• 21st Annual Downtown Development Forum Unveils Downtown Trends and Future Outlook

    Industry leaders discuss innovations in transportation, intown development, and present results of the Partnership’s Fifth Biennial Survey of Downtown workers and residents



     21st Annual Downtown Development Forum: Downtown in Motion 


    Tampa Convention Center

    333 S. Franklin St.

    Tampa, FL 33602


    Friday, March 24

    Networking and Registration: 7:30am

    Program: 8am – noon



    Tampa Downtown Partnership hosts its 21st Annual Downtown Development Forum, “Downtown in Motion,” welcoming industry leaders to discuss Downtown Tampa’s progress in economic development, transportation, and commercial and residential intown development.


    This year’s Downtown Development Forum features an update on the InVision Tampa Center City Plan at five years, including public realm improvements accomplished from the plan as well as a preview of private development slated for the intown area. There will also be an in-depth discussion with transportation leaders on innovations in transportation.


    Additionally, HCP Associates’ Pat Hill will present the results of Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Fifth Biennial Survey of downtown workers and residents. The full survey results will be made available on TampasDowntown.com at the conclusion of the Development Forum.


    Hill will reveal the highlights of worker and resident feedback including insights into how each group interacts with Downtown, their expectations, and where those expectations are and are not being met. With results going back to the First Biennial survey taken in 2008, Hill will provide a unique look into how Downtown workers and residents’ perceptions have changed in relation to Downtown’s growth.


    During a panel discussion, Hill will also deliberate with representatives from commercial office, residential development and economic development about how the survey results are influenced by their industries and the impact the findings may have in those sectors in the near future.

    Members of the media are invited to attend as guests of Tampa Downtown Partnership. Please contact Kelsy Van Camp for your complimentary registration.


    8:00am:  Welcome and Announcements

    Emcee: John Hill, Tampa Bay Times


    Special Guest

    Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa


    8:15am: InVision Center City Plan at 5 Years 

    Randy Goers, City of Tampa


    8:35am: Intown Development Update 

    Bob McDonaugh, City of Tampa


    8:55am: UT Development Spotlight

    Ron Vaughn Ph.D., University of Tampa

    9:10am: Innovations in Transportation Panel Discussion 

    HART Premium Transportation Plan: Cesar Hernandez, HART

    Streetcar Expansion and Modernization Plan: Jean Duncan, COT

    Jackson Street Project, Complete Streets Policy and Technology: Bill Jones, FDOT

    Moderated by: Mickey Jacob, BDG Architects


    10:10 – 10:30am: Break


    10:30am: Biennial Survey Report Highlights

    Pat Hill, HCP Associates


    11:00am: Industry Updates and Panel Discussion with Pat Hill

    Representatives of some of the most important and innovative Downtown industrieswill give a barometer report of activities in their respective business sectors, in order to give us a picture of how each sector is performing and what we can expect in the near future.

    Commercial Office: Scott Garlick, Cushman & Wakefield

    Residential Development: Dave Traynor, Smith & Associates Real Estate

    Economic Development: Steve Morey, Tampa Hillsborough EDC


    11:50am: Final Thoughts

    Emcee: John Hill, Tampa Bay Times


    Noon: Development Forum Concludes


    Downtown Development Forum is a half-day event that explores innovative ideas in urban development and serves as a catalyst for discussion and problem solving for major urban issues. Participants hear from public and private leaders, and industry specialists who offer insight into local, regional and national trends in their field of expertise.

    Thank you to our sponsors: Hillsborough River Realty Corporation/The Jeffries Companies, DPR Construction, TECO – an Emera Company, The Wilson Company, Burr + Forman, Carlton Fields, Cushman & Wakefield, Smith & Associates, Stantec, Tampa Preparatory School, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, The Florida Aquarium, Foto Bohemia, and Tampa Bay Times.

    About Tampa Downtown Partnership 

    Tampa Downtown Partnership is a private, membership based not-for-profit 501(c)6 comprised of companies, organizations and individuals with a common goal of advancing Tampa’s Downtown. Through an annual contract with the City of Tampa, Tampa Downtown Partnership administers the Special Services District. In addition to Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team, Tampa Downtown Partnership serves downtown through marketing, business development, transportation, advocacy, public space activation, planning and beautification.