The Super Region
Within the cities of Tampa Bay and Orlando, separated by roughly 85 miles along Interstate 4, recent shifts toward a new economy have driven public, private and institutional leaders to collaborate in unprecedented fashion. At stake, officials believe, is global competitiveness. Most notably, the Tampa Bay Partnership and the Central Florida Partnership — organizations with great respective clout — have begun to work together with an eye toward powerful synergy.
The result: Tampa and Orlando have joined forces to create Florida’s Super Region.
The Tampa Bay region holds the nation’s 20th largest gross metropolitan product, while the Orlando region ranks 18th. Having a combined population of 7.2 million residents and a $277 billion gross regional product, the 14-county, coast-to-coast Super Region has 10th largest U.S. economy. Florida’s Super Region also makes up the 40th largest metropolitan economy in the world, with the potential to successfully compete not only nationally, but also across the globe.
FORWARDFlorida Magazine is the definitive resource for and about economic development and the emerging growth companies of Florida’s Super Region. FORWARDFlorida sets an agenda for progress, charting the evolution of business via a unique focus on the most creative individuals, companies and community leaders sparking change in the marketplace. By uncovering best and "next" practices, the magazine, in conjunction with an interactive website, helps a new breed of leaders work smarter and more effectively while empowering innovators to challenge convention and build the future of business for the Super Region.
The Tampa Bay Partnership is the regional organization that brings the communities of Tampa Bay together to accelerate life’s possibilities through advocacy, marketing, research and leadership. The Tampa Bay Partnership provides regional economic development for the metro areas of Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Lakeland and Bradenton/Sarasota/Venice, and the counties of Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota.
The Central Florida Partnership is a collaborative of business and civic leaders committed to procuring a better tomorrow for Central Florida’s seven counties — Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia. The leaders are united by a single, guiding principle: They have both the power and the responsibility to make change happen — moving “Ideas to Results.”