Tampa Bay: Research Reigns
Growing technology cluster draws R & D facilities to economical, accessible Tampa Bay region.
Activity All Around: Real estate investment firm DBSI plans to develop more than 3 million square feet of industrial space on about 150 acres one mile east of Interstate 75 on Kettering Road in east Hernando County. The Idaho-based firm considers the site a prime location for a logistics/distribution center, as did retail giant Wal-Mart, which already operates a distribution center on adjacent property.
Expansion is under way at Hernando County Airport, too. Jet I.C.U, the air ambulance service based at the airport since mid-2008, has built a new hangar for its four LearJets. Nearby, American Aviation, a fixed-base operator in Hernando for close to 30 years, has added a hangar for corporate jets.
In Brooksville, Metro Bay Development continues its transformation of the Old Brooksville Regional Hospital into a 110,000-square-foot multi-use complex, including an assisted living facility, office buildings and retail space.
And at Pasco-Hernando Community College, where course enrollment for fall 2008 is up by more than 10% over the previous year, ground has been broken on a new Spring Hill campus near U.S. 19 and County Line Road. When the new campus opens in summer 2010, plans call for closing the school’s other Spring Hill location in order to focus on increasing programs and course offerings.
Jet I.C.U. offers 24/7 air ambulance service from Hernando County Airport.
Partnering for Progress
The Tampa Bay Technology Forum is dedicated to promoting high-technology growth and industry throughout this region. Founded in 2000, TBTF today represents more than 400 technology and business firms, investors, government units, educational institutions and related entities. Through events, education, networking, advocacy and philanthropy programs, TBTF is bringing all of these constituents together with one goal in mind: to position Tampa Bay as a top-tier technology market by 2015.