The Gateway area lies at the crossroads of Tampa Bay in north St. Petersburg. It is home to the region’s top employers including Raymond James Financial, Home Shopping Network, and Jabil Circuits. Overall, Gateway supports more than 2,700 businesses and 60,000 employees.
The geographic location of the area makes it highly accessible to regional transportation assets including two international airports, three seaports, four bridges, and six major roadways. With an ideal location, businesses have access to a large and talented workforce population of over 712,000 within a 30-minute drive time. The Gateway area also benefits from a strong customer base. Nearly 1.5 million Tampa Bay residents can access Gateway driving 30 minutes or less. This 1.5 million population represents $1.8 billion in entertainment spending, which Gateway businesses are advantageously located to capitalize on.
As it expands, the Gateway area offers growing office, retail, and residential opportunities. Since 2014, major companies have relocated or expanded their existing offices and facilities including Valpak, HSN, Maxi-Blast, AGR Florida, and Great Bay Distributors. Recent mixed-use and residential projects, such as Ibis Walk, continue attracting new residents and businesses.
Gateway Info Sheet
Gateway Development Projects Map - June 2016
PPC/MPO Gateway/Mid-County Emphasis Area Overview
The Gateway Business Council meets with the city on a quarterly basis. These meetings bring together the area's top business leaders and include updates on development projects as well as discussions about how to improve the business climate. The group focuses on issues involving transportation and future development to create a better sense of place in the city’s employment center. The Gateway Business Council is always looking to expand. If you are interested in participating, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major projects include:
- Power Design, a national electrical contracting business, is expanding its 70,000 SF headquarters with an investment of over $3 million. Plans include a 34,326 SF manufacturing and distribution center and a 19,600 SF office. The expansion project is expected to create 60 new jobs.
- Jabil is remodeling a 69,000 SF building at 10001 16th Street N as a new research and development lab to house engineers working on wearable technology.
- FedEx is constructing a new 236,976 SF distribution center at 1960 102nd Avenue N.
- The Gandy Corridor Project is currently underway transforming Gandy Blvd into an elevated six-lane road running east of I-275 to west of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, where it will continue as four lanes east of 4th Street. The project also includes plans for bicycle and pedestrian improvements, such as trail extensions and sidewalk connections, helping to make Gateway a more livable community. The project should be completed in 2017.
- The Gateway Express Project will provide a direct connection from I-275 to US 19, the St. Pete/Clearwater Airport, and the Bayside Bridge via an elevated fixed toll expressway. The new expressway will give the community faster travel times and will include a dedicated transit lane. Construction is expected to begin early 2017.
- Echelon City Center is a proposed mixed-use development in Carillon Park with 2.8 million SF that will include office space, apartments, retail, and a boutique hotel. Echelon predicts a five to seven-year buildout with development costs ranging between $600 and $700 million.