Office & Industrial Development

Pinellas County is deeply committed to helping companies expand and grow and provides tools like the Employment Sites Program and others to help drive investment and lay the foundation for the jobs of the future.

Grow and Expand Your Business with the Employment Sites Program

Pinellas County has committed over $90 million to assist in the construction and redevelopment of industrial (manufacturing & flex) and office buildings to facilitate a strong and robust local economy that provides growth opportunities for existing businesses and attracts new target industry employers to Pinellas County.

What are Target Industries?

A Target Industry is identified as an export-oriented industry with a majority of its products or services sold outside of Pinellas County (preferably outside of Florida) and whose average annual wages are above the Pinellas County average yearly wage.

Who can apply?

Applications will be accepted from developers and Pinellas County businesses that present proposals that demonstrate the capacity to successfully develop, market, and manage the proposed project following all local, county, state, and federal laws and guidelines. For this program, allowable capital expenditures related to development include:

  • Site preparation
  • Vertical construction
  • Infrastructure development

All potential applicants for the Employment Sites Program are required to have a pre-application meeting with Pinellas County Economic Development staff. Please contact staff to set up an appointment. For more details on the program including the adopted program guidelines and the process that will be used to review and award applications please review the Program Information section on this webpage.

All proposals for new construction, expansion or rehabilitation of office and industrial buildings will be required to submit a detailed financing plan which must document a financial gap (i.e., a lack of funding which would prevent the project from achieving financial feasibility with sufficient returns to the developer, as well as financial feasibility once Penny IV Economic Development Program funds are provided). Sufficient returns to the applicant will vary by project type and will be determined during the review process based on market conditions and data.

Round 6 of the Pinellas County Employment Sites Program

The Round 6 application period closed February 16, 2024.

Employment Sites Program Information

Learn more about the program.

Teresa Brydon

Connect with us.

For more information, contact:

Teresa Brydon, Business Redevelopment Manager.