In Tampa/Hillsborough's snaring 4,116 new jobs this year, hints of regional solidarity
Wake up and good morning. Kudos are in order for the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp.. whose leaders Monday reported that, so far this year, 27 companies have committed to relocations or expansions that eventually will create 4,116 new jobs in Hillsborough County. Here's the St. Petersburg Times coverage of that news event.
That's apparently an impressive number of new jobs (promised, not all yet delivered), according to a recent study of job recruitment. Last year, companies committed to create just 1,789 jobs, and in 2009 companies pledged to create 1,985 jobs. So 4,116 is a great leap crawling out of this recession.
I tend to take a simple view. Is the water running into the cup greater than the water running out the hole in the bottom? Absolutely. So far this year, Hillsborough County has lost a reported 647 (though really more than 700) jobs based solely on the WARN ACT rule that requires companies to report larger-scale layoffs to the state. Based on those tallies (and obviously more jobs than that were lost through unreported attrition), Verizon Wireless tops the list of 2011 job cuts in Hillsborough with a reported 132. Here's the complete 2011 list.
According to Tampa Hillsborough EDC, the company promising to deliver the greatest number of new jobs to the county is call-center operator OneTouch Direct. This month, it said it would keep its headquarters in Tampa and add 700 jobs over two years with an average wage of $31,533.
Also included in the total was an unidentified business services company, soon expected to announce the creation of 800 local jobs paying an average of $41,000 a year, EDC president Keith Norden said. There's talk (and only talk) that this is a California-based company and the relocation may include a headquarters. Keep your fingers crossed.
Here are the top five identified companies recruited in 2001, based on the number of jobs they are committed to bring:
1. OneTouch Direct (700).
2. Time Warner Business Services (500).
3. Savtira (265).
4. Streetlinks Lender Solutions (244, new company to county).
By the way, Tampa Hillsborough EDC chair Rhea Law soon ends her term and Tampa Electric/Peoples Gas chief Gordon Gillette will step in to chair the group in 2012.
-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, St. Petersburg Times (soon to become the Tampa Bay Times)