Tampa’s transformation will be at the center of the international conference

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Downtown leaders from around the world will travel to Tampa to discuss post-pandemic recovery efforts and explore solutions to the barriers that urban places management organizations currently face.

It kicks off Wednesday, October 20 with a general opening session from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. Macinnes Place, Tampa.

Speakers at the opening session will include Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, Tampa Bay Sports Commission executive director Rob Higgins, Tampa prep school principal Kevin Plummer and President and CEO of the Tampa Downtown Partnership Lynda Remund.

The 2021 conference will highlight Tampa Bay’s transformation from an emerging metropolitan area to one of the fastest growing regions in the United States.

This year’s theme, “Modern Momentum,” will focus on the ways urban districts have creatively addressed new challenges to better support economic development, place creation and communications in their communities.

Industry leaders will discuss post-pandemic recovery efforts and how to continue the momentum of an unprecedented era by deploying unique strategies in an ever-changing economy.

Like many large cities in Florida, Tampa has activated and invested in its waterfront, using the natural environment as an ethic for the future and creating a series of emerging neighborhoods with distinct character, purpose, and design.

Participants will visit some of these communities and Tampa’s transformative 2.6-mile Riverwalk, sample Tampa’s iconic Cuban sandwich, tour cutting-edge breweries, explore the success of Tampa’s sports teams, and learn how a fictional pirate became the center of interest of the three months celebrates Gasparilla.

The 2021 Annual Conference and Market will be held at the Hilton Tampa Downtown hotel and various other locations in downtown Tampa.

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