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Partner Event: Tampa’s Downtown Development Forum

March 24, 2017
7:30 am - 12:00 pm


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


WHAT: 21st Annual Downtown Development Forum: Downtown in Motion

WHERE: Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602

WHEN: Friday, March 24
Networking and Registration: 7:30am
Program: 8am – noon

WHY: 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.

AGENDA: 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 “industries” will 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

About the 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, the Tampa Downtown Partnership administers the Special Services District. In addition to Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team, the Tampa Downtown Partnership serves downtown through marketing, business development, transportation, advocacy, public space activation, planning and beautification.

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