Dr. Byron C. Clayton joined the Tampa Bay Partnership in February 2020 as the Executive Director of Tampa Bay Works. In this role, Dr. Clayton is continuing to implement a new model for workforce development in the Tampa Bay region. The model is based on Talent Pipeline Management, an employer-led, demand-driven methodology successfully used in dozens of regions spread across 30 states.
Previously, Dr. Clayton served as the CEO of Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM). ARM is a national manufacturing innovation partnership funded by $80 million from the Dept. of Defense and a $173 million commitment from over 200 of the top innovation companies and institutions in the United States. Clayton’s focus was to strengthen U.S. manufacturing through collaboration, technology innovation and workforce development.
In prior years, Dr. Clayton served as CEO of Research Park Corporation (RPC) to help Louisiana technology companies create the jobs of the future. In his last year, RPC’s annual economic impact on Baton Rouge alone exceeded $196 million. He also led the organization and growth of Ohio-based industry clusters in printed electronics, advanced energy, and water technologies. His award-winning Cluster Acceleration Model resulted in over 1,000 new jobs, $59 million in new payroll, and $144 million in new capital in its first four years of operation for Northeast Ohio’s printed electronics sector.
Dr. Clayton and his wife Yvette relocated to the Tampa Bay area in October 2019. They are parents of four, grandparents of six, and great-grandparents of two.