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Aviation & Aerospace

Pinellas County is where new ideas in aviation and aerospace take off.

Accelerating Success

Companies in Pinellas County can expect to reap the rewards of being located in a top state for the aviation and space industries. In Pinellas County companies can take their place in the space economy or aerospace market with direct access to established infrastructure, a skilled workforce, and an environment built for innovation. The region offers global access to one of the most extensive transportation systems in the world, so your company can reach customers and suppliers quickly. Close proximity to the largest and busiest, Coast Guard Station in the nation, the US Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, three international airports, foreign trade zones, three deepwater seaports, and access to Florida’s large market that does over $8.2 Billion in exports means your company will be set up for success. The Sunshine State takes Aerospace and Aviation seriously and supports capital and venture funds for the industry’s supply chains to foster a thriving innovation economy through Space Florida.

With a rich supply chain and highly skilled workforce of over 7,000 professionals, major employers in Pinellas are supporting design, structural modifications, installation, engineering, robotics, surveillance, satellite technology and more. Florida universities are top producers of STEM graduates and graduates are ready to work in Florida’s cutting-edge aviation and aerospace field. From talent at University of South Florida (Tampa), Florida Polytechnic University, University of Central Florida (Orlando), University of Florida (Gainesville), Florida State University, Embry Riddle University (Daytona), to the National Aviation Academy (Clearwater), companies have a deep talent pool of industry expertise to choose from.

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Pinellas Aviation & Aerospace Industry Leaders

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Quick Facts

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#1

Busiest and largest US Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater calls Pinellas County home.

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#1

In the Tampa Bay market in aerospace industry employment.

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1st

Commercial aviation services started in St. Petersburg in Pinellas County, by Tony Jannus.

$48.6 Billion

Dollars in Gross Domestic Product in Pinellas County.

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Connect with us.

For more information about Pinellas’ Aviation & Aerospace industry, contact:

Scott Talcott, Economic Development Manager.

News & Success Stories

Stay updated on the latest business news in Pinellas County.

Reverse Trade Show, Oct. 13

The Pinellas County Reverse Trade Show is an exclusive event that allows you to “meet the buyers.” Meet directly with procurement staff who are responsible for purchasing the types of products or services that your company can provide. Registration is free.

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September 2023 Pinellas County Business News

In this issue, learn about assistance available to businesses impacted by Hurricane Idalia, recent FL SBDC at PCED success stories, upcoming events designed to help your business grow, and catch up on news about PCED’s work.

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CONTACT US. 

Thinking about expanding in or relocating to Pinellas County? Let us help.
Scott Talcott
Economic Development Manager
stalcott@pinellas.gov
(727) 464-7353
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