St. Petersburg Economic Development
Pinellas County Economic Development
City of St. Petersburg
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.
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.
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.