10 Downtown Urban Excellence Award recipients honored
Photos from the awards ceremony available upon request.
Tampa, Florida (December 9, 2015) – Tampa Downtown Partnership hosted its 9th Annual Urban Excellence Awards Ceremony to a full house at Le Méridien Hotel last night.
All recipients were announced prior to the ceremony, except for the People’s Award winner, European Wax Center. Owner Frank Grebowski not only received accolades for opening a seven-day a week marketplace business with extended hours, but also for his own involvement in the community, serving on several Downtown Partnership committees, and for the implementation of three PopShop pop-up retail events in 2015. The PopShop is a collaboration with 50 downtown retailers to showcase their products and services to downtown’s workforce during the lunch hour. The third event, the Holiday PopShop takes place today at The Tampa City Center’s Esplanade from 11:30am to 1:30pm.
The Urban Excellence Award recipients were recognized for their significant contributions to the fabric of Downtown Tampa. Those honored run the gamut from infrastructure projects, events, innovative marketplace businesses, to the bike share program.
This year’s Urban Excellence Awards recipients by category are:
Downtown Experience Award Coast Bike Share
Landmark Development Project Award
Public Sector Project Award
Kennedy Plaza Section of the Tampa Riverwalk
Pour House / Ginger Beard Coffee
Downtown Collaboration Award
Selmon Greenway / AIA Design Week
Downtown Detail Award
Stay Curious by Tes One and Bask, Public Art at Poe Garage
Activating Spaces Award
Private Sector Project Award
University of Tampa Innovation and Collaboration Building
Downtown Person of the Year Award Jeff Vinik, Owner of Tampa Bay Lightning and Strategic Properties Partner
People’s Choice Award
European Wax Center, Owner Frank Grebowski and team
Tampa Downtown Partnership thanks event Emcee and author, Peter Kageyama, event sponsor, Carlton Fields, Jorden Burt, and the event jurors:
excellence – noun: 1. The state, quality, or condition of excelling. 2. Of the very best kind of highest quality. 3. A special feature or quality that confers beauty. 4. Distinction, merit, perfection. The quality of being exceptionally good of its kind.
Urban Excellence Awards is sponsored by
Downtown is Happening!
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, public space activation, planning and beautification. For more information, visit TampasDowntown.com.