Tampa Downtown Partnership announces 2021’s Urban Excellence Award Winners

TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Downtown Partnership announced the 2021 Urban Excellence Award winners last night at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Among the businesses, initiatives, projects, and individuals celebrated this year were the Water Street Development with the USF Morsani College of Medicine/JW Marriott for Landmark Development Project and the City of Tampa’s Lift Up Local initiative for Public Sector Project.


“Each recipient has helped create the energy, excitement, and environment that has made our Downtown such a desirable place to live, work, and play,” said Tampa Downtown Partnership President and CEO Lynda Remund. “They’re ambassadors of Tampa’s urban core, and their contributions have helped transform Downtown into the thriving destination and economic driver it is today.”


A total of ten awards were handed out at the 2021 Urban Excellence Awards.  Below is the complete list of 2021 winners.


Public Sector Project Award

Lift Up Local by City of Tampa


Private Sector Project Award

Embarc Collective Start-Up Hub


Downtown Collaboration Award

“Art on the Block” Unity Mural Day


Landmark Development Project Award

Water Street Development | USF Morsani College of Medicine & JW Marriott


Downtown Experience Award

Pirate Water Taxi & Yacht StarShip


Activating Spaces Award

Sparkman Wharf


Marketplace Award

Don Me Now | Bubbly Barchique


Arts & Culture Award

David A. Straz Center for Performing Arts Performance Pivot


Christine Burdick Downtown Person of The Year Award

Ashley Bauman


People’s Choice Award
Henry B. Plant Museum Victorian Christmas Stroll