• Pinellas County Business News – March 2017

    USSOCOM Seeking Field Operations Solutions from Pinellas Businesses,

    Mar. 22, 12:30-4:30 p.m. by Appt. Only

    Does your company have a product or service that could help the efforts of USSOCOM? The USSOCOM Office of Small Business is seeking local businesses with new technologies or solutions to assist their warfighters in the field. Four one-hour time slots are available with Chris Harrington, Director of Small Business Programs at USSCOM, on March 22, between 12:30p – 4:30p.  Please be prepared to demonstrate your product or to concisely communicate the advantages. This appointment will assist you in the process of learning how to conduct business with USSOCOM.

    Date:    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Times: 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.

    Appointments: A prearranged appointment is required.  Respond via email by 5:00 p.m. on March 20, to Christopher.Harrington@socom.mil, to make an appointment

    Location: NFSTC Offices, 8285 Bryan Dairy Road, Suite #125 Largo 33777

    Commission Seeks Input on

    Penny for Pinellas

    Since it was first approved by voters, the Penny for Pinellas has helped to build a better Pinellas by supporting projects aimed at areas that matter most to our citizens. Before the referendum vote on Nov.7, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners is seeking citizen input on the most important areas to invest future funds across the community. Citizens are invited to attend an open house to share their priorities for Penny funding.

    • Wed.,Mar.15, 6-8 p.m. at The Centre, 1500 16th St., Palm Harbor
    • Mon.,Mar.20, 6-8 p.m. at Historic Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport
    • Wed., Mar.29, 6-8 p.m. at Pinellas County Extension, 12320 Ulmerton Rd., Largo

    Learn more about the Penny for Pinellas and review the accomplishments map of projects.

    Hydro-Dyne Engineering Recognized By The University Of Florida As One Of The Fastest-Growing Gator-Owned Companies In The World


    Hydro-Dyne Engineering, a leading manufacturer of custom-engineered screening and grit removal equipment, was named to the University of Florida’s 2017 “Gator100” for the second year in a row. The Pinellas company employs 85 people and is headquartered in a 110,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Clearwater, Florida.

    “Our commitment to designing and manufacturing the world’s finest lines of equipment for the protection of critical water and wastewater processes has enabled us to make continued investments in physical plant, manufacturing processes and most importantly, an exceptional team, to meet the growing demands of our industry,” said Jay Conroy, President, Hydro-Dyne Engineering. “We are fortunate and honored to be recognized by the University of Florida alongside a number of other companies who are transforming markets and creating the future.”


    Congratulations to Hydro-Dyne, and thank you for doing business in Pinellas County for nearly 40 years!

    Join the TBEA as a Delegate for the Business Development Mission to Germany, May 15-19, 2017

    Germany is the 4th largest investor in Florida, impacting over 25,000 jobs. Direct flights on Lufthansa Airlines to Tampa Bay carried 113,491 passengers in 2016 with an economic impact of $47MM. Join the Tampa Bay Export Alliance on this mission as a delegate to help strengthen the ties that support Lufthansa’s continued success in our region.  Delegates will have the opportunity to explore the Frankfurt region and take part in high level group activities, including events with Lufthansa Airlines executives and a formal reception at the Consul General’s residence in Frankfurt.  There are limited delegate spots available for this mission. Click here to learn more and contact Brent Barkway at (727) 464-7411 or email barkway@pinellascounty.org to reserve your spot.

    May 23: Automated Export System (AES) Compliance Seminar


    This seminar will bring together experts from the U.S. Department of Commerce to provide training on export filing requirements.  

    Who should attend?  All those involved in the export process, such as: manufacturers and suppliers, export compliance managers, freight forwarders, exporting carriers, consolidators, U.S. customs brokers, and compliance software providers.

    Learn more and register at http://2016.export.gov/florida/aes/.

    Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) Council is Accepting Applications from Target Industry Executives and Entrepreneurs


    Members of the PCED Council serve as a resource to advise, develop and implement strategies and programs to stimulate economic expansion, trade and investment for the benefit of the citizens of Pinellas. Our members are owners of businesses, CEOs, presidents, and other senior executives who have management or policy responsibility and have demonstrated dynamic and ongoing leadership in building the economy of Pinellas County.  Members are appointed from both large employers and small businesses in Pinellas target industries: advanced manufacturing; aviation & aerospace; business & financial services; information technology; and, life sciences & medical technologies.  The Pinellas Board of County Commissioners appoints members to the PCED Council for terms of two years.  If you meet the qualifications outlined above, have time available for quarterly breakfast meetings and would like to be considered for an appointment to PCED’s Council, please visit http://www.pced.org/council to learn more.

    Pinellas News


    In 2017, six things on the upswing sure to elevate Tampa Bay’s economy, quality of life

    (Tampa Bay Times)

    Florida consumer confidence at 15-year high

    (Tampa Bay Times)

    Why the CEO of Tampa Bay’s only $35 billion public company calls this a ‘momentous day’

    (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

    Aerospace company receives county’s thank you award

    (Tampa Bay Newspapers)

    Tampa Bay leading in STEM jobs, online job ads

    (83 Degrees)

    Clearwater entrepreneur’s passion: Simplifying complex concepts

    (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

    Here’s how Florida High Tech Corridor’s new leader plans to help grow local talent

    (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

    Pop-up project focuses on North Marina street improvements in Clearwater

    (83 Degrees)

    Mystery St. Pete tech firm raises millions in equity

    (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

    The business strategy behind Fifth Third’s $30 billion community development plan

    (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

    New apartments, shops coming to Skyway Marina District in St. Pete

    (83 Degrees)

    Commissioners discuss possibilities for Penny for Pinellas IV

    (Tampa Bay Newspapers)

    Clearwater group outlines how millennials matter to growing a cybersecurity workforce

    (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

    Publix, Jabil and more Tampa Bay companies land on Fortune’s ‘Most Admired’ list

    (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

    Downtown Clearwater a step closer to investment, growth and beer

    (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

    Here’s what $8 million in updates looks like at a BayCare hospital

    (Tampa Bay Business Journal)

    St. Pete invests nearly $200,000 in online permitting tool for businesses

    (Tampa Bay Business Journal)