St. Petersburg still retains much of the resort-town flavor its founders so cherished, a community of pelicans, porpoises, endless sunshine and sailboats. St. Petersburg is located in the southernmost point of Pinellas County, on the west coast of Florida, not far from the Gulf of Mexico. St. Petersburg is easily reached from Interstate 275. Bridges cross the bay to Tampa and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge links the peninsula to Bradenton. With large cities such as Tampa, Clearwater, Bradenton, and Sarasota still within commuting distance, St. Petersburg Florida is very appealing. Even though there is so much to enjoy in the St. Petersburg area, you can still enjoy a weekend getaway to Orlando, only 90 minutes away or a day trip to Tampa where you can visit Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo and many other attractions.

St. Petersburg is also home to a very diverse and active neighborhood community. It's Community Services Department helps develop and implement neighborhood improvement programs -- overseeing a network of more than 110 neighborhood and business associations, supporting existing organizations or helping create new civic or business groups, developing neighborhood plans, implementing neighborhood traffic plans, and coordinating the city's volunteering initiative.


The sun is shining for businesses in St. Petersburg! With five bustling business sectors primed for growth, the 9,463+ businesses in St. Pete are enjoying a Renaissance of economic growth and prosperity. With major initiatives underway to further improve the economic development of the region, St. Petersburg's future is bright!

Furthermore, with its pedestrian-scale, walkable, and amenity-rich downtown, St. Petersburg is fast becoming the nexus of Tampa Bay's entrepreneurial economy. Ranked "12th in the Nation for Small Business" in 2014 by Biz2Credit and "8th Best City for Hispanic Entrepreneurs" by WalletHub, St. Pete touts a wealth of resources and incentives for local businesses. The city has consistently been rated by KPMG as one of the easiest and most cost effective regions in the country to conduct business.

With the quality of life and resources for business growth, St. Petersburg is an ideal city for business large and small. In particular, five target industries are optimized for rapid growth in St. Petersburg.

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Updated: 2nd July, 2020 8:25 AM.