NEW ORLEANS — A new logistics hub is coming to South Florida, a major development that could help the state’s economy and its job market.
The new facility will be located in Tampa’s St. Petersburg neighborhood and will be the second facility in South Florida to use technology, including robotics, to automate all aspects of its operations.
This year, the state has added another two hubs that combine automation and technology, said Matt Osterman, an analyst at The National Association of State County and Municipal Finance Officials.
This new center, which has been in the works for more than a year, will be more than just a logistics hub.
It will also offer an innovative business environment for companies to operate in, said Ostermans vice president, state and local finance.
It will offer a number of advantages, including the ability to automate much of the job-processing and delivery process for customers, Ostermen said.
“It’s a real opportunity to expand our business in Florida and in the region,” he said.
Florida’s new hubs will be a major catalyst for the state to improve its ability to recruit and retain high-tech talent.
It’s an opportunity for the government to grow its workforce, boost the state economy and attract top-tier talent, Osters said.
The growth of the economy has come at a steep price, though, for the jobs that will be lost as the state loses manufacturing jobs and workers from other states are sent to the new facility.
The unemployment rate in Florida was 10.1 percent last year, and the rate is expected to hit 14 percent this year, according to the Department of Labor.
Ostermans forecast for the new hub’s overall workforce is about 1,000 people, with the biggest impact coming from the jobs of the tech and logistics jobs, which are currently in the midst of a labor crunch.
This new center is expected not only to provide an important workforce boost but also create jobs for low-wage workers in the area, Oestermans said.
Companies are already hiring and expanding in the Tampa area, and this new center could bring a boost to the area.
Companies will be able to hire more people and move jobs closer to where they are needed, said Mike McCollum, an economist at The Boston Consulting Group.
Companies will also benefit from the new technology that is already in use, which is helping to automate tasks.
It’ll also make the city’s transportation system more efficient, McCollums said.
There’s been a huge investment in infrastructure in Tampa since the state started its economic revival, and a lot of that has been built on new roads, new bridges, new subway stations, new airports, and new airports.
And it’s all been paid for with billions of dollars in state and federal infrastructure money, Oastermans said, adding that the new logistics facility will provide a lot more infrastructure.
Oostermans predicted the new center would provide up to $1 billion in jobs for the region.
The center will be used to expand jobs, hire workers, and expand the state as a whole, he said, and will also create many new jobs.
Companies looking to expand will be looking at the Tampa region as a good place to start.
The area has become a hot spot for companies, and companies that have been in Florida for years will now be able open new offices here, said Mark Davenport, chief executive officer at Pimco Inc., the company that owns Tampa International Airport.
“They’re seeing the potential for new business and the new job opportunities that come with a new facility, and we think the new infrastructure that is coming will help those businesses grow and hire more,” Davenports said.
Osters predicts the new location will attract and retain skilled, skilled, and skilled workers, as well as attract and recruit top-notch talent.