Why Tampa Bay? More like Why Not Tampa Bay? We have the favorable business climate companies need to thrive and a high quality of life that people crave. We have big city amenities like top-rated educational institutions and hospitals and a never-ending list of entertainment options. Yet, we maintain our small town feel by helping businesses succeed and welcoming newcomers. Companies and individuals alike have the opportunity to build Tampa and leave their mark.

Live Here

The Tampa area offers a quality of life and year-round good weather that is hard to beat. The area offers diverse housing options from walkable urban neighborhoods to rural areas with room to roam and everything in between. Whether you crave the excitement of professional sports and outdoor activities or enjoy world-class entertainment venues, museums and waterfront parks, there is never a shortage of things to do.


Work Here

Tampa Bay is hiring! The area offers abundant opportunities for those looking to build and grow their career in several fast-growing industries from financial services and IT to healthcare and manufacturing. In fact, the Tampa market routinely leads the state in job creation and demand.


Grow Your Business Here

Companies located in Tampa grow quickly – usually beyond their expectations. And it’s easy to see why. Tampa provides all the necessary ingredients for success: one of the most cost-friendly and pro-business climates in the nation, an excellent local talent pool, and easy access to international and domestic business travel.



Access to talent consistently ranks at the top for why companies choose to relocate or expand to Tampa. Tampa is the population center of an eight-county region with a labor force of 1.97 million. With a median age of 36, we are young, talented and educated. Attracting young talent to the area remains a focus of our Make It Tampa Bay initiative.



The Tampa area is home to nearly 80 colleges, universities and technical schools. Our business and academic communities work closely together to address the current and future workforce needs of our region. Hundreds of degree programs train tens of thousands each year to help meet the job demands of our fastest-growing industry sectors.



Tampa’s geographical position on Florida’s Gulf Coast makes it a desirable location to conduct business across the state and beyond. Thanks to a top-rated airport, the largest seaport in Florida and an extensive interstate system, Tampa has the connections to reach millions of consumers across the country, as well as internationally.

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Whether you’re a small business or a large enterprise, the Tampa region provides the reliable networking and utilities your company needs to operate successfully. Companies have made significant investments in this area, as well as statewide, to provide reliable infrastructure for utility service, wireless connectivity and information technology.

STORY SUMMARY: Group photo for the Tampa General Hospital annual report featuring "unsung heros" of the organization on April 1, 2021.

Health Care

When it comes to your health, Tampa has you covered. The health care system consists of top-ranked hospitals, research institutions and specialty centers. We offer the best in health care, but another plus the Tampa Bay area offers is affordability. Our health care costs are lower than the national average and similar sized markets.

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Tampa is a highly diverse community with a rich supply of multilingual talent. Our multicultural workforce is made up of individuals hailing from more than 130 nationalities. Tampa is also well-known for its welcoming attitude and acceptance of LGBTQ individuals and families. The city consistently earns a perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index.


Tampa  #3 on list of U.S. cities where people want to move

REDFIN, 2022

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