Tampa, Florida (March 17, 2014) – With Downtown Tampa expanding and changing on so many fronts, the discussions and presentations at the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s 18th Annual Tampa Downtown Development are guaranteed to be enlightening and compelling. The Annual Downtown Development Forum brings together developers, real estate professionals, property owners and those concerned with improving downtown for the future. The forum serves as a meeting of the minds in which ideas from various perspectives on downtown converge.
This year’s program features:
Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa
Always a dynamic speaker, especially when it comes to Downtown Tampa, Mayor Buckhorn will provide a warm welcome to forum attendees.
Rob Walsh, Commissioner, NYC Department of Small Business Services
Walsh was appointed Commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) by Mayor Bloomberg in January 2002 and served through March 2014. Prior to his appointment, Walsh spent five years as President of Charlotte Center City Partners, an organization dedicated to improving and growing Charlotte’s central business district.
Walsh will share his insight on downtown revitalization initiatives, including areas of business incubation and job creation as it pertains to Downtown Tampa’s opportunities and challenges. Taking Off: Study Updates from the Airport, Port & MPO
Jeff Siddle, Tampa International Airport
John Thorington, Port Tampa Bay
Rich Clarendon, Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization
Outlook: Industry Updates & Forecasts
Representatives of some of the most significant Downtown “industries” will report on how each sector is performing and what we can expect in the near future in the following industries:
Commercial Office: Andy May, Cushman & Wakefield
Residential: David Traynor, Smith & Associates
Tourism/Hospitality: Pam Avery, Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore
Financial Services: Kenneth Carl, PNC
Technology: Heather Kenyon, Tampa Bay Technology Forum
Shaun Drinkard, Friends of Tampa Riverwalk
Regional Connections: Greenlight Pinellas
Pinellas County is now fully engaged in their 2014 Transportation Referendum debate. The following speakers, who are front and center on this issue, will discuss the referendum, what it means to the future of transit in Pinellas County, as well as the regional ramifications:
Chris Steinocher, St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce
Brad Miller, PSTA
The Downtown Development Forum focuses on the exploration of innovative ideas in urban development and serves as a catalyst for discussion and problem solving for major urban issues in Downtown.
Thanks to our Plantinum Sponsor:
Hillsborough River Realty Corporation / The Jefferies Companies
About the Tampa Downtown Partnership
The Tampa Downtown Partnership (TDP) 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, the TDP administers the Special Services District. In addition to Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team, the TDP serves downtown through marketing, business development, transportation, advocacy, planning and beautification. For more information, visit www.tampasdowntown.com.