Citrus • Hernando • Hillsborough • Manatee • Pasco • Pinellas • Polk • Sarasota
5 Deep-water Seaports
5 Commercial Airports
16 Colleges / Universities
Florida’s Tampa Bay region is easy to like. Just spend a few minutes on WalletHub and you’ll see why. Not only is Tampa ranked No. 8 nationwide among “Best Large Cities to Start a Business” (up from No. 10 a year ago), it’s the No. 2 “Most Pet Friendly City,” the No. 11 “Most Fun City in the U.S.” and the No. 14 “Best Place for First Time Home Buyers.” If you’re already a Tampa resident and looking forward to retirement in the not too distant future, don’t bother to relocate. Tampa is No. 9 among WalletHub’s “Best Places to Retire.”
The Tampa Bay region is home to 20 corporate headquarters and perhaps none shines brighter than Publix Super Markets. The Lakeland-based grocery chain ranked No. 42 on Fortune’s 2022 list of the world’s most admired companies — six slots higher than last year’s ranking and the only Florida company to snag top 50 honors.
Among recent and pending arrivals in this busy sector are:
• HSP Group, a global expansion services provider establishing a corporate headquarters in Tampa to assist companies with the expansion and management of their international operations.
• Signode Industrial Group, a leading manufacturer of transit-packaging consumables, relocating its corporate headquarters from Glenview, Ill., to Tampa.
• Genesis Systems, a startup aimed at solving the world’s looming water crisis, relocating its headquarters from Kansas City to Tampa with plans to manufacture atmospheric water generators.
• NVGTN (pronounced “navigation”), an athletic wear online retail company investing $15 million in a 100,000-sq.-ft. facility in Pasco County to house its customer service and fulfillment operations.
KEY PLAYERS: The Mosaic Company, Tampa; Publix Super Markets, Lakeland; Roper Technologies, Sarasota