Pinellas County Business News
July 2019
Pinellas County at SelectUSA

We shared the advantages of a Pinellas business location to an international audience of investors at the SelectUSA Investment Summit earlier this month.  This Summit brings together business leaders and economic developers from 79 global markets, helping to establish connections that will lead to business investment projects in the United States.  More than 3,100 people attended and past participants have announced more than $103.6 billion in investment projects.  Brent Barkway of Pinellas County Economic Development and Madison Lawson from the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation  were interviewed by Jin Yang, Washington Bureau Chief of Caijing Magazine.

Aug. 12 - 15: Global Tampa Bay Export Sales Mission to Brazil

As the ninth-largest economy in the world, Brazil offers a diverse consumer base for U.S. exporters. As Florida's number one trading partner, Brazil received $14.7 billion in merchandise exports from Florida last year. Two weekly service connections to Brazil make the South American country Port Tampa Bay's largest market for exports.

Click here to view more details about this upcoming event, and contact Brent Barkway at  for further information and to register .
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Gateway Master Plan: tell us what you think!

You are invited to check out the Gateway Master Plan website and take a look at the draft recommendations, and then share what you think by taking the  survey. Your input is needed to refine the strategies to better guide the area's growth towards a more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable future.

Coffee & Contracting Success

On June 13, more than 170 design consultants and construction contractors attended a Pinellas County Government event to learn about opportunities to do business with the County. Attendees met government prime contractors and subcontractors and learned about the Penny for Pinellas Capital Improvement Program. You can find more photos from the event in our Facebook album. Learn more about growing your business with Pinellas County at

Pier Marketplace Applications Available

Applications are now available for the Marketplace at the  St. Pete Pier.™ The Marketplace is an area near the entrance of the new St. Pete Pier™ District that will showcase kiosk and tent vendors and their products and services. Seven market stalls and ten tents will initially be available to lease at this location. Find a link to information, including the application, on the Marketplace page of the Pier website or at The Greenhouse, at 440 2nd Avenue North, east of St. Petersburg City Hall. The application deadline is August 9 and initial selection will be made in the fall of this year. 

Apply to be considered for an appointment to the PCED Council

Are you interested in serving on the Pinellas County Economic Development Council? We're seeking target industry business leaders willing to be vetted before the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners and serve a two year term.  Please complete this online application. You must answer all of the questions in order to be considered.

Pinellas News

Tampa Bay's job market remains strong
Tampa Bay Business Journal)

KnowBe4 reaches 'unicorn' status with $1 billion valuation
(Tampa Bay Times)

Oldsmar firm acquires video creation company
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

SavvyCard gets $1.5 million investment
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

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Business Workshops
The Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development hosts a number of business workshops each month. Find a full schedule of upcoming workshops at

Pinellas County Economic Development | 727-464-7332 | |
13805 58th Street N.
Suite 1-200
Clearwater, FL 33760