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Pinellas County Economic Development
13805 58th St. N. Clearwater, FL 33760
Phone: (727) 464-7332
|On October 30th and 31st, 2014 some 200 elected officials, developers, business owners, and citizens gathered together at SPC Seminole to evaluate where we stand as a local economy, nearly 10 years after the Pinellas by Design plan was approved. Together we learned about redevelopment successes and challenges faced by the Pinellas community and explored ways to collaborate for a robust future. View the presentations and learn more at: PinellasByDesign.org/2014symposium.htm.
Pinellas County Development Update
Development in Pinellas is back in 2014. Tech Data has added 45,000 square feet in Largo to its existing 240,000-square-foot facility. BayCare Health System's new $99 million headquarters campus in Clearwater will eventually total 300,000 square feet , and Oscor (pictured above) in Palm Harbor is celebrating a new 20,000-square-foot addition to its Technology and Innovation Center. GE Digital Management selected Pinellas for a new 190,000-square-foot manufacturing Center of Excellence, where 250 new jobs are projected.
In retail, there are too many projects to list in their entirety. From Pinellas’ first Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe's, to the re-imagined Sundial and Seminole Mall, local consumers will have more convenient and upscale shopping choices and temptations.
The housing market is equally robust, particularly in multi-family condominiums and apartments. More than 8,400 residential units are included in this latest development update. Hotel projects are growing with more than 1,900 new or planned accommodations. And there is more fun planned for Pinellas with a new BMX facility in Oldsmar, a water park in Indian Rocks Beach, the expanded Dunedin Fine Arts Museum and the reborn Capitol Theater in Clearwater.
Welcome to Pinellas
Attracted by the mild, sub-tropical climate and miles of white sand beaches
, 921,000 people have made Pinellas County their home. With an average 360 days of sunshine each year and beaches ranked among the best in the U.S., the county is also the most popular tourist destination on the Gulf of Mexico, drawing 13 million tourists annually, including more than 5 million overnight visitors.
Pinellas' diverse communities range in population from more than 248,000 in St. Petersburg to less than 60 in Belleair Shore, and nearly all capitalize on living in a waterfront paradise.
As an established county, the significant infrastructure - including schools, utilities and roadways - is already in place. Pinellas is also well connected with regional access provided via Interstate-275, two international airports, and the largest port in Florida
Pinellas offers an extraordinary quality of life, progressive employment opportunities, relatively low cost of living, diverse housing options and high-quality colleges and universities. With its outstanding cultural, recreational and sports facilities, incomparable parks and beaches, and year round events, Pinellas provides a true resort lifestyle.
Pinellas lies at the center of the robust Tampa Bay market, which is expected to grow from its current population of 4 million to 6 million by 2030. The market’s significant economic clout is also evidenced by more than $70 billion in consumer spending and a labor force 2 million strong. The region is ranked number 20 in the U.S. for job growth and carries the country’s 13th largest media market.
Data Center: For the latest economic indicators and data including cost of living, real estate vacancy rates, employment and unemployment, visitor information, go to our Data Center.
Demographics: For more detailed population, household, and income statistics as well as county and city profiles, go to Demographics.
Pinellas County Fast Facts
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Top Private Employers:
• Home Shopping Network
• Times Publishing Corporation
• Raymond James
• Nielsen Media Research
• Morton Plant Hospital
• Jabil Circuit
• All Children’s Health Systems
• Bayfront Medical Center
• Progress Energy Florida
• Tech Data Corporation
Pinellas by Design - An Economic and Redevelopment Plan
Adopted in 2005, Pinellas By Design: An Economic Development and Redevelopment Plan, is the county's redevelopment strategy to foster business development, while managing population growth and preserving our quality of life. The purpose of Pinellas by Design was to identify the means by which the county can maintain and enhance its long-term economic vitality, which is threatened by the disappearance of developable vacant land. Almost every local government has passed a resolution in support of the plan, which was designed so that each community will be able to define its future vision within a shared planning framework. For detailed information on the five year planning process, including community input, analysis, and related studies go to http://www.pinellasbydesign.org/ or click the icon to the right to download the final report.