The ink is drying on 11 business expansion deals in Tampa and Hillsborough County and await only final approvals to be made public, while 78 companies from the information technology to life science industries are looking at potential sites across the county, economic development leaders learned Thursday.
Some of the 11 projects involve modest numbers of new jobs, while others will bring hundreds to the area, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. CEO Rick Homans told a room of corporate executives at a quarterly leadership meeting. He estimated that 4,300 jobs would be generated this year via business recruitments bringing an investment of close to $500 million to Tampa and Hillsborough.
"The wind is behind us," said Tampa EDC chairman and SunTrust Bank Tampa Bay CEO Allen Brinkman.
Among the major completed projects this fiscal year is financial services giant USAA's deal announced last fall to add up to 1,215 jobs averaging $54,022 a year. And Amazon's 1.1 million-square-foot warehouse-fulfillment center in Ruskin is expected to involve more than 1,000 jobs — 375 of them averaging $47,581.