Pinellas County Business News
November, 2018
Pinellas unemployment drops to 2.7% - lowest on record!
There are more people working in Pinellas County now than ever before! The numbers from the latest jobs report indicate roughly the same number of individuals unemployed today as at the previous peak around 2006, but more than 50,000 workers have been added to the labor force. At 2.7%, our unemployment rate is below state and national levels, and is the lowest in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA.
Global Tampa Bay Goes to Chile
Global Tampa Bay & Big Storm Brewing Trade Mission to Chile - Oct 2018, BayNews9
Global Tampa Bay & Big Storm Brewing Trade Mission to Chile - Oct 2018, BayNews9
Global Tampa Bay's Export Sales Mission to Santiago, Chile took place Oct. 22 - 25, 2018. Our Brent Barkway reports the trip was been a great success, with Gold Key participants exceedingly happy with their appointments. Thanks to our partners Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and Pasco Economic Development Council!

Click here to view photos from the mission.
Airport Master Plan Public Workshop: Nov. 5
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PIE Airport Master Plan Public Workshop
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners are preparing a comprehensive Airport Master Plan. The last Airport Master Plan Update for PIE was completed in January 2004. There have been a number of changes at the airport, as well as in the aviation industry, prompting the need for a new Master Plan. PIE is hosting a public informational workshop on Nov. 5 to provide information on the most recent sections of the Airport Master Plan study, including the assessment of airport facilities and potential alternatives for improvements. This meeting will be conducted in an open house format and the public is welcome to attend anytime between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park (950 Lake Carillon Dr., St. Petersburg, FL 33716) with directional signage on site for attendees. Visit for more details.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Summit and Networking Symposium, Nov.8
Meet representatives from the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA), Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART), Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA), and Tampa International Airport (TIA). Learn about government procurement procedures, upcoming projects that will be out for bid, and how to qualify as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). Lunch will be provided and parking is free. Click here to register.
Gateway Master Plan Public Workshops, Nov. 13-15
The Gateway is approximately 30 square miles and is a primary economic engine of Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay region. The general boundaries for this master plan effort include: Belleair Road on the north, Starkey Road on the west, 62nd Avenue North on the south, and Tampa Bay on the east. Public meetings are being held on Nov. 13 in Pinellas Park, Nov. 14 in St. Petersburg, and Nov. 15 in Largo. These meetings are open to all residents and stakeholders who have an interest in the Pinellas Gateway/ Mid-County area. Learn more at
New in the Data Center:
Automation & the Economy
Visit to check out our new report about how automation will affect the local economy. New technology means the nature of work is rapidly changing - view the Automation & the Economy report here.
Learn about Amendments 1 & 2
On Nov. 6, Florida voters will decide on two constitutional amendments with a major impact on local property taxes and on government funds. Amendment 1 would add a third homestead exemption for a limited portion of properties with assessed value ranging from $100K-$125K. Only 1 in 3 Pinellas homes would qualify for this exemption, and it is projected to reduce local government funds countywide by $42.5 million starting in FY2020. Amendment 2 would make permanent the current 10% cap on property tax assessments for non-homestead properties (e.g. businesses, rentals). For more info, visit

Florida Emergency Bridge Loans for Pinellas Businesses
The application period for small businesses impacted by the red tide in Pinellas County to apply for Bridge Loan assistance has been extended until December 3, 2018, contingent on availability of funds.  Florida's Emergency Bridge Loans provide small business owners with two to 100 employees with interest-free loans of up to $50,000 for 180 days. Click here to learn more about the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program or phone the Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County at (727) 453-7200.

For Sale: 41 Dansville parcels, Pinellas STAR Center
Pinellas County is soliciting sealed Requests for Negotiation (RFN) for the sale of 41 residential parcels in the Dansville area and for the Young-Rainey Science Technology and Research (STAR) Center, a 96-acre manufacturing and technology campus. Please visit for full details and RFN instructions.

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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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