The Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa opened their outdoor pool deck doors on Tuesday, May 8, for Uptown Tampa’s residents, business owners and Downtown Tampa Partnership members and involved staff. With complimentary food and/or drinks provided by Pizza Fusion, WaterWorks Bar & Grill, Kahawa Coffee and the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa, guests enjoyed a networking opportunity to discuss the social matters and development of the Uptown area.
The Uptown area is a subdistrict located at the western end of Downtown Tampa. Notable attractions include The Tampa Theatre, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and the Tampa Museum of Art. The district is bordered by Hillsborough River to the west, Kennedy Boulevard to the south, Palm Avenue to the north and Morgan Street to the east.
The theme at the May 8th event was “Local Artists of Tampa.” Featured artists included Nicole Abbett (Multi-Medium Artistic Photographer), Todd McDonald (Black & White Architectural Photographer), Ray Paul (Fine Artist), Charles Schwartz (Fine Artist) and Dominique Martinez (Owner and Artist of Rustic Steel Creations).
Randy Goers, of InVision Tampa, spoke about Downtown Tampa’s cause and future, sharing details of the ongoing InVision Tampa campaign. Donna Chen, Downtown Tampa Partnership’s newly-elected Director of Marketing and Communications, was also present discussing ideas about the Republican National Convention in August 2012 with locals of Tampa.
This is the first of many neighborhood mixers to be hosted in venues of the Uptown Tampa area. More details are listed at the Uptown Tampa Council’s website. The Uptown District Tampa Neighborhood Association’s goal is to find and solve issues and develop opportunities to benefit all of Uptown Tampa members — harnessing the passion and skill sets to approach and achieve real results.
What is InVisiona Tampa? Using federal grant dollars, InVision Tampa will create a master plan for the City Center of Tampa, Fla., spanning from downtown to Ybor City on the east, Armenia Avenue on the west, and north along historic Nebraska Avenue to Hillsborough Avenue. Working closely with Mayor Buckhorn, experts and scholars with worldwide experience and insight will walk, talk, photograph, map and — most importantly — listen to you about the nuances of your neighborhood as well as the things that matter to you and your families now and in our future. And when we are finished, together, we will have written a community master plan that will catalyze prosperity and a high quality of life for all of Tampa and Hillsborough County.