Writer: Catie Schwartzman
2 min read May 2021 — Throughout the pandemic, Tampa Bay’s regional economy has been an example of sustained success in a growing market. The area’s resilience is among the highlights of Invest: Tampa Bay 2021, an annual report that presents the local economy through C-level insider insights and key business intelligence that is being launched on June 10.
The launch event, via Zoom webinar and starting at 11 a.m., will include keynote speeches by Florida House of Representatives Speaker Chris Sprowls and Visit Tampa Bay President and CEO Santiago Corrada. Prominent business leaders will drive three robust panel discussions. Capital Analytics President and CEO Abby Melone will introduce the event.
“Tampa Bay has excelled and thrived amidst the pandemic, and has proven itself a beacon for business and commerce. As more businesses and people relocate to Florida in droves, Tampa Bay continues to experience positive economic activity. In the wake of COVID-19, Capital Analytics will continue to deliver in-depth business intelligence through its print and digital platforms. I look forward to watching our business world evolve and grow as we see the end of the pandemic,” said Melone.
Known for its beautiful beaches, lucrative tourism and its robust business environment, Tampa Bay is poised to continue its growth and economic diversification in a post-COVID world. The pandemic challenges and steps taken to overcome them are just some of the focal points of Invest: Tampa Bay 2021. The report, in its second edition, dives deep into the primary economic sectors in the Tampa Bay metro area, featuring exclusive insights from industry leaders, sector insiders, elected officials and heads of important institutions. It analyzes the leading challenges facing the market while uncovering emerging opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs and innovators.
The launch event will provide further insights, with regional business and political leaders participating in important panel discussions. Collaboration between the public and private sectors will be pivotal in ensuring financial recovery for both businesses and residents as the nation continues to contend with the pandemic.
The first panel, “Healthcare of the future: How 2020’s challenges have influenced 2021’s innovations,” will share insights from within one of the most pivotal sectors of the last year. The panel will be moderated by Bruce Lamb, shareholder and head of healthcare practice for Gunster, and features John Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital; Scott Heberlein, partner with HealthEdge Investment Partners; David Pizzo, market president of Florida Blue; and Ravi Chari, MD, president and CEO of HCA Healthcare’s West Florida Division.
The second panel, “How current challenges and the state’s legislative decisions are impacting local growth in Tampa Bay,” will be moderated by Hala Sandridge, shareholder of Buchanan Ingersoll Rooney PC, and features Ron Pierce, president and CEO of RSA Consulting Group LLC; and Ana Cruz, managing partner of Ballard Partners.
“Regaining Financial Footing: How financial institutions are helping to resolve issues of equity and economic recovery” is the final panel. It will feature Joel Stevens, senior managing director of Bernstein Private Wealth Management, as the moderator. Panelists include Rita Lowman, president of Pilot Bank; Albert Lee, president and CEO of Tampa Bay Black Business Corporation; Cary Putrino, regional president of Fifth Third Bank; and Greg Kadet, managing director of UBS.
Hundreds of high-level guests and officials from Tampa Bay’s key industries and economic institutions will be tuning into the event.
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