State of the Region reports show Tampa Bay area at top of list for attracting new residents
Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2023) — The Tampa Bay Partnership and the University of South Florida Muma College of Business today released two key economic competitiveness reports that benchmark where the area stacks up against similar metropolitan communities.
This year’s reports focus on the state of work and life and the future of work and life.
The findings, as well as insights into their causes, implications and the shared community challenges ahead, were revealed and discussed at the State of the Region community luncheon held today on the USF Tampa campus. Nearly 500 business leaders, community organizers and government officials attended.
- Tampa Bay is No. 1 in attracting new residents of all ages.
- Life post-pandemic is much more expensive. Housing and transportation take up 54% of the average household budget in Tampa Bay.
- The search for remote jobs continues to be strong and increasing in all comparable communities.
- Around half of Tampa Bay students are not at a third grade reading level or prepared for kindergarten.
- Mental health indicators, such as depression prevalence rates and frequent mental distress, have been rising in recent years.
The Tampa Bay Partnership and collaborating partners Community Foundation Tampa Bay and United Way Suncoast produced the sixth edition of the 2023 Regional Competitiveness Report. USF researchers published the 2023 Tampa Bay E-Insights Report.
Over time, the findings have illuminated successes and regional challenges. Both reports explore how the Tampa Bay area’s eight-county region stacks up against 19 similar-sized peer and aspirational metropolitan areas in key economic and socio-economic metrics. The publications also serve as a roadmap for local and state legislators, public and private business leaders, and academic stakeholders to improve the region’s economic health and growth.
USF’s research utilizes analysis of real-time data to help better understand workforce and quality of life trends. Data signals such as Google Trends and Twitter sentiments derive a holistic picture of the inclusive economic health of the region.
“The post-pandemic recovery continues, but our workplace practices have shifted,” GJ de Vreede, interim dean of the USF Muma College of Business, said. “Our lifestyles are changing as a result. Looking at how Tampa Bay stacks up in terms of its economic opportunities as well as its quality of life will help us identify where we need to invest our time and resources so that everyone in the region thrives.”
Overall, the 2023 Regional Competitiveness Report shows that the Tampa Bay area has had year-over-year improvements in 36 areas. The research tracks the economic competitiveness and growth of the region in 67 indicators that fall into five categories that researchers describe as “drivers” of the regional economy: economic vitality, innovation, infrastructure, talent, and civic quality.
“It is important to note that these are not data points that we will see significant changes in yearly increments, and that is why it is essential that we foster regional collaboration focused on long-term impact,” Bemetra Simmons, president and CEO of Tampa Bay Partnership, said. “State of the Region brings together many thought leaders who can use the research to set strategies, build relationships and align resources to achieve our goals.”
Factors such as population and demography, the size of the economy and the presence of regional assets were considered in the selection of comparison communities. They include Minneapolis-St. Paul, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Austin, Houston and Charlotte. To see a full list of the cities, go here.
This is the sixth year that USF and the Tampa Bay Partnership have teamed up to compile two complementary reports.
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About the University of South Florida
The University of South Florida, a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success, generates an annual economic impact of more than $6 billion. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the country has risen faster in U.S. News and World Report’s national university rankings than USF. Serving more than 50,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, USF is designated as a Preeminent State Research University by the Florida Board of Governors, placing it in the most elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF has earned widespread national recognition for its success graduating under-represented minority and limited-income students at rates equal to or higher than white and higher income students. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference. Learn more at www.usf.edu.
About the Tampa Bay Partnership
The Tampa Bay Partnership is a coalition of regional business leaders joined by a shared commitment to improving the personal and economic well-being of Tampa Bay residents. Formally incorporated in 1994 and re-established in 2016 as a regional research and public policy organization, the Partnership works with the region’s top employers, along with a diverse group of government and nonprofit partners, to identify and address the toughest challenges facing our community, including transportation, talent and other emerging issues.