Grant Request

Build Tampa Bay’s mission is to bring together motivated high school seniors who are looking for a productive, professional career path, and employers in the Tampa Bay area who are aggressively looking for skilled workers who will literally be building the future of Tampa. We are working to bring together students, their parents, school superintendents and  vocational/technical education advisors.


To create a skilled workforce in Tampa Bay to meet the unprecedented community construction needs over the next 10 years.


On April 10, 2018, Build Tampa Bay will host the Third Annual Build Tampa Bay Tradeshow and Signing Day event at the beautiful Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Tampa. More than 1,000 high school students from across the Tampa Bay area will have the opportunity to have face-to-face meetings with employers ready to hire young people directly from school. The event will culminate with a “Signing Day” that features students who have been through interviews over the course of the 2017-18 school year signing with their new employers, receiving their hard hats and obtaining a certificate for a full four-year scholarship.


Companies participating in the Build Tampa Bay program offer a full four-year scholarship to young people who will be working full time and attending classes two nights a week. They enter as laborers, and graduate as journeymen or experts in their field – with NO student debt.