Economic Development Partners


Association of Public Land-Grant Universities

The Association of Public Land-Grant Universities Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity is focused on: 1) understanding and defining the expanding university role in local and regional innovation; 2) expanding the tools and metrics for universities to measure and explain their role to a wide range of audiences; and 3) gaining a better understanding of the innovation ecologies in which A-P-L-U institutions operate.

Through a series of workshops and meetings, the Commission will assemble a set of tools, resources and standards of practice that universities can utilize to make the most effective contribution to innovation and economic growth.

Members should include: academic affairs; research and graduate administration; public and governmental affairs; business and engineering departments; and outreach, economic development, and technology transfer and entrepreneurship programs.




Association of University Research Parks (AURP)

The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) promotes the development and operations of research parks that foster innovation, commercialization and economic competitiveness in a global economy through collaboration among universities, industry and government.





BioFlorida, Florida's independent statewide bioscience organization serves its members by providing the infrastructure to exchange information and ideas through industry specific programming, education, networking and legislative initiatives.

BioFlorida focuses on creating and maintaining a favorable business and legislative environment, advancing the commercialization of research and working with investors, private enterprise, government, academia and the financial and service sectors to further develop existing companies, launch start-up companies and attract new business to Florida.




Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation

The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. (EDC) is recognized by Enterprise Florida as the lead economic development organization for the Bradenton Area's nine communities located on the south side of Tampa Bay. The EDC works to diversify the local economy by attracting and retaining high-wage jobs for area residents, and connecting existing businesses to the resources they need to succeed.




City of Sarasota



City of Sarasota




City of St. Petersburg

The City of St. Petersburg's mission is to provide efficient and effective public is to provide efficient and effective public services that protect and enhance services that protect and enhance sustainability of our environment and sustainability of our environment and the quality of life in St. Petersburg.




City of Tampa



City of Tampa




City of Temple Terrace

Our Mission: To deliver professional services to our community while promoting, protecting and preserving the heritage, natural resources and quality of life for future generations of our amazing city.




Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County


The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County is a successful public/private partnership focused on growing and diversifying the economy of Sarasota County, while enhancing the county's unique natural and cultural environments.




Enterprise Florida, Inc


Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a public-private partnership between Florida's business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI's mission is to expand and diversify the state's economy through job creation.




Florida Economic Development Council


The Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) is a primary resource for policy development, legislative updates, education, networking and professional advancement. Over 500 professionals statewide count on FEDC to provide leadership, communications, peer recognition and networking.




Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research


The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (the Institute) is Florida's One-Stop-Shop for investors and entrepreneurs who seek to identify new opportunities based on technologies developed through publicly-funded research. The Institute facilitates new venture creation through commercially-viable technologies in major industries that are driving the global economy, including clean energy, life science, information technology, aviation and aerospace, homeland security/defense, and other emerging sectors.

The Institute showcases technologies and companies originating from publicly-supported organizations across the state. Commercially-viable discoveries are paired with seasoned entrepreneurs and investors to ensure their growth and success. In addition, the Institute manages the Seed Capital Accelerator Program and other capital attraction programs for emerging companies.




Florida Medical Manufacturers' Consortium

The Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium (FMMC) is a statewide association of medical technology firms. The FMMC exists to unite, promote and grow the Florida medical device industry, and to enhance the business success of its member companies.




The Florida Network of Research Science and Technology Parks

The Florida Network of Research Science and Technology Parks (Florida Network) was formed as a collaborative effort to expand the state's global standing in technology and research based industry and to advance the economic growth of the state. The Florida Network links the state's universities and businesses.

Florida is uniquely positioned to become the nation's leader in innovation spawned by its many research, science and technology parks. The goal of the Florida Network is to triple the number of people and the economic contribution of our research parks within two decades. The network will assist America as it regains worldwide leadership in the research and development arena.




The Florida Venture Forum


The goal of The Florida Venture Forum is to help ensure the success of entrepreneurial ventures by offering expert counsel, educational advice and managerial assistance.

The Florida Venture Forum is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization that is supported locally by private companies, service providers, venture capitalists and academic institutions.




Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center

The Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center (FLVEC) is a web portal designed to provide a robust and easy-to-use resource for local entrepreneurs to find information and services to support their new or growing business.




Greater St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Council


The St. Petersburg Area EDC's mission is to enhance the community's economic prosperity through marketing, activation and connection.





Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is a not-for-profit business membership organization that helps promote the businesses and business interests of our members.




Innovation Place


The Tampa Innovation Alliance is a multi-jurisdictional district anchored by globally-recognized institutions who drive economic activity in the area, engaging tens of thousands of students and educators, healthcare workers and patients, and four million tourists annually.





InBIA is a global non-profit organization that has welcomed and supported entrepreneurial organizations for over 30 years. Serving a diverse group of entrepreneurship centers, program managers, directors and policymakers, we help guide, mentor and develop sustainable entrepreneur support programs in every industry and demographic around the globe. Our goal is to enrich the entire ecosystem by providing industry resources, education, events and global programming to help our members better serve the needs of their unique communities and regions.




Pasco County Economic Development


Formed in 1987, the Pasco Economic Development Council (Pasco EDC) is the lead economic development organization dedicated to the overall growth and prosperity of Pasco County through the development of a sustainable and diversified economy.




Pinellas County Economic Development

Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) works with existing businesses to encourage expansion and seeks to attract new companies with high-wage careers to our community.




SRI International's Marine Technology Program


SRI International's Marine Technology Program, located in St. Petersburg, Florida, specializes in the study of surface and subsurface marine environments. These studies involve experiments, research, development, deployment, and operations of advanced sensors and their systems.

The staff conducts research and engineering in optics, acoustics, MEMS, mass spectrometry, and related marine sciences.




State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI)

SSTI strengthens initiatives to create a better future through science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.




Tampa Bay Partnership

Our mission is to create a more unified, competitive and prosperous region. The Tampa Bay Partnership galvanizes the region's most visionary, influential and engaged business leaders, along with a diverse group of community stakeholders, to identify and address the critical economic issues impacting Tampa Bay. We serve as thought leaders and change agents, advancing our shared priorities through collaboration, education and collective advocacy. Together, our efforts deliver results that positively affect the strength and vitality of the region and those who live here, now and in the future.




Tampa Bay Technology Forum


The Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) is a group dedicated to achieving successful and thriving technology-based businesses in the Tampa Bay area.




Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation

The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency for Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace.

Established in 2009 as a partnership between the public sector and private corporate investors, the EDC works with local, national and international companies to facilitate sustainable, diverse job growth and capital investment, resulting in increased prosperity and opportunity for our community. For more information, please visit our website which is listed below.




University Economic Development Association


The University Economic Development Association (UEDA) focuses on the nexus between higher education institutions and economic development partners.

UEDA's mission is to serve its members by enhancing members' abilities to deliver economic development benefits through engagement with higher education.




USF Foundation


The USF Foundation connects the university with donors who want to make a difference by providing private, philanthropic support to promote student success, academic initiatives, research and other strategic priorities of the University of South Florida.