Westshore Alliance announces Ailsa Hendry Hudson as its new Director of Marketing & Communications. Ailsa brings with her more than 10 years of communications experience most recently with Simon Property Group. She has held marketing roles in the Tampa Bay area with United Way, Tampa Connection and Ferman Auto Group.
In her new position, Ailsa will develop and oversee marketing, communications and public relations programs for Tampa's Westshore District. She will develop and implement strategic marketing and communication plans and manage the budget for the Westshore Special Services District, including administering applicable contracts.
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(IOA) Insurance of America - Tampa Division
Hyatt House at Avion Park - Westshore
James Joyce Irish Pub
Levin Financial Group
My Salon Suite of Westshore
NorthBridge Commercial Real Estate Group
NTP 2 Photography
Thoughtful Advisors
Viking Mergers & Acquisitions

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Thank you to the following companies that have recently renewed their Alliance membership.

20+ Years
Atkins North America, Inc.
Hillsborough Community College
Tampa International Airport
15-19 Years
Arcis Investments, Inc.
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Extended Stay America - Tampa - Airport -     Spruce Street
Savills Inc.
Towers at Westshore (The)

10 - 14 Years
5 West Apartments
Friedrich Watkins of Tampa, LLC
Total Wine & More
Village Inn
5 - 9 Years
Advocate Consulting Legal Group, PLLC
Oasis Staffing, Inc.
Tampa Bay Rays Baseball
1-4 Years
BTI Partners
Csenge Advisory Group
Franklin Street
Gaylord Merlin Ludovici & Diaz, PL
HCP Associates
Katerra Labor Management LLC
Maggiano's Little Italy
Pond & Company
Regions Bank

Please support these businesses who support 
the vital work of the Westshore Alliance.
More Hotel Rooms on the Horizon
The new owner of the Westin Tampa Bay, Castlerock Asset Management, plans to convert parking garage space into hotel rooms. The  Rocky Point Island hotel currently has  244 rooms and suites as well as 10,000 sq.ft. of meeting space. This is the only Tampa property for Castlerock which is based in Nashville and owns the Westin Nashville and the Bobby, an elegant boutique hotel located in a meticulously restored-and-renovated building on Nashville's historic Printer's Alley.
Highwoods Properties has filed plans with the City of Tampa for redevelopment of Westshore Square (corner of Cypress & Trask).  The new development would accommodate a variety of uses and is adjacent to the proposed Westshore Multimodal Center.
MY SALON Suite of Westshore (207 N. Dale Mabry Hwy) is excited to be the 100th franchise location nationwide. This unique collection of 33 independent beauty and spa professionals including hair stylists, estheticians, barbers, eyelash extension bars, massage therapists and a med spa is now open.  
Warby Parker will be opening at International Plaza in time for the holiday shopping season. Westshore Plaza welcomed The Blind Tiger Cafe, Tea & Textiles and Spirit Halloween.
 EOS Fitness is coming to Westshore MORE
HCC opened its new state-of-the-art Drs. Kiran and Pallavi Patel Allied Health Building. The four-story, 62,670-square-foot building includes a simulated hospital allowing multiple health science programs to work together, creating conditions found in real-life situations.
The Allied Health Building houses facilities for the emergency medical services, medical laboratory science, nursing and respiratory care programs.  The facility will provide space for classroom instruction and hands-on learning using the latest technological advances employed by the health sciences fields.
Tampa International Airport  and its three general aviation airports were recognized for efforts in carbon reduction. The  ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation program  is a global carbon management program for airports that independently assesses and recognizes airports' efforts to manage and reduce their CO2  emissions. MORE
I-275 construction detour on State Road 60 / Memorial Highway
The Florida Department of Transportation has started detours on State Road 60 / Memorial Hwy related to work to widen Interstate 275 through Westshore. The detour will be in effect from Sunday, October 6 to Friday, October 11, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. As part of the 275 operational improvements, the overpass at SR 60 needs to be widened, which requires a closure of SR 60 under 275. Confusion over the detours on SR 60 led to some drivers missing detour signs and ending up on 275 to St. Petersburg. Please use Spruce Street as the primary route to avoid the closure. West Shore Blvd. will be closed at a later date for a similar overpass project. Keep following Westshore Alliance for more information, or FDOT Tampa Bay's lane closures page .
TBARTA's Bus Rapid Transit Project Gets a Name: Regional Rapid Transit
  The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority's (TBARTA) proposed 41-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) project along I-275 connecting Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties has a new logo, informational video, website, and a name: Regional Rapid Transit.
BRT is designed to provide fast, comfortable, and cost-effective transportation, and is increasingly being implemented around the world. TBARTA's proposed route would begin in downtown St. Petersburg and travel north on I-275 through downtown Tampa before ending in Wesley Chapel. The project is currently undergoing a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study, made possible through a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

A video introducing the Regional Rapid Transit project can be viewed, along with project information at www.rrt.tbarta.com .
Get Ready for Hockey Season
Florida Blue will help you prep for the Tampa Bay Lightning season and learn the basics of this sport. They will take attendees through the strategy of the game, explaining to new fans how the game is played. Snacks and Tampa Bay Lightning swag will be available. MORE
More News About Westshore and Alliance Members:
Brewery tours, world-class shopping, live jazz and art exhibits are just a few ways to experience Tampa's vibrant Westshore District. 

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