ReliaQuest to Expand Tampa Headquarters
March 6, 2015
TAMPA, Fla. / Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that ReliaQuest, a leading provider of information technology security solutions and professional services, will expand their Tampa operations, creating up to 55 new information technology jobs at their corporate headquarters.
Governor Scott said, “Every new job puts us closer to our goal of becoming the number one state for job creation, and we are proud to announce that ReliaQuest will expand their operations and create up to 55 new jobs for Tampa Bay families. While ReliaQuest considered other states, they ultimately chose Florida as the best place to expand their business and create new jobs. We will keep working to attract more companies to our state so Florida can become the global destination for jobs.”
The positions will fill a variety of key roles and is fueled by ReliaQuest’s decision to expand its 24/7/365 security operating center (SOC), which provides managed and co-managed security solutions for its customers.
“Our rapid growth and the demand for our managed and co-managed IT security services caused us to seriously consider relocating the new ReliaQuest SOC in Tampa to an area more central to our entire North American customer base,” said Brian Murphy, President and CEO of ReliaQuest. “We are committed to expanding our base of operations in Tampa and helping to highlight this region as one of the top information technology sector destinations in the United States. The support we have received from the city, county, and state has been tremendous, and will greatly enhance our ability to attract and retain the world class talent our organization needs to thrive here.”
Florida is ranked third in the nation for high tech establishments, and the Florida High Tech Corridor, anchored by the Tampa Bay region, has been named one of the top tech job hot spots in the U.S. The Tampa metro area is home to approximately 20 percent of Florida’s IT positions. In the past five years, local IT jobs have grown at nearly twice the rate of overall average job growth, and are projected to increase by 10 percent over the next five year period.
“ReliaQuest is an outstanding example of the success that Hillsborough County’s innovative technology companies are achieving,” said the Hon. Sandy Murman, Chair of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. “We are proud to support their continued growth and expansion in our community.”
ReliaQuest joins a number of high-growth information technology companies such as Cognizant, Tribridge, Peak10, ConnectWise, and DTCC that have made the decision to expand their organizations in Tampa and Hillsborough County.
“ReliaQuest had offers from at least three other states and the encouragement of several of their top clients to relocate, but they chose to stay and create more jobs here in Tampa,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Our high tech workforce is as competitive as that of any other city in the country. They understand that, and that’s why they are committed to growing their business in Tampa.”
The project was made possible through strong partnerships between Enterprise Florida, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Hillsborough County, and the City of Tampa.
Bill Johnson, Secretary of Commerce and Enterprise Florida president and CEO said, “Florida offers a competitive, pro-business environment with a favorable tax structure and a superior quality of life, meaning companies can grow and create opportunities. We congratulate ReliaQuest on their expansion and thank them for choosing to continue their growth in Florida.”
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Jesse Panuccio said, “The expansion of ReliaQuest in Tampa is an exciting new chapter for this Florida company and we are thrilled that they will continue their investment in the state. The creation of these 55 jobs over the next three years will benefit families in the area and will reinforce Florida as a leader in STEM-related industries.”
Earlier this year, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and the Tampa City Council approved a combined local incentive package of $66,000, supporting a commitment of $264,000 from the State of Florida through the Qualified Target Industry (QTI) program. The total QTI allocation of $330,000 will provide the company with support for up to 55 new, high-wage positions. The incentives, to be distributed over a period of three years, are performance-based, meaning funds are only paid after the jobs are created at the wages promised. The incentivized jobs will pay an average of wage of $63,669.
“The success of ReliaQuest is a testament to the vibrant entrepreneurial culture we have in Tampa and Hillsborough County,” said Ronald Vaughn, Chair of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and President of the University of Tampa. “ReliaQuest was able to grow from a two-person start-up to a leader in its field in less than a decade because it was able to attract and retain exceptional talent here. This expansion demonstrates the commitment we and our state and local partners have made to help our existing businesses grow and prosper in Hillsborough County.”
Individuals interested in open job listings may refer to the company’s career website athttp://www.reliaquest.com/about-us/careers/.
About ReliaQuest, LLC:
ReliaQuest, a pioneer in IT security solutions, ensures organizations remain secure and compliant as the IT world changes; empowering IT professionals with the latest relevant security technology innovations and services that simplify often complex interactions between security, risk and compliance in order to minimize loss of data, business disruptions and reputation. The ReliaQuest team has a unique ability to deliver optimal solutions combined with our talented staff and documented best practices that unify people, process and technology in both on-premise as well as managed service requirements. For more information visit: www.ReliaQuest.com.
About the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation:
The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation is the lead economic development agency for Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace. Established in 2009 as a partnership between the public sector and private corporate investors, the EDC works to develop and sustain a thriving local economy through the attraction, retention and expansion of high-wage jobs and capital investment within targeted industry sectors. Working with C-level executives, site selection consultants, commercial real estate professionals and other influential decision-makers, the EDC provides customized, confidential relocation services to domestic and international companies interested in growing within Hillsborough County.
The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation exists because of the generous support of nearly 100 corporations, Hillsborough County, and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace.