To find out how the EDC can support your company’s expansion, please contact:

Steve Morey
SVP, Economic

(813) 518-2639


Fueled by a booming economy, a supportive business environment and an outstanding talent pool, companies across industry sectors in Tampa and Hillsborough County are growing. Last year, the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council helped 28 existing local companies expand and add jobs to the area.

We like to say that running a business is hard enough, growing it shouldn’t be, which is where we come in. Our business development team connects local businesses with the time and money-saving resources they need to thrive.

Our team has helped globally-renowned brands such as MetLife, USAA and IRONMAN plant deeper roots in the area, along with successful homegrown companies such as Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Newgentek, Beneficial Blends and ReliaQuest.

The diversity of these companies and the talent they require to power their growth is further proof that companies of all sizes and industry sectors can thrive in Hillsborough County.

Some of the services our business retention and expansion team offer, include:

  • Access to Business and Community Leadership
  • Liaison to Local Government Agencies
  • Custom Research and Market Intelligence
  • Real Estate Availability
  • Permitting Assistance
  • Labor Cost Analysis
  • Job Creation Incentive Programs
  • Training Grants
  • Workforce Screening and Recruitment Assistance
  • Export Assistance
  • Facilitation of Supplier Connections
  • Tax Exemption Programs
  • Training Provider Recommendations


It’s not just the popularity of craft beer that has contributed to our success. The EDC helped us tap into resources that have supported our ability to expand in our home market.”  – David Doble, Managing Partner, Tampa Bay Brewing Company

Tampa ranks #3 best metro for small businesses


Tampa Bay Community Overview

Read more about the Tampa Bay community and why it’s a good fit for defense companies in this overview.

Success Story: USAA

USAA continues to expand in Hillsborough County with its two sprawling campuses in the New Tampa and Brandon areas.

Local Brewery Expands

With the help of the EDC, local brewery pioneer TBBC expanded its production once again to meet increased demand.