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CNU Tampa Bay Happy Hour

CNU Tampa Bay Happy Hour

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

5:30 – 7:00 PM

Flybar (1202 North Franklin Street, Tampa, FL, 33602)

CNU Happy Hour

Come join us for a CNU Tampa Bay Happy Hour at Flybar in downtown Tampa! We look forward to seeing you there!

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February 14, 2014 · 2:02 pm

CNU Florida Summit

CNU Florida Summit: Creating Value Through the Public Realm

February 6-7, 2014

New College of Florida – 5845 General Dougher Place, Harry Sudakoff Center, Sarasota, FL 34243



Please join us on Thursday and Friday, February 6-7  for the CNU Florida Summit with Keynote Speaker, Victor Dover. He will be discussing his new book, Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns.


The Florida Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism is excited to announce the 2014 CNU Florida Summit will be February 6 & 7 at New College of Florida, Sarasota. The full program will be posted soon.

  • Registration includes all sessions and events on Thursday and Friday.

Guided Trolley Tours will be available February 5th, 2014 – seats are limited. Tours include:

  • Downtown Sarasota Trolley Tour 3:30–5:30PM ($40)
  • Bradenton Riverfront, Arts Village, and Bradenton Village Trolley Tour 1–3 PM ($55).

CNU Member Discounts

Your CNU Membership entitles you to register for this event for $185, s savings of $50 over the non-member registration fee. Join CNU or renew your membership to take advantage of this savings here:

AIA and AICP credits are pending

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Holiday Happy Hour

CNU Tampa Bay Holiday Happy Hour

Friday, December 6, 2013

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

721 South Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606


(Image Source: Matthew Paulson)

Please join CNU Tampa Bay for a happy hour to celebrate the Holidays and the announcement of our fist ever elected Planning Committee! Please bring your own beverages. Nibbles and snacks will be served. Look forward to seeing you there!

Please RSVP to by December 4th

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November 8th – General Membership Meeting

General Membership Meeting

Friday, November 8, 2013

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Commerce Club at The Oxford Exchange – Second Floor, Smith Room (420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL, 33606)


Please join us on Friday, November 8th for a General Membership Meeting, where we will make a call for CNU Tampa Bay Committee nominations, discuss the formalization of the organization, and brainstorm about the New Year! Please RSVP to
2014 CNU Tampa Bay Committee Position*
If you’re interested in running for a position, please email by November 15th.
Regional Rep
  • Chair Committee Meetings
  • Organize General Membership Meetings
  • Lead planning efforts for unique events
  • Primary contact with CNU-FL and assist state chapter when possible
  • Manage organizational and financial matters
  • QA/QC organization operations
  • 2-Year Term (2014-2015)

Programs Coordinator

  • Develop and maintain event calendar
  • Coordinate and work with project managers on recurring events
  • Plan social happy hours
  • Assist the Regional Rep with annual and ongoing planning activities

Communications Director

  • Maintain Social Media (Facebook, Twitter)
  • Maintain website
  • Check and organize email account
  • Develop and maintain graphic/branding materials for communications and events

Group Administrator

  • Lead membership development initiatives
  • Develop partnerships (Coordinate with other professional/community organizations)
  • Organize and maintain email lists
  • Coordinate quarterly with CNU-FL to update our email list with new national members
  • Take meeting minutes

Project Manager: Urbanism on Tap

  • Coordinate with Urban Charrette Project Manager to plan recurring Urbanism on Tap events (second Tuesday of every other month)
  • Chair planning meetings (3 every 2 months)
  • Manage CNU Tampa Bay representative members on UOT Planning Committee

Project Manager: Walkabout Series

  • Coordinate with the Programs Coordinator to plan walkabouts (occurring quarterly on average)
  • Manage CNU Tampa Bay members planning the series

*Please note: to serve on/vote for the Committee you must be a member of the CNU National Organization (minimum “Advocate” level – $40 annually.) To join, please visit: If you are a CNU member and do not receive a ballot by email by November 16, please notify us at

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Tactical Urbanism Workshop with Mike Lydon

Tactical Urbanism Workshop

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

The Beck Group (222 W. 7th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Tampa, FL, 33602)

How can an inexpensive, short-term project create long-term societal change? Guerilla Gardening, Pavement-to-Parks, Reclaim A Parking Space – these are all examples of an exciting trend in urban placemaking commonly referred to as Tactical Urbanism.

Mike Lydon, Principal of The Street Plans Collective, will visit the Tampa Bay are to lead a Tactical Urbanism Workshop alongside local leaders, planners, advocates, and stakeholders. The workshop will provide an overview of tactical urbanism, and will equip workshop attendees with an understanding of how to plan, fund, and implement tactical urbanism projects. Attendees will work together to plan and implement a tactical urbanism intervention for a select opportunity site within the Downtown Tampa workshop location area and will walk away from the workshop with the tools to implement more projects throughout the Tampa Bay Region. 4 AICP Certificate Maintenance credits are pending approval. CNU-A credits are offered as well.

Cost: $25.00

Please register at the following link:

This workshop is sponsored by the Sun Coast Section of Florida APA, with support from CNU Tampa Bay, the Tampa Downtown Partnership, the Beck Group, and HDR.

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Tampa Bay Young Professionals Summit 2013

Tampa Bay Young Professionals Summit 2013

Friday, October 4, 2013

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Centre Club (123 South Westshore Blvd., 8th Floor, Tampa, FL, 33609)


Please join CNU Tampa Bay as they partner with Emerge Tampa Bay in a half-day of engaging guest speakers covering these topics: The New Economy, Urban Development, and Transportation. Learn more about current projects and business trends, and share your ideas with the Future of Tampa Bay.

Cost: $25.00

Please register at the following link:

Program and Agenda
• Introduction 1:00 – 1:15
◦ Todd Goldberg – EXMO – explanation of event app functions
• Urban Development – Panel Discussion 1:15 – 1:50 (including Q&A)
◦ Moderator – Jess Johnson – Senior Strategy Consultant, Vertical Integration Inc.
◦ Greg Minder – President, In Town Group
◦ Bob McDonaugh – Economic Opportunity Administrator, City of Tampa
◦ Ken Stoltenberg – Director, Mercury Advisors
◦ Eileen Pope – Senior VP, Banc of America CDC
◦ Mike Cheezem – CEO, JMC Communities
• The New Economy – Individual Presentations 1:50 – 3:05 (15 min each)
◦ John Wakefield – Tampa Chamber Startup Scholars
◦ Tony DeSisto – Cofounder, Citizinvestor
◦ Nathan Stonecipher – Cofounder, Green Bench Brewing Co.
◦ Commissioner Mark Sharpe – Medifuture & Innovation in Hillsborough County
◦ Tonya Elmore – President and CEO, TB Innovation Center
• Break 3:05 – 3:20
• Transportation – Individual Presentations 3:20 – 4:05 (15 min each)
◦ Rafaela Amador – Tucker-Hall, PSTA Greenlight Pinellas Campaign
◦ *Awaiting confirmation of two final speakers
• Keynote 4:05-4:25
◦ *Awaiting confirmation of special keynote speaker
• Wrap Up 4:25 – 5:00
◦ Final Q&A
◦ Presentation of Emerge YP benchmarking study conclusions
◦ Polling using EXMO to determine 2014 public policy priorities
• Happy Hour to follow on site 5:00 – 6:00


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Encore LEED ND Affordable Housing Tour!

Encore LEED ND Affordable Housing Tour
Thursday, September 19, 2013
3:30-5:30 PM
Encoure – Tampa ELLA (1210 E. Ray Charles Boulevard, Tampa, FL, 33602)

USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter and CNU Tampa Bay welcome you to attend a walking tour of the Encore Development where we will discuss affordable housing and the urban design framework, LEED for Neighborhood Development (written in part by the Congress for the New Urbanism.) Depending on reservations we will head to Lee’s Grocery for a happy hour and discussion.


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June 5th – Meeting for Members and Interested Urbanists!

CNU Tampa Bay General Membership Meeting (All Welcome!)
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
8:00 – 9:30 AM
Datz (2616 South MacDill Avenue, Tampa, FL 33629)

Please join us for a CNU Tampa Bay general membership meeting. This is open to everyone – whether you are a national CNU member or an interested urbanist! We will review the executive committee’s work over the last year, report on current and upcoming activities, and brainstorm ideas for the summer/fall.

We’d love to see you there! If you are able to attend please email


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Share Your “Urbanism on Tap” Thoughts Here…

Thank you for attending Urbanism on Tap, a discussion about Tampa’s Vision for the future of its community. We will be asking questions over the next several weeks so please feel free to visit this site often and share your voice. But first, here is a recap of what people in your community had to say about Tampa. These comments were able to be categorized into six categories.

Strong Economy

  • More Private sector investment.
  • Creation of ‘GREEN JOBS’.
  • Need of a Primary Target Industry.
  • Promote CAMLS and First Wave Centers.

Strong Neighborhoods

  • Walkable neighborhoods.
  • Grocery Store/s needed in Downtown accessible by bike and walking.
  • Art Supply Store is needed in a convenient location near downtown.
  • Artists work space.
  • Neighborhoods with communal space that can be accessed by walking, biking, public transportation.
  • Preservation of urban fabric


  • Safety and security for pedestrians and bikers.
  • Options like bike paths, green boxes and sharrows, trails, mobility way, friendship trail bridge and Streets du Soliel were suggested by some event participants.
  • Complete streets.
  • It was suggested that the proposed East – West Greenway should be extended and continued through Central Tampa to University of South Florida.
  • Expansion of Street Car service.
  • Need Global Air Service.
  • Need the best technology transit system; good and frequent public transportation.

Urban Places/Urban Design

  • More Cafes!
  • Installing artwork, wherever needed and appropriate.
  • Highlight Tampa’s rich cultural history.
  • Need a 50 – 100 year vision.


  • A place where you can spend a day walking around.
  • Need more – Think Tanks, Stem, Art, and Businesses.
  • Develop Brand “Tampa Bay”.
  • Sense of community and regional identity.
  • Critical mass of varied activities, users and density.
  • Being able to choose to walk, ride a bike, a bus, a train or a car wherever you go.
  • Safe and secure public spaces and crime free environment.

Citizen Participation

  • Citizens need to demand action and need to know what’s happening such as Urbanism on Tap events.
  • Citizen Participation is the key to changing things, referring to Pinellas Referendum for Transit.
  • DIVERSITY in Citizen Participation– Engage a broader mix of people – age, people of color, etc.
  • A guide (forum, website, or social media) to how to get involved.

So that you’ve been caught up on people’s biggest concerns from our first Urbanism on tap event, here is the first question:

After seeing the presentations and reviewing Invision, What is the first step?  What should Tampa focus on first?

What is your favorite quality of another American city that you’d like to see in Tampa?

(Please share your thoughts below in the comment section…)

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Urbanism on Tap – Rival Cities Series

PART I: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 – 5:30-7:00pm – SONO Cafe at Tampa Museum of Art (120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL)

PART II: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 – 5:30-7:00pm – Tampa Museum of Art (120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL)

PART III: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – 5:30-7:oopm – Tampa Museum of Art (120. W. Gasparilla Plaza)


Urbanism on Tap is a new series organized by CNU Tampa Bay and The Urban Charrette designed to give an opportunity for the community to engage in constructive conversations about current ideas shaping our city. The format is simple enough – We’ll provoke the conversation with a quick slideshow and then start a lively dialog Open Mic style.

The first series is called Rival Cities, and is focused on understanding Tampa’s Vision for the future, and how that compares to other vibrant communities throughout the country.


#1 – It’s About Us! – Our Plan – March 12, 2013
What’s Tampa’s Vision? Check out the Invision Tampa Plan and come discuss what you think it says about our city to the region and the world.

#2 – What About Them? – Rival Cities – May 14, 2013
Who are we competing against, and what are they doing to make their cities more vibrant? Come discuss how we rank against other regions and share ideas about ways to innovate in the competitive global market.

#3 – What Happens Next? – Actions for the Future – July 9, 2013

How do we achieve our vision? What can we do to transform our city? The third and final part of the series will focus on identifying steps for community action.

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