TAMPA — State and local incentives totalling $520,000 have allowed Greenway Health to add 104 new employees and invest $1.8 million in expanding its West Shore headquarters, officials announced Tuesday.
The new employees are already in place in the company's software development and training, legal, cyber security and marketing departments, bringing Greenway Health's Tampa-based staff to 494.
Those jobs pay an average of $57,163, or 115 percent of Hillsborough County's average private sector annual wage.
"We competed hard against Georgia to win this expansion for our community and are excited to assist Greenway Health as they build an even greater future for their company here," Moffitt Cancer Center CEO Dr. Alan List said in an announcement released by the nonprofit Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp., which he chairs.
Last November, the Hillsborough County Commission and Tampa City Council each voted to offer Greenway tax refunds of $52,000, or a total of $104,000 from local funds. The other 80 percent of the incentive package will come from the state of Florida's Qualified Target Industry tax refund program.
The company had alternative sites available in other states, according to a memo to the County Commission, and made receiving the incentives a condition of expanding its headquarters here.
Local officials welcomed the company's decision to put down deeper roots in Tampa as a vote of confidence in the local pool of IT talent, especially since they expect health care to become an increasingly important driver of the Tampa Bay area's economy.
"We're becoming a really good health care hub," County Commission chairwoman Sandy Murman said Tuesday. "If you just look at our educational institutions they all have expanded their health care education programs. I think we've got the available work force. I think that's why you're seeing (this kind of) expansion."
With a history going back to 1978, Greenway Health provides health information technology focused on electronic health records and management tools to help improve doctors' offices improve coordination of care, profitability and efficiency. That includes a focus on everything from preventing physician burnout to growing medical practices through social media and safeguarding doctors' online reputations.
The company works with 75,000 health care providers across more than 40 specialties, estimating that its services touch the lives of more than 100 million patients.
"By providing physicians and their staffs with technology that more effectively operates as an extension of their work and amplifies intelligence at the point of care, we can support them for greater patient impact and also bring more joy back into their work," Greenway Health CEO Scott Zimmerman said in a statement released through the EDC.
The company has a total of 1,666 employees in offices in Tampa and Carrollton, Ga. Now that it has expanded its Tampa office, it plans to close three others in Lake Mary, Fla., Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta.
Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Department of Economic Opportunity executive director Cissy Proctor pointed to the company's shift to Florida as a benefit of policies they say are responsible for creating nearly 1.5 million jobs over the past seven years.
"More and more companies are choosing to grow in Florida," Scott said.
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