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Located on the west coast of Florida, Tampa is home to various industries including service, retail, finance, insurance and real estate, which play a vital role in the area's economy. Several Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered in the Tampa metropolitan area, including OSI Restaurant Partners, WellCare Health Plans, Inc., TECO Energy, Walter Energy and Raymond James Financial.
Tampa and St. Petersburg both anchor opposite sides of the Tampa Bay market with a combined population of about 3 million residents, making it the second most-populated metro area in Florida and the 19th largest in the United States. Tampa's port is now the seventh largest in the nation and Florida’s largest tonnage port, handling nearly half of all seaborne commerce that passes through the state. Tampa currently ranks second in the state behind Miami in cruise ship travel. Downtown Tampa is undergoing significant development and redevelopment in line with a general national trend toward urban residential development. The Tampa Downtown Partnership notes development proceeding on 20 residential, hotel, and mixed-use projects.
Tampa and its surrounding suburbs are home to more than 20 hospitals and four trauma centers. Three of the area's hospitals were ranked under "America's best hospitals" by US News and World Report. It is also home to many health research institutions, including the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer & Research Institute, the only cancer center in Florida to be recognized as a National Cancer Institute Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Moffitt Institute is the third largest cancer center for clinical volumes in the United States.
The city of Tampa operates over 165 parks and beaches covering 2,286 acres within city limits; 42 more in surrounding suburbs covering 70,000 acres, are maintained by Hillsborough County. Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo features over 2,000 animals, interactive exhibits, rides, educational shows and more. The zoo serves as an economic, cultural, environmental and educational anchor in the City of Tampa.
The most well known and celebrated event in Tampa is the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, usually referred to simply as Gasparilla. It has been held yearly since 1904. Gasparilla, often referred to as the Mardi Gras of Tampa, is usually held on the last Saturday of January. The invasion-themed event has an attendance of over 400,000 people and impacts over $23 million to the city of Tampa.
Tampa is a great place to do business, and to work, live and enjoy.
Visit Tampa, Florida
City of Tampa, official site
Tampa Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau
Tampa Chamber of Commerce
Tampa City Guide - Hotels, Dining, Cruises, etc.
Tampa Bay History Center
Gasparilla Pirate Festival
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Lightning
St. Petersburg Times
Tampa Bay Business Journal
Tampa Bay Times
La Gaceta - (Nation's Only Trilingual Newspaper (English, Spanish and Italian)
WTSP Channel 10 CBS
WFLA Channel 8 NBC
WFTS Channel 28 ABC
University of South Florida
University of Tampa
Tampa International Airport