On Thursday, November 29th, the Tampa Downtown Partnership is hosting the Urban Excellence Awards at Armature Works from 6–9 p.m. The Partnership works to promote Downtown businesses and plays a key role in creating a 24-hour urban center where people can learn, live, work and play. They are the official advocates for residents, workers and visitors to downtown, and work to encourage Downtown’s physical and economic development.

Cocktails and Dinner 

To recognize and celebrate the people and businesses who participate in this hard work, the Tampa Downtown Partnership hosts the Urban Excellence Awards to commemorate the businesses, programs, people and projects that have a lasting and positive impact on the revitalization of Downtown. The event will consist of an hour of registration and cocktails from 6 – 7 p.m. and the awards program and dinner from 7 – 9 p.m.

Award Categories 

The award categories include the Public Sector Project Award, Private Sector Award, Downtown Collaboration Award, Landmark Development Project Award, Downtown Experience Award, Activating Spaces Award, Marketplace Award, Arts & Culture Award, People’s Choice Award and the Christine Burdick Leadership Award.

The Finalists

Each year an awards jury representing a cross-section of downtown constituencies selects award winners who have made significant contributions that have made a lasting and positive impact on Downtown. Awardees are honored for their leadership, innovation, hard work, talent, and community spirit.

The finalists by category:

Activating Spaces:

Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority Pocket Parks Phase 1
Street Car Live by GMF
Downtown Crawlers

Arts & Culture:

Tampa Museum’s Love is Calling Exhibit
The History Center’s New Pirate Ship Exhibit
Pep Rally Inc.


Street Car by HART
2018 Commuter Challenge Week
Madame Fortune Taylor Bridge Historical Marker Ceremony and Unveiling


Two Wheel Bike Valet
Won't You Be My Neighbor? Franklin Street Block Party
2018 Riverfest


Tampa Theatre
Armature Works
The Hall


Don Me Now
Maven Market Channel District

Private Sector:

Wilson Company Collective - Gin Joint
SHUFFLE – The Heights Shuffleboard Society
Tampa Bay Fiber

Public Sector:

Julian B Lane Riverfront Park
Florida Department of Transportation- District Seven Jackson Street
Rampello K-8 Downtown Partnership School

Person of The Year:

Leo Rodgers
Abbey Dohring
John Bell

The Location

Armature Works has become one of the premier event venues in Downtown, so it’s no surprise they were selected as the location for the celebration. This event marks a full circle in the story of Armature Works, as they were reimagined into a food and public meeting space for the new purpose of becoming the heart of the Tampa Heights neighborhood.

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