Pinellas County Business News
August, 2018
RFN: Pinellas STAR Center, 96-Acre
Mid-County Industrial Park
The Pinellas County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) is soliciting a sealed Request for Negotiation (RFN) for the sale of the Young-Rainey Science Technology and Research (STAR) Center, a 96-acre manufacturing and technology campus on Bryan Dairy Road in Largo. This is a prime mid-county location with ample parking and easy access to I-275, Tampa International Airport and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. It is zoned M-1, as a light manufacturing and industry district. The leasable square footage of the property's main building and leased out-buildings totals 661,697 square feet and is currently 81% occupied.  Please visit for full details and RFN instructions.

Export Sales Mission to Chile, Oct. 22 - 25
Join Global Tampa Bay on this export sales mission to Santiago, Chile.
With its open market policies, zero tariffs, stable democratic government, solid business practices and low corruption, trade with Chile continues to grow. Participant opportunities include group networking events, customized counseling on market entry/expansion strategy, and pre-screened one-on-one matchmaking appointments. Contact Brent Barkway at, or call (727) 464-7332, to learn more.

Pinellas on Track for a Bright Economic Future
From 2015-2017, Pinellas County's employers created 5,730 new high-wage jobs in primary industries, exceeding the original 3,958 job goal set in a 2014 study. "Pinellas is on track for a strong economic quality of life," shared Mike Meidel, the Director of Pinellas County Economic Development. "We can influence job creation within our targeted primary industries in Pinellas, and our continuing goal is to create more and better jobs for our citizens."
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Get informed about Florida Amendments 1 & 2
On Nov. 6, voters will decide on two statewide amendments that would have a significant impact on property taxes for everyone. Amendment 1 would provide an additional homestead property tax exemption for certain primary residences on Assessed Value from $100,000-$125,000. Most Pinellas homes (2 in 3) would not qualify for the additional exemption, but it would reduce local government funds by a projected $42.5 million starting in FY 2020 after it takes effect. If approved, Amendment 2 would make permanent the current 10% cap on Assessed Value for non-homestead properties, including businesses and second homes. This cap is set to expire at the end of this year. You can learn more at the county's
website , or request a speaker  for your organization's next meeting.

New in the Data Center...
2018 Community Profiles

Did you know... that, while St. Petersburg is home to the largest number of Millennials in Pinellas, countywide they make up the largest share of Oldsmar's population? Or that Pinellas Park is home to the largest number and percentage of manufacturing employees in Pinellas County? How about that Kenneth City boasts the greatest percentage of children aged four and under in Pinellas? These facts and more can be found in our Community Profiles, now updated for 2018. Visit to explore each city, and Pinellas County at large, in depth.
Aug. 6: Tropicana Field Master Plan Community Workshop

The City of St. Petersburg continues to advance the exciting process of exploring conceptual approaches for the redevelopment of the 85 acre Tropicana Field site. Community members are invited to attend this Aug. 6 meeting. Expect to see concepts for the site and add your input on those ideas before they are further developed and finalized, should the Rays leave the Tropicana site. Full details are available on the event page.
Team Tampa Bay Travels to Chicago
Our regional economic development partners, Team Tampa Bay, traveled to Chicago in July to share the advantages of a location in the best region for growing businesses in America. As our boss likes to say, economic development is a team sport. Left to right: Suzanne Christman of Pinellas County Economic Development, Jennifer Taylor of Central Florida Development Council, Adam Myers of Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Valerie Pianta of Hernando County Government and Juawana Colbert Williams of Pasco Economic Development Council.
Pinellas Contractor Licensing Department opens to public

The newly created Pinellas County Contractor Licensing Department opened to the public on Monday, July 2 following a change in state law.

Under the direction of new director Glenn Wardell, the department will continue work with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and the county's Consumer Protection Department to fight unlicensed contracting. The department will operate at 12600 Belcher Road, Suite 102, Largo until later this month, when it will move to county-owned office space at the Young-Rainey Science, Technology and Research (STAR) Center on Bryan Dairy Road in Largo.


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