DOWNTOWN TAMPA News

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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Grant program brings art to Downtown Tampa
October 16, 2017

“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 and Downtowner Expand Fleet, Unveil New Chevy Bolts
August 7, 2017

Exclusive interviews, photo sessions and test rides available to the media upon request 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 […]

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

New positions will focus on operations, community engagement, and design enhancement 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 […]

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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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People on the Move: Shaun Drinkard
July 5, 2017

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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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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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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