October 1, 2014

Economic yearbook 2011

Tampa Bay - Yearbook

Art Levy | 4/1/2011

Economic development officials are pushing for new clusters in applied medicine and human performance; high-tech electronics and instruments; business, financial and data services; and marine and environmental activities.

Tampa Bay, Florida

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY GOALS

> Continue to lobby for a high-speed rail link between Tampa and Orlando, despite Gov. Rick Scott's decision.

> Keep the Tampa Bay Rays in the Tampa area without being perceived as trying to lure the team away from St. Petersburg. Robert J. Rohrlack Jr., president and CEO of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, says a chamber caucus group is studying how other cities have funded sports facilities without using public money. He stresses: "This is not a grab for the Rays by Tampa."

> Attract more international flights at Tampa International Airport.

Jobs
MSA DEC. 2010 DEC 2009 % Change Jobless Rate
Lakeland/ Winter Haven 240,229
240,582 -0.1% 12.5%
Tampa/St. Pete/ Clearwater 1,147,049 1,143,134 +0.3% 12.0%
Source: Agency for Workforce Innovation

Homes Single-family, existing-home sales by Realtors
MSA Jan. 2011 Sales 1-Year Change Jan. 2011 Price 1-Year Change
Lakeland/ Winter Haven
263
+18% $87,300 -20%
Tampa/St. Pete/ Clearwater
1,911 +19% $110,000 -16%
Source: Florida Realtors

Hillsborough Population: 1,228,245
Population Growth Rate (2007-11): 1.22%
Population by Age:
0-14
15-19 20-39 40-64 65+
20.4%
6.6% 29.0% 32.1% 11.9%
Per Capita Income: $37.143

Daniel Herman
At a February gathering of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, member companies were polled about their hiring plans. Twenty-three reported 200 immediate openings. The firms anticipate filling another 150 jobs later this year. "We're hearing and reading about particularly smaller existing faster-growing companies that are starting to bring some people on," says Stuart Rogel, president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership. Daniel Herman (above) was recently hired at Haneke Design in Tampa. [Photo: Mark Wemple]

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