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July 18, 2018

Business Florida 2017 - The Regions

On the rise

| 9/22/2016

Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is among the top seven metro areas in the nation with the largest increase in entrepreneurial growth in 2016. (Kauffman Foundation)

Tampa Bay’s University of South Florida ranked ninth worldwide among public universities for U.S. patents granted in 2015 — 90 in all. (National Academy of Inventors, Intellectual Property Owners Association)

  • Population: 4,535,293
  • Labor Force: 2,118,078
  • Household EBI: $41,656
  • Universities/Colleges: 19
  • Commercial Airports: 3
  • Seaports: 3

St. Petersburg’s city-owned waterfront has proved a catalyst for downtown growth. Since 2013, 1,228 housing units have been built; an additional 1,109 are under construction and 983 more are permitted, but not yet underway.


Life Sciences / Health Care

TAMPA Johnson & Johnson’s newly opened North American shared services headquarters is on track to create 500 jobs over the next three years.

ST. PETERSBURG All Children’s Hospital celebrated 90 years of pediatric health care in 2016 with a new name — Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital —and new construction: a 250,000-sq.-ft. research and education facility housing laboratory and simulation space. Estimated completion: 2018.

WESLEY CHAPEL After raising $18 million in venture funding, medical technology firm CareSync plans to add 500 jobs, of which up to 400 will be nursing positions.

TAMPA The discovery of a method for preserving and reviving human retinas recently made at the Lions Eye Institute in Ybor City may pave the way for retina transplants, a procedure previously considered impossible.

TAMPA Tampa General Hospital earned top 50 rankings in six medical specialties on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2016” list. TGH was among the top 20 hospitals nationwide in nephrology and urology.

Key Players

BayCare Health System | Clearwater
Johnson & Johnson | Tampa
Moffitt Cancer Center | Tampa
Wellcare Health Plans | Tampa

At 5,000 acres, Port Tampa Bay has the largest footprint of Florida’s 14 deep water ports. In 2015, it handled 37 million tons of cargo, including half of the state’s petroleum imports, and close to 870,000 cruise ship passengers. Coming soon: a 130,000-sq.-ft. refrigerated warehouse for perishable goods.

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