Westshore E-News: News from the Westshore Alliance
Westshore Employee and Resident Survey Coming Soon
The Westshore Alliance will conduct an online district-wide survey this fall to gain stronger insights on the demographics, perceptions and activities of those who work in Westshore, as well as the growing number of people who live here. Participants will include Alliance members, as well as nonmember Westshore business owners, employees and residents. We are working with Alliance member HCP Associates to facilitate this survey and will have more details to share in the upcoming months. Contact Heather Mackin for more information.
Mitchell's Fish Market
Prestige Business Enterprises
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Thank you to the following companies that have recently renewed their Alliance membership.

20+ Years
Tampa Bay Marina, Inc./Supertest Oil Co.
The Bank of Tampa

15-19 Years
AMSCOT Financial, Inc.
MacDonald Training Center, Inc.

10-14 Years
Coen & Company
Homewood Suites by Hilton 
    Tampa Airport-Westshore
TownePlace Suites Tampa
Troy University
5-9 Years
ABI Companies, Inc.
American Marketing & Mailing Services
Mosaic Westshore
St. Joseph's Hospital-BayCare Health System
Varela Westshore

1-4 Years
Best Western Hotel & Resorts
Focus Development
Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa 
    Airport Avion Park Westshore
Manhattan Construction (Florida), Inc.
Marsocci Appleby & Company
SiteSecure, LLC
Zeno Office Solutions, Inc.

Please support these businesses who support 
the vital work of the Westshore Alliance.
July 11 from 8:30 - 9:30 am
Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport Westshore
Free Event

Transportation Committee (Alliance Members Only)
July 12 from 10 - 11:30 am

SOLD OUT: July 18 Members-Only Lunch at One Buccaneer Place
View details  here to be added to the wait list.

Ron Rotella Golf Classic - Save the Date!
Nov. 3 at Rocky Point Golf Course - Details Coming Soon!

July 4: Westshore Alliance office will be closed in observance of Independence Day

View a complete list of Westshore Alliance events  HERE .
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) is redesigning its transit system, which includes the following proposed changes in Westshore:
  • Closure of West Tampa Transfer Center on Himes Ave.
  • Elimination of Route 10 (Cypress St.) serving Cypress Point Park, MacDonald Training Center, Social Security offices, etc. The area will be served by a flex route.
  • New route 11 (Main/Spruce) - From Downtown Tampa to International Plaza
  • Route 32 (MLK) will be extended westward to include Boy Scout Blvd., International Plaza and Tampa International Airport. This route currently terminates at the West Tampa Transfer Center.
  • Route 34 (Hillsborough Ave) will increase frequency to 15-minute service (currently 30 minutes).
  • Route 30 (Kennedy Blvd) - Route will be shortened and will terminate at Tampa International Airport. The previous route from the airport to the Northwest Transfer Center will be replaced with 60LX.

The Alliance's July 12 Transportation Committee meeting will include a presentation by HART representatives. Alliance members may RSVP for the meeting HERE. In addition, HART is hosting a series of public meetings for the community to give feedback on the proposed routes. A public hearing will be held on July 26, and HART staff plan to present the service network redesign plan to the HART Board of Directors at their August meeting. View the public meeting opportunities HERE, and learn more about the plan HERE.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) plans to improve water quality in Old Tampa Bay by creating an opening for water to naturally flow under the east section of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. According to FDOT, stormwater runoff currently becomes trapped in the north part of the bay and the pollutants are unable to flush, preventing the natural treatment process from occurring. MORE
PurePoint Financial , a division of MUFG Union Bank, N.A., celebrated the grand opening of it s Tampa office located at 1510 N. West Shore Blvd. The ribbon-cutting ceremony included a musical performance by students of the Straz Center, and PurePoint employees presented a $5,000 donation to the performing arts center.
Keating Resources purchased the four-building Westshore Business Center fronting Hillsborough Ave. at Veterans Expressway. The company will invest $4.5 million to renovate the vacant buildings and lease space of the 20,000-square-foot units. MORE
The Dilweg Companies, based in North Carolina, has purchased the 73,400-square-foot Orion Center at 3001 North Rocky Pointe Drive East. MORE
WestShore Plaza is opening several new stores and an eatery, including Insane Games, Windsor, Mabos Craft Tacos, Spencer's, CC's Boutique, Ivory & Lace, A'gaci and Francessca's. MORE
Highwoods Realty Limited Partnership  is proposing a new building at the intersection of North Lois Avenue and West Cypress Street that includes 22,500 square feet of office, retail, restaurant and parking space on the 2.4-acre site. MORE
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are investing $20 million to build a state-of-the-art, 100,000-square-foot indoor practice facility that will have a bleacher-seating capacity of 3,500. Completion of the project is expected by the start of the regular season on Sept. 10. MORE
The California-based owner of  Tiger Direct  Plaza at 701 N. Dale Mabry Highway - just south of J. Alexander's Redland Grill - has filed plans with the City to redevelop the 23,500-square-foot box into four separate spaces for multiple retailers and a restaurant. MORE
Johnny Rockets , known for its burgers, fries and milkshakes, is now open in the food court at International Plaza and Bay Street. Also now open is Frankie's Lobstah Trap on Bay Street featuring clams, lobster, quahogs and more.
Want more Development and Transportation news?
Visit our interactive map featuring all of Westshore's major development and transportation projects which  are planned, under construction or recently completed. 

Congratulations to McKibbon Hospitality Chairman John McKibbon for being selected as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year Award Program in Florida. The program recognizes entrepreneurs excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.


Now through Aug.:  Roland Park School Supply Drive
Select dates through Sept. 1: Tampa Yankees at Steinbrenner Field

CareerSource Tampa Bay  invites you to register for the National Conference on Industry Sector Growth Strategies on December 7 - 9, 2017 at the St. Petersburg Clearwater Marriott, featuring invited speakers from the Department of Commerce, Department of Education and Department of Labor.  Learn 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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