Pinellas County Business News
March 2019
New: Pinellas County Opportunity Zones
Opportunity Zones are economically distressed census tracts designated by the U.S. Treasury Department. By investing in an Opportunity Zone, through a qualifying Opportunity Fund, investors can defer and/or reduce their federal capital gains tax liability. These tax benefits increase the longer investments are held. There is no cap on the amount of capital that can be invested and the Opportunity Zone incentives can be applied to a wide range of investments in real estate and operating companies.

Opportunities in Pinellas abound, from the massive redevelopment potential of Tropicana Field in Downtown St. Petersburg, to urban infill projects in the downtown areas of Clearwater, Largo and Tarpon Springs, to housing and mixed-use opportunities throughout all tracts. 

Learn more about the new Opportunity Zone Program by visiting

New in the Data Center...
Updated Interactive Census Maps
Updates have been made in our Data Center, including the data found in our Interactive Census Maps. Explore trends in population growth and density, education, and income levels. Zoom in and click around for more detailed information by census tract at
Gateway Master Plan Survey
Photo: Dorian Photo Inc.

The Gateway Master Plan will create a vision and an action-oriented redevelopment strategy, guiding the area's growth toward a more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable future. The plan will consider how transportation and land use can combine to support residents' quality of life, retain jobs and attract future investment. The master plan will also focus on building partnerships to guide future development and multi-modal connectivity, both regionally and throughout the district. Please take this short survey to share your priorities and ideas for the Gateway Master Plan. The survey is open through March 13, 2019.

Strength-based Strategic Planning done in six hours?!

Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College specializes in the design, facilitation and documentation of highly interactive and dynamic strategic planning sessions.  Their unique approach incorporates interactive technology, strength-based techniques, and real-time documentation to develop an actionable plan that produces tangible results. Give them a call today: Laurie Hill (727) 424-3429.

2020 Census Jobs

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. Positions include variety of temporary jobs, such as census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen. Candidates must complete an online job application. The application includes assessment questions about your education, work, and other experience. Learn more  and apply at  

Digital 1st Friday MeetUp St. Pete, March 1
Come join iSOCRATES this Friday (3/1) from 5-7:30 p.m. at theRising Tide Innovation Center. Connect with like-minded collaborators, learn something new in the world of marketing, gain exposure around your company, and make new friends over hors d'oeuvres and drinks. Register:

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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

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