USF Team Studies Economic Competitiveness in Tampa Bay Region

Two reports released by USF researchers and the Tampa Bay Partnership compare workforce and affordability trends in the Tampa Bay area with 19 similar metropolitan communities. The results are mixed, says researcher Shivendu Shivendu.

“While we have done great in reducing the racial inequity in terms of the Black-white poverty gap...our position [relative to other communities] in terms of income inequality worsened.” On the upside, Tampa Bay is one of the most affordable regions to go to college. “This is great because it helps in the production of a high-caliber workforce which in turn helps in creating and attracting high paying jobs.”

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