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Business Climate

Pinellas County averages 360 days of sunshine each year and its beaches rank among the best in the United States. Home to nearly a million people, Pinellas’ supportive business ecosystem and strategic location provide businesses a competitive advantage.

Pinellas County’s Ideal Business Climate.

Doing business just feels better in Pinellas County. With its sunshine and skyscrapers, delightful downtowns, idyllic white sugar-sand waterfronts, innovative industry hubs, and a welcoming, talented community with an entrepreneurial spirit, Pinellas offers something for everyone.

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Strategic Location

The Gulf Coast’s most popular tourist destination boasts a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem across 24 municipalities, a driven and trained workforce, robust infrastructure, and regional and global connectivity via Interstate-275, two international airports in St. Pete-Clearwater and Tampa, and the largest port in Florida. Anchored by the urban markets of Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Pinellas has the third largest base of manufacturing employment in Florida, generated 1/5 of all state of Florida economic activity in medical devices, and is a top location for aviation and aerospace and other industries. An extensive network of suppliers, service-providers and business associations support businesses both large and small.

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Industry Giants & Innovators

Six major industry clusters contribute to a diversified and robust economy and a talented workforce. Industry giants and Fortune 500 companies Raymond James Financial, Jabil Circuit and TD Synnex are headquartered in Pinellas County. Companies like Home Shopping Network, ValPak and KnowBe4 firmly support Pinellas County‚Äôs big data sector. Technical innovation and industry disruption in Pinellas has attracted companies like ARK Invest and Dynasty Financial Partners. Opening in the fall of 2023, the County’s new incubator, The ARK Innovation Center, operated by the prestigious Tampa Bay Innovation Center, will bring a 45,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility to catalyze future startups and technology companies in the Tampa Bay region.

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Ample Support for Business Growth

Businesses can move to or start up in Pinellas and expect to begin growing immediately, and new and established businesses will find ample support for sustained growth through the community’s financing and investment tools, and programs like Pinellas County’s $90+ Million Employment Sites Program to prepare modernized sites for jobs of the future.

To keep our economy thriving and encourage entrepreneurship, Pinellas County Economic Development teams with our local Chambers of Commerce. Pinellas’ chambers are your resource for networking, advocacy, information, growth strategies, and education. We hope you’ll join our chambers and become an active member of our business community.

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Workforce Collaboration & Partnerships

Pinellas County has a diverse and growing workforce as a result of a strong foundation in education, starting from Pinellas County Schools to higher education institutions such as St. Petersburg CollegeUniversity of South Florida St. Petersburg CampusEckerd College, and a multitude of training and workforce programs. Employers in Pinellas have access to a wide variety of programs and resources to meet talent needs as industries and technologies grow and change.

Quick Facts

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360

Days of Sunshine

6

Industry Clusters

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3rd

Largest Manufacturing Base in Florida

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972,852+

Residents in Pinellas

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News & Success Stories

Stay updated on the latest business news in Pinellas County.

December 2023 Pinellas County Business News

The final 2023 issue of Pinellas County Business News is out now! Inside, you’ll find stories about recent business success, our award-winning Employment Sites Program, and more.

Read the full issue.

Hydro-Dyne Engineering Overcomes Challenges and Continues Growth with Assistance from PCED

For more than a decade, Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) has worked closely with local manufacturer Hydro-Dyne Engineering to help the company sustain its continued growth and success in Pinellas Park, Florida. Continually fostering a relationship with the company, PCED staff members have over the years been able to quickly identify and recommend solutions to challenges Hydro-Dyne has faced.

Read more.

CONTACT US. 

Thinking about expanding in or relocating to Pinellas County? Let us help.
Dr. Cynthia Johnson
Director
econdev@pinellas.gov
(888) 759-5627
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