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 Food Tech for the Food Industry

Business Workshop

July 28


This conference focuses on how technology is transforming the food industry and is designed for restaurant owners, caterers, and aspiring food entrepreneurs. 
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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July, 2015
For Sale in Pinellas...

Toytown, a 240-acre Redevelopment Site is for Sale/Lease via RFN:  A request for negotiation has been issued for the sale and/or lease of Toytown, a 240-acre historic landfill in mid-county with excellent interstate access.  This is a very attractive prospect for a mixed-use redevelopment plan that could incorporate office/industrial, retail, residential and recreational development.  Learn more at  The deadline for responses is August 18, 2015, at 3:00 p.m.


96-acre Young-Rainey STAR Center is For Sale via RFN:  A request for negotiation has been issued for the sale of the Young-Rainey STAR Center.  This M-1 (light industrial) zoned campus is a manufacturing and technology hub currently managed by Pinellas County.  The deadline for responses is August 31, 2015, at 3:00 p.m.  Learn more at



Tampa Bay Export Alliance Trade Mission to
Toronto, Canada - October 2015


The Tampa Bay Export Alliance (TBEA), a cooperative effort of Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, will lead an Oct. 19 - 22 trade mission to Toronto, Canada to promote export opportunities for local businesses. The Canadian market presents an excellent opportunity for local companies. "Toronto has one of the most diverse economies in North America. It's a strong financial services hub and a center for manufacturing; life sciences; technology; and film, TV and music production," explains PCED Director Mike Meidel. "Companies should contact us as soon as possible, as the available Gold Key Appointments will be filled very quickly."

Two package options have been created for the Canada trade mission participants. The Trade/Gold Key Package, in collaboration with the U.S. Commercial Service, offers representatives from qualified companies expert counseling on their market entry/expansion strategy and the opportunity to connect with Canadian trade partners during personalized, one-on-one matchmaking sessions. Participation in the Gold Key program will be limited to 15 businesses and determined on a first-come, first-served basis, once the companies are assessed and approved based on the suitability of their product or service for the market. Target Sector Trade Grants from Enterprise Florida are available to qualified mission participants.

A Delegate Package, which does not include the matchmaking appointments, will provide business leaders with the opportunity to attend all of the mission activities, including seminars, site visits, networking events and a briefing by U.S. Embassy officials. An unlimited number of spots for the Delegate Package are available.

Learn more and register for the Trade Mission at

sensorFact Services relocates to Pinellas County

sensorFact Services, Inc., a cloud based data acquisition and storage company announced today that it has relocated its headquarters from Davie, Florida to St. Petersburg in Pinellas County.


"...We set out to find a home where we could take advantage of a talent base that is increasingly technology-oriented, but we also wanted to find a diverse and flourishing economic environment that would be welcoming to a startup company like ours. St. Petersburg offers big city benefits with a small town feeling, and that means a lot to our team and their families who have all relocated here and are enjoying it," said Matt Horton, President of sensorFact.


The new home of sensorFact is situated near the waterfront and next to the Sundial at 150 2nd Avenue North, Suite 770, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.   Read more here.


Florida Economic Development Conference
July 13 - 15 | Orlando, Florida


Join economic developers from around Florida to discuss the most important issues in economic development today. Florida is well-positioned for resurgence in job growth and prosperity and this conference will highlight the pioneers, leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and catalysts that will drive Florida's economic future. Registration is $310 for FEDC members, $425 for non-members. Learn more and register at


FL Companies Report More Than $6.5 Million in Projected Sales From Expo Seguridad

Expo Seguridad, held April 28-30 in Mexico City, was the largest security event in Latin America and provided worldwide exposure for small- and mid-sized Florida companies in attendance. Enterprise Florida provided Target Sector Trade Show Grants to three participating Pinellas companies this year: DITEK Corporation (Largo, FL), Field Forensics (St. Petersburg, FL), and the Forensic Innovation Center (Largo, FL). Craig Johnson, CEO of Field Forensics said of the opportunity, "We had two missions when we went to the show - to find a good distributor for the Mexican forensics & security markets and to meet prospective customers. I consider both missions successful in that we now have two strong candidates for distributorships and we met several prospective customers with immediate need for our products. Without the help of the trade grant, we would not have been able to participate and I'm very glad we did."

Click here to learn more about Enterprise Florida's export assistance programs and Target Sector Trade Grants.


Tampa Bay IT Workforce Analysis Survey

Help CareerSource understand organizations' needs for IT employees in the Tampa Bay area by participating in the Tampa Bay IT Workforce Analysis Survey. Individual company identities and responses will be kept confidential, and a detailed analysis will be completed by October 2015. Thank you for providing information that will assist in filling the gap between the supply and demand for IT workers. Tampa Bay IT Workforce Analysis Survey Link


Pinellas News


Tax district could improve fortunes of small Pinellas community

(St. Petersburg Tribune)

Tampa Bay firms rank among Fortune's best places to work for millennials

(Tampa Bay Times)


Trade Mission Planned to Toronto

(St. Petersburg Tribune)


Heritage Village in Pinellas upgrades its paths with innovative, sustainable pavement

(83 Degrees)


Duke Energy puts part of $1M STEM education fund into Tampa Bay

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


Clearwater revisits CRA redevelopment plan

(Tampa Bay Newspapers)


St. Petersburg electrical company adds 60 jobs

(83 Degrees)


Trigaux: Beyond sedate St. Pete headquarters, Jabil competes in global fast lane

(Tampa Bay Times)


USF bests Harvard, NYU, UPenn in global patent ranking

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


Where's the innovation in Tampa Bay? Look to this year's Fast 50

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


St. Pete commercial mortgage workout firm raises $20M, expects much more

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


Tech Data's Dutkowsky, Beall of Bealls stores win EY entrepreneur awards

(Tampa Bay Times)


BLUE Ocean Film Festival opens new headquarters in St. Pete

(83 Degrees)


Tech Data's first-quarter performance tops Wall Street expectations

(Tampa Bay Times)