Urban Excellence

Urban Excellence Awards

The Urban Excellence Awards celebrates businesses, organizations, individuals, events and projects that have made significant contributions toward creating a unique, vibrant and diverse downtown environment – and have made a lasting, positive impact on Downtown Tampa. Each year an awards jury representing a cross-section of Downtown constituencies selects award winners honoring the leadership, innovation, hard work, talent and community spirit.
Award categories include; the Public Sector Project Award, Private Sector Award, Downtown Collaboration Award, Landmark Development Project Award, Downtown Experience Award, Activating Spaces Award, Marketplace Award, Arts & Culture Award, People’s Choice Award, and the Christine Burdick Leadership Award.

Activating Spaces:

  • Winner: Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority Pocket Parks, Phase I
  • Streetcar Live by Gasparilla Music Festival
  • Downtown Crawlers

Arts & Culture

  • Winner: Tampa Museum of Arts “Love is Calling” Exhibit
  • Tampa Bay History Center’s “Treasure Seekers” Exhibit
  • Pep Rally Inc.


  • Winner: TECO Line Streetcar Reimagined: Free Fares & Modernization & Expansion Study
  • 2018 Commuter Challenge Week
  • Madame Fortune Taylor Bridge Historical Marker Ceremony & Unveiling


  • Winner: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” Franklin Street Block Party
  • Two Wheel Bike Valet
  • Tampa RiverFest 2018

Landmark Development

  • Winner : Armature Works
  • Tampa Theatre
  • The Hall on Franklin


  • Winner: Duckeweed Urban Grocery
  • Don Me Now
  • Maven Market Channel District

Private Sector

  • Winner: The Wilson Company – Gin Joint
  • SHUFFLE – The Heights Shuffleboard Society
  • Tampa Bay Fiber

Public Sector

  • Winner: Julian B Lane Riverfront Park
  • Florida Department of Transportation – District Seven Jackson Street
  • Rampello Downtown Partnership K-8 Magnet School

Christine M Burdick Person of the Year

  • Winner: Leo Rodgers
  • Abbey Dohring Ahern
  • John Bell

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