Westshore E-News: News from the Westshore Alliance
Westshore Alliance Welcomes New Staff

Please join us in welcoming Jena Maida to the Westshore Alliance as our new Membership and Event Assistant. Jena is a Tampa native and recent University of South Florida graduate. She most recently worked as an intern at the Ybor City Development Corporation.

We also welcome Jamie Farrell to the Alliance team as the Director of Membership. Jamie is a dynamic business professional with extensive experience in sales and developing community partnerships. As Director of Membership, she oversees our organization's membership recruitment and retention efforts, develops and secures event sponsorship opportunities, and manages membership programming. Read her full announcement here.

Jena Maida
Membership and Event Assistant

Jamie Farrell
Director of Membership

Berkshire Hathaway Corporate Relocation Services

JSF Laurel Street, LLC

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
Mechanik Nuccio Hearne & Wester, P.A.

15-19 Years
MacDonald Training Center, Inc.
MetLife Real Estate Investors
Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.

10 - 14 Years
Coen & Company
Homewood Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore
Mosaic Westshore
TownePlace Suites Tampa Westshore/Airport
Troy University

5 - 9 Years
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Cardinal Point Management, LLC

1-4 Years
First Florida Integrity Bank
Marsocci Appleby & Company
Pure Point Financial
ShowTech Solutions, Inc.
Tomlin Commercial Real Estate Services

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

Tues. July 10, from 8:30 - 9:30 am
HDR, Inc. 
4830 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 400
FREE Event

Space is limited! - Breakfast and Behind-the- Scenes  Tour at One Buccaneer Place
Thurs. July 19, from  8 - 9:30 am
One Buc Place
1 Buccaneer Place
REGISTER  (Westshore Alliance Members Only)

Alliance After-Hours Networking
Wed. Aug. 1, from 5 - 7 pm
Seasons 52
204 N. West Shore Blvd.
Members: Free, Prospective Members: $15

Committee Meetings (Westshore Alliance Members Only)
Transportation Committee
July 11 from 10 - 11:30 am

View a complete list of Westshore Alliance events  HERE .
Data quality and compliance company Validity Inc. opened a 23,000-square-foot hub at 4010 Boy Scout Blvd. in the MetWest International mixed-use development. The expansion includes plans to hire 75 local employees by the end of the year. MORE
Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services was recently honored with the Enterprise Florida Job Creator Award on behalf of Governor Rick Scott's office. The company provides maintenance repair and overhaul services to cargo and passenger airlines, and it plans to add more than 100 positions this year at its 320,000-square-foot, two-hangar facility at Tampa International Airport. MORE
Chapters Health System is relocating its office to Meridian Three at 4200 W. Cypress St. Cushman & Wakefield represented a 14,205-square-foot lease. MORE
The 323-unit Seazen Rocky Point waterfront apartment community is pre-leasing for Fall 2018. Developer ZOM Florida and Northwestern Mutual are partnering on the luxury residential project at 7616 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway. View floor plans, amenities and pricing on Seazen's website
Godfrey Hotel and Cabanas Tampa celebrated the grand opening of WTR Pool & Grill, its renovated restaurant and poolside space offering an upscale outdoor recreational destination for locals and Westshore visitors. MORE
The 5-story office building on the future Midtown Tampa site was demolished last month. Watch the video here. Plans for The Bromley Companies' half-billion-dollar mixed-use project at the southeast corner of 1-275 and North Dale Mabry Highway include 240,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space including a Whole Foods Market, 750,000 square feet of Class A office space, a 225-room boutique hotel, and a series of multifamily residences.
La Segunda Central Bakery is opening a second location, which is scheduled to open at 4015 W. Kennedy Blvd. on July 18. Cuban bread, pastries, cafe con leche and other treats are on the menu. The 3,000-square-foot bakery and cafe includes indoor/outdoor seating, a barista coffee bar and to-go window with parking.
18 Bagels, a new concept from Yogurtology co-owners, is now open at 111 S. Dale Mabry Hwy. In addition to serving bagels, they offer deli sandwiches, desserts and an extensive coffee bar.
Census tract 26, which includes Drew Park and the International Plaza and Bay Street property, is one of the approved Opportunity Zones designated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service. Designated zones were created to spur investment, and new investments in Opportunity Zones can receive preferential tax treatment. MORE
What's Ahead for Tampa's Booming Westshore District?
Already the largest commercial office market in the state of Florida, Westshore continues to grow with several new projects, not only in office, but also in retail, multifamily and mixed-use.  Read more about what's ahead for the vibrant Westshore District in Cushman & Wakefield's article.
Regional Connectivity to Tampa International Airport
The new Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Route 275LX began July 1, to provide daily, hourly, limited-stop service between Wesley Chapel, University Area, Downtown Tampa, and Tampa International Airport. This route provides local stops along Bruce B. Downs Blvd., then operates along I-275 for express service between the major business and transportation hubs. MORE
Additionally, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority recently introduced the 300X Airport Express - the first ever public transit service from Pinellas to Tampa International Airport. Service will run fare-free through August. MORE
Here's more news about Tampa International Airport:
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
Tampa Bay Transit Forum on July 20
The future of Tampa Bay transit will be on the agenda for the Tampa Bay Transit Forum on July 20, at 1 pm at the Tampa Airport Marriott. The event will highlight current and future transit projects, and how these efforts are linked to create Tampa Bay's transit future. MORE
Petition drive for transportation referendum gets rolling
There is an active petition drive to place a 1-cent sales tax referendum for transportation improvements on the November 2018 Hillsborough countywide ballot. The effort is led by a group called All for Transportation, but it will not make the ballot unless 49,000 signatures from across Hillsborough County are collected. If the petition drive is successful, voters will vote on a charter amendment to increase the sales tax for 30 years, starting in 2019, for road and transit projects. Road and pedestrian projects would receive 54 percent of funds, transit projects would receive 45 percent, and 1 percent would be allocated for planning and oversight. For more information, and to sign a petition, visit AllForTransportation.com.
Are you ready for the 2018 election? Register to vote or check your status!
The 2018 election season has begun. While most of the attention will be on the competitive Senate and Gubernatorial races, there are several Hillsborough races to be aware of, including County Commission, and State House and State Senate seats. If you're not registered to vote, or need to change your information, visit RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov. For information about candidates and polling places, visit the Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Supervisor of Elections offices. The primary election is August 28, and the general election is November 6.