CAPITAL ANALYTICS LAUNCHES INVEST: TAMPA BAY AT ANNUAL LAUNCH CONFERENCE

Tampa Bay’s diverse and strong economy is highlighted at the first release of Invest: Tampa Bay

In celebration of Invest: Tampa Bay’s inaugural issue, local companies and individuals networked with one another while also celebrating the unified Tampa Bay business community.

Tampa Bay’s diverse economy and appeal for healthcare, tech and innovation, talented workers, new businesses, a booming startup industry and the continued growth of the real estate market are some of the focal points of Invest: Tampa Bay’s first edition. The 2019 report highlights the growth in the entire Tampa Bay region as well as the technological renaissance the area is currently experiencing.  

Tampa Bay’s technology and innovation sector is a main focus throughout the community and its impact is felt in all economic sectors. Residential and commercial development is a significant driver of construction in Tampa Bay, and there is no slowdown in sight. Tourism, arts, culture, and sports are covered in detail as they are some of the area’s largest economic drivers. Invest: Tampa Bay also puts particular focus on the healthcare sector as Tampa Bay continues to grow as a hub for medical innovation and leadership. This publication from Capital Analytics is a 156-page economic analysis that highlights Tampa Bay’s economy, key sectors and opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and innovators.

The official launch of the publication was on June 13, 2019 at The Don CeSar Hotel in St. Petersburg. The opening keynote address for the day was Kenneth Welch, Commissioner, Pinellas Board of County Commissioners and the closing keynote address was Sandra Murman, Commissioner of Hillsborough County. Following networking, there were three robust panel discussions discussing the current climate, highlights and challenges facing various sectors of the local economy.

The panels will address key sectors in Tampa Bay’s economy from an expert perspective. The “A Healthier Tampa Bay” panel will be moderated by Lee Lasris, Partner at Greenspoon Marder. Panelists will be Tim Thompson, SVP/CIO of Baycare; Sherry Hoback, CEO of Tampa Family Health Centers; John Couris, CEO of Tampa General Hospital; and Phil Dingle, Managing Partner at HealthEdge Investment Partners.

The second panel, “Let’s Innovate” was moderated by Rita Lowman, President of Pilot Bank. Panelists were Stu Sjouwerman, CEO of KnowBe4; Gregory Kadet, Managing Director at UBS Wealth Management Americas; Ron Christaldi, CEO of Shumaker Advisors; and Brian Kornfeld, President and Co-Founder of Synapse.

The final panel “Forging Ahead” was moderated by Jack Miller, Regional Director at Capital Analytics. Panelists were Gary Sasso, CEO of Carlton Fields; Chris Bowen, Chief Development Strategist at RD Management; Beth Alden, Executive Director of Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning for Transportation; and Cesar Hernandez, Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Mobility Alliance.  

Capital Analytics President, Abby Melone, remarked, “We are proud to be able to bring all the amazing economic developments in Tampa Bay to the forefront. It’s not hard to see why this is the fastest growing region in the state of Florida. There is so much positive development and growth happening in this market, and we look forward to continuing to establish and grow partnerships with local public and private sector leadership.”  

About Invest: Tampa Bay 2019:

Invest: Tampa Bay 2019 is an in-depth economic review of the key issues facing Tampa Bay’s economy, featuring the exclusive insights of prominent industry leaders. Invest: Tampa Bay 2019 is produced with two goals in mind: 1) to provide comprehensive investment knowledge on Tampa Bay to local, national and international investors, and 2) to promote Tampa Bay as a place to invest and do business.

The book conducts a deep dive into the top economic sectors in the county, including real estate, construction, technology, infrastructure, banking and finance, healthcare, education and the arts, culture and tourism. The publication is compiled from insights collected from more than 200 economic leaders, sector insiders, political figures and heads of important institutions. It analyzes the leading challenges facing the market as well as covering emerging opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and innovators.