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Thank you to the following companies that have recently renewed their Alliance membership.

20+ Years
Air Animal Pet Movers
Four Points by Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore
MetWest International

15-19 Years
Bayport Plaza
Best Buy (JEM Investments LTD.)
Outback Bowl

10 - 14 Years
Hilton Garden Inn Avion Park of Westshore
The Millennium Westshore

5 - 9 Years
Varela Westshore

1-4 Years
Aubrey Communications, Inc.
Florida InnoVation and Education (FIVE) Labs
Florida Retail Partners, Inc.
Novus Westshore
Rita Technology Services
Ross Consulting Group, Inc.
SiteSecure, LLC

Please support these businesses who support 
the vital work of the Westshore Alliance.

A special thank you to Rosemary Bidwell, the Alliance's Director of Business Development, who is leaving her position in mid-May to pursue other interests. We thank Rosemary for her 5 years of service with the Alliance, and her professionalism and enthusiasm will be missed.
We're Hiring!
The Westshore Alliance is accepting applications for the following positions:


Wed. May 2, from 8:30 - 9:30 am
Florida InnoVation and Education (FIVE) Labs
4115 W. Spruce St.
FREE Event

Alliance After-hours Networking
Thurs. May 3
5 - 8 pm
Tampa Marriott Westshore:  1001 N. West Shore Blvd.
FREE Event

Registration Closing 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

Committee Meeting (Westshore Alliance Members Only)
Transportation Committee
May 9 from 10 - 11:30 am

May 28: The Westshore Alliance office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. 

Wed. June 6, from  8:30 - 9:30 am
Valley National Bank
405 N. West Shore Blvd.
FREE Event

View a complete list of Westshore Alliance events  HERE .
Greenway Health is adding 104 new employees and investing $1.8 million in expanding its headquarters at 4301 W. Boy Scout Blvd. The new employees are already in place in the company's software development and training, legal, cyber security and marketing departments, bringing Greenway Health's Tampa-based staff to 494. MORE
Cushman & Wakefield recently published its Q1 2018 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.
St. Joseph's Hospital has broken ground on a $126 million expansion at its site on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Plans include a new six-story tower with 90 private patient rooms, a two-story lobby with drive-up front entrance, and connecting bridge to St. Joseph's Women's Hospital across the street. MORE
Liberty Investment Properties Inc. has opened Extra Space Storage, a 550-unit self-storage facility at 4907 W. Cypress St. MORE
GrillSmith, the Tampa-based American restaurant brand known for grill-forward, refined-casual comfort cuisine, is slated to open this month at 612 N. Dale Mabry Highway. MORE
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently announced the fourth 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
Tampa City Council has given preliminary approval to the rezoning for Midtown Tampa, a 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. The second hearing and final approval is expected this month.
Future changes for roads, bike and pedestrian improvements, transit and more were shared at the Florida Department of Transportation's Tampa Bay Next Westshore / West Tampa Areas Community Open House last month. Presentation boards, including information on the I-275 Operational Improvements and SR 60 Operational Improvement projects, can be found here
Transportation Map and Alerts
The Alliance's Interactive Transportation Projects Map features details on more than 20 major transportation projects throughout Westshore. 

Want to stay up to date on the latest Westshore traffic news and construction alerts?  SUBSCRIBE HERE and select "Westshore Traffic News."
May 5: 5K Cabana Run and Party hosted by The Godfrey Hotel and Cabanas Tampa 
May 5: Rep. Janet Cruz Cinco de Shreddo - FREE Community Paper Shredding Event
May 12: TGH Foundation's 21st Annual Gala
May 12: Tampa Kids Market at WestShore Plaza
May 18: Crisis Management Workforce Collaborative Event
May 19: Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb Tampa
May 26 & 27: Sunset Music Festival 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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