Manufacturing Supply Chain Study
The Tampa Bay Economic Development District was awarded a grant from the US Economic Development Administration to conduct a supply chain study of manufacturers within the region. The study area includes the four counties of the district: Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas plus Hernando, Polk, and Sarasota counties.
Through survey methods, the project identified advantages and disadvantages that local manufacturers encounter when purchasing inputs produced by other local (regional) manufacturers and also identified missing ‘links’ in local supply chains. Results of the survey complement the existing extensive ‘rearview’ understanding of regional purchases of inputs with a ‘forward view’ look at trends over the near term. The project provided key information for enhancing regional competitiveness and valuable market information to local economic developers and entrepreneurs.
Funding for the project is provided by the US Economic Development Administration, Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and the Tampa Bay Partnership. Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council staffs the Economic Development District. For more information on the study contact Randy DeShazo.