Westshore E-News: News from the Westshore Alliance
Inaugural Westshore District Worker and Resident Survey Results Are Here! 
Westshore Alliance and HCP Associates recently conducted the first-ever Westshore District-wide Worker and Resident Survey to gain stronger insights on the demographics, perceptions and activities of those who work and live in Westshore. 
  • Participants chose Westshore's location and the benefits it provides through access to the airport, highways, shopping, entertainment, residential offerings, major employers, etc. as the District's major assets. 
  • Biggest demands are for improved ingress/egress and in-district traffic circulation.
  • Additional requests are for development that takes greenspace into consideration, grocer access, improved walkability and connected bike paths/trails. 

Data is being used to analyze stakeholder priorities, identify issues to be addressed, and incorporate results into the blueprint for Westshore's continued economic viability. Survey results are on the Alliance websiteQuestions? Email Heather Mackin or call 813-289-5488. 

Westshore Alliance Announces New Director of Transportation and Planning
We are pleased to welcome Michael Maurino as Westshore Alliance Director of Transportation and Planning. Maurino brings more than a decade of experience in government relations and advocating for policies and projects, including transportation improvement strategies. Maurino will focus on improving mobility options within and to the Westshore District. This includes serving as project manager for transportation studies, programs and capital improvement projects for Westshore, as well as advocating for transportation improvements that will positively impact the District.  Read the announcement
We're Hiring!
The Westshore Alliance is accepting applications for the following position:

Con Edison Solutions
Edward Jones

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
Carlton Fields
Tampa Sports Authority

15-19 Years
Vernon Sales Promotion

10 - 14 Years
Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore

5 - 9 Years
Centennial Bank
NorthMarq Capital
S&ME, Inc.
St. Joseph's Hospital - BayCare Health System

1-4 Years
DLG Management Services
Hillsborough County Planning Commission
Please support these businesses who support 
the vital work of the Westshore Alliance.
The 16th Annual Westshore Development Forum presented by Highwoods Properties was held last month with nearly 200 attendees. Highlights included results from the inaugural Westshore District-wide Worker and Resident Survey, as well as the latest Westshore commercial development, trends and transportation initiatives. Thank you to our event sponsors, presenters and everyone who joined us. The photo gallery can be viewed here, and presentations are available on the website.
Emergency Access Card Program
In partnership with the Tampa Police Department, Westshore Alliance manages the Emergency Access Card Program, which is designed to assist emergency and rescue crews in identifying those individuals authorized to enter Westshore Business District buildings following a disaster or emergency. Property owners can register up to three authorized personnel to receive reentry passes that allow them access to their building for the limited purpose of evaluating the safety and security of property before allowing tenants, other occupants, or the general public to return.

Hurricane season is June 1 - November 30, and we encourage property owners to register if they haven't already done so.  To request passes, please complete an Emergency Access Card Request Form and return it to Shawn Fogarty Please note; passes do not expire but are non-transferable. If you have a change in personnel, please c ontact  Shawn Fogarty  to request a new pass.   MORE

Want more hurricane preparedness information? Read our latest Safety & Security E-newsletter here.

Wed. June 6, from 8:30 - 9:30 am
NEW LOCATION: Troy University
5201 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 110
FREE Event

Registration Closing Soon!
Alliance Lunch with Florida Department of Transportation District 7 Secretary David Gwynn
Tues. June 12
11:30 am Registration & Networking; 12 pm Lunch & Program
Centre Club
123 S. West Shore Blvd., 8th Floor
$40 Members, $55 Prospective Members
REGISTER by June 8 at noon.

Save the Date: Breakfast at One Buc Place
Thurs. July 19 from  8 - 9:30 am
Once Buc Place
1 Buccaneer Place
Details and registration coming soon.

Committee Meetings (Westshore Alliance Members Only)
Transportation Committee
July 11 from 10 - 11:30 am
Ambassador Committee
June 12 at 11 am
Centre Club

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

View a complete list of Westshore Alliance events  HERE .
Metro Diner  celebrated its grand opening on May 29 at 4011 W. Kennedy Blvd. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with seating for 124. More than 100 jobs will be created at the new location.
GrillSmith, the Tampa-based American restaurant brand known for grill-forward, refined-casual comfort cuisine, is now open at 612 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Poké Fish, a fast-casual Hawaiian concept, is scheduled to open at 4424 W. Kennedy Blvd. on June 8.
Tampa City Council has given preliminary approval to  Publix Super Markets' request to demolish the former Sports Authority box at 4900 W. Kennedy Blvd. Plans for the new Publix include a 36,335 square-foot store facing Cleveland Street with a pedestrian entrance on Kennedy Boulevard. MORE
Highwoods Properties has asked the city to rezone its Bay Center waterfront office park at 5444 Bay Center Drive to make way for a new seven-story, 207,966-square-foot office building and expand the existing parking structure on the site. MORE
The Bromley Companies' 1.8 million square-foot, mixed-use Midtown Tampa project has received final approval from Tampa City Council. Two major partners have committed to the $500 million project, including a 48,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market® grocery store and Crescent Communities, a national real estate company collaborating with The Bromley Companies to deliver NOVEL Midtown Tampa, a new series of multi-family residences. MORE
Republic Bank announced the opening of its seventh banking center in the greater Tampa market at 1300 N. West Shore Blvd. MORE
Lee Roy Selmon's will close the doors of its original location on Boy Scout Boulevard this month. Bloomin' Brands will build a new Outback Steakhouse at the location. MORE
Braemar Hotels & Resorts Inc. has sold the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza hotel for $68 million. MORE
Westshore-based private equity firm ProspEquity Partners recently paid $18.2 million for a two-thirds stake in Tierra Nueva, a Miami company that recently inked a new marketing deal with Dunkin' Donuts. MORE
Are you interested in improved transit for our region?
The Regional Transit Feasibility Plan Survey is designed to better understand Tampa Bay's needs for regional transit that would connect jobs and communities while providing new mobility options. Take the survey
Update: I-275/SR 60 Interchange Rebuild
The rebuild of the I-275/SR 60 Interchange, also known as the Westshore Area Interchange, which is a key component of Tampa Bay Next, has been the Westshore Alliance's top transportation priority for many years. The project faces a critical vote by the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) on Tuesday, June 12. The public hearing will be broadcast live on HTV, and there are many ways to participate. View details HERE.
New Sidewalks in Westshore
Pedestrians can enjoy new sidewalks in Westshore, which were recently installed on the north side of Laurel St. from Frontage Road to O'Brien St. and on the north side of Columbus Dr. from Himes Ave. to Dale Mabry Hwy. There have been 10 miles of new sidewalks installed in Westshore since 2008.
Courtney Campbell Trail Receives Regional Award
The Courtney Campbell Trail recently received an award from the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council. The award is given to projects that exemplify regionalism, and it recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions that benefit the regional community. The award was presented to the following recipients: Florida Department of Transportation District 7, Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, City of Tampa, City of Clearwater, Courtney Campbell Scenic Highway Corridor Advisory Committee, Florida Scenic Highway Program, AECOM and the Westshore Alliance.

Westshore Alliance is proud to be part of a great public/private partnership that brought the Courtney Campbell Trail to the Tampa Bay region!
The City of Tampa is accepting applications for the next Mayor's Neighborhood University. The program is designed to provide leadership development training to neighborhood and community leaders who reside in Tampa, as well as offer an in-depth and informative review of City of Tampa government. MORE
June 6: Zeno Technology Expo
June 15 - 16: Florida State League Home Run Derby and All Star Game at Steinbrenner Field
June 23: Luke Bryan Performs at Raymond James Stadium
July 5: Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful After the Fireworks Clean Up - Volunteers Needed
July 21: Shop Local with On Point Executive Center at WestShore Plaza
July 25: Representative Janet Cruz's 2018 Job Fair
July 28: Tampa Kids Market at WestShore Plaza
August 14: Taylor Swift's Reputation Stadium Tour at Raymond James Stadium
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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