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8th Fastest Growing City - St. Petersburg/Clearwater/Tampa (Forbes)
Forbes’ annual list of America’s fastest-growing cities provides a holistic picture of places on the upswing. The magazine looks at growth of population, employment, wages, economic output and uses home price growth as a proxy for wealth. Tampa Bay joins metropolitan areas across the country experiencing the biggest surges, growth rates and projections that got them on the list.

Florida leads the Nation and the St. Pete/Tampa Region leads the State in Job Growth (Tampa Bay Times)
Tampa Bay added 7,000 jobs in May, totaling 43,000 since May 2016. Among major Florida metros, only Orlando had more job gains at 7,800 for the month and 48,000 since last year.

St. Petersburg, 20 Best Places to Live 2017 (Coastal Living)
With mild winters, this is a year-round city of outdoor play, and the proximity of 35 miles of white-sand beaches adds a quality-of-life layer that few other sophisticated enclaves possess.

St. Petersburg, Best Towns in America (Outside Magazine)
Life is lived on the water in this old-school Gulf Coast town. You don’t even have to leave the city limits to kayak through Weedon Island Preserve, a 3,000-acre wildlife refuge with a resident population of roseate spoonbills and a well-marked four-mile water trail.

Best Places to Live, St. Petersburg (Southern Living)
Nestled on the bright blue waters of Tampa Bay, this cosmopolitan city just keeps getting better and better, with a downtown arts and culture scene best exemplified by the spectacular Dalí Museum anchoring the waterfront. Historic, small-scale neighborhoods balance the big-city pleasures.

2015 -2016

5 Reasons Why St. Petersburg Is Becoming America's Hottest City (The Huffington Post)
Florida is one of several states with no income tax, which attracts entrepreneurs from all over America. With strong growth and healthy employment opportunities, the younger generation is no longer leaving but staying to work...

St. Petersburg "Best City for Millennial Job Seekers" in Florida | This city at the edge of Tampa Bay is home to a thriving economy with the average payroll salary of $47,471, which is $13,500 more than the average across the 93 cities analyzed. The headquarters of Raymond James Financial and EverBank are here, along with Jabil Circuit, a Fortune 500 company. The median rent is $924 a month in a city bustling with restaurants and entertainment along the Grand Central District. The millennial population here has increased 6% since 2010.

Pinellas County - A Tech Savvy Community | Pinellas County was recognized for its 2015 Strategic Business and Technology Plan. The plan aims to improve customer service around technology for county residents.

Clearwater Beach Named America's Best Beach by TripAdvisor |  The sugar fine white sand is a trademark of this fabulous beach. Perfect for a day in the sun. You might even spot a dolphin or two playing on the horizon.

2014 - ...

St. Petersburg - New York Times, 52 Places to Go (2014) |  St. Petersburg is anything but stationary. With a redeveloped waterfront, a stunning Dali Museum, and sophisticated restaurants in place, the downtown energy is now heading up historic Central Avenue, thanks in part to the craft beer scene. Among the many recent arrivals, artsy Cycle Brewing features Fixie and Endo ales, while Green Bench Brewing Co., the name a nod to those erstwhile icons, invites winter escapees to its sunny taproom and beer garden.

One of the Top U.S. Metros for Small Business (Biz2Credit 2014)

Mindy Grossman, CEO HSNi, Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women (2009-2013), Fortune's Top People in Business (2014)

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