Prosperity study by Americans for the Arts, its fifth, documents the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry in 341 regions within the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Of the $433.2 million, arts and culture within the City of Tampa accounted for $349.2 million, according to a separate report.
“Arts And Culture Equal Big Business In Hillsborough”83 Degrees Media

Dreamit Ventures Joins Water Street

Jeff Vinik, Tampa Bay Lightning owner and now partner in the joint venture real estate development known as Water Street Tampa, may one day become best known as the man who helped turbo-charge Tampa Bay into a major tech community. An early step in this process was Vinik’s recent decision to recruit Dreamit Ventures to serve as the in-house accelerator program to recruit a group of startup companies focused on “urban tech.” They will work hand-in-hand with the 50-plus-acre, $3 billion Strategic Property Partners project backed by Vinik and Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment. Vinik argues Tampa Bay needs to become more of an “innovation hub” in order to attract and keep technology talent.
“Vinik-Backed Dreamit Ventures Unveils First Urban Tech Startups At Water Street Tampa”Tampa Bay Times

Development and Transportation

Bus Routes Resume Normal Operations

Hillsborough County is once again on the move, as HART resumes regular weekday service operations today which includes express routes. Customers should be advised that select trips may be delayed, due to operator staffing level. Onboard Wi-Fi is also currently down fleet-wide. Patience is appreciated. Also, automated ADA announcements are not working as well. HART Bus Operators are verbally making announcements and taking stop requests. There is no TECO Line Streetcar service again today. We need more time for inspections of the line. Starting September 15, streetcar service resumed regular operation hours. Read the full announcement.

Coast Bike Share Expands

The Coast Bike Share continues to see its popularity rise as new stations expand downtown’s fleet. With support from the Tampa Downtown Partnership, five new stations and one expanded station are set to be introduced with more stations forthcoming. The new stations can be found at: Laurel and Doyle Carlton NE, 12th St N and Washington St., Brevard St and Kennedy Blvd E., Franklin St. and Henderson Ave., N 16th St and 5th Ave. Karen Kress, Director of Planning and Transportation at Tampa Downtown Partnership, said: “The availability of the Coast bicycles in our downtown has really changed how people move between destinations. The great strides in bike infrastructure help riders make the often faster choice to bike rather than drive short trip distances. We were thrilled to have won a grant from the FL Department of Transportation to help add more hubs and bikes both on public and private property.”
“Coast Bike Share Continues Tampa Expansion”That’s So Tampa

Looking to the Future of IT in Tampa

While Tampa Bay residents are beginning the process of removing the sandbags from their homes and getting back to the business of daily living in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the city’s multi-millionaire real estate developer, Jeff Vinik, is busy with plans of his own. Last year, Vinik and Bill Gates’ Cascade fund jointly acquired a swath of waterfront property in Tampa Bay.The two intend to turn the $3 billion parcel of real estate into a model of intentional urban development. And an integral part of that is bringing technology investment and entrepreneurship to the city. Essentially Vinik wants to link the big corporations who are looking for new sustainable technologies to complete the real estate development project he’s financing with the startup companies that he’d help back.
“As A Relieved Tampa Assesses Its Future, One Of Its Millionaires Plants A Flag For VC And Tech”TechCrunch

Citizens Transportation Academy Postponed

FDOT is postponing the start of Citizens Transportation Academy to allow personnel to focus on statewide recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma. While they focus on our recovery here in Tampa Bay, there is extensive damage across the state. Other areas will depend on all FDOT districts working diligently to help the state recover as quickly as possible. FDOT will contact everyone with the rescheduled Citizens Transportation Academy dates as soon as possible. Learn more about the program here.

Member Corner

Tampa General Names CFO

Judith M. Ploszek, MBA, has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Tampa General Hospital. Ploszek has served as acting CFO during the past year, while former CFO Steve Short was serving as the hospital’s acting president and CEO. John Couris, Tampa General’s new president and CEO, started in his job August 28. One of his first actions was to name Ploszek to the permanent post. Ploszek has a BBA in accounting from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA with a specialization in Finance and concentrations in Accounting and Healthcare Administration from the University of Chicago.

HART Welcomes New Riders

HART anticipates many new riders who were impacted by Hurricane Irma will be taking advantage of their services. They welcome you and want to make sure you are comfortable riding on their system. Click here to plan a trip, check OneBusAway Tampa app, bus schedules and learn everything else you need to know about riding the HART network, HyperLINK, HARTFlex, IN-TOWNER, TECO Line Streetcar System. Riders are encouraed to monitor HART’s  Twitter and Facebook pages for timely information regarding transit service. HART also offers real-time information through its service alerts system.

Lightning Celebrate 25th Anniversary

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced last week that they will be hosting a 25th anniversary celebration at their original home, Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds, on Sunday, October 15 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.  The free event will include an appearance from members of the 1992-93 Lightning team. Fans will have a chance to meet, take pictures with and get autographs from members of the original team. The franchise’s first general manager and founder of the Lightning, Phil Esposito, will also be in attendance for the event. The Lightning also teamed up with Big Storm Brewing to brew a craft beer celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Bolts. The Lightning Twenty Five is a light lager, featuring classic American cluster hops and German pilsner barley malt.

Chamber Presents

The Public Policy Committee of Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay Presents Driving Forward: A Discussion of Smart Cities, Autonomous Vehicles and the Impact of Technology on Everyday Life. Rapid improvements in technology and transportation require our community to begin the conversation now so we can explore possible benefits and setbacks as we grow. How can Tampa Bay balance new technologies, transportation, education, and economic development of our market? Join the panelists as they discuss how seemingly-futuristic ideas are rapidly approaching our community.

Around Town

Amazon HQ2 Search Announcement 

Last Wednesday, Craig Richard, President and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, announced that Amazon’s search for its second headquarter is “on our radar and we are in communication with our state and local partners.” Amazon is looking at metros with populations greater than 1 million, a top university and college system, access to great talent and close proximity to an international airport. Of course, Tampa and Hillsborough County have all of these assets and more to offer. Stay tuned as more details become available. See the full RFP on Amazon’s website.

Tampa International Welcomes Icelandair

Travelers can now take direct flights from Tampa International Airport to Iceland via Icelandair. The airline’s twice weekly service is expected to have a nearly $19 million annual impact on Tampa’s economy. Icelandair departs from Tampa International on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:55pm, arriving at Keflavik International Airport the following morning at 6:10am. The flight is just over seven hours long and allows travelers to connect to more than 25 destinations in Europe, including Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London and Paris. Return service departs Keflavik at 5:10pm on Sundays and Wednesdays, arriving at 9pm.
“Tampa International Flight To Iceland Begins Thursday Night (Video)”Tampa Bay Business Journal

A Call for Muralists

The Tampa Bay Business Journal is seeking mural artwork from Tampa Bay area artists to be on the cover and published within the annual Book of Lists in December 2017. The 200-page book, which contains more than 100 lists of area industry rankings and contact information for more than 4,800 business leaders, reaches close to 130,500 readers in the Tampa Bay area business community. It is a resource with a long shelf life that business people use to develop leads and find competitors’ information. Read the full announcement.

Celebrate Tampa’s Baseball History

The Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House, along with the Ybor City Museum Society and the Ybor City Saturday Market, will host Homeruns & History, a free family-friendly event to celebrate the rich history of the game in Tampa, on September 23 from 10am until 2pm in Ybor City’s Centennial Park (1800 E 8th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605).  Proceeds of the event will benefit the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House. Additional information can be found at Anyone interested in being a volunteer can register at

Hillsborough Gets Economic Boost

A record-breaking, 22.6 million people who visited Tampa and Hillsborough County in 2016 pumped nearly $6 billion into the economy, according to a study commissioned by Visit Tampa Bay. The visitors supported about 50,000 jobs and contributed $369 million in state and local taxes. Nearly 9 million overnight visitors lodged in the county for an average of three days. The study, which was conducted by Tourism Economics, found that domestic overnight travelers spent an average of $236 per day for a total of $2 billion. Almost 500,000 international visitors, the smallest portion of the sector, spend on average of $1,327 per person on their trips for a total of $640.8 million.
“Hillsborough County’s Economy Sees $6 Billion Boost From Tourists”Tampa Bay Times

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