Monday Morning Memo

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Partnership Presents

Executive Committee Profile

The Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Executive Committee includes developers, architects, engineers, and heads of companies who are committed to ensuring Downtown is a diverse and vibrant neighborhood. This week, we highlight Keith G. Greminger, registered architect and the Practice Builder and design lead for Urban Design and Community Planning services for the Tampa office of Kimley-Horn, a nationally recognized multi-disciplinary design and engineering firm serving the Tampa Bay area since 1978. Mr. Greminger has been a dedicated member of the Tampa Downtown Partnership since he joined in 1989, having served as Chairman for the Partnership from 2009-2010. His commitment to community extends to leadership positions with the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, American Victory Ship, Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Institute, and the Bayshore Little League on Davis lslands. We’re honored to have Mr. Greminger on our Executive Committee. Thank you for your continued service and support!

Activating Public Spaces, a Publication

In 2016, Ashly Anderson, Senior Design Manager for the Tampa Downtown Partnership, joined eight national place-management professionals from the International Downtown Association (IDA) in contributing to a Top Issues Council Report regarding best practices in activating public spaces. What resulted is a fully comprehensive professional development guidebook titled “Activating Public Spaces: A Guidebook for Urban Districts.”  It is an  in-depth manual for urban place managers who are programming public spaces, transforming them into an activated amenity for the community. Guided by Ashly’s expertise, the publication dives into the various regulatory, design, funding, and maintenance issues for both temporary and permanent placemaking initiatives. The guidebook is available for purchase at

The Business of Winter

The Tampa Downtown Partnership has recently gained international attention with the popularity of Winter Village Tampa. During the International Downtown Association’s 63rd Annual Conference and Tradeshow, Shaun Drinkard and Rachel Radawec from the Partnership will present with representatives from The Forks North Portage Partnership in Winnipeg, Canada on the “Business of Winter.” As you can imagine, Winnipeg is very cold in the winter and they have been very successful in activating the Red and Assiniboine Rivers and The Forks Marketplace during a time of year when everyone likes to hibernate. Attendees are interested to hear how the Tampa Downtown Partnership brought open air ice skating to Florida and to discover the surprising similarities about the triumphs and challenges of two very different climates when making the most of winter. Learn more about the conference and Tampa’s Winter Village, which opens this  November.

Active Threat Preparedness

On September 15, Lynda Remund, COO for Tampa Downtown Partnership, will present on Active Threat Preparedness for Your District with representatives from Washington, D.C. and Evanston, Illinois during the International Downtown Association’s 63rd Annual Conference in Winnipeg, Canada. Overseeing Tampa’s Downtown Security Network program, Lynda will provide her expertise on successfully managing similar programs in other cities. Her presentation will explore elements of the Life Cycle of an Active Threat Event from both theoretical and applied perspectives, and provide attendees with realistic and meaningful approaches to develop preparedness in their BIDs. Visit our website to learn more about the programs Tampa Downtown Partnership offers. If you are a business owner and are interested in hosting an Active Shooter presentation, please contact Officer Sean Mahabir at the Tampa Police Department.

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 Flick

Through Sunday, September 24
Jobsite Theater
In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and tend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. For more information, go to The Flick.

Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta

Wednesday, September 6, 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! Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta.

Rock the Park

Thursday, September 7, 6:30pm to 9pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Listen to some great musical talent in a beautiful, relaxing setting. This month’s show features Small Reactions, Someday River, and Shua Harrell of Oxford Nolan. 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.

Brews & Bites Food Truck Rally

Friday, September 8, 6pm to 11pm
Sail Pavilion at the Tampa Convention Center
A rolling celebration of food and fun, featuring a fleet of area food trucks and live entertainment from local musicians at the venue’s unique 360-degree waterfront bar. For more information, go to Brews & Bites at the SAIL.

Chris Tucker with Special Guest D.L. Hughley

Friday, September 8, begins 8pm
Amalie Arena
Chris Tucker is one of the most popular and highly recognized standup comedians on the road today. Tucker has been making audiences laugh all over the country on his current tour. The star of television and movies brings his standup to Downtown Tampa with special guest D.L. Hughley. For more information, go to Chris Tucker.

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

I Do… Until I Don’t (2017) – Through Tuesday, September 5
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – Wednesday, September 6, 7:30pm to 9pm
WineFest 2017: Wine’s World – Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10
Wayne’s World (1992) – Sunday, September 10, Noon to 3pm

Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Hayman Jewelry Store

Downtown Tampa’s oldest store is also downtown’s favorite place to purchase fine jewels and watches at competitive prices, and is known for its trusted service on repairs and new settings since 1933. One segment of their business that has really taken off is custom design; beautiful wedding and anniversary rings are created by combining customers’ visions with Hayman’s expert advice. Currently, the store is working on a custom diamond and sapphire ring that will be presented as a 10 year anniversary gift to a very lucky recipient. When Solomon Hayman established the business 1933, he was launching one of the most enduring and reliable family businesses in Tampa.

Marketplace News

The Hall on Franklin had its soft opening last Monday. Click through the photos to see scenes from the opening of the Hall.

The Barrymore Hotel is an excellent choice in corporate hotels and meeting space for groups large and small.They are currently running a promotion for corporate meetings and accommodations, so “Seize the Workday” and book today.

The new “Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center” opens Wednesday, September 6 at Tampa City Center, along with its new retail shop that includes a curated selection of Tampa-themed memorabilia and apparel for both visitors and locals. Operating hours will be Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm, and Sundays from 11am to 5pm.

The Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel began its multi-million dollar transformation in July. Debuting December 2017, the renovation brings an enhanced, revitalized look and feel to guestrooms, hallways and pool deck. Mark your calendar for September 21, when the hotel hosts an evening showcasing their venue for special events, from 6pm to 8pm, with complimentary valet parking.

1895  Kitchen – Bar – Market opened last Friday as a Southern Comfort Kitchen and Bar, offering comforting food, southern country and rock tunes, fresh handmade cocktails and beers. The 1895 Market offers Urban Juice, Smoothies, and healthy grab and go foods.

City Bike’s Cool Kids Commuter Club is open to all local cyclists, whether you ride daily to work, or simply to run quick errands. By promoting camaraderie and safety in cycling the shop  weeks to encourage use of bikes over driving whenever possible.  Stop in their shop on Cass Street to sign up, get a free sticker for your ride, and promote cycling.

Tampa Bay WaVE Works on Seed Fund

Tampa Bay WaVE now is working with an early-stage venture capital firm on its new seed fund to back young and promising companies. Stage 1 Ventures will raise the money for what Linda Olson, WaVE president, hopes will eventually be a $10 million fund. WaVE will handle most of the due diligence and ensure there’s a strong deal flow for the fund, and Stage 1 will manage it, Olson said. Stage 1’s management team has invested in more than 100 companies in the past 20 years and has produced almost $1 billion of investment proceeds. WaVE plans a major announcement in September about the partnership.
First Look: Tampa Bay Wave Partners With Stage 1 Ventures On Seed Fund”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Developers Dispute Over Residences

At the heart of a dispute between the developers of Riverwalk Tower is whether the $225-million project should have more residences or office space. According to a lawsuit filed this month in Pinellas County Circuit Court, Riverwalk Tower Investment – Intown LLC was to handle the residential portion of the tower while Larry Feldman’s Feldman Equities was in charge of the office component. Intown said problems began when a potential lender hired broker Darren Hornig to evaluate the project. Hornig determined that Riverwalk Tower needed more residences than office space. The suit claims that Feldman then took over the residential part of the project and told others that he would consult with Greg Minder, Intown’s manager, but would make the day-to-day and final decisions himself. As a result of Feldman’s efforts to “push out Minder,” the suit says, the firm chosen to market the tower, Smith & Associates, left or was terminated by Feldman.
“Developers Spar Over Whether Tampa’s Planned Riverwalk Tower Should Have More Residences”Tampa Bay Times

Development and Transportation

Mission MAX: An Update

Mission MAX is coming October 8, 2017 and will forever change the way the Tampa Bay region gets around. This redesign transitions HART to more of a “grid” network, focusing less on transfer centers, and more on direct, at-stop connections. This may mean the rider having to transfer more, however, with routes coming more frequently and schedules better entwined, riders should see overall quicker trips. The final plan means roughly 85% of customers will see service improve. Mission MAX is just one piece of a plan toward excellence, as HART continues to grow and evolve over the next 10 years. Still have questions about Mission MAX? You can visit the Mission MAX FAQ, or interact with HART on Facebook and Twitter!

FDOT’s Citizens Transportation Academy

In response to the questions and comments heard at the Florida Department of Transportation’s  Community Working Groups and public outreach events, they are hosting a webinar series  designed to teach you more about how transportation is planned, developed, funded, and implemented.  The online series called the Citizens Transportation Academy, consists of six webinars beginning on September 15. The online series is free and open to the public. Those without computer access can join in person at the FDOT District Seven Headquarters. Learn more.

Eminent Domain Filed for Road Project

City Hall went to court over a parcel needed for a realigned and expanded road network in the mixed-used redevelopment launched by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment capital fund. The land in question is small, less than a sixth of an acre. It sits between S Meridian Avenue and E Cumberland Avenue, which stops about 125 feet short of intersecting with Meridian. Tampa officials have thought for years that it would make sense to extend Cumberland across the train tracks to connect with Meridian, and at least one other developer has worked on the idea. Now the Vinik-Cascade development company, Strategic Property Partners, wants to make that connection as part of its project around Amalie Arena.
“Tampa Files Eminent Domain Suit To Secure Land For Road At Vinik-Cascade Project” – Tampa Bay Times

Convention Hotel Plans Revealed

Last Wednesday, SPP revealed plans for a 500-room hotel, named 10 Water Street. The massive convention hotel in Water Street Tampa will feature a rooftop lounge on the 26th story, a ground-floor restaurant and a restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating on the sixth floor. The new hotel will be connected to the existing Marriott, SPP said, and include 126,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The hotel will feature a 30,000-square-foot-ballroom, which SPP says is the largest in the Tampa Bay region. By building the hotel next to the Marriott — and the Tampa Convention Center — SPP is giving the city a better shot at landing bigger conventions and drawing more tourists to the urban core.
Water Street Tampa’s 500-Room Hotel, With 26th Story Rooftop Lounge, Set For City Review (Rendering)”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Selmon Greenway Gets Facelift

The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority is moving forward with plans to improve a greenway under the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway through downtown. The 1.7-mile stretch is undergoing a $2.5 million facelift aimed at increasing safety and adding “pocket parks” including outdoor art and shade structures. The renderings show colorful landscaping that would transform the space into a scenic path connecting Tampa’s Riverwalk east to dining and events near the Tampa Convention Center and Amalie Arena. The appropriated expense is from revenue derived from expressway tolls.
$2.5 Million Greenway Project Under The Selmon Advances (Renderings)” Tampa Bay Business Journal

Member Corner

Regions Bank Connects Small Business to Capital

This past May, Marty Lanahan, West Florida area president for Regions Bank, spearheaded the bank’s Tampa rollout of Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC). The program was founded in 1994 by a professor at Harvard Business School to provide access to capital that small businesses need to grow, to make sure no business is left behind in the area of sustainable growth and job creation. The Tampa Downtown Partnership was invited by Regions Bank to nominate downtown businesses, and among those nominated, a winner has emerged. Sabina Zunguze, the founder of A Gift To Africa, a popular Winter Village Shop in 2016 (and again in 2017) was chosen as the ICCC Tampa representative for her social enterprise project that connects women in her home country of Zimbabwe with U.S. consumers, through fair trade manufacturing and consumerism.

Florida Aquarium Collaborates to Save

The Florida Aquarium and Lowry Park Zoo are collaborating to save the critically endangered African penguin in cooperation with the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plan (SSP) and the S.A.F.E. (Saving Animals from Extinction) program. Rocky the 8-year-old penguin was matched with Tampa Lowry Park Zoo’s African penguin, Thumbelina, and transported to the zoo. Zoo staff is monitoring the interactions between the two to see if they will bond and mate.
Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo Trying To Save Endangered Penguins By Bringing Them Together”ABC Action News

Congratulations, President Vaughn

Ronald L. Vaughn, president of The University of Tampa, has been awarded the 2017 William M. Burke Presidential Award for Excellence in Experiential Education. This award recognizes a sitting college president who has made significant contributions to experiential education and exemplifies Burke’s commitment to college students through support of experiential education on campus and in the community. The nomination stated that Vaughn embraces, demonstrates and nurtures experiential education at UT “through extensive modeling, support, and leadership to ensure continued success and impactful learning.”  Vaughn will receive the award at the 2017 NSEE Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach.

Times Editor Joins Poynter Institute

Neil Brown, editor of the Tampa Bay Times, has been named president of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Brown succeeds Tim Franklin, who resigned as Poynter president in May to become senior associate dean at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Brown joined Times Publishing Co. in 1988 as managing editor of former Times affiliate Congressional Quarterly. He was named world editor at the Times in 1993, and also was managing editor and executive editor, before he was named editor in 2010. Brown will begin full-time at Poynter in mid-September. His replacement at the Times was not announced.
Poynter Institute Reaches Into Tampa Bay Times Ranks For Its New President”Tampa Bay Business Journal

AECOM Begins Work on Selmon Extension

Last Thursday crews began preliminary work on the overpass connecting commuters from Lee Roy Selmon Expressway to the Gandy Bridge. Workers will be along the shoulder and in the median of Gandy Boulevard west of Bridge Street from 7am until 6pm for geotechnical investigation and boring to prepare for construction. All lanes will be open during that process. Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. and AECOM won the bid for the Selmon Extension. View more details about the Selmon Extension project.

Around Town

PSTA Eyes Express Route

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is setting its sights on regional connectivity heading into the 2018 political cycle. The agency is focusing less on lobbying the Florida Legislature for funding and more on getting in on Florida Department of Transportation funding to create a dedicated transit corridor connecting Clearwater Beach to Tampa International Airport along State Road 60. The agency also plans to ask the Florida Legislature for about $1 million to help begin development on an integrated smart phone app that would allow users to plan transit trips across county lines, hail and pay for services like Uber and Lyft as well as public transportation services like trollies and ferries – even bike share. PSTA will also ask the Legislature for increased funding for transportation disadvantaged funding.
PSTA Eyes Express Route From Tampa International Airport To Clearwater Beach”Tampa Bay Business Journal

AIA Tampa Bay Ribbon Cutting

The American Institute of Architects Tampa Bay Chapter is pleased to announce the opening of the Tampa Bay Center for Architecture and Design in Ybor City.  The ribbon cutting will take place at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 7 at 1315 East 7th Avenue, Ste. 105, Tampa FL  33605. The Center will be home to AIA Tampa Bay and its related foundation, the Tampa Bay Foundation for Architecture and Design (TBFAD), a 501c3 non-profit that the AIA helped to launch in 2015. TBFAD will take the lead on programming at The Center and will now spearhead Tampa Bay Design Week, a public festival launched by AIA Tampa Bay in 2014.   The Center for Architecture and Design gallery is already hosting exhibits, with openings each month during Fourth Friday.

Tampa Tees It Up

Join Mayor Bob Buckhorn as he tees up against the new Tampa Police Chief at Avila Golf & Country Club on December 4. Individual teams of 4 include golf carts, breakfast, dinner, drinks and snacks for $2,000. Registration begins at 9:30am with an 11am tee time. Get more information at

Dave & Buster’s to Hire 200+

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment Inc. will open its first Tampa Bay location this fall, creating more than 200 jobs in Brandon. Dallas-based Dave & Buster’s — which combines an arcade, restaurant and sports bar under one roof — said Tuesday that it will open at The Estuary in October. A tentative grand opening is slated for Oct. 30, according to the company’s website. The more than 40,000-square-foot location sits on 6 acres just off of Interstate 75, near Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and TopGolf.
Dave & Buster’s, Looking To Hire 230 People, Sets Opening Time Frame In Tampa Area”
Tampa Bay Business Journal

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