Westshore E-News: News from the Westshore Alliance
Alliance Celebrates 34th Annual Dinner

More than 400 business and community leaders joined us on January 19 for the 34th Annual Dinner presented by Highwoods Properties and held at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. The evening began with a National Anthem performance by TBARTA Executive Director Ray Chiaramonte, followed by the election of 2017-18 Board Members and reports from Alliance Outgoing President Enrique A. Woodroffe, FAIA and Incoming President Jay Botsch. Guests then welcomed Keynote Speaker State Senator Dana Young who shared information on key business issues facing Florida. Thank you to all who attended this year's dinner, and a special THANK YOU to our  sponsors for helping to make this event possible! You can check out the facebook photo event album here. See yourself in a photo? Feel free to tag it and share with others!
Explore Westshore!
Want to know what's new and what's to come in Tampa's thriving Westshore District? Our new interactive map features more than 50 of Westshore's major development and transportation projects which  are planned, under construction or recently completed. 

The map is available HERE and on the Alliance website homepage.
Ballard Partners
Best Buddies International
Chick-Fil-A (N. Dale Mabry Hwy.)
CI Group
MAHK Design, Inc.
Master Restoration
Synovus Bank
Transaction Network Services, Inc.
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
Cushman & Wakefield
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
The Auto Club Group

15-19 Years
Bloomin' Brands, Inc.
International Plaza and Bay Street
Lincks & Associates, Inc.
McKibbon Hospitality
SpringHill Suites by Marriott

10-14 Years
Cypress Bay Condominium Assoc., Inc.
5-9 Years
Brimmer, Burek & Keelan, LLP
Carrollwood Country Club
Continental Wholesale Diamonds, LLC
Hyatt Place Tampa Airport / Westshore
St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater
Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA)
Trenam Law

1-4 Years
Awnclean USA, Inc.
Bay Harbor Hotel Tampa
Bay Shore Cleaning & Restoration
Chick-Fil-A at International Plaza

Feb. 8 from 8:30 - 9:30 am
Ryan Nece Foundation, 4401 W. Kennedy Blvd., 3rd Floor
Free Event

Alliance After-Hours Networking 
Feb. 9 from  5 - 7 pm 
Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore,  700 N. West Shore Blvd.
Members: FREE, Prospective Members: $15

Westshore Alliance General Membership Luncheon
Feb. 21
11:30 am Registration & Networking, 12 pm Lunch & Program
Tampa Marriott Westshore, 1001 N. West Shore Blvd.
Members $40, Prospective Members $55

Transportation Committee
Mar. 8 from 10 - 11:30 am at AECOM
Ambassador Committee
Feb. 21, 11 am at Tampa Marriott Westshore

View a complete list of Westshore Alliance events  HERE .
Cushman & Wakefield  recently published its Q4 2016 Tampa Office MarketBeat Report. Westshore's overall vacancy rates are reported at 9.4%, and the District continues to lead Hillsborough County with the highest asking rent rates. View the full report
BlueLine Associates, a professional services firm that provides consulting, staffing and other services, will create 150 new jobs and invest $2 million in the local community, as it relocates its headquarters from Cary, North Carolina to Westshore's Tampa Bay Park. MORE
Tampa City Council approved a rezoning request last month for plans to build a 97-room Holiday Inn Express at 2055 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. The property is currently home to a Howard Johnson Hotel and is owned by Tejas Associates LLC.
Tampa International Airport hosted a "topping out" ceremony to hang the final beam connecting the Airport's new people-mover station to the 2.6-million square-foot rental car center, which is scheduled to be finished later this year. MORE
Courtney Campbell Trail Amenities Coming Soon!
Construction on new walk-bike amenities along the Courtney Campbell Trail is scheduled to begin in late February. Tampa City Council awarded the contract to Trias Construction, LLC last month. The project is funded by Hillsborough County and scheduled for completion this fall. Highlights include:
  • 9 new shade structures with seating, a trash receptacle and bike racks
  • Wayfinding signs
  • A bike repair station on the east side of the pedestrian bridge and upgrades to the Ben T. Davis Beach bike repair station
  • 5 bench swings to take advantage of existing shade and water views
  • New landscaping along the trail and beach areas
View the concept design for more trail amenity details.  
One of the Alliance's top priorities is to transform West Shore Blvd. into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly grand corridor with wider sidewalks, shade canopies and public spaces. At this week's Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting, the BOCC directed County staff to expedite the Project Development and Environment Study for West Shore Blvd., as well as several other road projects in the County's 10-year transportation plan, in an effort to have these projects "shovel ready" should additional local, state or federal funding become available. The 10-year countywide plan with proposed project timelines will be presented to the BOCC at a workshop later this month, and a public hearing to formally approve the plan is scheduled for March 1.
Want to help improve pedestrian safety in Westshore? Vision Zero   is a national initiative for zero traffic fatalities. The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization is leading local efforts with several partner organizations including the Westshore Alliance. Read more about Vision Zero to find out how you can get involved, and pinpoint pedestrian safety concerns on the project's interactive map.
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful is recruiting site captains for the Great American Clean Up on April 22. Any individual, family, school, group, place of worship, business or government entity can coordinate or participate. Learn more
Paint Your Heart Out Tampa is a one-day volunteer effort to paint the homes of the low income, elderly residents of Tampa. Volunteers and sponsors are needed for this year's Paint Day on April 22. Learn more.
In the News...
Roland Park K-8 Magnet School will hold its annual gala fundraiser, Reach for the Stars Casino Night presented by Lieser Skaff Alexander, on Saturday, Feburary 25. Proceeds from the event will benefit programs and resources at the school, which serves 800 students from Hillsborough County. MORE

View the Alliance " Community & Member Events calendar to check out more upcoming events. To submit your company's event, please  email  the event name, date and link to event webpage or flyer. Events are included on a space-available basis.
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