Westshore E-News: News from the Westshore Alliance

Congratulations to Alliance Transportation Director Chris Weber, who is retiring at the end of April. Chris has played an invaluable role in Westshore transportation advocacy and project management during his 12 years with the Alliance. We thank him for all of his contributions and wish him a happy retirement!
We're Hiring: Director of Transportation & Planning
With Chris' departure, the Westshore Alliance is accepting applications for the Transportation Director position. View the job posting HERE.

Greg Green For County Court Judge Group 2
Do you know someone who could benefit from Alliance membership? Refer a new member and receive a certificate for FREE admission to an upcoming Westshore Alliance luncheon. Learn more about membership benefits.
Thank you to the following companies that have recently renewed their Alliance membership.

20+ Years
AAA-The Auto Club Group
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

15-19 Years
Extended Stay America
The Westin Tampa Bay
WestShore Plaza

5-9 Years
Cigar City Brewing, LLC
Moffitt Cancer Center
Ultimate Staffing Services
Walter Dickinson of Tampa Bay, Inc.

1-4 Years
A.D. Morgan Corporation
BioSpine Institute Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Godfrey Hotel and Cabanas Tampa
Helinger DeYoung
Jolley Trolley Transportation of Clearwater, Inc.
New York Yankees
PIP - Marketing, Signs, Print
Raif Fluker Photography
Tampa General Hospital
Tucker/Hall, Inc.

Please support these businesses who support 
the vital work of the Westshore Alliance.
Wed. April 11, from  8:30 - 9:30 am
Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza:  4101 Jim Walter Blvd.
FREE Event

Alliance Lunch with Outback Steakhouse Co-Founder  and Former Chairman/CEO Chris Sullivan
Tues. April 17
11:30 am Registration, 12 pm Lunch
DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Westshore:  4500 W. Cypress St.
$40 Members, $55 Prospective Members

SAVE THE DATE: Alliance After-hours Networking
Thurs. May 3
5 - 8 pm
Tampa Marriott Westshore:  1001 N. West Shore Blvd.
FREE Event: Details coming soon.

16th Annual Westshore Development Forum presented by Highwoods Properties
Tues, May 8
8:30 am: Registration, Networking & Breakfast
9 am - 12 pm: Presentations and Program
AMC Theatres at WestShore Plaza
$50 Members, $75 Prospective Members
View sponsorship opportunities HERE.

Committee Meetings (Westshore Alliance Members Only)
Transportation Committee
May 9 from 10 - 11:30 am
Ambassador Committee
Apr. 17 from 11 - 11:30 am
DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Westshore

View a complete list of Westshore Alliance events  HERE .
Urban Centre, the two-tower office complex at the intersection of West Shore and Kennedy boulevards, sold to Starwood Capital Group for $141 million. MORE
M3, a supplier of cloud-based accounting software for hotels headquartered in Georgia, is investing $1.6 million to relocate its Tampa office within Avion Park across from Tampa International Airport. MORE
New York-based developer The Bromley Companies announced plans for Midtown Tampa, a potential half-billion-dollar project at the southeast corner of 1-275 and North Dale Mabry Highway. Plans for the 1.8 million-square-foot site include 240,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space, 750,000 square feet of Class A office space, 400 condos or apartments and a 225-room boutique hotel. Read More:
IRONMAN, the sponsor of endurance races worldwide, announced the expansion of its headquarters at Westshore's Tampa Bay Park, along with plans to add 70 new jobs. MORE
Taylor Morrison broke ground on the Cove at Rocky Point, a luxury residential waterfront community featuring townhomes and single-family homes on the former site of A La Carte Pavilion. 
Westshore Logistics Center, a four-building, 166,680-square-foot industrial park located at 5400 Southern Comfort Blvd near Tampa International Airport, is one of several sites that participated in Hillsborough County's Redevelopment for Incentives pilot project areas program. MORE
Health-centric café Fresh Kitchen is now open at 4616 W. Kennedy Blvd. The restaurant offers protein and veggie bowls, house-made cold-pressed juices, and other healthy treats. MORE
Former major leaguer John Kruk is planning to open a Kruk's Philly Steaks at 3841 W. Kennedy Blvd. MORE
The AC Hotel Tampa Airport by Marriott International Inc. celebrated its official grand opening last month at MetWest International on Boy Scout Blvd. The hotel is designed to appeal to millennial travelers and features 175 European-inspired guest rooms, 2,000+ square feet of meeting space, the AC Lounge, fitness center, outdoor pool and bar.
Stonehill consulting firm is opening an innovation studio at 1300 N. West Shore Blvd. The studio will incorporate a collaboration space for design-thinking sessions and will be home to Stonehill's Tampa-based employees. MORE
Rental car company Silvercar opened its fifth Florida location last month at 5124 W. Cypress St. Travelers can now reserve Audi A4 and Q5 vehicles in Tampa through the Silvercar app. MORE
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently announced the next phase of Raymond James Stadium renovations, focusing on upgrades to the East Stadium Club. The redesign will include 162 televisions, new bars at both ends of the club lounge and a new 8,000-square-foot premium sports bar in the East Atrium. MORE
Learn more about future changes proposed for roads, bike and pedestrian improvements, transit and more at the Tampa Bay Next Westshore / West Tampa Areas Community Open House on April 16 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Capdevila's at La Teresita located at 3248 W Columbus Drive. View Invite
New Crosswalk & Sidewalks
Pedestrians have a new crosswalk on Spruce Street near Cigar City Brewing, which connects to the brewery's remote parking area.

Sidewalks are being installed on the north side of Laurel St. from Frontage Road to O'Brien St. and on the north side of Columbus Ave. from Himes Ave. to Dale Mabry Hwy. Construction is underway with plans for completion in June.

Want to stay up to date on the latest Westshore traffic news and construction alerts? Subscribe to the Alliance's Traffic News here.
Transportation in the News:
Do you know a local minority-owned business with the potential to be a powerhouse company, but needs access to more resources to make it happen? Or are you looking for ways to increase your minority supplier network or gain insight into the challenges that may affect your efforts? On April 24, the Greater Tampa Chamber will discuss how to build and utilize second-tier programs more effectively and how the Minority Business Accelerator program can help. MORE
Congratulations to Millennium Westshore apartments for being voted "Best Neighbor (Resident) Experience" out of all Lincoln Property Company communities across the nation. View the video entry