Westshore E-News: News from the Westshore Alliance
Bahia Property Management
Rizzetta & Company, Inc.
Yummy House South Tampa
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
Crosstown Couriers
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Tampa Marriott Westshore

5-9 Years
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Tampa Electric/Peoples Gas
1-4 Years
Advocate Consulting Legal Group, PLLC
Batson-Cook Company
HCP Associates
Please support these businesses who support 
the vital work of the Westshore Alliance.
If you work or live in Westshore, 
please take 10 minutes to complete the  Westshore District-wide Survey. 

If you WORK in Westshore, 
take the Worker Survey HERE.

If you LIVE in Westshore, 

If you work AND live in Westshore, 
please take the Resident Survey HERE.

Please help us by circulating these links to your staff, peers, friends and connections living and/or working within Westshore. To show our thanks, survey participants may enter a drawing to win one of six $100 gift cards. Questions? Email Heather Mackin or call  813-289-5488.  
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.

The Alliance issued 118 new passes the week leading up to Hurricane Irma. Hurricane season does not end until November 30, and we encourage property owners to register if they haven't already done so. Passes do not expire. However, passes are non-transferable. If you have a change in personnel, please contact Shawn Fogarty to request a new pass. MORE

After-Hours Networking at Maggiano's
Oct. 10 from 5 - 7 pm
Maggiano's Little Italy
203 Westshore Plaza
Members: Free, Non-members $15

Oct. 11 from 8:30 - 9:30 am
Troy University
5201 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 110
Free Event

October Lunch with Hillsborough Community College President Dr. Ken Atwater
Oct. 26
11:30 am Registration, 12 pm Lunch
The Centre Club, 123 South West Shore Blvd., 8th Floor
$40 Members, $55 Prospective Members

Ron Rotella Golf Classic  (Only a few spots remain!)
Nov. 3
9:30 am Registration & Networking, 11 am Shotgun Start
Rocky Point Golf Course, 4151 Dana Shores Drive
Sponsorships Available! Becoming a sponsor is a great opportunity to promote your business. View details  here, and contact  Rosemary Bidwell to learn more.

Register Early! Holiday Lunch at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Dec. 6
11:30 am Registration, 12 pm Lunch
Flemings, 4322 W. Boy Scout Blvd.

Committee Meetings (Alliance Members Only)
Transportation Committee
Nov. 8 from 10 - 11:30 am
Ambassador Committee
Oct. 26 at 11 am
The Centre Club

View a complete list of Westshore Alliance events  HERE .
WISCO LLC acquired the 76,397-square-foot office building at 550 N. Reo St. MORE
MetWest International announced City National Bank of Florida has signed a lease for 4,071 square feet at MetWest One at 4030 Boy Scout Blvd. Additionally,  Preferred Materials has a new lease for 3,393 square feet at One MetroCenter at 4010 Boy Scout Blvd.
Chicago-based general contractor Summit Design and Build LLC announced the opening of Summit Design and Build Southeast LLC, located at 2202 N. West Shore Blvd. in Corporate Center I at International Plaza. MORE
Hillsborough Community College Breaks Ground on Allied Health Building
HCC celebrated the groundbreaking of its Allied Health Building this week at the Dale Mabry Campus. The collaborative instructional space will provide 62,000 square feet for primary care and diagnostic programs including a state-of-the-art simulated hospital environment. Programs offered in the new facility will create a future workforce of nurses, emergency medical services technicians, respiratory care therapists, and medical lab technicians. Opening date is scheduled for spring 2019. Watch the groundbreaking ceremony video HERE.

Want to learn more? HCC's President Dr. Ken Atwater is guest speaker at the Alliance's Luncheon on October 26. Register here.
The indoor Tampa Bay Buccaneers training facility is now open. The 100,000-square-foot facility stands 95 feet tall - one of the tallest in the NFL. MORE
The 40,000-square-foot Veterans International Institute of Orthotics & Prosthetics is now open at 4809 Memorial Hwy. The institute provides education for those who want to enter the field of orthotics and prosthetics, help for veterans seeking to obtain artificial limbs, and other resources for people who need artificial limbs. MORE
City of Tampa's Neighborhood Empowerment Department has moved to 4900 W. Lemon St. The move includes Code Enforcement and Business Tax Divisions. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 am - 4:30 pm.
Tampa Bay Sports & Medical Massage is now open at 4100 W. Kennedy Blvd. MORE
Ciccio Restaurant Group has leased the former Gogo's Greek Grill space at 4616 W. Kennedy Blvd. The 2,000-square-foot storefront will become a Fresh Kitchen, CRG's health-focused concept. MORE
Tampa's first Metro Diner is slated to open at 4001 W. Kennedy Blvd. in May 2018. MORE
Plans are underway for Yummy House South China Bistro to open soon at 302 N. Dale Mabry.
Call to Action: Support Rebuilding the Westshore Interchange
Rebuilding the I-275/SR60 Westshore Interchange is the Westshore Alliance's top transportation priority. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is hosting a public workshop on Monday, October 9 from 4 to 7 pm at the Tampa Marriott Westshore located at 1001 N. West Shore Blvd. FDOT staff will share reconstruction plans for the Westshore and Downtown Tampa interchanges and the section of I-275 between these two areas.

We encourage you to attend the workshop to review the plans and provide written comments to FDOT.  View more information about the workshop and how to submit comments HERE Questions? Email Alliance Dir. of Transportation Chris Weber or call 813-289-5488.
Howard Frankland Bridge Public Hearing November 14 in Westshore
The Florida Department of Transportation has revised its plans to replace the Howard Frankland Bridge to include better transit accommodations, add two express lanes in each direction, and a bicycle and pedestrian path. The public hearing will take place November 14, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Tampa Marriott Westshore. A second hearing will be held in St. Petersburg on November 16. View the revised plans and public hearing details HERE.
Changes to HART Bus Routes Begin October 8
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART)  has redesigned its transit system. The following changes will take place in Westshore beginning October 8:
  • 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.
  • Route 32 (MLK) extended westward to include Boy Scout Blvd., International Plaza and Tampa International Airport. This route previously terminated at the West Tampa Transfer Center.
  • Route 34 (Hillsborough Ave.) is increasing frequency to 15-minute service (currently 30 minutes).
  • Route 30 (Kennedy Blvd.) - Route terminates at Tampa International Airport. The previous route from the airport to the Northwest Transfer Center will be replaced with 60LX.
HART is offering free rides October 8 and 9. For more information, visit HART's website.
Tampa International Airport is moving forward with plans for a new office building in their Gateway Development Area adjacent to the new rental car center.  A request for proposals (RFP) for parties interested in developing a 240,000+/- s.f. office building is scheduled to be available on October 18. More details can be found on the airport's website. The project is solicitation number 17-411-810. 
In the News:
  • Amazon's Treasure Truck makes first stop in Tampa at International Plaza MORE
  • Ed Sheeran coming to Raymond James Stadium MORE
  • Tampa Bay's most booked restaurants - 6 out of 10 in Westshore MORE
  • International Plaza restaurant gets its own rooftop patio MORE
  • Monster Jam competitions set for January, February at Raymond James Stadium MORE
  • FAMU fans start a new tradition with Tampa Classic MORE
  • Rocco's Tacos headed for International Plaza's Bay Street MORE
  • Tampa International Airport ranks No. 2 in the J.D. Power 2017 North America Airport Satisfaction Study MORE
  • Tampa International named among least expensive airports MORE
Congratulations to Westshore Alliance board member Denise Kauble on her promotion to regional director of sales and marketing at McKibbon HospitalityMORE
CareerSource Tampa Bay's On-the-Job Training program helps businesses save money while training promising new hires. Get reimbursed up to 50% of the costs to train new employees. Learn more.
Do you drive in downtown Tampa? The Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot is looking for 1,600 drivers to have equipment installed in their cars that will "talk" to other equipped cars to help prevent crashes. Learn how you can earn a 30% rebate on your daily commute. MORE