Regional Competitiveness Report

The Tampa Bay Partnership, in collaboration with United Way Suncoast, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, and other business and philanthropic partners throughout the region, is currently leading the development of a Tampa Bay regional competitiveness report.

Published annually, this comprehensive research tool will benchmark the community against peer and aspirational markets nationwide, and provide an unbiased and contextual account of the economic performance, competitiveness and prosperity of the region.

Once adopted, the resulting dashboard will help the leaders of Tampa Bay establish a clearly defined regional vision, prioritize issues and resources, and measure community progress toward shared goals.

In 2016, the Partnership formed a Regional Indicators Task Force to guide this process. Chaired by Chuck Sykes, the group includes more than 20 business leaders who are committed to advancing the project.

A robust and comprehensive stakeholder outreach effort engaged 85 economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, educators, community support organizations, industry and professional associations, and government officials in discussions around the leading and lagging indicators of economic prosperity and competitiveness.

In addition to shaping the ultimate framework for regional prosperity, key indicators and comparison communities, this outreach will help us build a coalition of groups and individuals to support community adoption of our effort.

The first Tampa Bay Regional Competitiveness Report is scheduled to be released in November 2017.