Tampa Bay is making a name for itself! In 2015, the region received numerous accolades, including: Best Places to Retire (No. 1, WalletHub), Best Airport in the U.S. (No. 2, Conde Nast Traveler), Best American City for Sports Travel (No. 4, Hotels.com and SeatGeek), Best Small Business Cities (No. 19, Biz2Credit), and Best Cities to Find a Job (No. 24, WalletHub).
The depth and diversity of our regional business community led to significant growth in industries defined by innovation and technology. These industries include financial and shared services, life sciences, defense and security, manufacturing, and agribusiness. The area also has firms specializing in medical devices, high tech electronics and instruments, logistics and distribution, homeland security and defense, and port/maritime. Diversification of services has been key to the success and vitality of the local economy.
Nearly one in four of Florida’s business and information services firms calls Tampa home, ranging from information technology to law firms, accounting, engineering, and other consulting businesses. Tampa also is a gateway to the Florida High Tech Corridor, a 23-county area that spans across the state and is connected by three research universities, more than 20 local and regional economic development organizations, 14 community and state colleges, and six regional workforce boards.
Today, Tampa Bay is home to 19 corporate headquarters with over $1 billion in annual revenue, eight of which are Fortune 1000 companies. Tampa is also the location of choice for nearly 500 foreign-owned companies representing over 40 nations.
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