Tampa Downtown Partnership’s Biennial Survey
Takes Pulse of Fast-Growing Downtown
TAMPA, FL (May 17, 2023) – Workers are not fleeing Downtown offices, but they do want more balance. The other thing they definitely want? More Riverwalk.
These new insights come from the Tampa Downtown Partnership’s 2022 Downtown Worker and Resident survey, which gathered more than 2,000 responses to paint a picture of the city’s strengths and challenges. The Partnership will present its full survey results this Friday at its 27th Annual Downtown Development Forum. (Media are invited to attend the event; details here.)
Embracing Hybrid Work
For businesses in Downtown Tampa, fully remote work has dropped dramatically. But hybrid work—mixing time working in the office and time working at home—has continued to climb. In the new survey:
- Only 8% of Downtown’s workers fully worked from home in 2022, down from 28% in 2020.
- A rising number are using a hybrid model, climbing to 43% in 2022 from 34% in 2020.
Expanding the Tampa Riverwalk
No matter where a respondent lived or worked Downtown, they agreed: They want more Riverwalk.
- Nearly every respondent wanted to see the Tampa Riverwalk extended, with 93% of workers and 91% of residents supporting the idea
- The Tampa Riverwalk was listed as “Tampa’s Greatest Asset” by 37% of workers and 35% of residents
“This is bound to be one of the clearest messages from any survey we’ve ever done: People see the Tampa Riverwalk as a core amenity, a highlight of our city, and something they can’t get enough of,” said Tampa Downtown Partnership Interim President Shaun Drinkard.
Detailed Survey Results
Conducted every two years since 2008, this is the Partnership’s eighth survey, and it marks the first time the results can be broken out by Downtown Tampa’s distinct neighborhoods, such as the Channel District and Downtown River Arts District. New neighborhood-by-neighborhood details, along with insights into the desire for retail and dining, transportation options, business growth, parks and entertainment, and more will be revealed at Friday’s Downtown Development Forum.
The Downtown Development Forum has limited seats remaining; more information can be found at TampasDowntown.com.