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

Diane Hufford
Clearwater Economic Development
(727) 562-4054
Diane.hufford@myclearwater.com

 

  

 

 

Clearwater (Population 114,516)
Clearwater is known for its internationally famous beach, semitropical climate and cool breezes off the Gulf of Mexico. The city has a high coastal bluff which accentuates a picturesque view of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. World famous Clearwater Beach is at the heart of Pinellas County tourism market, drawing 5 million visitors each year. Based on millions of reviews, the 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award ranked Clearwater Beach No. 1 in the United States and No. 7 in the world. 

As the county seat, the city hosts a large number of government offices. Clearwater also attracts a vibrant and successful business community through its strong local workforce and a coastal lifestyle that offers variety of outdoor recreational activities, world-class entertainment and professional and college sporting events. In a 2017 survey of U.S. corporate executives, the state of Florida ranked No. 2 in the nation for Best Business Climate for the state’s pro-business environment, favorable tax climate and strategic location.


Clearwater – Bright and Beautiful from Bay to Beach
Centrally located on the Pinellas County peninsula, Clearwater is only a 20-minute drive to Tampa International Airport and near the cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg. Clearwater is home to a growing and diverse business climate with established businesses in finance, information technology, software, insurance, marine science, medical technology, tourism and manufacturing. As the county seat, it also supports a large number of county and municipal offices, including the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court Clearwater Courthouse.

Downtown Clearwater
Clearwater boasts a traditional urban downtown complemented by Coachman Park, which sits adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Capitol Theatre, a historic theater dating back from 1921. Downtown Clearwater offers an emerging arts scene, a variety of international cuisines, a weekly farmers market and numerous special events and concerts along downtown’s Cleveland Street and at Coachman Park.

 Business Excellence
Some of Clearwater’s largest employers include BayCare Health System, Bausch & Lomb Surgical, Lincare Holdings, Aerosonic Corporation, MarineMax, Heritage Insurance, KnowBe4 and GE Instrument Transformers, which completed construction of a 208,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing center of excellence in 2015. The Wyndham Grand opened its doors in 2017 on Clearwater Beach adding one of the largest banquet facilities in Pinellas County.

 

NOVA Southeastern University’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, a $225 million, 325,000-square-foot regional campus, broke ground in 2018 bringing a state-of-the-art facility providing graduate and professional education opportunities to Clearwater.  Located at the eastern entry to the city, the regional campus will include the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences, the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine, the College of Pharmacy, the College of Dental Medicine, the College of Optometry, the College of Nursing and the College of Medical Sciences.


Opportunities

US 19 Corridor
In 2017, the city of Clearwater rezoned all properties along the city’s seven-mile stretch of US 19 and its major cross streets. New design standards accompany the rezoning and together provide many opportunities for redevelopment along this important north-south corridor that runs through Pinellas County.

Hercules Industrial Area
The Hercules Industrial Area, which is located in central Clearwater and adjacent to Clearwater Executive Airport, is the industrial center of Clearwater and is home to major manufacturers, including Aerosonic Corporation, F.K. Instrument Company, Phasetronics, Dosatron International, Monin and GE Instrument Transformers.

Clearwater Downtown Redevelopment Plan Area
The Clearwater Downtown Redevelopment Plan Area serves as a long-term vision for Downtown Clearwater and surrounding residential and commercial areas. It includes a 540-acre community redevelopment area, the Downtown Gateway, the North Marina Area Master Plan and the Imagine Clearwater Master Plan. Imagine Clearwater, a $55 million dollar master plan for redevelopment along downtown’s waterfront, contains recommendations that include improvements to open spaces and infrastructure assets and the activation of existing buildings and underdeveloped parcels. Downtown Clearwater offers business and investment opportunities including high-rise office space, mixed-use residential and retail space.


Demographics

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Pinellas Population Projection PDF (374.04 KB) Administration 11/13/2017
Pinellas County Demographic & Business Summary PDF (495.37 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Belleair PDF (517.13 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Belleair Beach PDF (493.52 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Belleair Bluffs PDF (493.83 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Belleair Shore PDF (492.95 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Clearwater PDF (495.31 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Dunedin PDF (495.08 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Gulfport PDF (494.93 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Indian Rocks Beach PDF (494.63 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Indian Shores PDF (494.43 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Kenneth City PDF (494.66 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Largo PDF (495.07 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Madeira Beach PDF (494.77 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
North Redington Beach PDF (494.71 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Oldsmar PDF (494.92 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Pinellas Park PDF (495.08 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Redington Beach PDF (494.57 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Redington Shores PDF (494.52 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Safety Harbor PDF (494.85 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Seminole PDF (494.76 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
South Pasadena PDF (494.84 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
St. Pete Beach PDF (495 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
St. Petersburg PDF (495.17 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Treasure Island PDF (494.81 KB) Administration 9/1/2017
Tarpon Springs PDF (494.81 KB) Administration 9/1/2017

Economy

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Trade Report PDF (419.25 KB) Administration 6/26/2018
Economic Indicators 2018 Q1 PDF (208.45 KB) Administration 5/24/2018
Arts and the Economy PDF (365.22 KB) Administration 5/14/2018
2027 Industry and Occupation Forecast PDF (1.04 MB) Administration 4/26/2018
Economic Indicators 2017 Q4 PDF (208.48 KB) Administration 2/22/2018
Economic Indicators 2017 Q3 PDF (208.27 KB) Administration 11/21/2017
2017 Pinellas Industry Cluster Analysis Report PDF (822.49 KB) Administration 11/21/2017
Economic Indicators 2017 Q2 PDF (208.15 KB) Administration 8/16/2017
Economic Indicators 2017 Q1 PDF (86.22 KB) Administration 6/1/2017
Economic Indicators 2016 Q4 PDF (86.71 KB) Administration 6/1/2017
Economic Indicators 2016 Q3 PDF (86.47 KB) Administration 12/21/2016
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 (221.11 KB) Administration 12/12/2016
Pinellas County Economic Profile PDF (825.51 KB) Administration 12/19/2017
Pinellas Cost of Living Comparison PDF (190.78 KB) Administration 3/15/2018
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
Inc 5000 Pinellas Companies PDF (284.49 KB) Administration 8/28/2017
Florida Trend's Largest - Pinellas Companies PDF (205.18 KB) Administration 8/28/2017
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

Entrepreneurs

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Construction Opp 10/3/17 DOCX (45.58 KB) Administration 8/30/2017
Construction Opp 9/17/17 PDF (434.71 KB) Administration 8/30/2017
Construction Opp 9/7/17 PDF (380.26 KB) Administration 8/30/2017
Request LOI for Pinellas Biz Incubator Operator PDF (340.65 KB)  more ] Administration 3/9/2016
SBE Program Application PDF (472.39 KB) Administration 5/20/2015

Incentives

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
QTI Report PDF (353 KB) Administration 2/6/2018
Pinellas County ED AVTE Program Guidelines.pdf PDF (85.13 KB) Administration 8/24/2015
RequiredStateIncentiveReport.pdf PDF (272.43 KB) Administration 2/2/2018
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 (98.62 KB) Administration 3/19/2018
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

Industry Pages

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Defense and Homeland Security One Sheet 2017 PDF (1.21 MB) Administration 6/8/2017
Manufacturing Organizations List PDF (40.96 KB) Administration 1/17/2018
Qrtly Vacancy & Rental Rates PDF (94.23 KB) Administration 7/6/2018

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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