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St. Petersburg Economic Development

Contacts

Cindy Margiotta
Pinellas County Economic Development
(727) 464-7398
cmargiotta@pinellascounty.org 

Sophia Sorolis
City of St. Petersburg
(727) 893-7100
sophia.sorolis@stpete.org


 

 

St. Petersburg: The Sunshine City
With nearly 250,000 people, 9,900 businesses and 130,000 employees, St. Petersburg is one of the brightest spots in the Southeast, not only as a headquarters for new businesses, but as a home for a growing and talented workforce. Featuring world class amenities for families and young professionals, including performing arts centers and outstanding museums, it is ranked as America’s No. 1 arts destination for cities its size.

Visitors and residents alike enjoy events such as the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Major League Baseball's Rays, and the Saturday Morning Market – the largest farmer’s market in the Southeast. The Salvador Dali Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts and Chihuly Collection solidify Downtown’s cultural reputation. Performance art is represented across many genres (theater, indie rock, and jazz) and venues (Mahaffey Theater, Jannus Landing, Palladium, and the State Theater).

St. Petersburg's College Core

  • The University of South Florida-St. Petersburg continues to grow in south Downtown around Bayboro Harbor.
  • St. Petersburg College's Downtown Campus hosts 2,000+ students per semester.
  • The St. Petersburg Ocean Team is comprised of thirteen educational, scientific and governmental agencies involved in marine research. 

Employment Center 
Gateway St. Petersburg is the employment center of the city, providing easy access to employment, housing, and lifestyle entertainment. Gateway is home to 60,000 employees and 2,700 businesses that represent the city’s business clusters of Financial Services, High-Tech (IT), Manufacturing and Medical Services. With over thirty-million-SF of industrial/office space and extensive transportation improvements, major employers such as Raymond James Financial Services, Jabil Circuit, Draper Labs, New Advantage, Halkey Roberts, Valpak, Bright House Networks, Humana Cares, and Home Shopping Network call Gateway home. Carillon Office Park is the epicenter of Gateway, home to several of the notable employers mentioned above as well as Synovus Bank, Mercury Insurance, Franklin Templeton, a 217-room Hilton Hotel, and St. Anthony’s Hospital’s Carillon Outpatient Center. 

Opportunities
Downtown provides opportunities for high-rise office and residential development. Suburban office and residential opportunities are also available throughout Gateway and Carillon.

In Gateway, Echelon City Center offers a 3-million-square-foot planned development with 500,000 square feet of Class A office space, 1,500 residential units, hotel and retail space. 

Economy

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Economic Indicators 2016 Q2 PDF (208.78 KB) Administration 9/26/2016
Economic Indicators 2016 Q1 PDF (86.21 KB) Administration 6/30/2016
Economic Indicators 2015 Q4 PDF (86.81 KB) Administration 3/16/2016
Economic Indicators 2015 Q3 PDF (86.86 KB) Administration 12/28/2015
Pinellas Labor Force Estimates by Census Tract PDF (19.65 KB) Administration 3/25/2016
Economic Indicators 2015 Q2 PDF (86.85 KB) Administration 9/8/2015
Pinellas Sales Tax Data by Kind Code XLSX (218.5 KB) Administration 9/26/2016
Pinellas County Economic Profile PDF (605.67 KB) Administration 9/21/2016
Pinellas Cost of Living Comparison PDF (82.26 KB) Administration 5/19/2015
Economic Indicators 2015 Q1 PDF (86.81 KB) Administration 6/18/2015
Economic Indicators 2014 Q4 PDF (89.02 KB) Administration 6/18/2015
Economic Indicators 2014 Q3 PDF (87.02 KB) Administration 6/18/2015
Economic Indicators 2014 Q2 PDF (86.93 KB) Administration 6/18/2015
Economic Indicators 2014 Q1 PDF (205.35 KB) Administration 6/18/2015
Economic Indicators 2013 Q4 PDF (88.43 KB) Administration 6/18/2015

Employers

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Pinellas Largest Target Industry Employers PDF (105.56 KB) Administration 5/18/2016
Companies with Active Certifications PDF (192.55 KB) Administration 9/8/2015

Incentives

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
QTI Report 2016 PDF (2.45 MB) Administration 9/14/2016
Pinellas County ED AVTE Program Guidelines.pdf PDF (85.13 KB) Administration 8/24/2015
RequiredStateIncentiveReport.pdf PDF (47.02 KB) Administration 1/14/2016
Quick Response Training Info Sheet PDF (421.83 KB) Administration 5/20/2015
Incumbent Worker Training Program Info Sheet PDF (395.54 KB) Administration 5/20/2015
Space Industry Sales Tax Exemption PDF (201.25 KB) Administration 5/20/2015
Semiconductor, Defense and Space Technology Tax Ex PDF (1.11 MB) Administration 5/20/2015
Machinery and Equipment Tax Exemption PDF (394.92 KB) Administration 5/20/2015
Electricity and Steam Tax Exemption PDF (490.67 KB) Administration 5/20/2015
Aviation Tax Exemption PDF (220.13 KB) Administration 5/20/2015
Overview of Tax Exemptions & Incentives PDF (65.69 KB) Administration 8/13/2015
Urban Job Tax Credit PDF (352.83 KB) Administration 5/18/2015
Special Consideration for Urban Areas Summary Shee PDF (174.34 KB) Administration 5/18/2015
Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund Program PDF (307.01 KB) Administration 5/18/2015
Qualified Target Industry Incentive Report (12/201 PDF (343.39 KB) Administration 5/18/2015
Qualified Defense & Space Contractor Tax Refund PDF (1.45 MB) Administration 5/18/2015
Job Creation Incentive Grant PDF (39.99 KB) Administration 5/18/2015
High Impact Performance Incentive Grant PDF (354.7 KB) Administration 5/18/2015
Enterprise Zone Incentives PDF (287.14 KB) Administration 5/18/2015
Economic Development Transportation Fund PDF (459.96 KB) Administration 5/18/2015
Capital Investment Tax Credit PDF (340 KB) Administration 5/18/2015
Brownfield Redevelopment Bonus PDF (280.61 KB) Administration 5/18/2015

Maps

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Municipalities and Unincorporated Areas PDF (5.07 MB) Administration 6/18/2015
Truck Routes PDF (770.2 KB) Administration 6/18/2015
Rail Lines PDF (654.18 KB) Administration 6/18/2015
Locator Map PDF (205.11 KB) Administration 6/18/2015
Community Redevelopment Areas PDF (3.58 MB) Administration 6/18/2015
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