Monday Morning Memo

Monday, September 25, 2017

Partnership Presents

Board Member Profile

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 Board of Directors help guide our mission and provide support for our organization. This week, we highlight Board Member Tyler J Hudson of Holland & Knight. Mr. Hudson primarily represents clients in a wide range of complex commercial transactions, with an emphasis on the acquisition, disposition, development, financing and leasing of commercial real estate. Additionally, Mr. Hudson has practiced in the area of corporate law, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and financial institution regulation. He is also a member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa Connection, Jesuit Alumni Council, UF Levin College of Law Alumni Council, UF Advisor Network (UFAN), and the Florida Bar. Thank you for your dedication and guidance!

Request for Wayfinding Proposals

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.

Bike Friendly Tampa

It’s officially Autumn and cooler weather is on the horizon making perfect biking conditions around Tampa and local companies are showing their support. Over 32 companies in Tampa are considered a Bicycle Friendly Business. Bicycle Friendly Businesses have passed a certification program for companies that demonstrate commitment to promoting and supporting cycling. This national program is administered through the League of American Cyclists and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership, the City of Tampa, Florida Department of Transportation, and Pedal Power Promoters. Merchants and companies interested in applying for certification can visit Tampa BayCycle. See which local companies completed the certification process and the special incentives they offer to customers who arrive on bike. Watch for ongoing updates to this list.

Have a Great Idea for Downtown?

Do you have a great idea that you think will enhance Tampa’s Downtown? We want to hear from you! Tampa Downtown Partnership is calling all creatives and Downtown business owners or property managers to apply to our Activation Grant and Storefront Café Grant programs! The purpose of the Tampa Downtown Public Space Activation Grant Program is to create unique, publicly accessible activations in the public realm. The proposed projects must enhance the downtown experience via the arts and/or social good.  The purpose of the Tampa Downtown Storefront and Sidewalk Café Grant Program is to support and encourage more investment in the street level appearance and activation through storefront and sidewalk cafe improvements. Learn more about the grants and download the applications 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

Megacon Tampa Bay

Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1
Tampa Convention Center
This three day event celebrates all things pop culture. Get an autograph or a photo with your favorite guest and get the inside scoop about your favorite movies and TV shows at celebrity panels! Watch professional comic artists battle it out in Sketch Duels, learn from “How To” workshops, and take photos with your favorite costumed characters! For more information, go to Megacon Tampa Bay.

Snap Judgement

Friday, September 29, begins 8pm
Tampa Theatre
Snap Judgment, the public radio storytelling phenomena, electrifies Tampa audiences on WUSF 89.7 every week. WUSF is bringing Glynn Washington and the rest of the Snap Judgment crew to Downtown Tampa for a live performance. Get your tickets to see this popular radio program come to life! For more information, go to Snap Judgement.

Disney On Ice presents Frozen

Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1
Amalie Arena
Dazzling ice skating, special effects, and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle. Be a part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. For more information, go to Disney On Ice presents Frozen.

The Marvelous Wonderettes

Saturday, September 30 to Sunday, October 15
Stageworks Theatre
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.

Tailgate Taste Fest

Saturday, September 30, begins 3pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Top restaurants from the Tampa Bay area will be cooking up some of the best tailgate foods around in a variety of categories. Each restaurant will compete to win a series of awards, including People’s Choice. Meanwhile, guests who purchase food sample wristbands can enjoy generously sized samples from any of the participating restaurants. For more information, go to Tailgate Taste Fest.

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ – In Concert – Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1
Crack Up Cancer – Saturday, September 30, begins 8pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Unlock Tampa Bay

UnlockTampa Bay’s Gift Shop is open for business in the lobby of One Tampa City Center. This is where Tampa’s minarets meet the new locals, with an expertly  curated selection of local arts and crafts, home goods, artisan foods, skincare/essences, and Tampa-centric t-shirts for all ages. The shop is stocked to appeal to visitors, but it is also a great resource for downtown workers and residents.  The staff is very knowledgeable and wants nothing more than to help you enjoy the area. Stop in and browse soon – there’s always something new. 

Marketplace News

NorthStar Banking Corp. shareholders will meet on October 19 at the bank’s downtown headquarters, to vote on the bank’s acquisition by Seacoast Banking Corp. of Florida, which is a $32.1 million transaction.   

The Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Best in the Biz” contest is looking  for your vote! You’ll find many great Downtown businesses in  the finalist list, so don’t forget to vote  for your favorites!   

Rivergate Tower Café, operated by Compass Group USA, will open at 400 N. Ashley Drive in November of 2017, serving Starbucks products and an expanded food menu.

1895 Kitchen – Bar – Market recently held their grand opening for Sunday Brunch, or as their southern fare menu calls it, “Morning Vittles.”  Brunch will now be served every Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

Franklin Manor was recently featured in Tampa Bay Times for its cocktail program: Correspondent Justin Grant looks at the way the business has revived the block with its modern bar, lively courtyard, and late night meals.

Hidden Springs Aleworks’ Oubliette was featured in the Tampa Bay Times as the Local Craft Beer of the Week.

Viking Fitness is holding a Fall Sale with 50% off all fitness clothing, including tanks, tees, hoodies, pants, and shorts.

Tampa Height’s Transformation

Franklin Street north of downtown Tampa — once lined with with nothing but abandoned buildings and overgrown lots — is rapidly becoming a destination limited only by your imagination. The transformation started about 10 years ago when Cafe Hey added new life as a popular foodie pit-stop and creative gathering place just north of Interstate 275. Five years ago, the Rialto Theater got a significant makeover. Then Hidden Springs Ale Works opened. And, now, just three weeks ago, The Hall on Franklin became the new kid on the block. What makes The Hall special and ensures a growing urban scene for the neighborhood is the concept behind it. The first of its kind in Tampa, the European-inspired marketplace combines plenty of options in food and drink with full table service for an energetic chaotic environment commonly found in much bigger cities around the globe.
“Placemaking In Tampa: The Hall On Franklin Opens To Rave Reviews, Big Crowds”83 Degrees Media

LGBTBE Conference Selects Tampa

The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has chosen Tampa to host its 2019 convention. Running August 13 to the 19, it is estimated to have an economic impact of $2.1 million. Some 2,450 hotel rooms are expected to be booked, including 700 on the peak night. The Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, the Embassy Suites and the Tampa Convention Center are serving as the host properties. The decision came several months after a team of officials from the NGLCC visited Tampa to evaluate the location for the convention. The delegation, which came in early March, stayed at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina and also visited the convention center, the Embassy Suites, the Florida Aquarium, the Tampa Museum of Art and the Westin Tampa Harbour Island.
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber Of Commerce Chooses Tampa For 2019 Convention”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Tampa Theatre Announces Nightmare on Franklin

Tampa Theater has announced its lineup for the fifth annual Nightmare on Franklin Street featuring 12 days  of scary movies and paranormal tours at the historic venue, from October 20 through Halloween. One highlight stars Tampa Theatre itself, the Oct. 21 world premiere of Ghosts Behind the Screen, a documentary exploring the movie palace’s own haunted history. Admission is free. Producer Gina Watson and director Brett Gerking will conduct a Q&A session after the 2 p.m. screening. Tickets and the complete Nightmare on Franklin Street lineup are available at Tickets are $10 per movie screening with discounts for children ages 2-10 and Tampa Theatre members.
“See Ghost Tours And Scary Movies At Tampa Theatre Leading Up To Halloween”Tampa Bay Times

Development and Transportation

USF Health Breaks Ground on Downtown Building

The University of South Florida officially joined the Water Street Tampa neighborhood as it began major construction on the new Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) and USF Health Heart Institute. The “Dig This” celebration event was held on Wednesday, September 20 at Amalie Arena. The Water Street Tampa location brings MCOM into close proximity to USF Health’s primary teaching and clinical affiliate, Tampa General Hospital, as well as to USF’s world-class simulation center, the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS). The investment will strengthen the university’s presence downtown, contributing to its rapid growth. The new building is on schedule to open in late 2019 and it’s expected to cost at least $153 million.
“Construction Begins on New USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute”Tampa Bay Newswire

Port Tampa Bay Commits to $60M Expansion

Port Tampa Bay approved a public-private partnership agreement with four other entities detailing who will pay for the $60 million widening and extension of the Big Bend Channel.  The other partners in the agreement are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Florida Department of Transportation, Tampa Electric Co. and Mosaic Co. The deal was finalized at the port’s monthly board meeting Tuesday, September 19. The Big Bend Channel connects to the Tampa Harbor main channel and will be deepened from 34 feet to 43 feet and widened from 200 feet to 250 feet to accommodate larger ships.
“Port Tampa Bay Makes Public/Private Commitment For $60 Million Expansion Project”Tampa Bay Times

Citizens Transportation Academy

Interested in learning more about how transportation is planned, developed, funded, and implemented? Join the Florida Department of Transportation’s Citizens Transportation Academy! You talk. They listen. This webinar series is a direct response to the questions and comments heard at FDOT’s Community Working Groups and public outreach events. The online series is free and open to the public. For more information on how to participate, please visit: If you do not have computer access or prefer to participate in person, please join us at FDOT District Seven Headquarters, 11201 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612.

Bus Routes Featured in Google Maps

HART is changing the way the Tampa Bay region gets around with an innovative system of routes designed to get more people where they want to go. The new routes are more frequent with better connections and expanded weekend service. The goal of Mission MAX is to create a more frequent, more reliable and better connected transit system. Mission MAX will make for a simpler bus system that has more direct routes without many of the current system’s confusing twists and turns through neighborhoods. This redesign of the bus system includes route and schedule modifications based on an extensive period of research, operational considerations, and public input. If you’re nervous about what your trip will look like starting Sunday, October 8, you may not be alone. You can now use Google Maps to plan your (future) trip! Simply select the bus option and enter your origin and destination then select a date after October 8, 2017.

Member Corner

Stageworks Presents a New Season

Stageworks Theater welcomes a new season, kicking off with the Marvelous Wonderettes running September 22 through October 8. Named, “The Year of the Woman,” the 2017-2018 season is a celebration of the powerful force of women. A salute to their vision, their strength and their search for truth as playwrights and as  characters in plays. The series of five plays runs through June 2018. For more information on each play and to purchase tickets, visit

USF Dean Named Society President

Congratulations to USF Health-University of South Florida Senior Vice President Dr. Charles (Charly) Lockwood, who Friday was named the President of the American Gynecological & Obstetrical Society. Dr. Lockwood also serves as the Dean of USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. He is an obstetrician and is recognized internationally as a health care and research leader who is active in the professional organizations for his specialty, including being an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, serving on national boards, such as the March of Dimes, and serving as editor-in-chief of Contemporary Ob/Gyn. He is also the recipient of multiple research grant awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the March of Dimes and other foundations.

Suffolk Launches Trades Partnership

Suffolk is launching its 2017 Trades Partnership Series which assists certified trade partner firms in fostering long-term relationships and developing their industry skills. A select group of participants will be accepted into the program which is being held in Tampa beginning Friday, November 3. Applications are now being accepted through October 6. To be eligible for the program, applicant firms must have at least two years in business and hold a certification as a Disadvantaged Minority Enterprise, Disadvantaged Women Business Enterprise, Small Business Enterprise, or an equivalent certification from a governmental agency in Florida. For this year’s program, Suffolk will be partnering with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Black Women in Construction, and Associated Builders and Contractors.
“Suffolk Launches Trades Partnership in Tampa”Tampa Bay  Newswire

Fall Family Night at Rampello

The Rampello Downtown Partnership invites prospective students and their families, please join us Thursday, October 12 for a little free family fun and see what the Rampello Pirates are all about! There will be performances, food for purchase, a book fair, and activities for the kids. The event runs 5pm to 6:30pm at 802. East Washington St. Call Amy Miller at 233-2333 ext. 227 to schedule a tour for a different day. Visit for more information.

Tampa Bay Lightning Name New CFO

Casey Rodgers joins Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment — the Bolts’ parent company — as Chief Financial Officer after nearly 20 years at Feld, the team announced Tuesday. He joined Feld in 1998 as senior financial analyst and also served as director of finance, planning and analysis, as well as vice president of finance. Rodgers will also oversee the financial management of Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties, which is also controlled by Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. He will report to Lightning CEO Steve Griggs.
“Tampa Bay Lightning Add Former Feld Exec to C-Suite” – Tampa Bay Business Journal

Around Town

Shop Gandy

The Shop Gandy business support campaign is hosting a Shop Gandy launch party from 5:30pm-7:30pm Tuesday, September 26 at 81Bay Brewery, located at 4465 W. Gandy Boulevard.  The campaign is a partnership between the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce and the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, to help market and promote Gandy-corridor businesses before, during and after the construction of the Selmon Extension roadway project. To learn more about Shop Gandy! visit

PSTA Gets Funding for Electric Bus

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is getting $1 million for a new electric bus and charging station. The Federal Transit Authority selected PSTA as one of 51 projects in 39 states to receive grants for low or no emission vehicles. The new bus will be the agency’s third and kicks off phase two of PSTA’s plan to identify other routes that would benefit from electric buses. PSTA will be the first Florida agency to use all-electric buses on its routes. The new electric bus will be about half the size of PSTA’s regular buses and can travel about 160 miles on one full charge.
“Pinellas Transit Agency Wins Competitive Federal Grant”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Tampa Bay Food Tours

Historic Dunedin is a small coastal community in the Tampa Bay area just 30 minutes from Tampa or a short trolley ride from the St.Petersburg/Clearwater beaches. It is a special culinary destination where you can stroll down streets only minutes away from the pristine beaches of Caladesi and Honeymoon Island State Parks. The 3 hour walking tours explore the history and introduces guests to the diverse food and craft beers Dunedin has to offer. Tours run every Saturday from 1 to 4pm. Get more information at

Mayor’s Youth Corps Recruiting Class of 2018

Tampa teens looking for an inside glimpse of how City Hall works are invited to apply for seats on the Mayor’s Youth Corps. The Mayor’s Youth Corps is comprised of up to 40 students in grades 9, 10, or 11 who attend a public or private high school within the Tampa city limits.  Applications are now begin accepted for one-year terms.  Application forms are available in school Guidance Offices and will be accepted until October 20, 2017 at 5pm. Members of the Youth Leadership Council review the applications, conduct interviews, and make recommendations regarding acceptance into the program.

Conscious Capitalism Florida Event

On Thursday September 28, The Conscious Capitalism Florida Chapter is hosting “Workplace Inclusion: In Today’s Diversity Climate,” at 5:30pm at The Portico. Hear from Tampa Bay’s top experts in diversity and inclusion on how to have courageous conversations in the workplace and create an inclusive environment for all individuals. Experts will also share tools and resources available for small, medium and large businesses. Read the full description and register here.

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