DOWNTOWN TAMPA News

City Council Approves Year Three Funding for Downtowner Program
July 27, 2018

City Council Approves Year Three Funding for Downtowner Program Funding secures mobility option for Tampa’s Downtown TAMPA (July 27, 2018) – On Thursday, July 26, 2018, City Council approved the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s request for $600,000 in funding for year three of the Downtowner ride service. The funding is a combined contribution from the City […]

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Executive Profile: Lynda Remund
July 7, 2018

Tampa Downtown Partnership’s new leader has a long tenure on the staff  Why Lynda is a big deal: Lynda has nearly 20 years of experience with the Tampa Downtown Partnership, joining the staff as director of district operations in October 2000. The Tampa native manages and coordinates the daily operations of the Tampa Downtown Partnership […]

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Symphonic Distribution Partners with Tampa Downtown Partnership, Releases Curated Spotify Playlists During Rock the Park’s 8 Year Anniversary
July 5, 2018

TAMPA (July 5, 2018) In partnership with Symphonic Distribution, the Tampa Downtown Partnership announces the release of six public playlists on music streaming service Spotify. Spotify users can now access playlists for signature Downtown experiences for living, working, playing, and learning in Tampa’s downtown. “We are really excited to be partnering up with the Tampa […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Announces New Leadership, Sets the Tone of Growth and Change
June 27, 2018

Initiatives focus on city center growth, transportation, public space, and branding TAMPA, Fla., June 27, 2018 — Tampa Downtown Partnership celebrates another year of growth and change by reflecting on accomplishments, welcoming new leadership, and setting the stage for future opportunities. “I am so proud of what our talented team has accomplished this past year,” […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Hires Kacie Blucher as Bookkeeper and Executive Assistant
June 26, 2018

Blucher will handle accounting and administration, reporting directly to the President and CEO TAMPA, Fla., June 26, 2018 — The Tampa Downtown Partnership welcomes Kacie Blucher to the team as Bookkeeper and Executive Assistant. In addition to processing all funds to and from the Partnership, Blucher will prepare monthly financial reports for the Finance Committee […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Hires Alana Brasier as Operations & Public Space Manager
June 19, 2018

Brasier will ensure Downtown’s high-quality services are maintained TAMPA, Fla., June 19, 2018 — The Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to welcome certified urban planner Alana Brasier as Operations & Public Space Manager to the not-for-profit organization. Brasier brings over seven years of experience in urban planning and development from across the country and in […]

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“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
June 14, 2018

On Thursday, June 14, Tampa Theatre will be one of only a handful of theatres in the country to open the new documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” In the spirit of Mr. Rogers’ enduring message, the historic movie palace and the Tampa Downtown Partnership will host a FREE Franklin Street Block Party from 5 […]

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Tampa’s multibillion-dollar downtown development boom starts on the waterfront

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn remembers how underutilized, underappreciated, and unattractive the city’s waterfront was when he first arrived in 1987. The blocks of offices and surface parking lots located downtown, near the confluence of the Hillsborough River and the bay, provided few reasons to come downtown beyond work. “The city had turned its back on […]

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Hillsborough bus agency in talks to take over free Downtowner shuttle service
June 4, 2018

TAMPA — The network of six-seat electric golf carts that gives free rides around downtown Tampa may be joining the transportation big leagues. Hillsborough Area Regional Transit is in talks with the Tampa Downtown Partnership to take over running the Downtowner free shuttle service. The partnership started the service in 2016, putting a fleet of […]

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Hillsborough River less polluted, but more work to be done
May 23, 2018

By Tim Fanning, Times Staff Writer Published: May 22, 2018 TAMPA – If you looked up and down the Hillsborough River in the 1980s, you would have seen much of the shoreline reinforced with vertical walls built in an attempt to stave off erosion or, in some cases, as a convenient place to park a […]

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Franklin Street Block Party and Screening
May 21, 2018

Come Meet Your Downtown Neighbors for a Franklin Street Block Party! Tampa Theatre to Host an Evening of Interactive Community Fun for the Opening of New Mr. Rogers Documentary on June 14 TAMPA, Fla. (May 21, 2018) – Minister, musician, educator, and father Fred Rogers spent 50 years on television encouraging us to be good […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Adds New Position, Hires Event Coordinator
May 4, 2018

New position focuses on events, supports the Director of Membership and Programming TAMPA (May 2, 2018) – Tampa Downtown Partnership is pleased to welcome Ivy Niven as the Event Coordinator to the not-for-profit organization. The Events Coordinator is a new position at the Tampa Downtown Partnership reflecting the organization’s focus on developing quality events for its […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership CEO Selected for Urban Fellowship
May 3, 2018

Lynda Remund Joins International Downtown Association’s Emerging Leaders Program TAMPA (May 3, 2018) – Tampa Downtown Partnership is pleased to announce that it’s Acting CEO and President, Lynda Remund, has been selected as one of the industry’s brightest professionals for the International Downtown Association’s  2018 Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program. Remund is one of 30 senior […]

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Tampa turns blue and white as Lightning playoff fever strikes
April 13, 2018

The blue-and-white yard signs are flying off give-away tables. The car flags, too. And a big blue banner proclaiming “Go Bolts!” now hangs from the city’s Municipal Office Building downtown. It’s Stanley Cup playoff time in Tampa. On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Lightning face off against the New Jersey Devils to open the first round […]

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Shaun Drinkard Named Senior Director of Public Programming and Operations
April 5, 2018

Shaun Drinkard brings 8 years of placemaking experience to his new role TAMPA (April 6, 2018) – Tampa Downtown Partnership is pleased to announce the promotion of Shaun Drinkard to Senior Director of Public Programming and Operations. On the heels of announcing a new Director of Membership and appointing Lynda Remund as Acting President and […]

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Lynda Remund Named Acting President and CEO

TAMPA (April 4, 2018) – Tampa Downtown Partnership is pleased to announce the appointment of Lynda Remund, SHRM-CP, as Acting President and CEO of the Tampa Downtown Partnership. The Executive Committee’s unanimous decision places Remund in the Partnership’s top leadership role for a one-year term in a transformative and exciting time of change for both […]

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Hillsborough County 2045
April 4, 2018

Population and Employment Projections and Allocations What will Hillsborough County look like in 25 years? A projected outlook at employment, population and land use trends. View the presentation. Questions? Contact: Shawn College, AICP colleges@plancom.org 813-273-3774 ext. 367 Sarah Mckinley Mckinleys@plancom.org 813-273-3774 x382

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Focuses on Relationships with New Director of Membership and Programming
April 2, 2018

TAMPA (March 29, 2018) — Tampa Downtown Partnership is pleased to welcome Lindsey Parks as the Director of Membership and Programming to the not-for-profit corporation. Parks brings over nine years of experience in membership relations, special event planning, project management, government relations and community affairs to her role. Prior to joining the Partnership, Parks held […]

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TBARTA has an opinion on Bus Rapid Transit but is still figuring out its transit scope

The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority is “strongly urging” Jacobs Engineering and the Florida Department of Transportation to include dedicated lanes for bus rapid transit from downtown St. Petersburg to the University of South Florida, the agency told the Tampa Bay Business Journal Wednesday. The regional transit agency doesn’t have authority to implement provisions […]

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Hillsborough River Goes Green for the Mayor’s River O’Green Fest
March 16, 2018

March 14, 2018 by Press Release Games and Attractions Include Fun Run/Walk, Costume Contests, and Scavenger Hunts WHAT Join Mayor Bob Buckhorn for the 7th Annual Mayor’s River O’ Green Fest, presented by Grow Financial and brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership. Family and friends are invited to join the festivities with Irish fare, […]

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Commuter Challenge: Going carless in Tampa
March 7, 2018

By: Karen Kress, AICP Published by 83 Degrees “Motivating, Safe, Scenic, Pleasant and Introspective” were the words my colleagues at the Tampa Downtown Partnership used to describe the new way they used to travel to work during Commuter Challenge 18. I threw out the challenge to them thinking it was a long shot, but was […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Receives Approval to Seek Special Service District Expansion to Tampa Heights
February 23, 2018

TAMPA (February 22, 2018) — On Thursday, February 15, 2018, Tampa Downtown Partnership received approval from City Council to proceed in seeking an expansion of the Special Service District (SSD) into Tampa Heights. “This first step is a milestone in bringing our services to the businesses and residences of Tampa Heights,” said Lynda Remund, Interim […]

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Leave your car at home, see cost-saving and health benefits, community leaders say

TAMPA, Fla. — Leave your car at home, and try another mode of transportation for a trip, a day, or the week, and see benefits of avoiding traffic, burning calories and saving money, Plan Hillsborough and the Tampa Downtown Partnership said. Plan Hillsborough and the Tampa Downtown Partnership are hosting The Bay Area’s Commuter Challenge […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Receives National Designation as Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2018
February 2, 2018

TAMPA (February , 2018) — Tampa Downtown Partnership has been named one of the Best Workplaces for CommutersSM in 2018 for offering exceptional employee-provided commuter benefits that meet the National Standard of Excellence criteria. “Tampa Downtown Partnership is on the cutting edge of a national movement,” said Julie Bond, Program Manager, Best Workplaces for Commuters. […]

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Accountability measure advances in Senate
January 31, 2018

Legislation that would provide transparency and accountability provisions for publicly-funded economic development agencies and tourism promotion agencies advanced in a Florida Senate committee Monday afternoon, thanks to an amendment added to the bill (SB 1714) by the sponsor, Gainesville Republican Keith Perry. The transparency bill would would require local tourism agencies that receive more than […]

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Tampa’s popular Downtowner free shuttle could soon service the Heights
January 26, 2018

The Tampa Downtown Partnership wants to expand its special taxing authority to areas north of Interstate 275 where development activity is increasing. A proposal before Tampa City Council on Thursday would allow the group to expand its Downtowner shuttle into the Heights. Money collected by expanding the group’s special district would mean the popular free […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Invites Public to Share their Gasparilla and NHL All-Star Weekend Experiences
January 24, 2018

Social wall brings together two large-scale events onto one social platform with use of hashtags TAMPA (January 24, 2017) — Tampa Downtown Partnership is launching a social wall to engage with the over 300,000 guests expected to attend the Gasparilla Pirate Fest and the NHL All-Star weekend in Tampa’s Downtown. When posts are made to […]

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Community Meeting Notice 2018

COMMUNITY MEETING NOTICE SPECIAL SERVICES DISTRICT #41 POTENTIAL DISTRICT EXPANSION WHO SHOULD ATTEND THIS COMMUNITY MEETING? All property and business owners, residents, and stakeholders located within: the Special Services District #41 (the “SSD”), which is shown in blue on the map below; and the areas surrounding the SSD that are shown in yellow on the […]

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Tampa micro housing advocates find big demand for living small

TAMPA — When Omar Garcia announced plans to transform a vacant downtown office building into 120 micro apartments of about 300 square feet each, the calls and checks poured in. “We got 90 reservations like that,” Garcia said Tuesday, snapping his fingers at a Tampa Downtown Partnership panel discussion on micro housing, and 88 percent […]

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Downtown Dwellers: Raising urban kids in Tampa
January 19, 2018

For Downtown Tampa families with young children, the neighborhood isn’t an urban jungle, it’s an urban jungle gym with easy access to outdoor space and cultural activities. According to a recent biennial survey compiled by Tampa Downtown Partnership, married couples with children make up 21 percent of the population living downtown or within three miles […]

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Free family-friendly Christmas week events include concerts, museum admission and pink ping-pong
January 17, 2018

Free pink ping-pong in the Park. Free admission to the Glazer Children’s Museum. Free Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt in Curtis Hixon Park. The Tampa Downtown Partnership is hosting several free family events over winter break, including art-deco ping-pong at Gaslight Park, free concerts at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and free admission for kids, […]

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Tampa Holiday Tradition: Winter Village opens tonight with free ice skating, movie

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – You can ice skate for free and watch a classic Christmas movie tonight when Winter Village opens in downtown Tampa. The annual holiday event is held in Curtis Hixon Park, which is located along the Hillsborough River. Tampa Bay Lightning mascot Lightning Bug and Tampa Bay Rays mascot Raymond will join […]

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Holiday skating rink returns to downtown Tampa

TAMPA (FOX 13) – Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park has once again been transformed into a riverside winter village. There will be a holiday market and a waterfront cafe, plus the city’s only outdoor ice rink has been set up. The popular skating rink opens Friday. Skates are available to rent, and yes, it’s real ice. […]

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Hillsborough lawmakers back proposed improvement district for Water Street Tampa

TAMPA – The Hillsborough County legislative delegation has voted to support the idea of creating a commercial improvement district for the $3 billion Water Street Tampa project being launched by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ capital fund, Cascade Investment. The proposed Water Street Tampa Improvement District would collect assessments […]

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Tampa Theatre to return to original design following six-week renovation

TAMPA – Before the historic Tampa Theatre closed on Monday for six weeks to undergo $6 million in renovations, it hosted a special Sunday night screening - Back to the Future. The 1985 film starring Michael J. Fox is about travelling back in time, which also is the theme of the restoration project underway at the […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Announces 2017-2018 Season of Winter Village in Curtis Hixon Park

TAMPA (November 2, 2017) – Tampa Downtown Partnership kicks off the holidays on November 17 with the ribbon cutting of Winter Village in Curtis Hixon Park, presented by USAmeriBank. Downtown Tampa’s only outdoor ice rink welcomes families and friends to share in this holiday tradition along the Tampa Riverwalk and Hillsborough River as Curtis Hixon […]

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Downtown Tampa’s Urban Excellence Awards: A Night of Legacy and Honor
December 2, 2017

This year’s Tampa Downtown Partnership Urban Excellence Awards was a night full of elegance, legacy, leadership, and honor. With the retirement announcement of the Partnership’s CEO and President of 15 years made just a month prior to the event, it came as no surprise that there was a focus on Christine Burdick’s lasting impact on […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Announces Urban Excellence Award Winners
November 27, 2017

TAMPA (November 20, 2017) – The Tampa Downtown Partnership has announced the winners of its 2017 Urban Excellence Awards program. Winners will be recognized and receive their awards during the annual celebration on Wednesday, November 29 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at The Vault in downtown Tampa. “The Urban Excellence Awards event is a unique opportunity […]

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Tampa’s Winter Village
November 20, 2017

Tampa Downtown Magazine Who puts an ice rink in the middle of Florida? The Tampa Downtown Partnership, that’s who. Get a peek behind the scenes of the planning and assembling of downtown’s coolest event. People didn’t believe the ice could be real. “It has to be plastic” was the common reaction, says Rachel Radawec, the […]

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Hillsborough lawmakers back proposed improvement district for Water Street Tampa

TAMPA – The Hillsborough County legislative delegation has voted to support the idea of creating a commercial improvement district for the $3 billion Water Street Tampa project being launched by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ capital fund, Cascade Investment. The proposed Water Street Tampa Improvement District would collect assessments […]

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Holiday skating rink returns to downtown Tampa

TAMPA (FOX 13) – Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park has once again been transformed into a riverside winter village. There will be a holiday market and a waterfront cafe, plus the city’s only outdoor ice rink has been set up. The popular skating rink opens Friday. Skates are available to rent, and yes, it’s real ice. […]

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Tampa Holiday Tradition: Winter Village opens tonight with free ice skating, movie

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – You can ice skate for free and watch a classic Christmas movie tonight when Winter Village opens in downtown Tampa. The annual holiday event is held in Curtis Hixon Park, which is located along the Hillsborough River. Tampa Bay Lightning mascot Lightning Bug and Tampa Bay Rays mascot Raymond will join […]

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Holidays kick off today with downtown Tampa’s Winter Village

TAMPA – It’s that time of year. Winter Village opening today at downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Holiday event runs through Jan. 5 Curtis Hixon Park Winter Village Downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is transforming into a winter wonderland. Winter Village kicks off today with a variety of activities, including the Bay area’s […]

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Ice Rink, Pop Up Shops Coming to Curtis Hixon Park
November 1, 2017

It may feel like summer year round in Tampa, but our city always manages to infuse the downtown area with the spirit of the season. Beginning November 17 and through January 5, Curtis Hixon Park will be transformed into a magical Winter Village. Residents consistently flock to the park in the winter for the outdoor […]

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As the curtain rises on the Straz Center’s biggest shows, the spotlight is on parking
October 23, 2017

TAMPA – The Broadway Series, the most lucrative shows of the year for the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, start this week, and this year the center wants all the drama to take place on stage, not during the drive to the theater. So Straz administrators have spent months working with […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership and Downtowner Celebrate One Year, Announce New Feature
October 20, 2017

TAMPA (October 19, 2017) — 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 during a press conference held today at 2pm in Cotanchobee Park. “Downtowner free ride service has changed the […]

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Trigaux: Feeling lucky? 13 questions to test if you’re up on Tampa Bay business scene
October 16, 2017

Tampa Bay’s business community is not only growing in size but also in depth and diversity. There’s simply a lot more going on, and what’s going on typically is more sophisticated and, frankly, more interesting. Welcome to a maturing metro area. Tampa Bay’s still has big aspirations, as it should. And it still has plenty […]

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Christine Burdick retiring after 15 years leading Tampa Downtown Partnership

TAMPA – Tampa Downtown Partnership president and CEO Christine Burdick is retiring after a 15-year run that saw the city’s urban core take some big steps along the path from dead zone to playground. Burdick, 68, plans to focus on special projects through her retirement on Jan. 1, with chief operating officer Lynda Remund helping […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership CEO to retire this year

Tampa Downtown Partnership CEO Christine Burdick is retiring at the end of this year, the group announced Wednesday. Burdick will stay on until Dec. 31 and will focus on special projects, while Chief Operating Officer Lynda Remund will help with day-to-day operations. “Christine has been an integral part of the growth and success of the […]

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Grant program brings art to Downtown Tampa

“We specialize in large graphic murals and commissioned artwork,” Scalise, who owns Tada! Traditional and Digital Arts, said. So it was no surprise that when Scalise was given the opportunity to paint a mural on the side of a Downtown Tampa building, she jumped on it. “It’s art, everyone loves it, and it puts color […]

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Do the Local Motion returns to get people moving while learning about Tampa

Do the Local Motion is back this October with free guided walking tours of Downtown Tampa, highlighting the area’s architecture, public art or historical locations. Guided tours are a great way to uncover local culture, both indoors and outdoors, with an informed leader. Participants learn about the city and also get a daily dose of […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Announces Retirement of President and CEO
October 11, 2017

Christine Burdick announces her retirement after 15 years of service TAMPA (October 11, 2017) – The Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and staff at Tampa Downtown Partnership announce the retirement of President and CEO, Christine Burdick, effective January 1, 2018. Burdick will continue to act as President and CEO until December 31, 2017 focusing on […]

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Coast Bike Share Continues Tampa Expansion
September 21, 2017

That’s So Tampa 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 […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership adds a pair of Chevy Bolts to Tampa fleet
August 14, 2017

Saint Petersblog Written by Peter Schorsch The Tampa Downtown Partnership and Downtowner cycled a pair of Chevy Bolts into its all-electric fleet Wednesday, promising lightning fast access for plugged-in downtown Tampa commuters. “Adding these vehicles to the fleet will reduce wait times, support increasing ridership demand and provide riders with protection from the Florida heat […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership and Downtowner Expand Fleet, Unveil New Chevy Bolts
August 7, 2017

TAMPA (August 2, 2017) – Tampa Downtown Partnership and Downtowner announce the addition of two new Chevy Bolts to the 12-vehicle fleet of GEM cars. The vehicles hit the roads of Downtown Tampa at 11:30am on August 2, 2017. “With the quick adoption of the app-based service and growing ridership, it was clear to us […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Appoints COO, Creates Two Key Positions
August 3, 2017

Tampa Downtown Partnership is pleased to announce the promotion of three employees; Lynda Remund as Chief Operating Officer, Ashly Anderson as Senior Design Manager, and Rachel Radawec as Placemaking and Community Engagement Manager. “Each of these positions play an important role in supporting the four key initiatives the Tampa Downtown Partnership staff, Board and Executive […]

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FDOT paves way for protected cycle track on Jackson Street in downtown Tampa
July 31, 2017

Working from the belief that Tampa’s streets should be safe for every user on the road, the FDOT will expand upon a pavement resurfacing project in 2018 with the installation of the first protected bicycle track on a state highway. The cycle track — also known as an “urban shared-use path” — will run along […]

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Avengers assemble! Downtown Tampa parking secrets for Comic Con, Art of the Brick and Fourth Friday
July 28, 2017

ABC Action News Sean Daly TAMPA, Fla. – Wannabe Hulks might get angry this weekend when they can’t fins a parking space in downtown Tampa. Creating a perfect pop-culture storm, Tampa Bay Comic Con, Fourth Friday’s free museums and the Art of the Brick will all bring ginormous crowds into the city at the same […]

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Fourth Friday Invites Community to Explore and Celebrate Tampa’s Arts and Culture Scene
July 21, 2017

Tampa Bay Newswire TAMPA, Fla. (July 20, 2017) – When the sun goes down, the streets of Tampa and Ybor light up with music, laughter, art, friends and FREE fun the Fourth Friday of every month. Now in its second year, Fourth Friday, presented by TECO, an Emera Company, and brought to you by the […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Announces New Leadership and Strategic Initiatives
July 20, 2017

Tampa Bay Newswire TAMPA (June 15, 2017) – Tampa Downtown Partnership celebrates another year of growth and expansion by reflecting on spotlight projects from 2016-2017, establishing a set of new strategic initiatives for the coming two years, and welcoming new leadership. “We’ve been able to accomplish some pretty incredible things this past year,” said Immediate […]

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Rays downtown Tampa store to close Friday, team seeking new location
July 12, 2017

Tampa Bay Times Written by Langston Taylor TAMPA – Whatever the future may hold for a stadium in Tampa, the Tampa Bay Rays are leaving their existing outpost in the city when the team merchandise store downtown closes up shop Friday. Customers received an email from the team saying the owner of the Park Tower […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Opens Applications for Winter Village Shops at Curtis Hixon
July 6, 2017

Tampa Bay News Wire Tampa (June 29, 2017) – Tampa Downtown Partnership invites local vendors to submit applications for the Winter Village Shops at Curtis Hixon Park for the 2017/2018 season. Vendors can submit their applications now through August 1st 2017. Shops are leased by the season (seven week duration). Vendors accepted to participate will […]

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Where to celebrate Fourth of July with food

Tampa Bay Times Written by Laura Reiley CELEBRATE: INDEPENDENCE Do fireworks make you hungry? If a backyard barbecue isn’t in the cards over the holiday, Locale Market is hosting a four-day event Tuesday to July 7. They will offer a special tasting menu on those days of classic Americana foods for $17.76. (Get it?!) Each […]

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Tampa downtown residents convene to talk about revitalizing Massey Park
July 5, 2017

Saint PetersBlog Written by Mitch Perry More than 40 residents of downtown Tampa gathered Thursday night at the John P. Germany Library to talk about making Herman Massey Park a more desirable place to frequent. Surrounded by trees – and rarely used by the non-homeless – the 29-year-old half-acre park on North Franklin Street is […]

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People on the Move: Shaun Drinkard

Tampa Bay Business Journal Director of Placemaking at Tampa Downtown Partnership EDUCATION:  Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (Baton Rouge, LA) Drinkard has been selected as one of the industry’s 28 brightest professionals for the 2017 Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program for the International Downtown Association. Link to full article.

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Year in Review: 2017
June 27, 2017

Year in Review: A Look at our Accomplishments To ensure that Downtown continues to grow, Tampa Downtown Partnership’s staff, Board, and Executive Committee have been preparing new strategic initiatives with an eye toward future growth. The next two years will be significant for us in setting the stage for Tampa, but before we look at […]

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Developer: Tampa tower could ‘one-up’ Beach Drive in St. Petersburg as waterfront destination
June 19, 2017

Tampa Bay Times Written by Susan Taylor Martin TAMPA – Riverwalk Place, a 53-story tower planned for downtown Tampa, will have four restaurants, “many, many” outdoor tables and a rooftop bar atop the garage. And that’s not enough, developer Larry Feldman says. Ideally, the project will spur what he calls the “Beach Drive-ification” of Tampa’s […]

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How Tampa Turned a Dead Zone Into a Downtown

The Politico Written by Richard Danielson Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn likes to say that when he moved here in 1980, only 600 people lived downtown – 300 of them at the old Morgan Street jail. Now wonder. Downtown Tampa in 1980 had been in decline for decades. A century before, early leaders had charted its […]

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Growth in Tampa, St. Pete drives new customized downtown transit models
June 12, 2017

Tampa Bay Business Journal Written by Janelle Irwin As the Tampa Downtown Partnership makes plans to expand its popular free Downtowner service with Chevrolet Bolts, the group’s sister agency in St. Petersburg is taking a different approach. It’s a prime example of why transportation planners say a one-size-fits-all model of moving people isn’t the best […]

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See Jane win: Jane Jacobs documentary screens Wednesday night at Tampa Theatre
June 7, 2017

Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Written by Linda Saul-Sena Jane Jacobs kicked ass. As a journalist, activist and urban pioneer she stood up to Robert Moses, the second most powerful man in America, and fought successfully to save her neighborhood. Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, a new documentary about this dynamic woman, screens Wednesday night, […]

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Tampa leaders say downtown is ready for Gasparilla, NHL on same day
May 31, 2017

Tampa Bay Times By: Paul Guzzo and Steve Contorno TAMPA – Two events that will draw big crowds to Tampa are planned for the same weekend this January – the annual Gasparilla Parade of Pirates and the recently announced NHL All-Star celebration. To city boosters, the convergence provides a golden opportunity to show off the […]

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TECO Line Streetcar to Offer Free Fares for Fourth Friday Participants
May 24, 2017

Tampa Bay News Wire TAMPA, Fla. (May 22, 2017) – Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to announce the addition of the TECO Line Streetcar System to the Fourth Friday lineup of promotions. The Streetcar will now be free to all Fourth Friday participants wearing the complimentary wristbands distributed by participating arts and cultural venues. “THS, […]

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Hillsborough Vision Zero explores pop-up solutions to protect local pedestrians, cyclists

83 DEGREES By: Jessi Smith The distinct metal clink and pressurized hiss of aerosol paint cans in action filled the air during the most recent Vision Zero Hillsborough workshop this spring, as more than 40 volunteers teamed up to create a bright green bike lane along the Bullard Parkway Bridge in Temple Terrace using temporary, […]

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Downtowner to Hit 100,000th Passenger in the Downtown Tampa Market in Just 7 Months
May 16, 2017

100,000th rider will receive a Tampa Bay Sports Package Sometime this week the Downtown Partnership’s Downtowner free rideshare service will hit its 100,000 rider marking an unprecedented milestone for the Downtowner and this collaborative project. The lucky rider will win a full Tampa Bay Sports package including tickets and gifts from the Rays, Bucs, Lightning […]

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Fourth Friday Invites Community To Explore and Celebrate Tampa’s Art & Culture Scene
April 21, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. (April 21, 2017) – When the sun goes down, the streets of Tampa and Ybor light up with music, laughter, art, friends and FREE fun the Fourth Friday of every month. Now in its second year, Fourth Friday, presented by TECO Energy, announces its lineup for this month’s event on Friday, April 28: […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Celebrates 6 Months with Downtowner

TAMPA (April 20, 2017) – When Tampa Downtown Partnership launched the free ride service Downtowner six months ago, Greg Minder, Chair of the Tampa Downtown Partnership, knew it would provide a valuable service to residents, the downtown workforce, and visitors. “When Downtowner was launched on October 20 we knew it would serve a circulation and […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Director Appointed Planning Commissioner

Tampa Bay News Wire TAMPA (April 19, 2017) – Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to announce the appointment of Karen Kress, AICP, Director of Planning and Transportation, to Commissioner for the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission. Kress took her oath of office representing the City of Tampa at the Planning Commission’s April 10 meeting. In […]

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2016 Student Survey
March 24, 2017

Collaborating with the Tampa Downtown Partnership, HCP developed a baseline study in 2008 of resident and worker stakeholders within Downtown Tampa. In 2014, a study was introduced to track the university student’s perceptions as well. Similar to the Resident-Workforce study, this poll of university students will be repeated in two year intervals. View the 2016 […]

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2016 Workforce-Residential Study

Tampa Downtown Partnership Unveils Biennial Survey Results Results show mounting interest in urban lifestyle, transportation, retail options, and job opportunities View the full presentation given by HCP Associates. TAMPA (March 24, 2017) – Tampa Downtown Partnership unveiled the results of the Fifth Biennial Survey of Downtown Workers and Residents. during Tampa Downtown Partnership’s 21st Annual […]

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Downtown Tampa Quick Facts
March 23, 2017

The Tampa Downtown Partnership maintains a set of quick facts about downtown Tampa. Quick Facts Spring 2017

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6th Annual Mayor’s River O’Green Fest
March 20, 2017

ABC ACTION NEWS, Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Shaun Drinkard discusses all the happenings at this year’s Mayor’s River O’Green Fest in Downtown Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. View the morning segment. Join Mayor Bob Buckhorn for the 6th Annual Mayor’s River O’ Green Fest, presented by Grow Financial and brought to you […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Celebrates Florida Bike Month
March 2, 2017

Events, new bike hubs, and a #CoastChallenge all happening during the month of March TAMPA (February 28, 2017) – Tampa Downtown Partnership announces the kick-off of Florida Bike Month by promoting local bike events, continuing the success of the Bike Friendly Business program, adding Downtown bike amenities, and supporting bicycle safety education. Director of Transportation […]

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Fourth Friday Celebrates First Anniversary
February 28, 2017

THE ORACLE By: Breanne Williams Due to its immense success, the cit is prepared to not only continue Fourth Friday, a monthly event in downtown Tampa celebrating the city’s arts and, but also enhance the festivities as it celebrates its one-year anniversary. Fourth Friday began as a collaboration between multiple cultural venues downtown, like the […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Seeking Next Urban Insider

Social campaign encourages residents, workers and visitors to Explore Downtown, tag #UrbanInsiderTPA TAMPA (February 27, 2017) – Tampa Downtown Partnership wants to see how you Explore Downtown! For the month of March, the organization is launching a blitz social media campaign to encourage residents, workers, and visitors to snap a photo Downtown, tag it with […]

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Thursdays are for Ping Pong in Downtown Tampa
February 27, 2017

FOX 13 NEWS By: FOX 13 News Staff Sure, downtown Tampa has the Riverwalk, the streetcar, Amalie Arena, and Curtis Hixon Park. But did you know there’s ping pong? Every Thursday is ping pong day at Lykes Gaslight Park. From 12 to 1 p.m., you can stop by for a free game of table tennis […]

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Tampa Urges City to Play
February 23, 2017

THE ORACLE By: Nicole Cate, Lifestyle Editor Don’t touch the pieces. Stand behind the line. No playing. These are the most common guidelines displayed in places that exhibit art, but a Tampa-based design firm founded by USF alumni is throwing the rulebook out the window. The Urban Conga, run by Ryan Swanson, constructs installations in […]

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Fate of Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida Agencies Uncertain After Legislative Hearing
February 8, 2017

  Tampa Bay Business Journal Written by Margie Manning A Florida legislative panel has approved a bill that would eliminate Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida along with several tax incentives for businesses. The Florida House Subcommittee on Careers and Competition  voted for the measure on Wednesday, backed by House Speaker Richard Corcoran (R-Land-O’Lakes) and opposed […]

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231 Companies Named as the Best Workplaces for Commuters in 2017
February 6, 2017

BEST WORKPLACES FOR COMMUTERS Best Workplaces for CommutersSM named 231 U.S.-based companies to receive 2017 Best Workplaces for Commuters national recognition. This designation recognizes employers that offer exceptional employer-provided commuter benefits that meet National Standard of Excellence criteria. To be designated among the nation’s Best Workplaces for Commuters, employers must provide benefits that result in […]

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Building Tampa
February 2, 2017

TAMPA MAGAZINE Written By: McKenna Kelley Jeff Vinik and Mayor Bob Buckhorn Give a Glimpse into Downtown Tampa’s Next Five to 10 Years. A note from the Publisher, Greg Jasso: TAMPA Magazine’s office has been located on Harbour Island – in the shadow of Downtown Tampa – for the past 14 years. During that time […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Launches New Website
January 31, 2017

New website features bold imagery, easy navigation, and a fresh face for Downtown Tampa Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to announce the launch of the newly redesigned website, TampasDowntown.com. The new website features a clean design that showcases Tampa’s urban core to residents, workers, business owners, and visitors alike. “Our new design is dynamic and […]

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Carlton: How Not to Park in Downtown Tampa
December 14, 2016

TAMPA BAY TIMES By: Sue Carlton Okay, so it’s not quite the same as being a man without a country. But suddenly I find myself a woman without a parking space. Except in college when I waited tables and we lowly employees were banished to the outermost edges of the mall parking lot, I have […]

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Transforming Tampa Bay: Bright lights, big city
December 8, 2016

CREATIVE LOAFING The Tampa Downtown Partnership honors a decade of urban excellence. By: Linda Saul-Sena Time passes, things change and we rush on. There’s value in freeze-framing a moment in the evolution of our community and reflecting on the accomplishments to date. The Tampa Downtown Partnership (TDP) took a beat Nov. 30 atop the Beck […]

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Live or Work in Downtown Tampa? Partnership Wants to Hear From You
December 6, 2016

83 DEGREES MEDIA The Tampa Downtown Partnership is soliciting responses for its fifth biennial survey of Downtown Tampa’s student, residents and workers. Since the surveys were firs compiled in 2008, their findings have helped seed initiatives in Downtown Tampa such as enhanced accessibility to the river, fitness events in the parks, new museums and attractions, […]

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Riverwalk Unveils Tampa’s Largest Floating Christmas Tree
December 1, 2016

Holiday Island adds to the many new seasonal installations along Tampa’s Riverwalk TAMPA (December 1, 2016) – Friends of the Riverwalk along with President and CEO of Yacht Starship and Pirate Water Taxi, Troy Manthey, announce the newest installation along Tampa’s Riverwalk, a 30-foot floating LED Christmas Tree. Dubbed Holiday Island, Tampa’s largest floating Christmas […]

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Tampa Downtown Partnership Announces Urban Excellence Award Winners

Annual award ceremony celebrates initiatives that have made a positive impact on Downtown Tampa Download the full program of award winners. The Tampa Downtown Partnership has announced the winners of its 2016 Urban Excellence Awards program. The membership based not-for-profit organization’s tenth annual Urban Excellence Awards celebration recognizes those businesses, organizations, individuals, events, and projects […]

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Downtowner Celebrates a Month of Service in Downtown Tampa, Shines Light on “Last Mile” Needs
November 22, 2016

Ridership of the free ride service continues to grow each week On October 20, the Tampa Downtown Partnership launched Downtowner free ride service and within one minute of going live, the app had the first ride request. In the first month of being launched, Downtowner has served nearly 13,000 riders and its drivers have covered […]

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Free Shuttle Launches in Downtown Tampa
October 20, 2016

TAMPA BAY TIMES By: Anastasia Dawson Between construction, a Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game and typical rush-hour traffic, it was difficult to get to the Downtowner launch party near Channelside Thursday night. But the heavy traffic created a fitting backdrop for the launch of the new shuttle service, which hopes to encourage downtown residents and […]

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Curtis Hixon Park Transforming into a Winter Village

Outdoor ice rink, holiday market, and waterfront cafe add holiday cheer to Downtown Tampa TAMPA (October 18, 2016) – Tampa Downtown Partnership announces the transformation of Curtis Hixon Park into a Winter Village this holiday season. Running November 18 through December 25, all are welcome to enjoy Downtown Tampa’s Winter Village complete with an outdoor […]

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Pinellas Commuter Interest in Cross-Bay Ferry Encourages Tampa Downtown Partnership
October 17, 2016

TAMPA BAY TIMES By: Richard Danielson After a week of asking South Pinellas commuters what they think of the soon-to-begin Cross-Bay Ferry, the Tampa Downtown Partnership said Monday it’s gotten more than 400 online responses and likes what it’s hearing. “We are really encouraged by the interest in the program and believe it is another […]

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Downtowner Ride Service Launches
October 13, 2016

Highly anticipated complimentary ride service begins October 20 Tampa Downtown Partnership announces the official launch of the app-based, on-demand, complimentary ride service, Downtowner, to begin on Thursday, October 20. Service will be officially announced at a press conference on October 20 at Grand Central at Kennedy. The event will begin at 5pm and will conclude […]

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See Where More Than 4,000 Apartments are Planned in Downtown Tampa
September 29, 2016

TAMPA BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL By: Ashley Gurbal Kritzer Apartment development in downtown Tampa shows no signs of slowing any time soon. Two major projects took key steps forward this week. The developers of a 22-story tower in the Channel district announced an equity commitment of more than $15 million and closed on a construction loan. […]

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2015 Capital Improvement Program
February 12, 2016

View a presentation of a Capital Improvement Program presented February 12, 2016.

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2015 Smart City Challenge
October 24, 2015

Beyond Traffic: The Smart Tampa Vision Tampa and its partners are pleased to respond to the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Smart City Challenge. Our Smart Tampa vision is to spearhead the deployment of bold and innovative concepts involving advanced technologies, data, and applications to help improve safety, increase mobility, enhance security, boost productivity, and […]

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2014 Workforce-Resident Study
February 18, 2014

Biennial Study Background – Beginning in 2008, the Tampa Downtown Partnership has called upon a third-party research group to conduct biennial studies of Downtown Tampa, and its residents and workers. The study and its survey findings have helped steer such game changing initiatives in downtown as river accessibility, the outdoor market, the Glazer Children’s Museum, […]

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2012 Workforce-Resident Survey
February 21, 2012

Biennial Study Background – Beginning in 2008, the Tampa Downtown Partnership has called upon a third-party research group to conduct biennial studies of Downtown Tampa, and its residents and workers. The study and its survey findings have helped steer such game changing initiatives in downtown as river accessibility, the outdoor market, the Glazer Children’s Museum, […]

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2010 Potential Grocery Store Study
February 24, 2010

Executive Summary: A strong, positive, response was received from both resident and worker Downtown groups with regard to the introduction of a new grocery store to the Downtown area. – Grocery retail was the top-rated category for improvement, as reported by both resident and worker respondents, followed by things to do after work, shopping retail […]

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2010 Workforce-Residential Study
February 4, 2010

Biennial Study Background – Beginning in 2008, the Tampa Downtown Partnership has called upon a third-party research group to conduct biennial studies of Downtown Tampa, and its residents and workers. The study and its survey findings have helped steer such game changing initiatives in downtown as river accessibility, the outdoor market, the Glazer Children’s Museum, […]

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2008 Workforce-Residential Study
February 24, 2008

Biennial Study Background – Beginning in 2008, the Tampa Downtown Partnership has called upon a third-party research group to conduct biennial studies of Downtown Tampa, and its residents and workers. The study and its survey findings have helped steer such game changing initiatives in downtown as river accessibility, the outdoor market, the Glazer Children’s Museum, […]

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