Westshore E-News: News from the Westshore Alliance
Helinger DeYoung
Jolley Trolley Transportation of Clearwater, Inc.
Rikki Tikki Marketing
Servis 1st Bank
The Ross Consulting Group, 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
Air Animal Pet Movers 

15-19 Years
Best Buy
Outback Bowl

10-14 Years
Bayport Plaza
Staples/JEM Investments

5-9 Years
Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore
Schwabe Benefits Group
Seasons 52
The Millennium-Westshore
1-4 Years
Air Culinaire Worldwide, LLC
Aubrey Communications, Inc.
BioSpine Institute Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Coldwell Banker Corporate Relocation Services
Convergent Management, LLC
Escape Countdown
Northwood Raven
R ita Technology Services
ShowTech Solutions, Inc.
The A.D. Morgan Corporation
The Westshore Alliance Transportation Committee is updating our comprehensive transportation plan. Upcoming interstate improvements, the addition of FDOT's multimodal center, the airport people mover, innovative transit technologies, and new rideshare operators such as Uber and Lyft are creating the opportunity to develop new options for how people travel to and within Westshore. The plan will address these options and more to ensure Westshore's continued economic prosperity. Alliance members who are interested in participating may email Chris Weber or call 813-289-5488.
The 15th Annual Westshore Development Forum presented by Highwoods Properties was held last month with a sold-out group of 200 attendees. Highlights included the latest Westshore commercial development, trends and transportation initiatives. Thank you to our event sponsors, presenters and everyone who joined us. Presentations are available on the website.
District Survey RFQ Opportunity: The Westshore Alliance is seeking a qualified firm to create and conduct a district-wide survey and analysis of those who work and live in Tampa's Westshore District. The RFQ can be viewed HERE for those choosing to submit information by the May 19 deadline. Contact Heather Mackin for more information. 

May 9 from 8:30 - 9:30 am
Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza
4101 Jim Walter Blvd., 2nd Floor
Free Event

May Luncheon with Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano
May 16
11:30 am Registration & Networking, 12 pm Lunch & Program
Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore - Airport
700 N. West Shore Blvd.
Members $40, Prospective Members $55

Westshore Safety & Security Series: Hurricane Preparedness for Business
June 2 from 8:30 - 10 am
Tampa Police District One
3818 W. Tampa Bay Blvd.
FREE Event
Committee Meetings  (Westshore Alliance Members Only)
Transportation Committee
May 10 from 10 - 11:30 am
Ambassadors Committee
May 16 from 11 - 11:30 am
Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore - Airport

May 29: Alliance offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

View a complete list of Westshore Alliance events  HERE .
Residential Acceptance Corporation, a wholesale mortage lending company, relocated its headquarters last month to 5027 W. Laurel St. The company invested $1.6 million in renovating its new headquarters and will host a grand opening next month. MORE
ServisFirst, a $6.4 billion bank headquartered in Alabama, opened an office at 4221 W. Boy Scout Blvd. with 20 employees. MORE
Gramercy Property Trust, a New York-based investment company, has acquired the office building housing Bristol-Myers Squibb's North American Capability Center located at 4931 George Road. MORE
Mangrove Investments, LLC, has purchased Watermark 3, a 12,398-square-foot office building located at 101 S. Hoover Blvd. Elliott M. Ross, CCIM of Ciminelli Real Estate Services of Florida represented the buyer, and Jim Moler, CCIM with Jones Lang LaSalle represented the seller.
Cushman & Wakefield  recently published its Q1 2017 Tampa Office MarketBeat Report. Westshore's overall vacancy rates are reported at 10.6%, and the District continues to lead Hillsborough County with the highest asking rent rates. View the full report.
Frankie's Lobstah Trap Raw Bar and Grill is coming to International Plaza and Bay Street across from Doc B's Fresh Kitchen. Clams, lobster and quahogs are on the menu with a full liquor bar. Also opening soon in the plaza's food court is Johnny Rockets, known for its burgers, fries and milkshakes. Read more about Lobstah Trap HERE and Johnny Rockets HERE
Looking for more fantastic foodie destinations in Westshore? Read about some of the District's newest restaurants and existing favorites in the 83 Degrees article, " Not your father's Westshore Area serves up a smorgasbord of foodie fun."
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently unveiled phase two of Raymond James Stadium renovations, which includes overhauling the West Stadium Club, adding a new team retail store, expanding the Hall of Fame Club and expanding and improving the home team locker room. These improvements are part of a multimillion-dollar stadium renovation that began in 2016. MORE
Lifsey Real Estate Holdings and Pinnacle Hotel Management are developing a 10-story, Marriott Autograph Collection hotel named Current, which will contain 180 rooms, 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space and a rooftop terrace. The 2500 N. Rocky Point Drive hotel also will contain an upscale restaurant, retail space by Tampa's Oxford Exchange and Buddy Brew coffee. Read The Business Observer's Q & A with Stan Lifsey HERE, and view the Current groundbreaking ceremony video HERE
Efforts are underway to connect existing trails in Hillsborough County to the rest of the state. This includes plans to connect the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail to the Tampa Riverwalk by creating additional trail segments in Westshore. MORE
The City of Tampa is considering changes to the tree and landscape code. Documents and background information regarding the changes are available on the city's website. Public information meetings regarding the proposed changes will be held on May 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Barksdale Senior Center at MacFarlane Park and on May 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Ragan Community Center.  
Tampa International Airport has unveiled the second phase of its massive expansion project that includes express curbside drop-off for passengers without checked bags and the commercial development of 17 acres of airport property. It's part of roughly a $2.3 billion, long-term renovation and expansion that will allow the airport to eventually double its passenger traffic to 34 million. Read the article HERE, and register for the Alliance's May lunch with airport CEO Joe Lopano HERE. 
Amgen , one of the world's leading biotechnology companies, is bringing its Capability Center to Westshore and will soon occupy four floors of Corporate Center One. The company is actively hiring for positions in HR, IT, finance and many more. View the company's website for details. 

Visit Tampa Bay invites you to participate in its " Talk Up Tampa Bay" program to bring new meeting and convention business to town. Westshore is home to 38 hotels - the largest concentration of hotels in Hillsborough County. Visitors play an important role in the District's continued economic prosperity. Learn more.  

Find the tech talent you need today! Through the TechHire program, CareerSource Tampa Bay can connect you to hundreds of qualified candidates to fill your technology positions. Email or call 813-397-2035. 

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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