All eyes are on Tampa’s downtown at the moment, where a development team is planning a $2 billion makeover of a 40-acre section of the city. It will encompass 6 million square feet of new commercial, residential and retail space, and among its anchor tenants will be a new home for the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine.
The Tampa metropolitan region spans four counties in west central Florida and includes the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Some of the region’s notable job growth in recent months has included a headquarters expansion at financial services interest USAA, which is in the process of adding 1,200 new jobs in Tampa. HealthPlan Services, which provides services to the insurance and managed care industries, is also expanding its Tampa headquarters and will create 1,000 new jobs by 2018.
Elsewhere, Tampa International Airport is in the midst of a $1 billion renovation project that will double its capacity and allow the airport to accommodate 35 million passengers annually.
Some of the region’s locally-headquartered Fortune 500 companies include Clearwater-based computer hardware and software distributor Tech Data, electronics designer and manufacturer Jabil Circuit in St. Petersburg, and WellCare Health Plans, a Tampa-based provider of managed care services for Medicare and Medicaid.
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