For more information on target industries, please contact:

Steve Morey
SVP, Economic

(813) 518-2630


Widely considered the “Wall Street of the South,” the financial and professional services industry is the fastest-growing sector in the Tampa metro area with year-over-year employment gains. Nearly one in four business and information services firms in Florida are located here.

For more than 40 years, Tampa and Hillsborough County, with our business-friendly community, low cost of doing business, and talented labor force, have offered a competitive advantage to traditional financial centers of New York, Chicago, and Boston. Today, many of the nation’s leading corporations in banking, finance and insurance not only still call Tampa Bay home but are also expanding by leaps and bounds.

Companies like USAA, Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, MetLife, Citi, and TransferWise continue to widen their footprint in Tampa by creating more jobs, adding office space and expanding operations.

Fast Facts:

  • Tampa MSA employs more than 356,000 in the financial and professional services sector
  • 3% employment growth year-over-year (2017 v. 2018)
  • 10% of the nation’s Fortune 50 and nine percent of the Fortune 100 companies’ shared services operations are located here

In the legal space, talent is the most coveted asset.  So when Baker McKenzie made the decision to locate our North American Center in Tampa Bay, it was predicated on the accessibility of diverse & skilled talent across a multitude of business and legal disciplines.  The Tampa Center provides all aspects of business support for Baker McKenzie’s 77 offices around the world, and we are benefiting from the fact that Tampa Bay is attracting highly competent professionals from large cities, both domestic and international, at an unprecedented rate.  This, combined with the robust local educational system, captured not only our attention, but that of several Fortune 1000 companies.

 – Jamie Lawless, Executive Director, Tampa Center, Baker McKenzie

Over the past year, Tampa was among the top metro areas in the state with the largest job gains with the financial and business services industry gaining the most jobs. (Source: U.S. Bureau Labor Statistics) 

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