Pinellas County Economic Development
Ideal Business Climate
While visitors and residents are drawn to the world-renowned white sand beaches of Pinellas County, a skilled workforce, high-quality universities and an entrepreneurial spirit make Pinellas the ideal climate for business. The infrastructure is in place and there are buildings, as well as construction-ready sites, available for every possible use.
Anchored by the urban markets of Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Pinellas has the second largest base of manufacturing employment in Florida. Fortune 500 technology manufacturers Jabil Circuit and Tech Data are headquartered here.
Pinellas has diverse, yet symbiotic, industry clusters, including aviation/aerospace; defense/national security; medical technologies; business and financial services; and information technology. An extensive network of suppliers, service-providers and business associations support operations in these sectors. Relocating businesses can move to Pinellas and expect to begin growing immediately.
Pinellas encourages innovation, and with industry giants HSN, Nielsen, ValPak and Catalina Marketing, it is rapidly becoming Florida’s hub for big data.
Through relationships with major universities and high-tech institutes, Pinellas has become a center for research and development in marine science, electronic instruments, medical devices, sensors, nanotechnology and health care. The county is home to numerous business accelerators, like the Tampa Bay Innovation Center and Gazelle Lab, which are committed to nurturing and building new ventures.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps entrepreneurs and established businesses develop through personalized business consulting and growth planning. Funding is critical, and the SBDC explains the requirements necessary to secure an SBA loan. Federal contracts are a large part of the economy in Tampa Bay, and our experts teach local companies how to compete successfully for these opportunities.
A number of innovative incentives exist to attract high-wage jobs and support existing businesses. Our team is ready to discuss the specific growth needs of your company in the ideal business climate of Pinellas County, Florida.
Notable Employers: Home Shopping Network, Nielsen Media Research, Jabil Circuit, Raymond James Financial, Tech Data, SRI International, Draper Labs, Honeywell, Raytheon, Lockheed-Martin, ConMed Linvatec, TransAmerica and Baxter.