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Regional Competitiveness Report

The Regional Competitiveness Report is a data-based assessment of Tampa Bay’s strengths and weaknesses across a diverse set of indicators, measuring our performance against 19 benchmark communities nationwide.

Organizations use the data to define community challenges, prioritize activities and allocate the resources needed to address them, and measure the effectiveness of their work.

Project Background

In 2016, the Partnership created a task force to research, develop and publish a Regional Competitiveness Report for Tampa Bay. Chuck Sykes, President and CEO of Sykes Enterprises, chaired the group and nearly 30 regional business leaders joined the effort. The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and United Way Suncoast, two of the region’s cornerstone philanthropic organizations, served as collaborative partners, and a diverse group of nearly 100 public, private and nonprofit organizations provided input throughout the process. Collectively, these stakeholders developed a framework for regional prosperity that continues to shape our work today.

Prosperity Framework


The DRIVERS of the economy represent the critical needs of the Tampa Bay RESIDENTS and BUSINESSES. These drivers (such as innovation, infrastructure, talent and more) help to attract, retain and improve the quality of life for all who live and work here. OUTCOMES reflect indicators that demonstrate if the local economy and customer base is growing, and that the community is making progress toward economic competitiveness and prosperity for all.

Get in touch

We are committed to continuously improving the accessibility and usability of this data, and encourage you to contact Dr. Lucia Farriss, Senior Director of Research, Analytics and Public Policy for the Tampa Bay Partnership, with any comments or suggestions.