Services, commerce, finance, insurance, maritime transport, defence, professional sports, tourism, real estate: all these sectors represent a significant component of the local P.I.B.

TAMPA BAY NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 10 INDUSTRIAL MARKETS IN THE US Colliers International recognizes the region as an emerging industrial market due to the area’s growing population, logistics infrastructure, and major e-commerce investments.

Diverse economy, targeted industries are settled in Tampa: – Professional/Business Services – Life Sciences – IT/Big Data Analytics – Defense& Security – Advanced Manufacturing – Logistics – Corporate HQs.


Tampa Bay has emerged as a leader in the defense, security, and aviation industries. The region is home to MacDill Air Force Base and two, fourstar Combatant Commands: US Central Command (USCENTCOM) and US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

Tampa Bay is the birthplace of commercial aviation and the headquarters of the National Aviation Academy.

Tampa Bay has one of the largest veteran workforces in the nation, and the business community takes pride in the military workforce of roughly 92,000. Locally, a $14 billion military industry has developed around areas like cybersecurity and IT, intelligence and analysis, training and simulation, as well as advanced manufacturing. Defense-focused education programs ensure the students of today are trained for the jobs of tomorrow.

Leading defense, security, and aviation companies in the region:

  • AC4S
  • Acuity Solutions
  • Aero Simulation
  • Aerosonic
  • Arma Global Corporation
  • CAE
  • Camber
  • Celestar Corporation
  • CLI Solutions
  • DRS Technologies
  • GE Aviation
  • General Dynamics
  • Harris Corporation
  • Honeywell
  • Jacobs Technology
  • L-3 Communications
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Lukos
  • Northrop Grumman
  • PALL Aeropower Corporation
  • Raytheon
  • Smarttronix
  • TRU Simulation + Training
  • VATC
  • Vykin


For more than 40 years, Tampa Bay has offered a competitive alternative to the traditional financial centers of New York, Chicago, and Boston. Today, Tampa is Florida’s preferred business destination and many of the nation’s leading corporations in banking, finance, and insurance call Tampa Bay home.

As the fastest growing industry segment in the Tampa Bay metropolitan area, the financial and professional services have year-over-year employment gains of 3.9 percent and an average workforce of 230,000.

Leading defense, security, and aviation companies in the region:

  • Achieva
  • Aetna
  • AmGen
  • Bloomin’ Brands
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Capital One
  • Citi
  • Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC)
  • Franklin Templeton Investments
  • Home Shopping Network
  • Humana
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • MetLife
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NDH Medical
  • New York Life
  • Progressive Insurance
  • PSCU
  • PwC
  • Raymond James Financial
  • TransferWise
  • T. Rowe Price
  • USAA
  • Willis Towers Watson

IT/ Cybersecurity

With exponential growth in the industry, it’s clear that Tampa Bay has quickly become a hub for IT companies of all shapes and sizes. Named one of the top tech job locations in the United States, there are no signs of stopping this booming industry.

The talent pipeline is fuelled by major universities offering dozens of IT-centric degree programs and curricula in high demand specializations, such as data science / big data and cybersecurity.

Tampa Bay has become a top destination for graduates with training in data warehousing, data scaling, data analytics, and data management.

The region is also home to the Florida Center for Cybersecurity, a first-of-itskind, shared resource for Florida’s stakeholders in higher education, government, defense, and industry.

Leading IT companies in the region:

  • Accusoft
  • Ashcomm LLC
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • CA Technologies
  • CareSync
  • Catalina Marketing
  • Cognizant
  • Cohesion
  • ConnectWise
  • Crystal Clear Technologies
  • Digital Hands
  • Fintech
  • Greenway Health
  • Healthesystems
  • Jagged Peak Inc.
  • LabTech Software
  • myMatrixx
  • Nielson Media Research
  • NITRO Solutions
  • Open Text
  • ReliaQuest
  • SunView Software
  • Tech Data
  • Tribridge

Life Sciences and Medical Devices

Tampa Bay has emerged as a driving force behind the state’s fast-growing life sciences industry, which includes more than 7,000 companies and supports more than 131,000 jobs. The region is gaining a global reputation as a growing hub for research and development (R&D).

In recent years, globally renowned corporations, such as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, and AmGen have chosen Tampa Bay as the site for major North American operations. They joined a stellar list of life sciences companies already in the area with specialties ranging from global operations, R&D, and advanced manufacturing.

The talented workforce, strong university presence, collaborative community environment, pro-business climate, and quality of life have made it easier than ever to locate and expand a life sciences company here.

Leading life sciences companies in the region:

  • AmGen
  • Bausch + Lomb
  • Baxter
  • BioVest International
  • Bovie Medical Corporation
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Catalent Pharma Solutions
  • Covidien
  • Henry Schein
  • Inspirata
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Laser Spine Institute
  • LifeLink
  • Lions Eye Institute
  • M2Gen
  • Mercury Medical
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • NDH Medical
  • Ortho Technology
  • Oscor
  • PharmaWorks
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Rochester ElectroMedical
  • Xcelience


Manufacturing has a long history in Tampa Bay, where it is a source of innovation for a wide range of industries.

The region has the second largest base of manufacturing employment in Florida, and is home to the global headquarters of Jabil, along with more than 2,800 other manufacturing firms employing nearly 62,000 people.

The region produces a variety of products in highly regulated industries, from precise military specifications to the creation and development of medical devices. Our businesses are advancing modern manufacturing technology and making an impact across the globe.

Leading manufacturing companies in the region:

  • Acoustiblok
  • Amalie Oil Company
  • Bausch + Lomb
  • Bertram Yachts
  • BIC Graphic USA
  • Bosch
  • Chromalloy Castings
  • Cott Beverages
  • Covidien
  • Custom Cable
  • GE Energy
  • Gerdau
  • Jabil
  • James Hardie
  • Johnson Controls
  • Leggett & Platt Adjustable Beds
  • Lidworks
  • Masonite
  • Monin
  • Mosaic
  • PACA Foods
  • Seaway Plastics Engineering
  • Tampa Tank and Florida Structural Steel
  • TSE Industries
  • Welbilt