Westshore E-News: News from the Westshore Alliance
Ana A. Alonso, Licensed School Psychologist
Bake More Pies
BTI Partners
Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
La Maison Title, LLC
ProVise Management Group, LLC
Stephanie Ortega Consulting
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Thank you to the following companies that have recently renewed their Alliance membership.

20+ Years
First Housing
Hillsborough Community College
Tampa Bay Lightning/Strategic Property Partners
Tampa Electric/Peoples Gas
Tampa International Airport

10 - 14 Years
Carroll Air Systems, Inc.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
DEX imaging, Inc.
Kuhn Volkswagen
5 - 9 Years
5 West Apartments
Batson-Cook Company
Tampa Housing Authority
Tampa Westshore Marriott

1 - 4 Years
Northwestern Mutual Greater Tampa Bay
Oasis Staffing, Inc.
TriMark Strategic
Williams Consulting Group
Please support these businesses who support 
the vital work of the Westshore Alliance.
Alliance Bylaws Update
At their September meeting, the Westshore Alliance Board of Directors voted unanimously to amend organizational bylaws pertaining to terms of board leadership positions. Board directors, executive committee members, and officers will now serve 1-year terms instead of the previous 2-year term positions. These changes will increase opportunities for members to serve in leadership roles, as well as allow them to ascend to executive and officer board positions within a more suitable time frame. This is one of several Alliance initiatives to prepare for the next generation of leadership, as announced at the annual meeting earlier this year.
Westshore is one of Florida's hot spots for  Millennials
Zip code 33609, which includes several neighborhoods in and adjacent to Westshore, has one of Florida's highest increases in millennial population over a 5-year period, according to a RentCafe.com nationwide report on where millennials live and what are the next millennial hot-spots. MORE

Morphe, one of the fastest growing makeup brands in America, is opening its first Florida location at International Plaza and Bay Street this fall. MORE
Tampa Bay area philanthropists and doctors Kiran and Pallavi Patel have donated $1 million to Hillsborough Community College for its Allied Health Building and scholarships for students. The three-story, 62,670 square-foot facility will include classrooms and laboratory space along with a simulated hospital serving several health science programs to simulate real-life scenarios. The building is expected to open next fall. MORE

What's Coming to Westshore?
Our interactive development map features more than 20 major Westshore development projects either planned or under construction.
Westshore Alliance endorses Transportation Referendum
At their September meeting, the Westshore Alliance Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the Hillsborough County transportation tax referendum. The plan outlined by the referendum will fund road, transit and pedestrian projects that are needed across Hillsborough County. Improving transportation for those who work, live and visit Westshore is a top priority of the Alliance. This referendum gives voters the opportunity to decide to invest in transportation improvements in Westshore and the surrounding community.

Learn more about the referendum here. The City of Tampa Transportation Department staff prepared a summary about the referendum and how proceeds could be used for projects within the city limits.
Westshore Transportation Action Plan gains support
The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization Board voted to support the Westshore Transportation Action Plan at their meeting on October 2. The Action Plan identifies 104 roadway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian improvements needed in Westshore. Many of these projects are already underway. The Action Plan will serve as a blueprint for Westshore transportation projects to 2045. For more information on the Action Plan, visit the Alliance website or contact Alliance Director of Transportation and Planning Michael Maurino via email or at 813-289-5488. 
Howard Frankland Bridge forum first step toward new span
More than 200 transportation professionals and interested parties attended the Howard Frankland Bridge Industry Forum last month. This event precedes the expected December release of the new southbound span RFP. The new $814-million span will include four general purpose lanes from Tampa to St. Petersburg, two express lanes in each direction, and a multiuse trail. The express lanes will be built strong enough to accommodate rail service. The existing southbound lanes will switch to northbound. Visit the project page to learn more.
Westshore and Alliance members in the news:
Tampa Downtown Partnership's (TDP) sixth biennial survey is now live. If you work or live in Downtown Tampa, please take this 9-minute survey to share your feedback and pass the word along. TDP is also accepting nominations through October 5 for Tampa's Downtown Urban Excellence Awards. Winners will be announced during the Urban Excellence Awards ceremony on November 29. MORE