Target Industries

The success of Pinellas County’s key industries is evident in the region’s vibrant and robust economy, talented workforce and growing industry clusters.

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A hub for innovation and talent.

Centered at the heart of the eight-county Tampa Bay region, Pinellas County is a hub for six major industry clusters in manufacturing, defense and homeland security, aviation and aerospace, life sciences, business and financial services and IT. While the community offers multiple ways to help with site readiness and assistance for scaling up, the County has deployed Pinellas County Economic Development to take a hands-on, personalized approach with target industries to foster high-wage skills growth by collaborating with partner agencies and educational institutions in the region to produce and retain talent.

Ample support for worker training grants, recruitment and hiring is offered by CareerSource Pinellas, through which qualified, skilled talent and job seekers are matched with employment opportunities. Talent pipeline development starts early in Pinellas County Schools with STEM- and Engineering-focused middle, high school and technical school programs that prepare a broad segment of students for career pathways in manufacturing, aviation and aerospace and defense. A deep pool of Veteran talent that is over 10,000 strong is one of Pinellas’ assets. For many of Pinellas County’s major employers, the solution to sourcing talent and closing skills gaps for early career employees and upskilling employees in life sciences, homeland and cybersecurity, business and financial services lies in partnership with St. Petersburg College, USF St. Petersburg, Nova Southeastern University Tampa Bay in Clearwater, and Eckerd College.

Ample support for all your business needs.

Companies looking to get started or expanding their footprint draw upon our experts that know the market inside and out and provide the tools and environment to help drive investment and job creation. Pinellas County Economic Development delivers comprehensive real estate and site selection assistance, market research, technical assistance with investment tools and development, and redevelopment strategies to help businesses open and expand their footprint resulting in fiscal and economic resiliency throughout the County.

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If your business is considering starting up, expanding or investing in Pinellas County, contact an expert today.

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Economic Advantage

Quick Facts

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Largest Manufacturing Employment Base in FL.


Largest Manufacturing Establishment Base in FL

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International Airport and 1 Foreign Trade Zone

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Best State for Business is FL

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For more information about Pinellas’ Target Industry Clusters, contact:

Suzanne Christman, CEcD, MEDP, Division Director of Business Development.

News & Success Stories

Stay updated on the latest industry news in Pinellas County.

May 2024 Pinellas County Business News

Read about upcoming events and opportunities for businesses of all sizes, as well as news and updates from across the Tampa Bay area.

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2023 Annual Report

2023 was a banner year for our team, as we exceeded goals and previous measures across the board. Take a look at our new Annual Report for a full picture of all we’ve accomplished with our partners and supporters to benefit the businesses and citizens of Pinellas.

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Thinking about expanding in or relocating to Pinellas County? Let us help.
Suzanne Christman, CEcD, MEDP
Division Director, Business Development
(727) 464-7332