AWESOME NEWS!!! Tampa’s Downtown Partnership services have expanded into The Heights.

So what many people don’t realize is the Tampa Downtown Partnership is separate from the city itself, and they provide a bunch support that is easy to take for granted. This is the crew working everyday to make sure we have awesome events, are helping all these new merchants get set up as quickly as possible, working though transportation options, and so much more!

What does this expansion mean for residents and visitors of Downtown Tampa or The Heights?
The biggest thing from a resident/visitor perspective is the availability of the FREE Downtowner shuttle service to and from Heights businesses, such as Ulele, Armature Works, The Hall on Franklin, Rialto Theatre, etc. with the Northern most boundary at Palm Ave. 

Other benefits include the Downtown Tampa Clean Team and Guides will also be serving The Heights district, effective immediately.

The Downtown Clean Team provides supplemental litter and debris removal, minor landscaping, and maintenance to the sidewalks, curbs, and other public areas. There are going to be dozens of new, beautiful, planters installed all around town over the next few weeks 🙂

The Guide are public safety ambassadors, First Aid Certified, and work closely with the Tampa Police Department through the Downtown Security Network and Downtown Business Watch programs. You have seen these awesome people walking around in those yellow Tommy Bahama shirts.

From a business perspective, this expansion provides a variety of opportunities for growth.  “Tampa Heights is an important gateway into Downtown Tampa with its own eclectic vibe and personality,” said Lynda Remund, Acting President and CEO of the Tampa Downtown Partnership. “We are looking forward to bringing our full suite of services to this area just north of Downtown.”

There are 2 grants available for all businesses in the Downtown Tampa Partnership coverage zone to take advantage of as well.  Businesses will have access to a total $50,000 per year that is focused on improving storefronts and activating public spaces.

Activation Grant – up to $2,500 per project. Total budget of $25,000  (for events that bring people to the district)
Storefront & Café Grant – up to $5,000 MATCHING per project (match their expenses up to $5k). Total budget is $25,000
*** All have to be approved before any of the work is done (aka they won’t pay for something that is already done).

Contact with any questions.

In a nut shell all of this news basically means more events, more transportation, and a more beautiful a vibrant Downtown/Heights district 🙂