With a multi-modal transportation system that supports nearly 20 million residents and 100 million visitors each year, Florida’s infrastructure is ranked second in the nation, with the Tampa Bay region as it’s central hub.
Port Tampa Bay is the largest seaport in Florida in terms of both tonnage and geographic area, handling over 37 million tons of cargo per year and encompassing over 5,000 acres. Port Tampa Bay is the nation’s closest deep-water gateway to the Panama Canal and an unparalleled point of connection to Latin America. The new Tampa Gateway Rail Terminal extends Port Tampa Bay’s reach to the Midwest, Northeast, and other national destinations through the CSX Rail Network. Additionally, a five-year plan is in place to invest $380 million in docks, terminals, and navigational improvements. The port has already installed two Post Panamax gantry cranes and has a new 130,000 sq. ft. cold storage facility. Large tracts of property with exceptional deep water, highway, and rail access are also zoned and available for immediate manufacturing and industrial development.
Tampa International Airport (TPA), located just 15 minutes from Tampa’s downtown business district, is one of the most convenient and efficient airports in the country for business travel. Recognized as the #2 airport in the US by Condé Nast Traveller and Travel & Leisure magazines, TPA provides global access to 18.5 million passengers each year. It also offers nonstop access to major cities worldwide, with 257 daily departures to 80 domestic and international destinations, as well as world-class corporate aviation services with separate customs and border protection facilities.
St. Petersburg Clearwater International Airport (PIE) is located on Tampa Bay, north of St. Petersburg—the birthplace of commercial air transportation. Barely a decade after the Wright brothers' pioneer flight at Kitty Hawk, the first ticket for air travel was sold by the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line to a fare-paying passenger. This historic event on January 1, 1914, marked the beginning of commercial air transportation. A replica of the Benoist amphibious airplane flown on the inaugural flight is displayed in baggage claim. PIE airport offers 53 non-stop flights to destinations throughout the US and Canada.
Our advanced telecommunications assets include over 100 digital switching centers, a widespread Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN), 18 permanent POPs with dozens of virtual POPs, diverse routing capabilities, and SONET. These features and more have made Tampa Bay one of the most connected regions in the United States.
Tampa Bay offers the only all-fiber optic network that is available for both residential and small business use. Not only does this network deliver the highest quality TV and voice services, but broadband connections possess download speeds of up to 150 Megabits per second and upload speeds of up to 35 Megabits.
Tampa Bay is also home to the highest concentration of certified LAN installers in the country. These business sites ensure companies there have quick, reliable access to the most advanced technology, including voice, data, video communications services, and wireless, high-speed Internet access.
Tampa Bay also scored at the top among 27 U.S. markets for wireless call quality, according to a J.D. Power survey. We recorded the lowest number of problems per 100 calls of the same markets, with only five problems for every 100 calls.
AT&T Business offers solutions that help companies in every industry serve their customers better. They deliver advanced services to nearly 3.5 million businesses on 6 continents, including nearly all of the Fortune 1000 and neighborhood businesses across the United States.
Spectrum Business moves businesses of all sizes forward with Business Voice, Internet, and TV services at the best price possible — without having to sign an annual contract.
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company that provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network, enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses.
Frontier Communications is an S&P 500 company and is included in the Fortune 1000 list of America's largest corporations. The company offers a variety of services to customers over its fiber-optic and copper networks, including video, high-speed internet, advanced voice and Frontier Secure digital protection solutions. Frontier Business Edge offers communications solutions to small, medium, and enterprise businesses.
It’s vital for businesses in the Tampa Bay area to be able to connect with customers and clients across the United States efficiently and quickly.
With major interstate systems I-4, I-75 and I-275 running through the region, we are connected to major U.S. cities like Atlanta, Cincinnati, Orlando, and Detroit. Thanks to these interstate systems, those living and working in Tampa and Hillsborough County are able to reach more than 33 million consumers within an eight-hour drive. In addition to I-4, I-75 and I-275, the region offers access to major highways and routes, such as Highways 41 and 301.
In addition to the road systems, our region offers 500 miles of active railroad and siding tracks operated by CSX. One of the nation’s leading transportation suppliers, CSX maintains a major rail yard, an intermodal terminal, a TRANSFLO terminal, and an automotive distribution center in Tampa. The variety of rail offerings in Hillsborough County allows for companies to use alternative distribution methods for their goods and products.
A joint initiative between the Tampa Port Authority, CSX and Kinder Morgan Energy partners is also giving businesses alternate distribution options. The Gateway Rail Project is the first on-dock, multi-purpose unit train facility for ethanol and intermodal containers in Florida, allowing goods to be moved from ships to destinations quickly and more efficiently.
CSX’s rail infrastructure also provides critical connectivity from the Port Tampa Bay and Rockport Terminal to the U.S. rail system. CSX’s Rockport Terminals are deep-water port facilities on Tampa Bay used for exporting phosphate from Central Florida’s Bone Valley mining region. These facilities are located on more than 300 acres with over 25 miles of track, warehousing, and state-of-the-art loading systems.
Duke Energy primarily serves southwest Pasco County and the Zephyrhills area of east Pasco County.
Tampa Electric has supplied the Tampa Bay area with electricity since 1899, and has nearly 4,400 megawatts of generating capacity to service the nearly 725,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout the region. TECO's West Central Florida service area covers 2,000 square miles, including locations in the southern part of Pasco County and the Dade City area in the east.
Since 1947, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative has serviced customers in Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus Counties. As a non-profit organization, members of the Cooperative work together for a common goal, and share in the excess margins (profits) of the Cooperative based on their patronage (annual energy charges), which has contributed to the reasonable energy costs enjoyed by their customers. WREC primarily serves the northern and central portions of Pasco County with the exception of the Dade City area.
Clearwater Gas System has provided energy-efficient gas service to local residents and businesses since 1923. CGS operates over 890 miles of underground gas main; including supply and distribution of both natural and propane (LP) gas to serve over 21,500 customers in a 330 square mile service territory, which includes southwest and south-central Pasco County. CGS offers residential and commercial gas appliances, installation of customer gas piping, service and repair, construction and maintenance of underground gas mains/service lines, and a 24-hour emergency response guarantee and is regulated for safety by the Florida Public Service Commission and the Federal Department of Transportation.
Since 1895, TECO Peoples Gas has provided Florida residents and businesses with reliable, environmentally-friendly, economical natural gas products and service. TECO Peoples Gas' natural gas delivery system consists of approximately 11,000 miles of gas mains, serving nearly 365,000 customers in Florida, including most of Pasco County.