Business Florida 2022 - The Regions
Citrus • Hernando • Hillsborough • Manatee • Pasco • Pinellas • Polk • Sarasota
What’s not to like about Tampa Bay? Hardly anything, according to WalletHub, which gives this region high marks on everything from “Best Large Cities to Start a Business” (Tampa, No. 10); and conversely “Best Places to Retire” (Tampa, No. 4). Among large cities, Tampa is the No. 1 “Best Place for First-Time Homeowners” and No. 14 overall. And if you decide to move here, do bring your furry friends – Tampa is America’s No. 1 “Most Pet Friendly” city. No doubt about it, Florida’s second most populated region is a great place to live and work. With seamless connections, a thriving job market, outstanding educational options and plenty of things to see and do, Tampa Bay is the right place to settle down and settle in.
Tampa Bay is home to 20 corporate headquarters, five of which have been named to the Fortune 500 list for 2021: Publix Super Markets (No. 69); Jabil (No. 104); Mosaic (No. 346); Raymond James Financial (No. 367); and Roper Technologies (No. 488).
Among recent activities in this sector:
• Lakeland-based Publix Super Markets celebrated its 90th anniversary in September 2020 and a year later announced plans to expand into Kentucky, its eighth Southeastern state. Expected to open in late 2023, the 55,702-sq.-ft. store in Louisville will join the more than 1,280 Publix stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia.
• St. Petersburg-based Raymond James Financial valued its client assets at more than $1 trillion for the third straight quarter in July 2021.
• Tampa-based staffing agency Kforce has announced plans to move its headquarters out of Ybor City and into Midtown Tampa, where it will operate “an office occasional” work model” aimed at providing an optimal life-work balance for its 600 Tampa-based employees.
KEY PLAYERS: Jabil, St. Petersburg; The Mosaic Company, Tampa; Publix Super Markets, Lakeland; Roper Technologies, Sarasota