Westshore E-News: News from the Westshore Alliance
Celebrating 35 Years: Westshore Alliance Annual Meeting 
More than 350 business and community leaders joined us at the Raymond James Stadium West Stadium Club on February 28 for the Westshore Alliance 35th Annual Meeting presented by Highwoods Properties. The evening began with a recap of 2017 highlights and accomplishments presented by Alliance Executive Director Ann Kulig, followed by Alliance President Jay Botsch who shared new initiatives and plans for shaping Westshore's future. Everyone then enjoyed food and beverages with live music from Southern Train. 

Thank you to all who attended the event, and a special thank you to our sponsors for helping to make it possible! Event highlights, photos, the "Year in Review" report, and new Westshore District Video can all be found HERE.
Dental Health Services
Jersey Mike's
Office Evolution Tampa
RITE Technology
Shield Coatings & Weatherproofing, Inc.
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Thank you to the following companies that have recently renewed their Alliance membership.

20+ Years
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Murphy LaRocca Consulting Group, Inc.

15-19 Years
DeLaVergne & Company
Digital Lightbridge, LLC
DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Airport-Westshore
Pro-Ject International, Inc.

10-14 Years
Big Cat Rescue
Panera Bread
Renaissance Tampa International Plaza
Residence Inn Tampa Westshore/Airport
Staples/JEM Investments

5-9 Years
Children's Cancer Center
Coldwell Banker Corporate Relocation and Moving Services
Genesis Group
JCR Enterprise, Inc.
KHS & S Contractors
Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority
Visconti @ International Drive

1-4 Years
Adrian Madhosingh
Awnclean USA, Inc.
Ballard Partners
Best Buddies International
CI Group
Cole, Scott, and Kissane, P.A.
GHD Services, Inc.
Julie Harris & Associates
Pond & Company
The Pub Tampa
Tribute Telecom
Wade Trim, Inc.
Yacht Starship Dining Cruises

Please support these businesses who support 
the vital work of the Westshore Alliance.
Alliance Luncheon with Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan
Tues. March 20
11:30 am Registration, 12 pm Lunch
Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore
2225 N. Lois Ave.
$40 Members, $55 Prospective Members

Wed. April 11, from  8:30 - 9:30 am
Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza
4101 Jim Walter Blvd.
FREE Event

SAVE THE DATE!: Annual Westshore Development Forum
Tues. May 8
Details and registration coming soon.

Committee Meetings (Westshore Alliance Members Only)
Transportation Committee
Mar. 7 from 10 - 11:30 am
Ambassador Committee
Mar. 20 from 11 - 11:30 am
Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore

View a complete list of Westshore Alliance events  HERE .
Office Evolution opened a location at the Lincoln Center, 5401 W. Kennedy Blvd.  The company offers co-working space, private executive offices, day offices, and conference rooms for daily or long-term rentals.
Rocco's Tacos and Tequila bar is now open at International Plaza's Bay Street. MORE
SoHo Capital purchased the Mariner Square office complex near the Howard Frankland Bridge for $7.5 million. The 5.4-acre complex consists of five low-rise buildings with a total of 73,000 square feet. MORE
MetWest Three Under Construction
The groundbreaking of MetWest Three took place at MetWest International last month. The 250,000-square-foot, 10-story office building will accommodate an expansion of anchor tenant PwC Read the PwC story here, and view the groundbreaking ceremony here
The 203-room DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel on Rocky Point sold for more than $34 million. MORE
The Godfrey Hotel and Cabanas Tampa celebrated its newly renovated hotel with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception. View the ceremony here.
Amgen Now Open
Biotech giant Amgen officially opened its new capability center last month at the Corporate Centers. The California-based international company chose Westshore from an initial list of 388 metro areas across the country with plans to add 400 jobs by the end of this year. MORE
ReOp Investments LLC purchased the eight-building Bay West office park for $20.25 million. MORE
Cushman & Wakefield has been retained by Keating Resources to handle leasing for Westshore Logistics Center, a four-building, 166,680-square-foot industrial park located at 5400 Southern Comfort Blvd. next to the Veterans Expressway. MORE
Third Lake Capital, the investment fund controlled by the owners of Ashley Furniture HomeStores Inc., has listed its 11.57-acre site at the corner of North Dale Mabry Highway and Columbus Drive for sale. MORE
The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting an Industry Forum on the SR 60 Operational Improvements and I-275 Operational Improvements. The Forum will take place on Thursday, March 8, from 9 - 10:15 am at the District Seven Headquarters located at 11201 North McKinley Drive. MORE
It's a big month at Tampa International Airport! Check out the latest news below:
  • Taking Flight: As part of its multiyear, $2.6 billion expansion and renovation, TPA plans to hire a developer to construct a new 270,000-square-foot office building, which will be one of the first new offices added to the area's inventory in 10 years. MORE
  • TPA's billion-dollar update is a new airport experience MORE
  • TPA sets stage for another $304 million in construction MORE
  • Private aircraft firm opens new $6.5M hangar at TPA MORE
  • TPA's flights to Iceland increase to four times a week MORE
  • TPA expects its busiest spring break yet MORE
The Drew Park Community Redevelopment Agency recently held a Gateway Marker dedication ceremony to reveal the new Drew Park Gateway Markers on the corner of Alva Street and Dale Mabry Highway. The markers pay homage to the historic Drew Airfield and the heritage of the Drew Park community.