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January 27-29


February 3-5


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5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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January, 2015


Happy New Year from all of us at

Pinellas County Economic Development!


iQor Relocates Global Headquarters
to St. Petersburg

iQor, a global provider of customer contact solutions and product support services, announced that it is relocating its global headquarters from New York City to One Progress Plaza in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.  

More than 100 employees are expected to move into the new, three-floor office space in January 2015.  In April 2014, iQor announced the acquisition of St. Petersburg-based Jabil Aftermarket Services, creating one of the largest companies in its sector, with more than 32,000 employees in 17 countries serving Fortune 1000 companies in more than 60 countries.

"We are thrilled to be moving iQor's corporate headquarters to St. Petersburg and to bring jobs and opportunity to a growing and thriving downtown," said Hartmut Liebel, CEO of iQor. "Given the roots of our aftermarket services business in the region, St. Petersburg is a natural fit for iQor. The region's large pool of highly-skilled talent, strong business climate, and outstanding infrastructure will support iQor's increasing scale and culture of innovation." Click to read more... 

iQor Relocation in the news:

Trigaux: New iQor corporate headquarters fills gap in St. Petersburg's allure

(Tampa Bay Times)

Tech company iQor moving N.Y. headquarters to downtown St. Petersburg 

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

New York firm iQor moving its international headquarters to St. Petersburg

(Tampa Bay Times)


Recap: Tampa Bay Export Alliance Trade Mission to Chile, December 2014


45 individuals , 14 companies, and four elected officials represented the Tampa Bay business community on the Tampa Bay Trade Alliance's first International Trade Mission. The group traveled to Santiago, Chile to meet with Chilean officials, business leaders and company representatives to forge new trade relations between Chile and Tampa Bay. The result? An anticipated $9 million in export sales - a resounding success, as told by participants at a press conference/mission recap upon their return.


St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn stressed the importance of leaders from both sides of Tampa Bay working together to bring the mission to fruition and to make the trip a success for all participating companies. "The Bay Area is going out and telling the Bay Area story, not just Tampa's story, said Mayor Buckhorn, and Mayor Kriseman agreed, saying, "Having partners from both Pinellas and Hillsborough on this mission was historic." "This is just a start..." attested Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Seel, and Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller added, "We still have companies down there, making connections, signing agreements."


Five Pinellas companies sent representatives to Chile: Hydro-Dyne Engineering, Custom Manufacturing & Engineering, Inc., 

Eckerd College, Grinder Wear Parts, and SOS Technologies.


They, too, sang their praises of the trip, emphasizing the positive impact of traveling as part of the trade mission, versus trying to make international connections on their own. "We had 11 meetings scheduled going in," said Jay Conroy, President of Hydro-Dyne Engineering. "But we kept adding meetings while we were there as we met more contacts and opened new doors. Working with the Tampa Bay Export Alliance made it so easy to get in front of the people who mattered, and was also beneficial in the opportunity it gave us to network and collaborate with our Tampa Bay peers."


Dr. Nancy Crews, CEO and President of Custom Manufacturing & Engineering, was equally pleased with the mission, stating that her company "came away with five leads - four of them strong leads!" "Chile showed us clearly that it is ready to do business with the US," she asserted.


"To say this trip was productive would be an understatement," said Rick Homans, President and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation. "Every participant benefited."

Summing it all up, Pinellas County Economic Development Director Mike Meidel states, "We thought we would take Santiago by storm, and we sure did. Our group had over 100 meetings, numerous business deals were made, and contracts are signed. This was a huge opportunity for the Tampa Bay companies that participated! We're going to continue to work with Chile, and we look forward to future trade missions with our Tampa Bay partners."


View photos from Chile and the recap/press conference on our Facebook page.


#TBEAChile in the news:


Chile trip could pay off economically for Tampa Bay, officials say 

(Tampa Bay Times)

Export Alliance group returns from Chile with good leads 

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

Chile trade mission brings immediate business results

(Tampa Tribune)


 Why is Tampa Bay a leading location for medical research and innovation?

 View this short video from the Tampa Bay Partnership to hear local leaders in medical research explain what makes Tampa Bay the perfect place to innovate.


Tampa Bay is a Leading Location for Medical Research & Innovation
Tampa Bay is a Leading Location for Medical Research & Innovation


Start Exporting 101, January 20, 11:30a - 1p,
at the EpiCenter - presented by CareerSource Pinellas

The Tampa Bay Region is an ideal location for international business activities, and our efforts to expand international trade and investment are stronger than ever. This seminar will focus on overseas growth strategies and resources available to businesses within the Tampa Bay Region.

  • Why export
  • Where to begin
  • Identify the best market
  • Finding overseas buyers
  • Local resources and grant programs
  • Tips for success / best practices


Pinellas News


Kobie Marketing in St. Petersburg grows, adds 55 jobs

(83 Degrees)

ASI CEO sees 'good fit' and growth ahead in Progressive deal
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

Five trends reshaping Tampa Bay economy in 2014
(Tampa Bay Times)

Pinellas County OKs tax exemptions plan
(Tampa Bay Newspapers)

(Tampa Bay Times)


C1 Financial's Trevor Burgess gets top industry honor
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

Jabil off to 'strong start' for FY 15
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

MagneGas offers help in Ebola crisis
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

SPC continues its careful expansion into Midtown with plans to re-open center
(Tampa Bay Times)

Raymond James hits the Big Apple
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

(Tampa Bay Times)


Optimism shows up in Florida business poll
(Tampa Bay Business journal)

Tampa, St. Pete land on 'active lifestyle' WalletHub list
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

Locale Market opens to gaga shoppers at St. Petersburg's Sundial
(Tampa Bay Times)

Coming soon to Mazzaro's Market: Elbow room
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

Tai Chi Society to renovate Fenway Hotel
(St. Petersburg Tribune)

Small batch distillery in St. Pete readies new line
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

Three Florida ports seen as 'ports to love' in 2014
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)