Tampa named one of best metros for office-based employment
Yardi Cube has identified Tampa as an attractive market for office jobs in its latest study, “Top 10 Best Metros for Office Jobs in 2023.”
Tampa was named the top performer in office employment, with office workers representing 31% of the entire working population.
The region also boasted a mobility rate of 7.6%, according to the study. That indicates a dynamic job market where professionals actively seek and transition into office roles, says a news release summarizing some of the study’s findings.
The study also noted that Tampa’s median income is approximately $58,000 and its cost of living is about 1% below the national average, making it a financially viable option for professionals.
For more details regarding how Tampa compares to other major metros, visit the full study at
Pasco/Hernando SCORE Mentoring
Pasco Hernando SCORE offers free confidential small business mentoring. Our volunteer business experts will provide free assistance to small business owners to help solve their problems and grow their business. To request a mentor, visit SCORE.org/pascohernando.
Economic drivers in Pasco, Florida and across the U.S.
Learn about key economic drivers in Pasco County, Florida and across the United States during a luncheon presented by the Pasco Economic Development Council on Jan. 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn Suncoast Parkway, 2155 Northpointe Parkway in Lutz.
Check-in and networking is from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the luncheon and presentation is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Ben Friedman, economic development specialist at Duke Energy, will provide an overview on the economy in Pasco and across Florida, while Brian Barker, chief investment officer at SouthState Bank, will focus on a look back at the nation’s economy from 2023 and an outlook into 2024.
The cost is $35 and RSVPs are needed by Jan. 11. For more information, go to PascoEDC.com.
Duke Energy Florida to reduce rates beginning in January
Duke Energy Florida is reducing customer bills beginning in January, according to a company news release.
A typical residential customer using 1,000 kWh will see a decrease in their January 2024 bill of $11.29, or about 6%, when compared to December 2023.
Commercial and industrial customers will see a bill decrease between 5.6% and 7.2%, but the specific bill impact will vary.
The bill reduction includes storm recovery costs combined with lower fuel and capacity costs for 2024.
“By combining Hurricane Idalia costs with the remaining balance of prior storms and previously filed bill reductions like lower fuel costs, we are able to provide some much-needed bill relief to our customers,” Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida state president, said in the release.
The company encourages customers to take advantage of the numerous flexible billing and energy savings programs, including free home assessments, budget billing and usage alerts, to help customers save energy and money.
To learn more about these programs, visit Duke-energy.com/SeasonalBills, or call the Customer Care number listed on your energy bill.
Take advantage of the opportunity to learn about a wide array of business topics at Grow Pasco, which is set for March 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Saint Leo University Wellness Center, 12338 Priory Circle, in San Antonio. Grow Pasco features 15 breakout sessions, led by some of the best business minds in the area. Go to the Pasco Economic Development Council’s website to find out more about the topics, the speakers and how to register. The Pasco EDC’s website is https://pascoedc.com.