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November 30, 2015


New Directions

Ready workforce and a fertile business climate are hallmarks of Tampa Bay’s appeal.

Gary B. Shepherd | 10/1/2007

Where It's At: Downtowns

A portion of the Tampa Riverwalk passes directly in front of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in downtown Tampa. [Photo: Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center]
  • In Clearwater, two major projects are helping spark redevelopment downtown: Clearwater Centre is a mix of condos, offices and retail shops in a 15-story tower and a three-story perimeter building financed by Spain-based Grupo OHL. A 115-unit Residence Inn by Marriott is rising on 2.2 acres.
  • The Hillsborough River in Tampa is the focal point for an ambitious downtown revitalization project. City officials vow to complete the Tampa Riverwalk by 2009 when Tampa hosts the Super Bowl for the fourth time. The Riverwalk will begin at The Heights, a $1-billion, 1,900-residence, multiuse project on the north edge of downtown, continue through a series of waterfront parks and past the planned new Tampa Museum of Art and Children’s Museum, ending at the booming Channelside District, home to shops, entertainment venues and The Florida Aquarium.
  • In downtown St. Petersburg, a $350-million combined retail and condominium complex received approval from the city’s Environmental Development Commission in mid-2007. The contemporary-styled Tropicana Center complex will include two condo towers (36 and 33 stories respectively) with nearly 600 residential units above two levels (110,000 square feet) of retail space and 880-parking spaces. Ground-breaking is expected by the end of 2007.


• Clearwater Christian College
• Eckerd College
• Florida College
• Florida Southern College
• New College of Florida
• Ringling School of Art and Design
• Saint Leo University
• Southeastern University
• University of South Florida
• University of Tampa
• Warner Southern College
• Webber International University
• Webster College

Community Colleges
• Hillsborough Community College
• Manatee Community College
• Pasco-Hernando Community College
• Polk Community College
• St. Petersburg College

• St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport
• Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
• Tampa International

• Port Manatee
• Port of St. Petersburg
• Port of Tampa

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