Could Tampa be the next Silicon Valley – attracting hundreds, even thousands, of high-paying high-tech jobs?

If you ask at the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator program, the answer is yes.

The University of South Florida incubator center in North Tampa is home to 25 high-tech startup companies employing nearly 100 people. The average salary is $75,000 a year.

“We had a waiting list when we opened the doors,” said Rod Casto, executive director of the USF Research Foundation. “There is a real demand for high-tech companies to be associated with the university.

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